瀟灑走一回
A Chic Tour

當你擁有一輛外形華麗、同時內藏一身好本領的名車,當然要找一處名城瀟灑走一回,充分向世界展示名車與車主的完美互動關係。
Streets in grand cities are the best sites for a top-tier car to showcase its best qualities, as the choice of locations reflects the dynamic interaction between the vehicle and the owner.

text: T Chan

筆者不止一次說過,汽車,除了最基本的代步功能外,更重要的作用,是呈現車主的性格特質與品味取向;因此,不少愛車之人當擁有心儀的坐駕後,往往會在個人儀容或服飾打扮上花一點心思,務求在理想的個人狀態中開展美妙的旅程。誠然,假如能在對的空間遇上對的汽車那實在更完美不過,試問誰願意陪伴愛驅在停頓的馬路上擠塞30分鐘後再駛進滾滾紅塵的建築地盤旁邊?

幸運的是,筆者由於工作關係,曾走訪世界各地進行試車活動,有些名城地區無論周遭的優美建築加上渾然天成的景色絕對令人豁然開朗、心曠神怡。就好像位於意大利古城摩德納,這地方絕對是車迷的天堂,北有藍寶基尼博物館,南有法拉利博物館,就連帕加尼博物館也在附近,“引擎之都”絕對是名不虛傳,來到這裡可前往參觀費奧拉諾賽道,這是法拉利的測試賽道,縱使不對外開放,但幸運的話還是可以看到車廠的最新測試車在賽道奔跑。

離開法拉利主場,另一令筆者留下深刻印象的地方就是同樣風光怡人,但更具紫醉金迷感覺的蒙地卡羅,相信喜歡一級方程式賽車的朋友一定對於這個城市不陌生。而當中又有多少人曾經幻想過在這座豪華城市以極速奔馳?摩納哥一級方程式大獎賽是一個具有歷史性的賽站,比賽是在封閉的蒙特卡羅的街道上進行,單圈長度僅3.367公里。這條賽道有幾個著名的點位值得駐足觀看,比如最慢的一擋彎,這裡出現過無數的經典鏡頭;海邊隧道是事故高發地;游泳池彎旁邊就是停泊豪華遊輪的碼頭,比賽的時候,觀眾們直接在船上就能縱覽無敵景觀。反而筆者較喜愛以正常速度享受這裡的慢活駕駛悠閒,別有一番風味。

慢活過後,享受一點風馳電掣的暢快感覺又如何?更令人響往的就是可以完全合法的狀態盡情測試愛驅的性能,說的就是位於的無速限高速公路Autobahn,對很多人來說,無速限高速公路是個值得朝聖的聖地,但就德國居民來說,這只是一條聯邦高速公路而已,它的功能也是讓駕駛從A點移動到B點,跟我們的道路功能一樣。而且,它雖然能讓某些車一路衝破時速400公里,但它的真正功用還是一條用於應付一般車輛行駛的柏油路,所以它並不是“賽道”。能讓性能車衝極速的路段,也只有某些路段而已。必要的時候,Autobahn的某些路段也是他們德國的戰備跑道,隨時都可以做一些緊急的軍事運輸用途。

As I have always emphasised, the purpose of a car goes beyond transportation. It embodies the owners’ personality and taste. Therefore,many owners would style themselves to match with their cars before embarking on a journey. It would be ideal if the same principle could be applied spatially: no one would want to sit in a traffic congestion for 30 minutes before going past a dusty construction site with their favourite motor.

I am fortunate to have test-driven cars in many cities in the world for work purposes.
Some of them are particularly mesmerising for their architecture and natural scenery. Italian ancient city Modena is one of them. Dubbed the “land of motors”, it is a paradise for car lovers. To its north is the Lamborghini Museum, and to its south Enzo Ferrari Museum. The Pagani museum is also nearby. One of the major attractions there is the Fiorano Circuit—Ferrari’s testing circuit. Although it is not open to public, the factory’s newest models may be spotted speeding around.

Monte-Carlo is another scenic destination but with an additional touch of splendour. As the host of Grand Prix de Monaco, it is a well-known name among Formula One enthusiasts. The historical race is held on narrow streets and the circuit measures only 3.367 km.
There are several significant spots to visit. Some examples include the slowest turn of the circuit where a number of classic shots were taken and the coastal tunnel where many accidents occurred. Next to the swimming pool turn is the cruise terminal, where passengers can view the race from their ships. Personally, I prefer enjoying the relaxing atmosphere there at a slower pace in my car.

For those who seek excitement from speed, driving on autobahn in Germany can be an amazing experience. Autobahn does not have a speed limit and some drivers take it as a site to test the speed of their cars legally. Although it is a tourist attraction for some, in Germany it is just a network of cross-country motorways. Even though some cars go beyond 400 km/h on them, autobahn is not a race track. Furthermore, only a few sections of the network can feasibly afford cars to go at their full speed. They also serve as transportation tracks for the German military at times of emergency.