Edited by William Wadsworth
Lotus keeps up to speed
The Lotus Club were in full force at Richburg Motors' Tamar show, where lots of Elises and Exiges offered a tyre-squealing backdrop to the importer's luxury van and saloon sales. The talk of the event was Lotus' launch of two new products for 2008: the 221 brake-horsepower Elise SC, which hits 100km/h in 4.6 seconds, like the current standard Exige S, and the 240bhp Exige S, the British marque's fastest production Exige, which reaches 100km/h in 4.2 seconds. The Elise SC should arrive here in February, says Lotus Richburg spokesman Fai Tsang.
Luck of the draw
Ford Hong Kong is launching the 2.3-litre Mondeo with a lucky draw in Cityplaza. Sidle up to the four-door saloon (HK$339,000, right) and you could be asked to guess whether it's an Audi, Volvo, Lexus or Ford. Then you'll be asked to say what impresses you the most about the model, why, and what you drive. You could win a three-day, two-night trip to the Mondeo's regional launch in Singapore. The five-star safety rated car will also attend the Macau Motor Show, at the Venetian Resort and Hotel, November 16-18.
A great body of work
Manila Sports Car Club steward Eddie Salonga was impressed with the displays at the Classic Car Club of Hong Kong's recent Chater Road Show. 'I was particularly pleased to see a naked MGA - chassis sans body - so finely done considering the historical origin of the vehicle,' he writes.
'The Mercedes-Benz SL was also a fine example of a good restoration. I just wished the owner was there because I was anxious to see under the bonnet and complete my appreciation of the restoration done. Nevertheless, I had a good look at its interior and body work. The lines on the headlight and grille were there, which shows fine attention to detail and knowledge of the car. Noteworthy was the Ferrari 275 that was right-hand drive. There are not that many of this configuration around. It made for interesting viewing.
'It was nice to see the public enjoying a casual gathering of probably the best of Hong Kong's classic cars with the owners. Am I looking forward to another show next year? You bet. I intend to bring a couple of our members to the show next year.'
Lexus is yours for HK$1m
Crown Motors is offering the Lexus LS460 Euro Version (left) for HK$1.098 million, says Yvonne Lee of dealers Crown Motors. Named 2007 World Car of the Year in Detroit in January, it has 'many world first, class-leading features, such as the world's first eight-speed automatic transmission', says Lee.
Motorcycle show gets into gear
The Motorcycle Show opens at 7am tomorrow at Chater Road. Most of Hong Kong's biking community will be there, including the police with their new bikes, and many dealers and clubs, including the Harley Owners Group. See you there.