Porsche is a German sports car brand owned by the Piëch and Porsche families, and Qatar Holdings. The company was founded by in 1931 by Ferdinand Porsche, an Austrian engineer, and Porsche's son-in-law Anton Piëch, an Austrian lawyer. It is now part of the Volkswagen group, which also makes and markets Audis and Bugatti Veyrons.
The MG Car Club of Hong Kong invites all MG owners to register for next Sunday's annual concourse, at TaiKoo Place (above) in Quarry Bay. No drive-ins will be allowed at the event, which starts at 1pm, although there's plenty of car parking space nearby. To register, call Simon Clennell (tel: 2966 7845) by Monday.
The car world's a social whirl. First, MF Jebsen showed off its $1.98 million Aston Martin V8 (below) at its showroom opening at 63 Blue Pool Road. Then, 90 of Macau's movers and shakers joined BMW Concessionaires (Macau) and Maria Chen Chai-ping (below) for the unveiling of the BMW 120iA ($299,000) and the 130iA ($408,000).
We'd be tempted to rev both cars on Coloane's twisties, but it's better to squeal on the Zhuhai International Circuit (ZIC), as 31 Porsche owners did (below) at the recent Zurich-Porsche Advanced Driver Training course. We hear there was a lot of screeching between cones (right), but drivers say they learnt a lot under the watchful eye of Team Jebsen racing driver Darryl O'Young (top right) and two Porsche instructors from Germany. The next course will be at the ZIC on October 13-15.
Finally, who could forget that it's Mother's Day tomorrow? Mums know a lot about cars. After all, many in Hong Kong spend long, often thankless hours behind the wheel on school, office, dry-cleaning and airport runs - or, being driven to long, often thankless hours of shopping, sometimes with kids in tow. So who doesn't have fond memories of Motoring with Mother?
Porsche Carrera Cup Asia racing driver Darryl O'Young recalls: 'My dad got my mum into car racing back in the 1970s. In about two years, she managed to roll over a Mini Cooper and a Datsun 510. That's when my dad decided it was time for her to retire from motor sports.'
If his mum was at Sepang, he says he'd take her around the track for a Mother's Day drive in a Porsche 911 Cabriolet. 'You're never too old to have a sports car,' he says.
Mercedes-Benz China spokesman Samson Leung is more sedate. He says he'd show his mum due respect, with a slow drive in an E-Class.
'When my parents visited me in Canada, I had to drive slower than normal in order to let my parents know I'm a safe driver,' Leung says. 'Even when all the cars and trucks passed me.'
Haslam Preeston, the head of Zung Fu's Macau operation, says the Mercedes-Benz B200 would be his ideal Mother's Day drive, but he has hot memories of his mother's Morris 1100 in Melbourne. 'It had shiny clasp-type metal safety belt buckles, which in the Australian summer would get so hot they would burn my hands! It was always parked outside under a gum tree and covered with bird droppings and cobwebs, which made my father despair.'
BMW Concessionaires (Macau) general manager Steven Adolpho remembers when his mum rescued his dad's Hillman Minx. 'We were on our way to the South Coast when the car overheated,' he says of holidays in Britain. 'We used Mum's stockings as a fan belt.'
Adolpho will take his mother to a show in August in a 7-Series, followed by a seat-of-your-pants ride in the M3. 'To cap it off, I'd let her drive the Mini Cooper S to make her feel 20 years younger!'
And Classic Car Club stalwart Roger Lai remembers Motoring with Mother in the Cross-Harbour Tunnel. One day, a friend of his father's mentioned that he'd seen her drive through the tunnel a couple of times - blithely crossing lanes without regard for the traffic. 'My mum and I didn't even realise,' says Lai.
So, do mums make good drivers? Mr Lam, a taxi driver, says: 'If she's taking her children to school, then she can be the slowest, steadiest, most careful driver on the road. But if she's rushing to pick them up, she'll overtake Schumacher if she has to. There's no stopping a mum in a hurry. So I steer clear of seven-seaters in the afternoon.'
Some mums could nag from the back seat tomorrow.
Connie Lau of the Collectors' Car Club recommends that drivers turn 'a deaf ear', and autocross driver Kieth Chiu suggests turning up the radio. Leung suggests food 'to keep their mouths busy', but O'Young puts his foot down, presumably on the track. 'You simply drive a little faster,' he says. 'That usually does the trick!' We get his drift. We're off to see the Big Buddha in the MX-5 tomorrow. Happy Mother's Day, mums.