一台與眾不同的保時捷經典

By admin, April 28, 2010 21:38

如果單憑外表﹐很多人肯定會誤以為次車一定是法拉利設計天才Pininfarina大師的另一傑作。但事實它竟然是德國超跑的代表保時捷60年代的經典。尤其Porsche 904 GTS的側面看似法拉利的Dino﹐其實完全不是﹐但為什麼它跟當年的Dino長得像兩兄弟一樣現在也無從考究了。

有一點是肯定的﹐Porsche 904 GTS的設計是前無古人﹐後無來者﹐好像跟一眾保時捷的901/911等拉不上半點血緣關係﹐這也是其中一個我喜歡它的主要原因﹐當然有著意大利優美線條的904 GTS身段加上德國頂尖的引擎技術也是其中一項令眾多收藏者傾慕的原因。

現在還能收到這兩款絕版多時的車模﹐真的還需要點運氣﹐還是那句﹐朋友﹐耐心地等吧﹐如果是你的一定會出現的﹐真的不需要急於用高價買回來﹐要不然之後就後悔莫及了。

 

1/18 Minichamps Porsche 904 GTS – 1964

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1/18 Minichamps Porsche 904 GTS – 24H Le Mans 1964

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A British Tradition: The New Bentley Mulsanne

By admin, April 28, 2010 12:52

Adidas Barricade V Black/Core Teal

By admin, April 27, 2010 22:37

Finally, worth all the waiting since Feb, it looks so cool in reality!

The only problem: it is the last version of Barricade V, really hoping Adidas can keep the tradition of Barricade V forever.

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我收藏的第一台Hotwheels Super Elite

By admin, April 26, 2010 20:56

兩年前我買了本“車主”雜誌﹐封面就是今天的主角F430 Scuderia﹐這期之所以吸引我最主要的原因還是因為雜誌封面Scuderia漂亮的屁股﹐那性感的意國風情的確有一種難以形容的吸引力。

之後陸續看見有同好在MC分享他們的Hotwheels F430 Scuderia﹐那時的Super Elite也推出了﹐唯一記得它那昂貴的售價令人十分卻步。之後也曾經有過不少的機會可以收藏到普通Elite版的Scuderia﹐但不是因為賣家要得價錢高昂就是車身已經起了細微的泡泡。

後來有天在車模店看見了Super Elite F430 Scuderia的實物後就給它那特別的顏色(跟Elite版的不同)和精緻的做工吸引了﹐但無奈對于它高昂的價格實在對不起它的質量(品質是好了不少﹐但這價格如果跟同級的京商BBR或者CMC比﹐性價比還是差遠了)﹐所以最終還是放棄了。

直至最近一次偶然的機會在國外拍賣網站發現了原來有個美國的賣家陸陸續續地在這幾個月裡出售了近20來台代Super Elite表F430 Scuderia﹐而且價格十分之吸引﹐我也加入了搶購潮﹐經過了幾次的失敗後﹐這次終于給我bid到了。

今天終于收到了從美國寄來的包裹﹐人家外國朋友果然做生意特別的老實﹐是新的就是新的﹐一點花假也沒有﹐乾淨的盒子﹐幾乎完美光亮的油漆(再次證明好東西都跑到日本﹑德國﹑英國和美國﹐排名分先後次序)﹐這特別的Scuderia顏色跟我之前收的那台BBR的酒紅色F430極之接近但又的確不同﹐酒紅色的那台BBR F430是一種高貴神秘的法國波爾多紅酒的色調﹐但Scuderia呈現的則是跑道上的一片紅色激昂的戰意。

老實說﹐Hotwheels即使拿出最頂級的車模級別(Super Elite)跟其它廠如BBR的F430比﹐其精密程度仍然給BBR比了下去﹐但如果以這個近半價的優惠價格來看﹐Super Elite F430 Scuderia還是絕對值得買的﹐另外最主要的是Super Elite F430 Scuderia的前輪高度做對了﹐沒有BBR的那堆F430來的這麼高(自己認為怪﹐有機會一點會DIY調整一下高度)﹐而且它的內飾採用了大量的蝕刻片和仿碳纖來刻劃出Scuderia那種與眾不同的賽場氣派﹐再加上那完美的油漆(從來都沒見過這麼漂亮的Hotwheels漆面)﹐所以說這款車模絕對是Hotwheels近十年做的最有誠意之作。

總括來說﹐Hotwheels和BBR的各有各的精彩﹐而且它倆是完全不同的F430款式﹐如果你有機會﹐建議兩台都是必收之選﹗

1/18 Hotwheels Super Elite Ferrari F430 Scuderia

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Current Project: VMWare vSphere with Equallogic iSCSI SAN

By admin, April 25, 2010 23:39

Currently I am involving in a massive virtualization project that I am responsible for transforming and restructuring client’s 10 years old enterprise datacenter into something Much GREEN, mainly using VMWare’s vShpere and Dell Equallogic iSCSI SAN as the their major storage solution. Each node will be deployed on the latest Dell Poweredge R815 powered by AMD’s 12-core “Magny-Cours” Opteron with 128GB memory on each server, latest technology like DRS/HA/FT/vStorage/DPM making a long time dream comes true finally. 

