Hong Kong Bureau Update!
After a rather grey and gloomy winter, it seems that finally there are some signs that spring is in the air in South China. For an avid car spotter and photographer this brings with it what the Chinese might call a case of ‘double happiness’. From a petrol-heads point of view, it’s great to see more interesting cars on the roads as drivers take the opportunity to enjoy the cool, dry weather and from a photographers stand point, there’s an increased chance of getting some good early-morning light. With this in mind here are some photographs that I took at sunrise last weekend.
First surprise of the morning was not the car (although that is special in itself), but the fact that I managed a shot of it. I see this incredibly rare Isuzu Bellett GTR almost every time I go to this spot to take pictures, but I am always doing something with the camera or facing the other way when it drives by. This is my first proper shot of it, and fortunately it’s a good one. Fans of the Gran Turismo series will be familiar with this piece of Japanese motoring legend.
Next up, another Sunday morning regular but always worth a photo nonetheless – this glorious Alfa GTV 1750. Just such a pleasure to see this Italian icon out on the roads.
On the subject of icons, when you think of rallying in the 80’s it is difficult not to instantly think of the legend that is the Lancia Stratos in the classic Alitalia livery. Well, that’s obviously what the owner had in mind when he had this immaculate replica commissioned by Hawk Cars. I have known of the existence of this car for a few months now, but until now had only a fleeting glimpse of it – spectacular machine!
Looks like someone else is also all about bringing the heyday of rallying to the roads. All it’s missing is a snorkel and a huge front fog-light cluster
With its lightweight construction, FR layout, affordability and influence from the legendary Toyota Trueno ‘Hachiroku’ from the Initial D comics, it is easy to see why the GT-86 is fast gaining popularity.
After a busy week in the city Sunday mornings give drivers a chance to stretch the legs of their machines in the winding roads of Hong Kong’s countryside (yes, we don’t just have skyscrapers here). Porsches are a particular favourite amongst Hong Kong gear-heads and in particular the special models like the monstrous GT3 RS or the sublime Turbo 3.6.
Check back again soon for more from our good friend in HK. Be sure to give his flickr page some love.