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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

I'm Still Driving It

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. EXT. TUEN MUN HIGHWAY - 13:00


  4. Spoiler sunroof open, PETER is driving a silver Eunos 30X in the fast lane.


  5. PETER (V.O.): New cars don't have such tilt or sliding sunroofs anymore.


  6. Pausing.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): This compact coupe is unique as it's equipped with a 1.8-litre V6 engine.


  8. Recalling.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Earlier, a radio anchor was proud to say that she had used a car for 19 years.


  10. Pausing.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I bought this one in 1995. It's 28 years old.


  12. Pausing.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm still driving it.


  14. Act 2


  15. FLASHBACK


  16. INT. CAR PARK, HKUST - 09:15 (A fortnight ago)


  17. Parking his navy blue MB next to a Porsche 911, Peter sees his COLLEAGUE waiting in the driver seat.

  18. PETER: Hi there! The first time I see you driving this car!


  19. COLLEAGUE: It's a 1989 model. I bought it years ago. It is worth $2.M now.


  20. END FLASHBACK


  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In 1976, I bought my first car - a used metallic blue Ford Capri GT.


  22. Recalling.


  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In 1969, I saw a teacher of my secondary school driving a Ford Capri GT. I thought I'd buy one when I could afford it.

  24. Recalling.


  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Later, when another former teacher of my secondary school saw me cleaning my Ford Capri GT by the roadside, he couldn't believe I owned it.


  26. Recalling.


  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In 1978, I bought my second car - a used Ford Cortina GXL with air-conditioning.


  28. Recalling.


  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In early 1979, it burnt itself in the Middle Road Multi-storey Car Park, causing lots of property damage and troubles to me.


  30. Recalling.


  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I thought Japanese cars were reliable. I bought my colleague's 1978 Toyota Corolla, although it was just a sedan.


  32. Recalling.


  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Also in 1979, I bought a Daihatsu Charade just because it was brand new and cheap.


  34. Recalling.


  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In 1980, I felt in love with the brand new Toyota Corolla GT and Honda Prelude.


  36. Recalling.


  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Although I still I loved my Ford Capri GT and had repainted it many times, its structural corrosion was so severe that I had to scrap it.


  38. Recalling.


  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I sold the Toyota Corolla and the Daihatsu Cherade when my mind was set to buy the new Toyota Corolla GT and Honda Prelude.


  40. Recalling.


  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Paying the monthly hire-purchase instalments for years, I treated my new Toyota and Honda as my son and my daughter.


  42. EXT. PETER'S NT HOME - 19:30


  43. As Peter takes out a leaflet from the letter box, we see a car sales advert.


  44. PETER (V.O.): The last time I bought a new car was in 2003. I pledged to my wife that I wouldn't have more than six cars at any one time.


  45. Pausing.


  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And I don't want to let go any of my old cars.


  47. Pausing.


  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But that doesn't mean that I'm not in tune with new cars. I drive the rental ones while travelling overseas.


  49. Pausing.


  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I won't be happy to drive one more than three years old.


  51. Act 3


  52. EXT. TUEN MUN HIGHWAY - 20:00


  53. Peter is driving his signal red Nissan 200SX.


  54. PETER (V.O.): I bought it in 1989. I had my first experience of pop-up headlights, power steering and turbocharging. It's 33 years old and I'm still driving it.


  55. Pausing.


  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Anyone can buy new cars. My old cars are more than vehicles taking me from one point to another.


  57. Pausing.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I take good care of my old cars and they'll take good care of me on the road, and in my heart.


  59. FADE OUT


  60. THE END






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