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Recently, I find myself can’t live without virtualization more and more, for example the above will result in consolidating 10 racks to 3 servers and 2 Equallogic 6000 series boxes occupying half rack only with much reliable fault tolerance and failover as well as at a fractional cost than before, just think about the electricity and rack space saving alone, making virtualization irresistible!

經典的50年代Jaguar英國綠

By admin, April 22, 2010 12:38

一直都很喜歡英國跑車的那種含蓄美﹐跟英國紳士般的風度一樣﹐優雅來的又不失應有的氣勢。英國跑車就如007 Bond般﹐在筆挺西裝紳士般的外表下﹐擁有著一副強而有力咆哮的引擎

這款經典的Jaguar50年代英國綠代表了其車廠曾經輝煌的一刻﹐全身線條優美﹐尤其是車頭的那種難以形容的英倫式優雅和浪漫更令人陶醉。

因某些原因﹐一直都在等待它的出現﹐今天朋友再次割愛﹐才能得到心頭好﹐真有說不出的高興。

 

1/18 Autoart  Jaguar XK-SS 1956 Steve McQueen Private Collection

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最近樓下經常有架香蕉色的Lotus Exige出沒

By admin, April 15, 2010 23:14

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史上最貴拍賣成交紀錄的經典法拉利跑車

By admin, April 15, 2010 22:29

原來不打算收250 Testa Rossa﹐因為總覺得CMC沒把它的外形完美複製﹐尤其是車頭太扁太窄了。但自從今天親眼看見這款剛出的250 Testa Rossa限量版之後﹐我就完全改觀了﹐極有可能是黑色車頭加紅鼻子的視覺效果特別明顯﹐這樣的配搭果然令車頭顯得特別的有氣勢﹐加上紅色的內飾﹐實在太美了﹐觀賞了近1個鐘頭後﹐仔細從3個裡挑了個質量不錯的﹐感覺真好﹗之後才發現原來它就是去年在拍賣會上那款破了史上最貴成交紀錄的經典法拉利跑車(英鎊9.02 Million)﹗沒錯﹐是港幣1個億﹗﹗﹗

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同日也進了這台做工相當不錯的法拉利的308 GTS﹐來自80年代美國電視劇Oricalc Crisis Division – Magnum PI﹐收它的原因主要是因為自己很喜歡308/328/288這一系列七八十年代的所有車款﹐其實自己已經收齊了京商所有的這一系列的車款﹐但因為這款Hotwheels Elite 出色的做工實在有極大的進步﹐而且經典的淺啡色內飾比京商紅色的GTS更80年代﹐也精緻的多﹐並且有不少地方跟京商版的都有些出入﹐所以變成了我的必收之選﹗但另外那款黃色的308 GTS就沒太大興趣了﹐因為內飾跟京商的是同顏色﹐都是黑色的﹐如果以後見到它減價再入不遲。

 

1/18 CMC Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 1957 “Pontoon Fender” (Chassis No. 0714)

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1/18 Hotweels Elite Ferrari 308 GTS Red (Oricalc Crisis Division – Magnum PI)
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1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa Sets New Auction World Record at €9.02 Million

By admin, April 15, 2010 22:00

As predicted, the legendary pontoon-fender 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa set a new world record on Sunday at the third annual Ferrari Leggenda e Passione event as RM Auctions, in association with Sotheby’s managed to sell the historic Prancing Horse model for an astonishing €9,020,000 or with the current exchange rates, US$12.2 million. The most expensive motor car ever to be sold at an auction fetched €1,980,000 more than the previous auction world record which was set at the same sale last year.

“The historical significance of this car attracted a bidding war as collectors from around the world – both in the room and on the telephone – competed to secure one of the most alluring and iconic of all Ferrari racing cars,” said Max Girardo, Managing Director of RM Europe.

The Scaglietti-designed ‘pontoon-fender’ 250 Testa Rossa was produced from 1957 to 1958 during which only a mere 22 examples were built. The Ferrari 250 TRs participated in 19 international championship races from 1958 through 1961 taking first place in ten of them. The specific 250 TR with chassis no. 0714TR, took part in many important races including the 1000 km Buenos Aires in January 1958.

This particular 250 Testa Rossa, number 0714TR, was successfully raced during the late 50’s and early sixties in places like Brazil, Cuba, and Portugal and after an active career now exists in this restored state, wearing it’s factory black and red livery. Every aspect of the car is factory perfect right down to the crackle finish on the valve covers of the snarling V12. Only 22 of these pontoon fender Testa Rossas were ever built, and after the 250 GTO, the 250 TRs are considered the most desirable Ferrari’s in history. Current private valuations of lesser examples of these cars hover around $8 million, and if the auction price rises to that level it enters the hunt to become the most expensive car ever sold at auction. We couldn’t think of a more worthy titleholder.

