Lancia Hyena Zagato - face to face with the myth and Andrea Zagato

Proud to have the Lancia featured on including test drive and interview with Andrea Zagato. Grazie mille!

fiat abarth 750

Motor & Co. presents original short film - "The Travelista"

Motor & Co. is proud to present its second original content short film “The Travelista”, featuring a 1957 Fiat-Abarth 750GT Coupe Zagato on an adventure around the globe in search of the meaning of classic car ownership.

Journal Hong Qi Chairman’s Trophy

Hong Qi wins Chairman's Trophy at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2018

For the first time in the history of Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, a car made in China has won the Chairman’s Trophy. It was build by Hong Qi (literally translates to Red Flag), a manufacturer that supplies limousines exclusively to Chinese government officials including Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai.

This concours condition 1965 Hong Qi CA72 has been in government use until 1970s. Today it is owned by Zongmin “Jason” Huang, one of the largest private collectors in China and the man behind Sanhe Classic Car Museum in the city of Chengdu.

Congratulations Mr. Huang and the team at Sanhe Classic Car Museum!

Mazda Turnpike

Japan's Best Hillclimb - Mazda Turnpike

About 80km southwest of Tokyo in the town of Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, Mazda Turnpike is one of the best kept secrets and often described as Japan’s Nurburgring. The 14km mountain pass offers spectacular scenery as one ascends the mountain through engaging twists and turns on perfectly paved roads. It is privately owned but available to those who are prepared to pay an entrance fee of ¥720 (US$6.50). The entrance is at sea level near Odawara and the road leads all the way to the top of Mount Hakaone.

What are you waiting for?

Gold Coast Motor Festival

2016 Gold Coast Motor Festival: Raising the bar

Hong Kong may well be one of the most challenging cities when it comes to collecting classic cars.  Lack of local supply, high import tax duties and few marque experts are just some of the reasons why we don’t see many classic cars on the road.  Yet, these challenges didn’t stop a group of dedicated collectors from collecting some of the rarest and finest classics and keeping them in Hong Kong.  And for the very first time, Sino Group organised a 4-day Concours d’Elegance event to let these collectors share their automotive passion with everyone who came to the grounds of Hong Kong Gold Coast Hotel.

“My Alfa Romeo is very reliable………until it breaks down!”

– Michael Wan

Unlike Pebble Beach which charges an exorbitant amount for entry, or the Quail which sells tickets on a lottery system, Gold Coast Motor Festival is much more inclusive, making it perfect for family day outing. In addition to the concours, there are bouncy castles, driving simulators, MakerBay Electric Vehicle Lab, Tomica and Kids Art Zone catering to a wide array of visitors.

Gold Coast Motor Festival has certainly raised the bar for Concours d’Elegance in this part of the world and I am already looking forward to next year’s event.

Museo Storico Alfa Romeo

Museo Storico Alfa Romeo

Occupying Alfa Romeo’s former factory grounds in the town of Arese 30 minutes from Milan is the rebirth of perhaps one of the best car museums in the world – Museo Storico Alfa Romeo.  It was closed in 2011 for a major renovation and to much anticipation, reopened its doors to the public on 30 June 2015.  The collection cars, including many concepts and one offs, documents the entire history of Alfa Romeo from its humble origins of building bicycles in 1897 to the production of military shells during WWI, to grand prix race cars in 20’s, railway equipment during WWII, coach built sports cars of the 50’s & 60’s, iconic designs of the 70’s & 80’s to the latest modern cars.

Alfaholic’s, what are you waiting for?


Zagato unveils one-off MV Augusta F4Z

Italian coach builder Zagato has unveiled a one-off motorbike manufactured by MV Augusta at Chantilly Arts & Elegance 2016.  Commissioned by a well-known Japanese collector of Zagato cars, the F4Z represents a digression beyond the car universe for Zagato and the first time it’s designed bodywork for a motorbike.

Even though I don’t know how to ride a motorbike, I want one!  Simply stunning.

Andrea Zagato

An afternoon with Andrea Zagato

For those of you who knows your Italian classics, the name Zagato should be no stranger.  Founded in 1919 by Ugo Zagato, Zagato started its business dressing airplanes and sports cars with light weight bodies.  

Today, it is the only surviving independent coach builder in the world, most notable for its signature “double bubble” roof design. Its latest project is the stunning Aston Martin DB11 unveiled at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este this year.

Zagato pioneered the technique of combining steel structures with aluminium bodies that significantly reduces weight without sacrificing structural integrity.  The same weight saving technique was latter implemented in the construction of race cars.

In 1920’s, Alfa Romeo was the first car manufacturer to commission Zagato to build race cars resulting in the birth of the legendary 6C 1750 Grand Sport. Zagato produced over 200 models and collaborated with many manufacturers including Abarth, AC, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti, Ferrari, Jaguar, Lancia, Lamborghini, Maserati and Rolls Royce.

Nowadays, Zagato is managed by Ugo’s grandson Andrea together with his wife Marella Rivolta, who comes from another automobile family behind Iso.  I am here today to see my 1965 Lancia Flaminia SuperSport Zagato on display.  It’s indeed a privilege to be amongst the very best and most important Zagato cars in the world, let alone sitting next to the very Iso Rivolta owned by the Rivolta family.

What’s more, I got the chance to go inside the restricted area where workers were finishing off the last of the limited production Maserati-powered Zagato Mostro.  And when I said limited production I really meant it – they are making a total of 9 cars only.  There are also 2 Ferraris undergoing transformation that’s so secret I cannot say what they are.

All I can say is – bellissimo!

Alfa Romeo Giuletta SZ Coupe

Best Preserved Vehicle at Villa d'Este: 1961 Alfa Romeo Giuletta SZ Coupe

Two weeks ago, I was the passenger of a 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ Coupe Coda Tronca Prototipo by Zagato at the Vernasca Silver Flag 2016 Hill Climb.  Set on the foothills of a small medieval commune 120km northwest of Bologna, Vernasca is home to a 3-day hill climb event held in June every year.

This Alfa is no stranger in the classic car world.  It just won the Best Preserved Vehicle Award at FIVA World Motoring Heritage Year Unesco Patronage at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2016. I had a chat with the owner Corrado Lopresto about his philosophy behind the restoration.

“I decided to work on only half the car, leaving the other half exactly as found, freezing everything in time – dust included.”

Owner, Corrado Lopresto

Drawing inspirations from the world of archaeology and art, he decided to leave half of the car completely untouched while carefully restoring the other.  Celebrating the car’s history took precedence over cosmetic beauty.  Octane Magazine published an excellent article titled “Restoration Renaissance” in their July 2016 issue if you want to find out more about this car.

Jerry Seinfeld made headlines last year when he paid a whopping US$583,000 (Pre-sale estimate was $325k to $375k) for a unrestored 1958 Porsche 356A Speedster at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach Auction.  It broke all records to achieve the highest-ever auction price for a 356A Speedster.  Sports Car Market Magazine‘s Miles Collier described the sale as, “An abused, neglected car sells for silly money”.

Seinfeld and Lopresto saw the same values others didn’t – real cars driven by real people on real roads.  Concours d’elegance around the world are starting to introduce Preservation Class to reflect an appreciation towards authenticity.  Classic cars are no longer expected to look brand new again.

Now I don’t feel so bad making a small dent on the bumper of my Lancia Flaminia when I accidentally backed it into a column in the garage at Villa d’Este.  That’s a piece of history I contributed to the car, and the column, that belongs exclusively to me.


Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2016

Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este 2016

If I were only to pick one classic car event a year to go, Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este would be my choice.  Why?  For starters, it’s in Italy, the mecca for classic car disciples.  I simply cannot think of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than sipping prosecco while admiring some of the most beautiful classic cars from around the world on the picturesque grounds of the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este against the backdrop of Lake Como.  La dolce vita!

“We Italians like to host big parties in small places.”

Federico Fermi, Sales Manager of ZED Milano

“We Italians like to host big parties in small places”, said Federico Fermi, Sales Manager of ZED Milano, better known as Zagato Milano, as we made our pilgrimage towards Lake Como in his Fiat 500.  It’s really not that bad considering where I come from, I’ve seen much worse when it comes to many people in small places.  And today is the private day which means only participants and invited guests are allowed entry.  The rest of the public will have to wait until the next day to see the cars at Villa Erba right next door.

50 of the finest and rarest cars of great historical significance congregate here every year to compete for the Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este Award – the holy grail of classic car ownership.  This is equivalent to the Best of Show in other concour events.  Each visitor receives a ballot to cast a vote on their favorite car, the ballots are counted and results announced the next day.  This year’s bragging rights went to the owner of a 1933 Lancia Astura Serie II.  I personally voted for the 1968 Bizzarrini GT Europa 1900GT which received the Mention of Honor (basically came 2nd) in its Class G – GT Man is Back The Golden Era of Car Design, 1950-75.  It’s such a rare car that only 17 1900GTs were ever built.  The Trofeo BMW Group Best in Show Award, voted by a panel of judges, went to a 1954 Maserati A6 GCS. To view the full list of participants, click here.

Neither is it all about classic cars.  Car manufacturers also use the occasion to showcase their new concepts.  Renault showed the Alpine Vision, a successor to its highly successful rally car A110 from 60’s-70’s.  Alfa Romeo displayed the Disco Volante by Touring, Bugatti brought the Vision Gran Turismo, Pinninfarina the H2 Speed and Mazda the RX Vision.

Andrea Zagato, grandson of founder Ugo, was there to launch the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Concept. For only the fifth time in the last five decades, the two companies have collaborated to produce yet another great GT.  Mechanically based on the V12 Vanquish,  the engine is uprated to 600 bhp.  Each body panel is different from the stock version and made from carbonfibre so the car is much lighter.  Production will be limited to 100 so get your cheque books ready.


(Bottom Left) Federico Fermi, (Bottom Right) Darrin Woo & Andrea Zagato


(Top left to bottom right) 1962 Facel Vega Facel II, 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ, 1964 Porsche 911, 1980 Lamborghini Athon, 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato, 1937 Bugatti Type 57 SC Atalante, 1968 Fiat Morreti 850 Sportiva SS, 1960 Bentley Continental S2 Fastback & 1954 Maserati A6 GCS