Greasing the wheels

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 08 January, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 08 January, 2012, 12:00am


Giving a whole new meaning to the term 'speed-dating', Double Happiness Dating and Sideways Driving Club are jointly holding events at the virtual racing centre in Central.

On each of two evenings, on February 13 and 14, six men and six women will take the wheel in Formula One simulators and burn some virtual rubber before sitting down for a four-minute chat with each member of the opposite sex. After tearing up some more on-screen tarmac, each participant will write down the name of the person they are interested in. If the feeling proves mutual, the organisers will send them each other's e-mail address within 48 hours.

Double Happiness Dating founder Elisabeth Attwood describes speed dating as a 'mix of musical chairs and mutual attraction' and, in an attempt to try something different, decided to hold an event at the virtual racing club instead of a bar.

'The most important [element of a speed-dating event] is privacy, especially for first timers, because not everyone may be comfortable being seen attending a match-making event,' she says. 'Then it's important to create an atmosphere that puts daters at ease. It can be nerve-wrack- ing to meet a group of new people - all of whom you know are assessing you as a potential partner.'

Sideways director Nick Swanson is confident the centre's F1 simulators, which reach a maximum 'speed' of about 360km/h, will be great ice-breakers.

Entry to one of the speed-dating nights at Sideways Driving Club (LG/F, 1-2 Chancery Lane, Central) costs HK$400. For details, visit www.doublehappiness or Interested singles aged 25 and above can register by e-mailing