PUBLISHED : Saturday, 01 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 01 March, 2008, 12:00am

Playing it safe

The Collectors Car Club of Hong Kong plans to line up 20 cars at the Central and Western District Road Safety Campaign Carnival at the Chater Road Pedestrian Precinct in Central, from 1pm until 5pm tomorrow.

'One of our club's objectives is to promote road safety and driving safety, therefore we are most happy to support the event,' says the club's spokeswoman, Connie Lau.

The club's lineup is scheduled to include a 1924 Vauxhall LM14/40 (above), a 1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I, a 1973 Toyota TA22 Celica, a Hummer H1, 'plus a Vespa Side Car, a very lovely car that reminds me of the 1960s and 70s', she says.

We also hear that the Hong Kong Police will display a number of vehicles for the event.

Volvo displays at the Gateway

Volvo Cars Hong Kong will offer the new V50 2.4i (HK$288,000) with HK$41,950 worth of extras this weekend at the Gateway, in Tsim Sha Tsui's Ocean Terminal, says the dealer's spokeswoman, Alice Siu.

'The new XC90 3.2 Sport will be there too,' she says. 'That's going for HK$548,000, including a free sport package [worth] HK$50,000.'

We also hear that a HK$40,000 Options upgrade is included, if you 'purchase on the spot'.

On track in Johor

Tour operator Leisure Far East offers a track event with Sepang International Drive & Race Academy in Johor, Malaysia, on March 7-9. Packages from HK$25,428 include exclusive use of the Johor circuit, two nights'/three days' hotel corporate deluxe accommodation at The Puteri Pacific, VIP airport services in Kuala Lumpur and Johor airports, and a day and a half's driver training in manual Tiptronic Porsche Cayman Ss (above) with instructors from Sepang International Drive and Race Academy. Participants will 'learn how to handle risk and stress situations that can occur on the roads', and then perfect lessons in braking, circling, a moose test, slaloms and various line and cornering techniques, the organisers say. Inquiries, call 3511 9017 or e-mail

Midget best of MG show

The MG Car Club of Hong Kong lined up 18 classics for its annual show at the Ma Liu Shiu Marine Police base near Sha Tin on Sunday. The heavens opened and the old TDs stayed at home but the show cars (left) still gleamed in the rain with big globules of water on their waxed bonnets.

Judged under concours rules by Carl Yuen and Ian Foster of the Classic Car Club, collector Art Isaacs and Post motoring editor William Wadsworth, the club's hotly contested best of show competition was won by Martin Siu's exquisite green 1974 Midget. Ian de Witt's 1969 blue Union Flagged MGC won best interior while Colin Barlow took two category cups, for the best bodywork on his red 1959 MGA and for the best engine and chassis on his 'No Body' restoration of a blue 1958 MGA.

Roderick Colson, district commander of Marine Outer Waters, awarded the prizes in the base's officer's mess attended by several collectors including Clement Chen, Elton Lau, Nick Ratcliffe, Connie Lau and K.B. Chan.

Saab revs Turbo Xs

Metro Motors has five models of the Saab Turbo X, says dealership spokesman Benton Co. Available as a Sedan (below, HK$$530,000) and SportWagon (HK$550,000), the sleek Turbo Xs have a 2.8 engine that has been upgraded to 280 brake horsepower and fitted 'with the state-of-the-art XWD or Cross-wheel-drive, the newest Haldex Generation-4 all-wheel-drive system', says Co.