On reading that a woman had recently caused havoc on the French A62 motorway by driving her Renault Clio for 18 kilometres on the wrong side of the road, SAR wondered if a Hong Kong driver might have had a holiday armagnac too many. Police said the driver caused seven collisions involving 18 vehicles as oncoming traffic swerved to avoid her on the main route between Toulouse and Bordeaux, where the law stopped her on a bypass. Two people were reported to be slightly injured in the chaos and police said it was a miracle no one was killed. They arrested the woman and she was admitted to a hospital that specialises in treating psychiatric patients. Or people who are too used to driving on the left. Foot Down is fallible on this point, too, particularly when crossing roads in the chaos of Manila, where it takes about a day and rather too many screeches of jeepneys' brakes to get used to looking left at oncoming traffic - instead of right, as we do in Hong Kong. Indeed, the fact Foot Down isn't a holiday road statistic is a tribute to the road sense of Filipino drivers, honed by pedicabs, children, caribou and police appearing from nowhere on the lottery of life that is their National Highway. On Hong Kong's more ordered 1,910km of roads, police continue to campaign against tailgating and call for the marking of roads at some pedestrian crossings - partly to remind newly arrived mainlanders to look to the right, one officer says. Jimmy Tsoi, of Ngau Chi Wan, has some advice for anyone who's planning a motoring trip in Hawaii. 'I visited the Big Island in June and rented four cars, namely Isuzu's Trooper, Ford's Taurus, Chevrolet's Blazer and Subaru's Outback, on Big Island, Maui and Orhu Oahu respectively. On Hawaii Island, I put aside my original Taurus and hired a Trooper from Harper [Harper Car and Truck Rental, toll free 1 800 852 9993, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org ] to the summit of Mount Kea, which soars 4,195 metres, one of the highest points to be reached in the comfort of your 4WD. Anyone going to Hawaii Island should rent a 4WD from Harper if he/she wants to share my experience. You can see my car snaps on my Web site: jimmytsoi.tripod.com/hawaii.htm, although it is written in Chinese.' Foot Down found Tsoi's site had some useful holiday hints and attractive pictures. If you drove overseas this summer - ideally on the correct side of the road - please tell us about your car and trip at email@example.com . Accountant Michael Yue of Mid-Levels asks Foot Down to settle a workplace debate that has raged since Stuttgart Motors shipped in a Pagani Zonda C12S for a mere $4.2 million on July 20. He says 'the C12S could be the fastest car in Hong Kong, but my colleagues insist the Saleen S7, Koenigsegg CC and Lamborghini Murcielago could all outzip it in a sprint'. He adds a British colleague also 'insists the Aston-Martin Vanquish can 'sort them all out'. What do you say?' Foot Down says: Hmm, this is a hard one. You can forget the Aston-Martin in this argument. The wheels Hugh Grant favours pack a powerful 5,935cc, V12 motor that can shift to 304km/h and a 0-96km/h (60mph) in 4.5 seconds, but that's a floppy performance compared with the 654.9bhp Koenigsegg CC, whose V8 4.6-litre engine can zip to 387km/h and a 0-96km/h burst in 3.2 seconds. The seven-litre V8, 549bhp Saleen S7 and the seven-litre V12 Pagani Zonda C12S both weigh 1,253kg, but the 500.1bhp Zonda can reach 96km/h in just 3.7 seconds, just 0.1 of a second faster than the Saleen. The sexy Murcielago (Motoring, July 21) can cruise to 330km/h and can sprint to 96km/h in 3.7 seconds too, so unless there's a Koenigsegg CC we don't know about on Hong Kong's roads, the Lamborghini has the top speed and, theoretically, the best acceleration 'bang' for the buck, in our view. The new Ferrari FX (Foot Down, April 28) could figure too: this beauty has a 4.7-litre V12 engine capable of pouncing to 100km/h in 3.2 seconds - or the stunning 2003 Bentley GT Coupe (Motoring, July 28). By the way, the $15-million Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR Stuttgart Motors paraded and then sold this summer can reach 100km/h in 3.8 seconds, but it's a left-hand-drive and Hong Kong car-lovers might find better value for their money by buying a classic overseas or splurging on the following: 6.52 long-wheelbase Bentley Arnage Red Labels; 8 BMW 745Li saloons; 65 new Volkswagen 1.8-litre Beetles or 189 1.3-litre Toyota Echos. That's if local dealers can deliver them all next week. We doubt they'll mind too much.