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Cars and Kopi - The Lunar New Year Edition

On the third day of the year of Metal Rat.

Date Published: 06 Feb 2020
Cars and Kopi - The Lunar New Year Edition

Singapore -  Another edition of the Singapore rendition of Cars and Coffee was held on 26 January 2020 on the third day of Lunar New Year. I have always enjoyed waking up early on a public holiday to bask in a fragment of the Singapore car culture as the movement gains traction.

Cars and Kopi – The Lunar New Year Edition

Whilst the shift may be due to the Lunar New Year, this edition of Cars and Kopi saw a considerable spike in the number of JDM marques with a corresponding lower number of Porsches in attendance, amongst other high-end marques.

Cars and Kopi - The Lunar New Year Edition

This Lotus Esprit Turbo S3 would probably the most outstanding classic of all in attendance decked in bright and cheery Lotus Yellow.

Cars and Kopi – The Lunar New Year Edition

I have a soft spot for the blob eyed Subaru Impreza WRX and this example in Obsidian Black and Enkei RPF1s proved to be no exception.

Cars and Kopi – The Lunar New Year Edition

The Nissan 200SX Sileighty originated when the Japanese street racers damaged their Nissan 180SXs after a night at the touge. The Nissan Silvia S13 had lighter and cheaper fronts, which resulted in this amalgamation.

Cars and Kopi – The Lunar New Year Edition

Cars and Kopi – The Lunar New Year Edition

The classic Alfa Romeo squad shows that cars are and will never be made like they used to

Cars and Kopi – The Lunar New Year Edition

One of a handful of Honda S660s that were parallel imported onto our shores, the car is a homage to the original Honda S600 and the S2000. My heart says yes, but my wallet says otherwise.

Cars and Kopi – The Lunar New Year Edition

Cars and Kopi – The Lunar New Year Edition

Legend has it that the owner of this Honda Civic EG6 is on a massive project, and he is not done with it yet.

Cars and Kopi – The Lunar New Year Edition

Pristine, clean and decked in the colours of festivities. Few Porsches were present that day, but those that were made their presence felt…

Cars and Kopi – The Lunar New Year Edition

… including this Porsche 911 GT3 911…

Cars and Kopi - The Lunar New Year Edition

… and this Porsche 911 GT3 997 (Predecessor to the 991)

Cars and Kopi - The Lunar New Year Edition

Always a joy to see the Suzuki Swift Sport ZC33S. Packed with a 1.4 turbocharged engine, I’d love to see a modified example on our shores.

Cars and Kopi – The Lunar New Year Edition

Cars and Kopi - The Lunar New Year Edition

Cars and Kopi – The Lunar New Year Edition

Lan Evo squad on point, represented by well over 10 Evo IXs and Xs.

Cars and Kopi – The Lunar New Year Edition

Another sleeper with a turbocharged 2.3-litre under the hood. Don’t we all love cars that hide their potentials under a sheep’s skin?

Cars and Kopi – The Lunar New Year Edition

A sextet of Honda Accord Euro Rs, the lesser known chubbier sibling of the Honda Civic Type R

Cars and Kopi – The Lunar New Year Edition

Some of the road’s finest automobiles including the throaty Mercedes SLS AMG, the Ferrari 575M Maranello and an extremely rare Subaru Impreza WRX STI S204 with just 600 ever produced.

Once again, while we took a lot more photos (for our late night viewing pleasure *shifty eyes*), the only way to feel and enjoy this fragment of our car culture would be to get haul yourself through the door in the morning.

However, as much as Singapore car enthusiasts have longed for acceptance in the eyes of the public, there will always be nincompoops who are unable to follow simple rules and request by the organizers. Popping and banging, and excessing revving, I have always wondered how difficult can it be to protect and cherish what we have, but I guess humans will only learn the hard way. Sad, very sad.

Till the next round, drive on.


Cars and Kopi – The Lunar New Year Edition

Cars and Kopi – The Lunar New Year Edition

Cars and Kopi – The Lunar New Year Edition

Cars and Kopi – The Lunar New Year Edition

Cars and Kopi – The Lunar New Year Edition

Cars and Kopi – The Lunar New Year Edition

Cars and Kopi - The Lunar New Year Edition

Cars and Kopi – The Lunar New Year Edition

Cars and Kopi – The Lunar New Year Edition

Cars and Kopi – The Lunar New Year Edition

Cars and Kopi - The Lunar New Year Edition

Cars and Kopi – The Lunar New Year Edition

Cars and Kopi – The Lunar New Year Edition

Cars and Kopi – The Lunar New Year Edition

Cars and Kopi - The Lunar New Year Edition

Cars and Kopi – The Lunar New Year Edition

Cars and Kopi – The Lunar New Year Edition

Cars and Kopi – The Lunar New Year Edition

Cars and Kopi - The Lunar New Year Edition

Cars and Kopi – The Lunar New Year Edition

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