The One With Top Marques Macau – Fast & Furious

Let’s face it, it’s not every day that a foodie gets to ride in a Lamborghini race car, still warm from its recent run at a real grand prix. But that’s exactly what happened to me last weekend, as I spent a day last weekend at the Top Marques Macau, the only live supercar show in the world! This world famous exhibition was held at the Venetian Macau.

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The four of us bloggers attended not as any Tom, Dick, and Harry yo… as real VIPs, thanks to Elle (girl, you rock!!!).

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So what does a VIP get to do? First of all, of course, you get a buffet food and (more importantly) bottomless champagne. This is key as a hungry foodie is not a happy foodie, especially after an hour of bumpy ride to Macau.

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Okay, so the food wasn’t that great. But that’s not why the four of us bloggers were there for. Top Marques Macau is a showcase of the most luxurious cars in the world, alongside some of the finest watches, arts, properties and fashion money can buy.

This, my friends, is a Pagani.

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I have no idea how much this would cost, but I am sure it will cost all my arms and legs, and then some. And then the door went up and…

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… I get to sit in it. A Pagani. Perhaps it was a cheap thrill, but hey, can YOU say you sat in a Pagani?

And then we were off to see this giant of an automobile.

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Weighing some six tonnes, this Conquest is bulletproof and reminds me of transformers. It was obviously a testosterone-fueled toys for the boys, one so manly I half expecting women who came near will sprout spontaneous mustaches.

Don’t let the photo deceives you; the car (or should I call it a truck?) towers a good one metre above me.

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But of course I need to sit in it. I felt so ballsy back then I had to keep my legs wide open.

And so on and on it went, car after fast cars. I am no car enthusiast, but even I can see the marvelous beauty of steel and rubber perfectly designed to fulfill the wild dreams of even the fussiest collectors.

Here’s a white, streamlined and painfully sleek Jaguar.

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And then I got enarmoured with an Aston Martin. An Aston Martin! I don’t want a Mini anymore, I want this.

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What car show would be complete without the accompanying female beauties? Here’s a gorgeus, demure model in white posing with an equally gorgeous Maserati.

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A tall, sleek beauty in black with an even sleeker Ferrari.

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Get an overload of cars yet? No? Alright, then head on to this Flickr set for endless photos I took at the car show.

Towards the end of the show, we were told to try our luck to test drive some of the cars being exhibited. Yes, these humble bloggers are about to ride in some of the most expensive cars in Macau.

Sitting in anticipation at the guest waiting area.

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One short bus ride later, we arrived at the test track, which is round a stadium.

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If you think this is too good to be true, you are probably right. The test track is so popular among VIP guests that the waiting lists were packed to the brim. But after some, uhm, negotiation with our hosts, this humble foodie, whose major car experience involves a 20-year old Proton Saga back in Malaysia, got to ride in this.

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I dubbed it the car of the future. It’s a La Barata, a eco-friendly car running on electricity. It has the exoskelton of a cockroach, and the nose of snake. It was built in China and was being developed into a versatile track day racer in Australia.

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This bizarre project may sound like another race car builder’s pipe dream. That is until you sit in it.

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You won’t even feel it when the engine got started. I jerked in surprise as the car went smoothly into the ride. To say my nerve was shot to pieces would probably be an understatement.

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Pretty cool, eh? But luck was not on my side today. A few metres into the ride, the car owner, Richard told me that the car is not speeding up as it usually does, which is easily above 110 miles per hour. Apparently when it came to my turn the car battery ran low and the fastest we went was a “measly” 50 miles per hour.

Still, a ride is a ride. It was a very pleasant and still a very fast cruise around the test track.

And then of course there was the obligatory ride in the Lamborghini race car.

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This fast baby was still warm from its grand prix race the week before, and was designed to race, and nothing else. There was no aircond, the door handle was a piece of leather (I am not joking), even the seats felt like bare plastic.

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But there was no mistake that this baby can race. My heart was bumping hard and sweats were trickling down my forehead as we raced round the stadium. The ride must have been at most two minutes, but I felt like it has been a lifetime ago since I boarded it.

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Like I said, it was a good day in Macau when a foodie like me get a taste of life in the fast (racing) lane. It didn’t make me want to sell my entire family to get a racing car, but goddamnit sitting in one felt damn good.

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A shoutout to my fellow bloggers: Josie Tao of Josie Tao News, Casey Lau of @hypercasey and Shing of 21st Century Boys. It was a slap and a hoot hanging out with you guys, and certainly an afternoon to remember.

Till the next race, eh?

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