2021 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.
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 -- that was in 1986 when I was a 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 am not driving it often enough – doing 35,000KM in 5 years.
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 it would be ready by mid-2021 just before my 60th year birthday -- it has been 40 years since my student days!
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.
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