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PUBLISHED : Saturday, 18 February, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 18 February, 2006, 12:00am

Has Sai Kung gone Morris mad? Our spy, Hawkeye of Hebe Haven, thinks so. 'I've seen one of those rounded Morris Minors and an old Morris Ute in European Motors' forecourt,' she says. 'And I'm sure I saw a Morris 1100 last week.'


We could hardly believe our ears, but Hawkeye is usually right. After all, the Aussie mum spotted the first Smart cars for Foot Down way back in 2001, when we all thought Hong Kong would teem with the little two-seaters.


And European Motors' boss Paul Gross says Hawkeye is right. The ute is a 1972 Morris Minor 1100 (left) and it's selling for $88,000, he says. He also has a 1968 Ford Anglia in Harry Potter blue for $35,000. 'Both are for sale - ready but not registered,' Gross says. 'People can easily join either the Classic Car Club or the MG Car Club and drive them on the restricted movement permits.' The dealer (tel: 9027 4846) also has two mid-60s Mercedes Benzes under restoration.


We'd like to see more utes in Hong Kong, especially in the Year of the Dog. You could bolt in a kennel for fresh air, add shade and fit a carpet, so your doggie wouldn't slip or burn his feet on the Holden's sun-heated metal deck, with no worries about hairy, clawed or chewed interiors on the way to walkies.


As many as 40 Mazda MX-5s are expected to roll up for the 10th anniversary rally of the MX-5 club (above) at the Yuen Long Industrial Estate, 2pm-5pm tomorrow. Dealers Mazda Motors will also present the new MX-5, Japan's 2005-06 Car of the Year, at the carnival event. Go to www.mx5club.hk


Porsche Centre Hong Kong is taking advance orders for the German marque's top-of-the-line Cayenne Turbo S. Prices start at $1.88 million and the cars are scheduled to arrive in Hong Kong in April, says dealership general manager, Robby Niermann. The Turbo S (below) is 'the second-most powerful road vehicle built by Porsche. Only the Carrera GT has more horsepower.'


The dealers say the Cayenne Turbo S's 4.5-litre V8 bi-turbo engine pumps out 521 brake-horsepower at 5500rpm - 71bhp more than the Cayenne Turbo. The four-wheel-drive sprints to 100km/h in 5.2 seconds, tops at 270km/h and has bigger brake disks, Porsche Centre Hong Kong says. You might see a few crawling along Gloucester Road at 26km/h in a few months. Try not to laugh. The owners will have spent a fortune on the right car for the wrong city.


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