02 Aug 2012

Dinner meeting: Classic Car investment and a Motor Museum in Hong Kong

We had two Birthday Boys today: PP Peter and Rtn Al.  PP Paul led us in song to them and President Michael presented a bottle of red wine to Rtn Al and a box of Chinese Cookies as birthday gift.

Our speaker today was Mr. Ian Foster, who talked about “Classic Car investment and a Motor Museum in Hong Kong”.  Ian Foster hails from N.Ireland and has called Hong Kong home for the past 23 years. He is an Architect and City Designer, establishing Urban Design International Co Ltd 18 years ago in HK. To relax his passion is the appreciation of Classic Cars and Motorcycles, with a personal collection of 40 cars and 110 motorcycles. He is the Chairman of the Classic Car Club of HK, Hon. Sec. of the HK Automobile Association, and Founder of the Classic Auto-cycle Museum which proposes to establish a Motor Museum to ensure Hong Kong is recognised as the Motoring Heritage focus of China. Ian is also presently writing a book on the “First 100 years of Motor Vehicles in HK.”

Ian showed us some beautiful pictures of Classic Car and Classic Motorcycles to us, and he gave us some information of the value and investment value of the Classic Motors.  Also, he gave us a lot of practical information of how to import Classic Cars and how to invest the Classic Cars in HK.

He and his friends would like to organize a “Motor Museum” in Hong Kong.  They proposed to use the Former Fanling Magistracy Building owned by the government, which is located at the heart of Fanling new town, in North East New Territories.  The Museum can create another attraction to add to Hong Kong’s stock of tourism and recreational attractions. This facility could be developed with minimal cost, could be operational within six months, and could be Financially sustainable.  They already have the proposal and drafted layout of the Museum and hope to get the approval form the Government.

At the end, Sergeant-at-Arms PP George reported that he collected HK$1920 for raffle and fines, Mr. Foster drew the raffle gift—a model Classic Car—and the winner was Rtn Joe.  Two additional raffle prizes were umbrellas from RI Convention, Bangkok, and the winners were Rtn William and PP Stephen.