The new vehicle tax won't just smash car dealers' rice bowls. According to James Tien Pei-chun, a lover of fast cars and one of Legco's wealthiest members, it may well ruin Hong Kong's international image when our streets are emptied of Porsches, Mercedes and Ferraris in a few years. So now is not the time for fellow tycoon and Legco member David Li 'Baby' Kwok-po to worry about buying his dream car, a Maybach, the world's most expensive luxury vehicle. (The Chinese tabloids have taken to calling the Bank of East Asia boss 'Baby Po' for reasons that - this being a family paper - we really can't print.) According to several newspaper reports, Li road-tested the car in Germany and immediately ordered one for over $4 million. But with the new tax, he may now have to pay $6 million. This has led to a serious rethink. Li did not return calls after I left a phone message at his office. But his secretary couldn't help letting out: 'That's more than $1 million. It's a lot of money!' I am sure she wasn't speaking for her boss. But really, Mr Li, do your duty for Hong Kong's international image and buy that Maybach. I am sure your best friend would love riding in it. LOVELY ODDS Speaking of love and luxury cars, romantics will swoon over this. After crashing his white Mercedes on Hiram's Highway near Ma On Shan early on Monday morning, the 22-year-old driver, his girlfriend and three other passengers were pulled out of the wreckage relatively unscathed. The poor girl was badly shaken. As firemen were about to tow the car away, the driver stopped them and jumped into the backseat - to retrieve a bouquet he had given his beloved earlier. After she calmed down, she reportedly said: 'We have survived a disaster, surely luck will follow us now.' Wedding bells, I hear. FILE IT UNDER 'INSIGNIFICANT' Blame it on Microsoft and Intel. We know they make it impossible to erase anything on your computer, so it must be their fault when officers from the Wan Chai police station threw away a computer containing confidential files of criminal cases - including the details of a rape victim. With their reputation as Asia's finest, the officers couldn't have been so careless as to leave those computer files lying around without at least making an effort to delete them first. A scrap collector salvaged the computer from the street and sold it to a customer for $200 earlier this month. The guy, who turned out to be an upright citizen, found the criminal files in the hard drive and immediately called the station. A trained woman officer, not your usual office receptionist, answered the phone. She reportedly told him: 'These [files] are insignificant. They are for officers' personal use.' She then hung up. Turned away, the man called the Oriental Daily News, which splashed the story on Wednesday. Senior officers immediately launched an internal investigation and appealed for the man to come forward. He had. ONCE MORE, WITHOUT FEELING I just love the Hong Kong edition of the China Daily. It just gets better everyday, unlike some local papers. It has a great sense of the absurd and the tragic. Here's a gem:'Man hammers nails into own head: A man who could no longer bear the loss of his wife hammered two nails into his head, causing his limbs to go numb, Xinhua reports.' 'Liu Zhongyu, 40, married a woman from Yunnan province when he was 27. The couple have a son and a daughter. After the woman disappeared three years ago, Liu became severely depressed. 'He hammered two nails into his head with a brick several days ago, losing all feelings in his limbs. His family is seeking a hospital that can remove the nails. WHAT'S A PORN MOVIE TO THIS RADIO BOSS? If it had been any other CEO, the news would have scandalised the media and business elite: A boss of a major media company is exposed having starred in the equivalent of a Category III movie 29 years ago. A new VCD released by film studio Shaw Brothers, The Snake Killer, features Metro Radio chief executive Kam Kwok-leung, then 29, as a psycho killer bent on revenge after an abusive childhood. In the 1974 film, the young Kam uses poisonous snakes to murder his lovers and those who have bullied him. It shows him in sex scene after scene, including a long sadomasochistic sequence, with various porn starlets. The release has barely raised a ripple. But then Hong Kong can't be shocked by anything the flamboyant Kam does anymore.