“Nobody needs one but everybody wants one.”
2021 Porsche Carrera 911S
If I can still remember correctly, when I was a student in Nottingham, from time to time between studio submissions, I went to the Porsche showroom to sit in their cars. I sat in the 928 and the 911. I enjoyed sitting in the 928 more than the 911 as it was more comfortable, but the look of the 911 appealed more. I had no chance then to take them out for a ride. For me, I always believe “one day” I will.
In late 2020, Porsche bought out its electric Taycan. I went to the showroom and tried it. I liked it. However, since my housing estate hesitated to allow me to install a charging device, I reckoned I would have no way to owning one soon. While I was in the Porsche showroom, I sat in their newly launched 911 (992). I suddenly recalled my Nottingham days when I was still young, energetic and hopeless. I told myself, why not. A few weeks later, I went back and ordered a grey-colour 911 Carrera S with a 335KW engine. I was told that it would be ready by May/June 2021, or just before my 60th year birthday – I have been waiting 40 years since my student days!
Buying a car in Hong Kong is never cheap. This is because our government levies a 130% tax on each one of them L. Nevertheless, to me, 911 is not just a car, it is an artifact with a beautiful timeless design. For an architect/designer, it is an object that signifies the Modern Movement and the beginning of a new machine age. Hence, I will not just drive it as a car to go around, I will appreciate and enjoy it as an object – on the road of course.
This 1961 Porsche (356B) came out the year I was born
For my day-to-day commute, I have my Pinarello with a 60-year-old 200W engine that only consumes good food and fresh air!
- Nov 2020