We’re pleased to announce a new contributor to InHg! We welcome RWP’s perspective, coming all the way from Hong Kong to show us his side of the world. We look forward to hearing from him in the future.
Touching down in Hong Kong in August 2000 I was instantly blown away by, first the 95% humidity and soon after, the incredible cars on the roads. From Skylines to Scuderias, Morris Minors to Maseratis coming from the rural South West of England I had never seen cars like this outside of car shows and the odd trackday. Hong Kong’s car scene is an eclectic mix to say the least and there is a great passion for motoring in this town that covers all spectrums. Since I bought my first digital camera a few years ago I have been doing my upmost to share Hong Kong’s car-culture with the rest of the world and I’m really excited to have recently been asked to play the role of ‘Our man in Hong Kong’ by the Inches of Mercury car blog. My aim is to bring you a monthly review of the goings on in the HK car scene, accompanied by a selection of my favourite cars and photos from the month. I’ll be choosing a car for each of the following categories; Supercar of the Month, Modified Car of the Month and Classic of the Month, followed by my personal favourite Car of the Month and a selection of photos for Best of the Rest. For the first post I’ll start with the cars from March/April. Anyway, hope you like the format and enjoy the pictures!
Early most Sunday mornings, car enthusiasts from all over Hong Kong gather at a small car park next to the sea in the New Territories to give their pride and joy a workout. There is always a plethora of Ferraris and Lamborghinis on display but occasionally something really special turns up and just before I left on this particular Sunday I wasn’t disappointed, a Pagani Zonda Roadster F in bare carbon-fibre. What is there that hasn’t already been said about this magnificent hypercar from creator Horacio Pagani? One of only twenty-five built, this engineering tour de force produces astronomical figures in all areas. The owner of this particular car not only has another Roadster F, but he is also the proud owner of the one-off Zonda Absolute which features the engine of the Zonda Cinque (commissioned by Hong Kong Pagani dealer SPS) and the body of the monstrous Zonda R.
Modified car of the month
Toyota Corolla ’75
It’s always a joy to see a classic Japanese car, I have a real soft spot for them, and this ’75 Toyota Corolla was a huge surprise. Unfortunately it didn’t stop into the car park but I had enough time to take in the great details such as the front fogs, arch extensions and the front chin spoiler. In my opinion, perfect in every way.
The epitomy of Grand Touring in the Golden Age of motoring this Ferrari 365 GTB/4, or Daytona as it was unofficially tagged was another car that paid a welcome, but only too brief, visit to the car park that Sunday. Penned by the legendary Leonardo Fiorvanti the Daytona was an unconventional design for Ferrari at the time – but what a design! A timeless classic by all accounts.
So difficult to choose my favourite car this month, but in the end I really had to go for this, the Porsche 959. Tucked in a little corner of a car park attracting almost no interest, this was the first time I had seen one in my life on the road, I don’t even remember sighting one at any of the countless motor shows I went to when I was a lad. In the late 80’s Porsches technical tour de force went head to head, in terms of performance, with the far rawer Ferrari F40. People say you either loved one or the other – I loved both equally. Unfortunately, this car is left hand-drive which means it cannot be officially registered for road use here in Hong Kong, but just to see it outside where it belongs was something special. Unforgettable!
Best of the rest
Here is a selection of the other great cars I spotted in the months of March/April. As you can see it was pretty hard to pick the winners of the categories.
And the rest from March/April
See you soon!