Hong Kong is known for its hustle 'n' bustle and kung fu flicks, but what about its car community? Hidden amongst the endless rows of skyscrapers and cramped living spaces is a scene that has remained relatively quiet. In the '90s, Hong Kong's film industry made an attempt to expose the tuner community when the golden era of JDM sports cars was all the buzz. But their attempts did not amass to Fast and Furious levels. No matter the case, many Hong Kong natives were, and still are, very passionate about cars.
Last summer, we had the pleasure of supporting the Copaze x 1013MM car meet, a first-time event in the heart of the city. Copaze is a Hong Kong-based automotive lifestyle club, while 1013MM is a photography blog/service run by Super Street contributor John Zhang; together, they hosted a Daikoku PA-like gathering that went late into the night and exceeded everyone's expectations.
Although the meet was scheduled to start around midnight at the Harbour City Ocean Terminal Car Park, cars arrived almost three hours early to claim their parking spaces and avoid traffic. For the most part, the early attendance was the result of two reasons-the anticipation that this would be the largest meet Hong Kong has ever had, and the excitement of all the different makes and models congregating under one roof, something the autonomous territory has never seen before.
As more and more cars filled the garage, people got rowdier throughout the night. There were even a couple hours when the entrance was blocked with traffic as cars were circling endlessly to find a place to hardpark. The estimated 800-person crowd didn't help the situation. It was honestly an amazing sight to see and something the local enthusiasts have never before witnessed.
As with all big meets, law enforcement eventually caught wind, but since nothing like this has ever happened before, there was no set protocol for the authorities to control the situation. So the gathering was allowed to go on and was met with celebratory revving that echoed around the carpark.
From this meet, we wondered where the Hong Kong scene has been hiding for all these years. We were told this is only just the beginning, and you can bet we'll be there when the underground comes out to play again.
One of the few supercharged S2000s in Hong Kong. This one features Mugen goodies and a Comptech blower.
The Copaze crew really comes together because of its affinity for the S2000-great choice of cars for the long, smooth highways of Hong Kong.
This enormous van was pretty sweet on TEs.
Liberty Walk BMW Z4 on Forgestar, something we'd normally see in California!
The owner of this R33 Skyline uses green vinyl to make sure his car stands out.
Even the big boys came out to play...
Rare to see a Supra on the streets of HK, but this meet brought out everyone!
Amuse Superleggera kit on this 350Z.
If you haven't already guessed it, TE37s are quite the popular wheel choice in HK.
Pink Group is one of the main car crews in Hong Kong, and you guessed it...your car has to be a shade of pink to join.
This Nissan Juke is kinda cool! Well played, HK!