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2020 Porsche Carrera 911S

 

When people talk about Porsche 911, it has always been said:  Nobody needs one but everybody wants one.

 

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 tried the 928 and the 911.

 

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I enjoyed sitting in the 928 more than the 911 as it was more comfortable.  Of course, I had no chance then to take them out for a ride.  For me, I always believe “one day” I will.

 

I continued my study in Manchester and I fell in love with the then newly launched BMW M3.  It was a dream car to me.  That was in 1986 when I was a MArch student.   Almost 30 years later in 2015 I bought a M3 and fulfilled one of my dreams.  It has been a beautiful ride.  It is just that I do not drive it often enough. 

 

It has been 5 years and I must say that I still vividly remember the good old days when I was a student in Nottingham.  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.  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 it would be ready by mid-2021 just before my 60th year birthday -- it has been 40 years! 

 

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Buying a car in Hong Kong is never cheap.  This is because our government levies a 115% tax on each one of them.  However, I believe it is still worth it.  To me, it is not a car, it is an artifact with a beautiful design.  For an architect, 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.

 

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For my day-to-day commute, I have my Pinarello with a 60 years old 200W engine that only consumes good food and fresh air!

 

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-         Nov 2020