Edited by William Wadsworth
Porsche shows how it's done
The Porsche Sport Driving School's precison-level training was completed by 20 enthusiasts (below) at the Zhuhai International Circuit on March 2, says Mabel Wong of Porsche Centre Hong Kong. The dealer brought along two 911 GT3 RS, a 911 GT3 (996), and several 911 Turbos. Expertise at the recent track session included Porsche's Harald Becker and Timo Kluck, as well as Team Jebsen driver Darryl O'Young, the 2006 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Champion. The dealer will introduce performance-level training later in the year for people who have completed precision-level tuition, says Wong. We recommend these popular courses for all Porsche lovers in congested Hong Kong. Inquiries, tel: 2926 2208; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sweet treat for Alfa lovers
Dennis Chan of Leisure Far East offers drives for 12-20 dolce vita-seeking Marcello Mastroianni- and Anita Ekberg-types through Tuscany (far right, May 9-12; July 10-13, and August 28-31; Lake Maggiore (Jun 12-15), Sicily (October 2-5), the Dolomites (May 29-June 1) and the French Riviera (Mid-April or end of October) in a fleet of classic Alfa Romeos organised by Munich-based tour firm Nostalgic.
'English-speaking guides are at hand at all times, ready to answer any questions,' the tour's blurb says. The 20-strong Nostalgic fleet includes Giulietta Spider 1300s (1955-62), Giulia Spider Veloces (1962-65) 2600 Touring Spiders (1962-65) and 2000 Spider Veloces (1970-82). Prices start from HK$20,300 per person for a four-day (three-night) package, including hotels, meals, cars, insurance and visits. Inquiries, see: www.nostalgic.eu; e-mail email@example.com.
Ticket to ride
Subaru dealer Motor Image is offering a cherry pink Subaru R1 as the grand prize in Sasa's 30th anniversary lucky draw. Shoppers who spend HK$250 at any of the chain's outlets will receive one lucky draw ticket, says the dealer's spokesman, Marco Tsang.
The R1 (below, right) is a two-door version of the R2, which the dealer dubs 'Hong Kong's Friendliest Car' and which it says has proven popular among greenies. The R1 made a litre of petrol last 24km in Japan, 'making it good news for the bank balance as well as the environment', the dealer says. 'Its compact size is perfectly suited to Hong Kong's tight parking spaces and busy roads.' We'll agree that the R1's a looker, and it seems loaded with safety such as four parking sensors, anti-lock braking, electronic brake-force distribution, dual front airbags, side-door reinforcement beams and more. But Hong Kong is a big-car city, and we have yet to be convinced that either the R1 or the R2 offers the same finish or NCAP-proven protection as, say, the Peugeot 107 or Volkswagen Golf Polo. So instead of paying HK$92,130 for an R1, we recommend the Tridion-shelled Smart ForTwo, (a 2005 Passion version was selling for HK$92,300 this week), or a 2002 Renault Laguna advertised in the Post for HK$70,000.
Wellcome fleet reminder
Finally, Wellcome on Wednesday unveiled its new fleet of 11 Euro 5 compliant Mercedes-Benz Atego BlueTec 5(r) trucks (above, left). More on this later, but we invite Hong Kong fleet bosses or truckies to tell us about their vehicles, the challenges of their operations in the delta and any depot tips for multi-car families on firstname.lastname@example.org. Ten-four.