 

LEGENDARY FERRARI ‘PONTOON-FENDER’ TESTA ROSSA EXPECTED TO BREAK WORLD AUCTION RECORD AT FERRARI LEGGENDA E PASSIONE
RM Auctions, in association with Sotheby’s, announce the most significant and desirable Ferrari to be offered on the world’s auction stage – the legendary 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa (TR). Expected to set a new world record* for a vintage motor car sold at auction, this exciting car will be offered at RM Auctions’ exclusive ‘Ferrari Leggenda e Passione’ event, May 17, 2009 in Maranello, Italy.

LONDON, England (February 5, 2009) – RM Auctions, in association with Sotheby’s, will present one of the most historically significant and valuable Ferrari racing cars ever offered at auction, the legendary 1957 Ferrari 250 TR (chassis no. 0714TR), when the famed Ferrari Leggenda e Passione event returns to Maranello, May 17, 2009. Held during the final stretch of the famous Mille Miglia retrospective, the exclusive annual event will offer an unprecedented collection of historic Ferraris for auction.

Considered one of the most alluring, competitive and iconic of all Ferrari racing cars, the beautiful and immediately recognizable Scaglietti-designed, ‘pontoon-fender’ 250 TR was produced from 1957 to 1958 during which only 22 were constructed. The Ferrari 250 TRs entered 19 international championship races from 1958 through 1961 emerging with 10 victories and earning them legendary status among discerning collectors, as well as the honor of being one of the most desirable and competitive racing Ferraris ever built.

“This legendary 250 TR is one of the most exciting motor cars ever to be presented in auction history,” said Max Girardo, Managing Director of RM Europe.

“The Ferrari Leggenda e Passione event, now in its third year, is firmly established as the place to sell important road and race going Ferraris, and we are delighted to present this stunning 250 TR at its Maranello birthplace,” he added.

0714TR was extensively campaigned in its day with significant finishes at the world’s most important racing events and is now being offered at auction for the first time. The car is resplendent in its period race-correct black livery and red nose.

In December 1957, this car was delivered to its first owner, racing driver and future coachbuilder, Piero Drogo in Modena, Italy. Drogo debuted the car as a privateer in the celebrated 1000 km Buenos Aires in January 1958 with a respectable fourth place finish competing with such legendary drivers as Phil Hill, Peter Collins, Wolfgang von Trips and Olivier Gendebien. Following entries in the Grand Prix of Cuba and Portugal, the car was sold by American Ferrari agent Luigi Chinetti to Texas rancher and entrepreneur Alan Connell whose competitive driving skills and affluence afforded him several wins on the 1959 North American racing circuit. 0714TR continued its prowess on the track with subsequent owners and competed in its last professional race in June 1963 at the Elkhart Lake 500.

The Ferrari 250 TR has become an enduring and exceedingly valuable classic whose soaring lines and sculptural elegance give it a sense of speed even when standing still. The legendary s/n 0714TR is by far the most campaigned of the 250TR cliente series cars with a fascinating ownership and racing history, establishing its rarified place in the collector world as one of the most beautiful and valuable Ferraris ever offered in auction history.

All cars presented at the Ferrari Leggenda e Passione event will be certified by Ferrari Classiche.

*Note to Editors: The current world record for the most expensive vintage motor car ever to be sold at auction is held by RM Auctions, in association with Sotheby’s, for a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder (s/n 2377GT) which sold for $10,894,400 USD (€7,040,000, £5,598,208 GBP). This current world record was set at Ferrari Leggenda e Passione, in Maranello, Italy on May 18, 2008.

人生三件事

By admin, April 12, 2010 12:12

一個英文網頁上有一文,題為”This is beautiful 3 things”,讀後覺得很有意思,謹介紹一下。括號內是我加的按語。

※生命中三樣東西一旦去了就再也追不回來,它們是:時間;詞語;機會。(詞語的意思是說,一旦說出去的話就收不回來。這三樣東西都要好好把握。)

※生命中三樣東西是你永遠不會也不應失去的,它們是:和平;希望;誠實( Honesty)。(和平當然不是指世界和平,而是心境的和平;人不管處在如何困難的境地也不要失去希望;誠實所指也是個人修為。)

※生命中三樣東西是最有價值的,它們是:愛;自信;朋友。(愛和朋友指排除因功利而建立的愛與朋友關係。)

※生命中三樣東西是永遠不確定的,它們是:夢想;成功;運氣( Fortune)。(怎樣才算實現夢想?成功,運氣,又如何定義?)

※生命中三樣東西足以成就一個男人/女人( that make a man/ woman):勤奮;真誠( Sincerity);承擔( Commitment)。(也許這是做人的基本要求,少了這三樣,很難說是一個真正的人。)

※生命中三樣東西足以毀掉一個男人/女人:酗酒;傲慢;憤怒。(酗酒的人不常見,但傲慢與憤怒則是許多人常有的毛病。至於吸毒,濫性,嗜賭成癮,則已超出正常人生之外,不屬「人生三件事」的討論範圍了。)

※生命中三樣東西一旦失去就難以再建立:尊重;信任;友誼。(三者中以信任最重要,尊重和友誼都由信任建立。)

※生命中三樣東西若擁有就不會失敗:真正的愛;果斷;信念。(真正的愛,應不是單指男女之愛吧,儘管那是人生的重要部分。)

這是值得記住的人生之三。

李怡

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