Old, fast and furious

Old, fast and furious

Young Post junior reporters get the chance to see some funky classic cars at the Charter Road Show

On the first weekend of October a group of Young Post junior reporters had a look at the classic cars on display at the Chater Road Show. The annual event, organised by the Classic Car Club, showcases rare automobiles.

The club's vice-chairman, Ian Foster, showed the reporters around and told stories about each of the 88 cars on display. Several of the cars come from his own private collection.

Working in pairs as a photographer and a writer, the junior reporters present their favourite cars from the show.

Reporter: Ruby Leung
Photographer: William Cheng

When we first saw this plain old grey car, we didn't think much of it. It seemed like the most ordinary car on show.

The DeLorean DMC 12 was made in Britain in 1981. At first glance the only interesting thing about the model was its licence plate, which said: "Outatime."

But never judge a care by its license plate. As Classic Car Club vice-chairman Ian Foster showed us, the doors of the car flung open upwards - like a bird's wings.

We almost expected the car to take flight with those wing-like doors!

Reporter: Janet Tam Ka-wing
Photographer: Gurung Eina

We picked the Morris Mini Cooper 970 S. The car on show, which was made in 1964 in Britain, may have looked like a toy, but it can get up to a speed of 150km/h.

On the downside, there is no air-conditioning in the little passenger compartment so it can get pretty hot in there. Well, you can always roll down the window, we guess.

The minis cost between HK$150,000 and HK$200,000 and were once very popular. Mr Bean also drives one.

We love Mr Bean so we definitely love his car.

Reporter: Kobe Lee Wai-ling
Photographer: Arjun Sivakumar

The Rolls Royce Phantom II Sedanca de Ville was launched in the Britain in 1930.

Each of the model's 1,680 cars was assembled by a coachbuilder who had his name inscribed inside the car body. It has a 7768cc engine and can reach a speed of 110km/h.

The car on display belongs to The Peninsula hotel, where guests can rent it for a ride. The hotel paints its fleet of Rolls Royce cars in the same shade of green known as "The Peninsula green".

But in any colour, the Rolls Royce Phantom II truly catches the eye.

Reporter and photographer: Karen Fong

Many of us have seen the Back to the Future and James Bond series, but few of us know what cars the actors used in the movies. If you visited the show you would have seen them among the 88 classic cars on display.

The DeLorean DMC 12 was used in the Back to the Future series. Several Bond adventures featured an Aston Martin DB5, which first appeared in Goldfinger in 1964. One car from the film fetched US$2 million at auction in 2006.

"I like cars. I own around 40 classic cars from all over the world," said Foster, who had many of them on display.

My favourite was a Chevrolet Corvette from the 1960s. The car was imported from the US and it is a left-hand drive, which disqualifies it from use on Hong Kong roads. You can drive around in the Chevy here only after receiving a one-day permit to take the car out into the traffic.

So it is a car just for joyrides.

Reporter and photographer Karen Natalli Wan Hei Ching and Karen Lee Ka Ki

We chose the Bean 18/50 as our favourite car that afternoon. Maybe you have never heard this model, but just have a look and you'll see how amazing it is. The Bean Car is an old model from an old brand. It was manufactured in factories in Coseley, Staffordshire, England, between 1919 and 1929.

There was nothing exceptional about the car at first sight, but when we realised it was the oldest car in the show, we loved it. For its time, it has incredible horse power and great motor. It was probably the coolest car in the 20s.

What’s more, this model is very special because of the scarce amount of production at that time. The design of the car remains modern and unique, and it has cozy seats and detail design.

Reporter and photographer Kris Mak Ho Wang

American muscle cars, Japanese drift cars, etc are fantastic masterpiece, but I never had a chance to see them, until I went to this classic car show. There were Ferraris, Porsches, Jaguars, American muscle cars, and many other amazing models. It made it hard to choose my favourite. But I loved the 1973 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

With its 5.4 litersV8 engine producing astonishingly over 300 horse powers and its 4-speed manual gear box, this corvette can go faster than 200km/h, undoubtedly one of the fastest cars in the world in the 70s. There are only a few numbers of Corvettes in Hong Kong, and to come across one of them, even the new generation, is very rare. Lucky me!

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Emenot Goaway

16:35pm

This shows how ignorant HKgers are, when all the times I was visiting Hong Kong my birth place, they always think that they are so smart and superior comparing to Americans when in reality they are just small fish in a smaller pond! Almost all of HKgers are not DIY capable much less driving a car!