THE FAM­ILY MAN’S FER­RARI

Hard-work­ing movie and TV ac­tor, de­voted hus­band and dad, and pas­sion­ate lover of the Pranc­ing Horse, Alex Fong takes a drive in the fab­u­lous yet su­per-prac­ti­cal GTC4Lusso T

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to call alex fong hard-work­ing is an un­der­state­ment. In a ca­reer span­ning around three decades, the ac­tor – famed for his por­tray­als of good guys such as po­lice­men and fire­men – has ap­peared in count­less movies and TV series in Hong Kong and China, and though now he’s reached his mid-50s, the youth­ful, trim and stylish Fong shows no sign of slow­ing down.

That’s not only be­cause the once-ar­che­typal bach­e­lor is now a de­voted hus­band and fa­ther, to wife Hoyan and 10-year-old daugh­ter Ka-ching. It’s also be­cause Fong nur­tures a pas­sion that’s con­sumed him since his teens: he’s crazy about cars – and in par­tic­u­lar he’s mad about Fer­raris.

“I’ve just come back from sum­mer hol­i­day in Europe with my fam­ily and as soon I got back I started work again. I’ve got to work, other­wise I can’t af­ford to buy my Fer­raris!” he says, laugh­ing.

“A su­per­car is a big toy for guys,” ex­plains Fong, who grew up in Ma­cau and as a boy must have seen more than his fair share of fast cars. “I re­ally fell in love with cars when I was about 14 or 15, and I

“IT’S A FER­RARI YOU CAN DRIVE EV­ERY DAY, WHICH MEANS IT’S GREAT FOR ME AND MY FAM­ILY”

started to read car mag­a­zines. I first drove my fa­ther’s car and then when I came to Hong Kong I bought a sec­ond-hand sports car for my­self.”

Fong got his first Fer­rari – a mid-en­gine 360 – in 2003. “Now,” he says, “I have a 488 and next year I’m get­ting a Pista” – the fab­u­lous track-fo­cussed ver­sion of the “reg­u­lar” 488 GTB that the Ital­ian car-maker un­veiled around six months ago.

He loves driv­ing his two-seat 488 – “some­times,” he says, “I even drive my Fer­rari to the wet mar­ket” – but he read­ily ad­mits it’s hardly the car for fam­ily use. So to­day, he’s at the wheel of a GTC4Lusso T, the Fer­rari that com­bines the best of su­per­car, grand tourer and ev­ery­day fam­ily trans­port in one sin­gle as­ton­ish­ing au­to­mo­bile.

Fong is clearly im­pressed, be­cause the shoot­ing­brake-style Lusso T not only boasts the in­cen­di­ary speed, ra­zor-sharp han­dling and sleek pro­file that are syn­ony­mous with the cars that wear the cavallino ram­pante badge. It also has space in abun­dance – in fact, its lux­u­ri­ous cabin is roomy enough to carry four full-size pas­sen­gers in com­fort.

“When you look at the GTC4Lusso T,” he says, “it’s ob­vi­ously a Fer­rari and it im­me­di­ately makes you think ‘su­per­car’. In fact, its 4-litre turbo V8 en­gine is very sim­i­lar to the one in the 488, which re­ally is a su­per­car, so it has in­cred­i­ble ac­cel­er­a­tion. There’s rear-wheel steer­ing, too, so it’s re­ally ma­noeu­vrable and as ex­cit­ing to drive as a Fer­rari should be.

“But as the Lusso T also has four seats and an in­cred­i­ble chas­sis, it’s very com­fort­able to ride in. It’s prac­ti­cal and con­ve­nient, too, be­cause there’s plenty of space for my lug­gage when­ever I have to fly off to China for work.

“The GTC4Lusso T is very user-friendly and not so heavy on gaso­line,” Fong adds. “It’s def­i­nitely a car you can drive ev­ery day, which means it’s great for me and my fam­ily.

“So as I now need to buy an­other Fer­rari I’m go­ing to have to work even harder!”

CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP LEFT: ALEX FONG IS ES­PE­CIALLY IM­PRESSED BY THE LUG­GAGE SPACE IN THE FER­RARI GTC4LUSSO T; A SU­PER­CAR, GRAND TOURER AND FAM­ILY CAR COM­BINED IN ONE AS­TON­ISH­ING AU­TO­MO­BILE, THE GTC4LUSSO T IS A FER­RARI THAT RE­ALLY CAN BE DRIVEN EV­ERY DAY; LUX­U­RI­OUS SEAT­ING FOR FOUR FULL-SIZE PAS­SEN­GERS

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