8 OCTOBER 2016
Sino Group is delighted to share that the inaugural Gold Coast Motor Festival, held during the National Day Weekend of 1 and 2 October 2016, has attracted more than 15,000 delighted festival-goers. The world-class Gold Coast Motor Festival hosted locals and tourists from all walks of life, from motor enthusiasts, car collectors, to families and children, making it an unforgettable weekend for everyone who came. 'This is a very encouraging result for the first edition of Gold Coast Motor Festival, a new mega event carefully curated to add to Hong Kong’s status as Asia’s world City and positively contribute to Hong Kong's tourism,' remarked Mr Robert Kaiwai, General Manager of Hong Kong Gold Coast.
'Gold Coast Motor Festival has become Hong Kong’s premier motor celebration with its carefully curated car displays and programme, it is wonderful to see such an inclusive and international event that welcomed car lovers and families,' added Mr Eugene Leung, General Manager of Gold Coast Motor Festival.
Visitors from Hong Kong and around the world had fun participating in a variety of family-oriented activities at Gold Coast Motor Festival, while motor enthusiasts admired over 60 coveted collector cars – ranging from La Ferrari, Porsche 918, Pagani Huayra, McLaren F1, Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, Ferrari Daytona, Nissan R34 Z Tune, BMW Z1, Aston Martin V8 Zagato Volante, Pontiac Firebird, Jaguar E-Type Roadster, Ferrari F40 and Porsche 959, providing motoring aficionados with a rare and unmissable opportunity.
A panel of judges comprising the Chief Judge, Mr Joseph Fung, renowned architect and car collector, and a group of automotive experts, including Mr Lawrence Yu MBE, BBS, JP, President of Hong Kong Automobile Association; Mr James Ogilvy-Stuart, Chairman of Aston Martin Owners Clubs (Hong Kong); Mr Frank Yu, founder of the Gravity Partnership & Craft-Bamboo Racing Team; Mr Alain Li, United Autosports racing driver and car collector, and Mr J Philip Rathgen, Chief Executive Officer of Classic Driver and a judging member of the International Prestigious Concours has selected the crème de la crème among the rare gems from over 60 displayed cars at the festival for the Best Competition Hero, Best Collector’s Classic, Best American Muscle, Best Alternative Speedster, Best Dream Super Car, Best Collector’s Porsche, Best Collector’s Aston Martin and Best of Show Winner.
Results of the Concours d’Elegance were announced at the ‘Cars Award Presentation’ held on 1 October 2016.
The award winners are:
Best Alternative Speedster – BMW Z1
Best Collector’s Aston Martin – Aston Martin V8 Zagato Volante
Best Competition Hero – Nissan R33 400R
Best American Muscle – Pontiac Firebird
Best Collector’s Classic – Jaguar E-Type Roadster
Best Dream Super Car – Ferrari F40
Best Collector’s Porsche – Porsche 959
Best of Show Winner – Ferrari F40
The UBS x MakerBay Electric Vehicle Lab was another crowd-pleasing highlight at the Motor Festival which the Financial Secretary, The Hon Mr John Tsang Chun-wah, GBM, JP and other officiating guests visited on the opening day, testing the VR (virtual reality) application and viewing the electric vehicle prototype. The home-grown concept car is based on the Open Source Vehicle (OSVehicle) technology. The EV Lab is led by a team of innovative and primarily student designers and engineers. Children visitors also had the chance to create their own concept cars with 3D printing.
Kids were particularly thrilled by the Tomica Wonderland with multiple interactive workshops and a spin-the-wheel lucky draw, while talented young artists had an immersive creative session at the Art Futures Kids Art Zone. Other festival activities featured the hugely popular Gold Coast electric outdoor mini train ride and the car-themed bouncy castles and inflatables.
A series of Gold Coast Motor Talks were conducted during the Gold Coast Motor Festival. One of the most interactive sessions was hosted by Mr Douglas Young, founder of Goods of Desire (G.O.D.) Lifestyle Group and an avid vintage car collector, and Mr Carl Yuen, Vice Chairman of the Classic Car Club of Hong Kong, at the main lawn, sharing their passion in collecting classic cars to inspire the next generation of car enthusiasts.
'We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to guests who have come to Gold Coast Motor Festival, to sponsors, partners and car collectors for their staunch support, to judges who have selected the crème de la crème of these rare gems, and to our advisers for their expert advice and guidance that has made Gold Coast Motor Festival a world-class motoring celebration,' said Mr Robert Kaiwai.
'Gold Coast Motor Festival has become one of the signature events on the motor calendar for Hong Kong and the Asia Pacific region in the years to come. It is great for the motor industry, great for tourism, great for Hong Kong. We strive to create a motor festival that can join the likes of Goodwood, Pebble Beach Concours and Villa D’este, and look forward to welcoming guests to the next Gold Coast Motor Festival,' concluded Mr Eugene Leung.
For more information, please visit the official website: http://www.goldcoastmotorfestival.com and follow us on Facebook @goldcoastmotorfestival
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Special thanks to Gold Coast Motor Festival sponsors: Ping An Insurance (Hong Kong) Company Limited, UBS, Izzue, Avis, Telford International, Bremont and Wilson Fine Foods Limited; our Partners: Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Pagani, Porsche, Volkswagen, EDP, I-Automobile Centre, Black Cygnus, Sun Seekers Asia, Suzuki Production, Castelo Concept, Art Futures Group, Tomica, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong Classic Car Club, Aston Martin Owners Club (Hong Kong), Blackbirds, i-Automotive, Hurun Report and Golden Port Enterprise ProRacing.
About Sino Group
Sino Group is one of the leading property developers in Hong Kong with core business in developing residential, office, industrial and retail properties for sale and investment. The Group is also a major player in hotel investment and management, club management, property management, car park operations as well as environmental and security services. With a 11,000-strong team of dedicated professionals, Sino Group strives to consistently deliver quality properties and services that surpass the expectations of customers.
A committed corporate citizen, Sino Group has been actively participating in community services and green activities as well as art and culture events over the years. The Group focuses corporate social responsibility efforts on four areas: Sino Care, Sino Green, Sino Art and Sino Heritage. Sino Land Company Limited (083) has been a constituent member of the Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Index Series since September 2012 for its continual efforts in promoting sustainability.
About Hong Kong Gold Coast
Hong Kong Gold Coast is an accessible yet idyllic retreat merely 30 minutes' drive from the hustles and bustles of the city. Situated by a beautiful marina and Golden Beach, Hong Kong Gold Coast spans hectares of lush greenery and landscape that offers a relaxing leisure lifestyle, attracting international and local holiday-goers as well as friendly neighbourhood communities attracted to the outdoors, sun and sand. Gold Coast Hotel features 453 spacious rooms with family-friendly facilities, including eight kid-themed rooms, as well as amenities for large-scale events, celebrations and corporate retreats. The marina is home to the city's mega yachts and the Golden Beach is one of Hong Kong's longest beaches at half a kilometre in length.
Comprising over 2,000 residences with a well-equipped clubhouse and Hong Kong's largest free-form pool, the resort and conference hotel by the coast, the yacht club with its beautiful marina, and outdoor shopping piazza with alfresco dining offerings, Hong Kong Gold Coast is an all-in-one integrated waterfront precinct that offers a medley of outdoor and indoor enjoyments.