Happy National Day It's not too late to get your patriotic show on the road, by flying the national or Hong Kong flags on your car. The truly patriotic car-spares shops will be closed today, a public holiday, but you might find a national flag or bauhinia sticker for your bumper in a Mongkok parts shop, or in the tourist alleys off Nathan Road. If you have a real flag at home, why not give it a flutter, like the proud Singaporeans do on August 9, the Malaysians on August 31, and as the Americans do - with a honk, if they're horny - on July 4. Such fervour is a tall order in urban Hong Kong, perhaps. Here, Hong Kong Chinese put the Union Jack in or on their cars, while their expatriate neighbours prefer the bauhinia. After a Mini show in April, Motoring Editor William Wadsworth wrote: 'Nearly eight years after the handover, the Union Jack still flies proudly over Hong Kong - somewhere between a box of Kleenex and a Snoopy cushion in dozens of original Minis.' So we asked the standard-bearers of motoring style, Mini owners, why they still fly the Brit flag when they have two perfectly good ones of their own. One said the Union Jack was a style statement, and not political. It's not hard to get a Chinese or Hong Kong flag painted on the roof, he says, because there are many customisers here. Another asked whether national or Hong Kong flag decals constituted a desecration offence. Foot Down's not sure - and maybe the Hong Kong government can clarify the issue - but we've yet to hear of Le Mans hopefuls Darryl O'Young and Matthew Marsh being pulled over for sporting several bauhinia on their Porsche GT3 RSR. And reader Ian de Witt has a fine, crowd-pulling bauhinia on the boot of his red MGB. 'There's nothing wrong with being patriotic,' says the solicitor. 'I love the UK, and I love Hong Kong.' He's thinking of putting a red Welsh dragon on his Gilbern restoration, too. Bravo, Ian! A BMW Mini owner said painting a national or Hong Kong flag on the roof could make the car look like a hearse and bring bad luck. Well, Geely made a mockery of that superstition at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show, when it pulled back the national flag from the top of its new CD (Chinese Dragon) saloon. So, we invite you to help us search for the most patriotic car in town today. Have you seen a motherland-embracing, Hong Kong-loving equivalent of the Union Jacked 'Shaguar'? And BMW Mini vice-president Kay Segler wants to know whether the marque should introduce an official Chinese or Hong Kong flag design in its roof decal line, as it does for new EU nations. Your comments, please to firstname.lastname@example.org Foot Down is flying the Hong Kong flag on the MX-5 today. We bought a small one at a tourist stall in Theatre Lane, Central, for $120 and it flutters beautifully from the radio aerial. But it can get squashed if we inadvertently put on a CD, and the aerial descends. If you're flying a larger flag on your car roof today, we suggest you fasten it well, (knot each corner, secure with the window and tie to roof rails or interior door handles, in the Chelsea away-match style) to maintain your car's all-round vision and protect other motorists, particularly bikers. You might wind your windows up if you're joyfully and fervently singing patriotic songs in Central. The police might pull you over, and breathalyse you. Lantau villagers' flag-waving reminds us to invite our Transport Department officials and legislators to give us good reasons why we're not driving on the right, in line with the rest of the nation, and most of the world. Couldn't Hong Kong phase in left-hand-drive cars over three years? We doubt our rich will mind. The switch in lanes might minimise their wait for deliveries of right-hand-drive batches from Dingolfing and Modena, and allow mainland marques to test their cars in east-meets-west Hong Kong before they export them worldwide. Hong Kong was the seven-seater Mazda5's first export stop, so, why can't the city be as open to mainland marques as its Japanese counterparts? Perhaps we could drive on the right in Lantau. Finally, we pass a Hong Kong concourse tip to our pals in the PLA (below), who are opening barracks to the public, today: assign one armoured car for the children to jump on and barrier the rest. It saves cleaning up.