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A meeting with a McLaren 

One of my neighbours told me that he was invited to test drive a Rolls Royce in Hong Kong via LinkedIn last week. 

He was very surprised to have made it onto the target list and quite intrigued about how the algorithm/ marketing person decides what job titles would be the right level for Rolls Royce ownership. (R, if you do go, can we join you for the ride?)

I walk past the McLaren and Rolls Royce dealerships in Wu Chung House, Wanchai, almost everyday. I’ve seen parties thrown in the Rolls Royce showroom but never seen anyone browsing. The “Wraiths” do disappear from time to time, presumably for photo shoots, display elsewhere or perhaps test drives. It’s always a sight when the staff open those glass doors and drive the Rolls straight out onto the pavement, off the curb bouncing off onto the street.

Interview in the McLaren Showroom

The McLaren showroom is a different matter. Linked to the Rolls showroom by an internal door (same owner perhaps), it’s starkly contrasted by having a black interior floor and ceiling. The Rolls Royce showroom is lit up in a “heavenly white” (sort of a creamy butter-white actually). 


The McLaren showroom hasn’t hosted any parties but it does occasionally host interviews and provides a backdrop. A sports supercar or two do occasionally disappear for a day or two but nowhere near as often as the Rolls Royce. 


The McLaren cars are quite a marvel to look at, although I wish that the owner and staff would not be such anti social and marketing idiots. I mean, why put a toy McLaren car in the window that says “Not For Sale”? 


If it’s not for interacting, why display it at all? Tesla on the other hand has a toy car in the window and it is for sale. You can get the same colour car for your kid. Inspiration and aspiration both rolled into one.


Why have a showroom on the ground floor by a bus stop if you’re not inviting people in?

Here’s a list of speeds versus price of McLaren versus the new everyday supercar, Tesla. Now that’s a value proposition.

Tesla versus sports supercars speed versus price by Bloomberg

 Unfortunately McLaren is spelt incorrectly in the table above but you get the idea.

Free parking with purchase at Lee Tung Avenue

Announcement: For all the drivers congesting the roads of Wan Chai...! Hooray for reduction in roadside PM2.5 and other particulates! At least until the end of 2016 anyway.

Please use your Octopus card as this applies to electronic payment only (presumably so they can track how many).

Free parking for 1 hour with a $200 spend.

Free parking for 2 hours with a $300 spend.

Free parking for 3 hours with a $500 spend.

Essentially a meal or shopping at the supermarket would pretty much cover the spending amount, so it’s worth it if you need to meet someone in Wan Chai and run your errands. Get your driver to park the car instead of idling and going around in circles. 

To get into the parking lot, enter from Queens Road East into Spring Garden Lane. About half way down on your left, you will see the entrance for the car park and drop off area in the basement ( near supermarket). 
I haven’t checked if the car park has electric chargers but given that Tesla is a tenant, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise.

First City Tree in Hong Kong will be installed in Wan Chai

Could Wan Chai be the urban district in Hong Kong with the cleanest air?

In exciting news today, the government has announced that the City Tree project is underway, the first of which will be installed outside Hopewell Center.

Roadside traffic pollution is particularly bad, those enviro 500 buses often spew out large amounts of exhaust, everyone waiting for buses are victims inhaling high levels of PMI 2.5.

I saw the sign for a city tree on Lee Tung Avenue while it was under construction. It was situated outside the present restaurant called Hay, right beside the upcoming Tesla Showroom in QRE. With these ideas and new tenants, perhaps we’ll see much more energy efficient installations in Wan Chai. Presently, a planter stands where the City Tree signage was.

This next picture indicates what it does.


Well, it would be good to have an area of clean air in Wan Chai, although there is no mention of when. There is massive construction beside Hopewell Center and I have a sneaky suspicion it’s not going to get installed until the construction is done (i.e. in another few years).