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PUBLISHED : Saturday, 11 December, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 11 December, 2004, 12:00am


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The smart club is at it again. After several high-profile meets, one of the most active, hip and zany car clubs in town plans a 'smart dress-up' party in Tai Po, tomorrow. Up to 100 smart cars are expected to dress up and parade from Dai King Street in Tai Po Industrial Estate (next to the Motorola Building on Tolo Harbour) to Golf & Fun in Whitehead, says marque spokeswoman Alexis Chu. The cavalcade begins at 2pm, but you will see the full extent of the cars' decoration at Whitehead, at 4pm. If your smart has the urge to dress up today, even in football kit (above), the club event includes 'games and fun', a buffet and costs $150 for club members; $250 non-members; $100 for 12 to 18-year-olds; and small children are free.

Deck your RX-8 (right) in boughs of holly, for Mazda Hong Kong has launched a 'Mazda Red Hot Christmas Excitement' campaign that lasts until the end of the month. 'From now on, all Mazda customers can enjoy fabulous free gifts, including an RX-8 robot, $200 Caltex fuel coupons, $200 Page One coupons and Mazda limited-edition premium packs, for anybody that has taken a test drive recently in a new Mazda,' says Mazda Hong Kong spokeswoman Yvonne Kwok.

'Offers are available at various stages in the purchase of a new Mazda. At the same time, all customers who buy a Mazda will be entered into a lucky draw with the chance to win a grand prize of free running costs for five years, including free licence fee and insurance, and a $50,000 petrol coupon.'

Second prize, the spokeswoman says, is a $50,000 Seibu coupon and third prize is a $30,000

Sony coupon.

You can also see Lamborghinis, Alfas, five-metre Ssangyong limos and Lotuses at the Marina Cove Boat Show in Sai Kung this weekend. It's well worth a trip.

Finally, Sai Kung-based Carrera Cars (tel: 2791 1910) says Scalextric sales are hotting up for Christmas. The Porsche specialists say the C1139, Formula 1 X4 set with the Alonso Renault No 8 versus the Montoya BMW Williams No 3 is the best-selling Scalextric set in Hong Kong, at $1,990, then the new C1138 TVR Challenge X3, at $1,290. 'The new C5002 Moto GP 3 sets [$1,590] are also proving popular,' says spokesman Kevin Bolt. And the Mini Coopers in red and yellow are the biggest-selling cars, while the DTM Mercedes CLKs in black and silver, the Gulf-liveried Ford GT40s and the new Moto GP machines, Rossi Yamaha, Checa Yamaha and Gibernau Honda all sell well at $390, he says. We learn that Digital Scalextric's arrival here is uncertain, however, as Bolt says the market is 'limited'. Carrera Cars invites Foot Down readers to try to win a super prize of two limited-edition Scalextric Vanwall and Maserati racing cars (right). 'Only 6,000 of each were made and they come in a special box with an authentification card,' says the dealership's David Neil. They're stunning, aren't they? All you have to do is answer the following questions by 10am next Thursday, when the lucky winner's name will be drawn from a hat. The questions are:

1. Who won the F1 World Title in 1957?

2. How many F1 races did Stirling Moss win?

3. When and where was Maserati's last F1 win?

Please e-mail your answers to: