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William Wadsworth

Master of None

Master of None by John Hung Blacksmith Books

Former Wheelock managing director John Terence Hung may not be the last voting member of the Jockey Club to be jailed for graft, but he could be the first to write a dull book behind bars.

Sunday, 8 January, 2012, 12:00am


The bikers and the bride.

The Mad Dog Motorcycle Club drew 31 riders and pillions to its annual poker run last Sunday. The weather held and the roads were dry for the typhoon-delayed event, thanks to the intercession of the Biker God 'Harley', whom we like to think also reads Footdown.

3 May 2008 - 12:00am


On manoeuvres

The Collectors Car Club of Hong Kong celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival with the People's Liberation Army garrison on Stonecutters Island on Wednesday. The club selected 12 cars to parade alongside a football match between the PLA and movie star teams, and then stand at ease for photo opportunities with the troops.

29 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

AT A GLANCE: Hyundai i30

What drives it? A four-cylinder, 1,975cc, 143 brake-horsepower engine with continuous variable valve timing and a four-speed automatic gearbox, power-assisted steering and brakes with 15-inch ventilated discs on 16-inch wheels.

How fast is it? The marque says it tops at 205km/h.

How thirsty is it? The dealer says it drinks 7.6 litres per 100km on a combined run.

29 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Little big car

Talk about horsepower. You only have to stroke the gas pedal of the Volkswagen Golf GT and you're off through the gate like Medic Power.

1 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

False start

An onlooker inspects a classic Buick outside the Harbour Plaza Hotel in Hung Hom, one of nine cars that was to set out yesterday on the 14-day Hong Kong-Beijing Classic car rally. But problems with 'permits and money' had delayed departure by a couple of days, according to one of the participants, Ralf Weiss.

26 Mar 2007 - 12:00am


What is it? A two-seater former fire tender with a six-cylinder (18 spark plug), 14.5-litre, 150-brake horsepower engine with chain-driven, rear drum brakes and wooden spiked wheels.

How big is it? Six metres long, two metres wide and 2.3 metres high, it weighs 3.5 tonnes.

24 Mar 2007 - 12:00am


Ferrari's 60th anniversary celebrations began on Monday, with the start of the marque's global relay in Abu Dhabi. The Ferrari 60 relay (below) will fly the Ferrari flag in key markets in the Middle East, then Asia (via Hong Kong) and the rest of the world, finishing in the carmaker's home town of Maranello on June 23.

3 Feb 2007 - 12:00am


Happy New Year. Simon Barlow's newly renovated 1959 '1500' MGA Roadster (below right) was the star attraction of the MG Car Club of Hong Hong's pre-Christmas barbecue, says its membership secretary, Bob Whitehead.

6 Jan 2007 - 12:00am


What drives it? A mid-mounted 245 brake horsepowered 2.7-litre six-cylinder horizontally opposed 'boxer' engine with Tiptronic S five-speed automatic transmission, and active suspension on 17-inch light-alloy wheels.

How fast is it? Quick, with a 0-100km/h in 6.1 seconds; top speed: 258km/h.

30 Dec 2006 - 12:00am


We were sorry to see that Porsche Carrera 4S in the Jebsen Motors lift shaft (below) last Saturday, and hope that its driver and owner have recovered from the shock. We can't mock the Porsche engineer's manoeuvring because, after all, we've also pressed the accelerator when we meant to brake. It happens to the most experienced drivers, particularly those with big feet.

15 Jul 2006 - 12:00am


What drives it? A 659cc, 12-valve, three-cylinder, Mivec Intercooler engine with electronically controlled multi-point fuel injection and a four-speed automatic gearbox. MacPherson-strut suspension on the front and three-link De DionRack-and-pinion steering. Ventilated disk brakes on the front, drums on the rear, with 145/65R15 tyres on the front and 175/65R15s on the back.

8 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Tribal cultures merge as all forms of life gather at So Kon Po

She was rolly poly perfection, and the sangria had gone to her head. The Papua New Guinean percussion was louder and faster, yet she held its rhythm in her hips like a Mardi Gras mama. She knew all eyes were upon her, and with a toss of her grey bob, this evergreen flower of Scotland rewarded them with a lascivious leer that might still captivate a rugby club on a Saturday night.

1 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Critics' choice

When we asked you to vote for the 2004 South China Morning Post Car of the Year, we also invited our road testers to compare notes

Torque of the Town

Your choice: Rolls-Royce Phantom

29 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Aches in Provence

THE AUDI A4 in front of me is teasing the little BMW Mini Convertible I'm driving. For the past 10 minutes, we've been bombing along sunny straights only the French can make, on the D80, up in the Massif de la Sainte Baume, outside Toulon.

24 Jul 2004 - 12:00am