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City Motors, Hugh Low Street

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kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
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July 22, 2008 6:04am

I must have been one of City Motor's best customers or I daresay, the best private customer. The only people who could beat me were the Police force, the Customs and Rothmans who bought fleets of Alfa Romeos. As a private customer, I bought eleven (11) Alfas in 7 years.


Now let me see ...... my first Alfa Romeo was bought in 1974 and it was a GTV2000, a sports coupe. They were followed by two Berlina 2000 (one was race tuned), a Giulia 1300 Ti, an Alfetta GTV2000, an Alfasud 1300, an Alfetta 2000, a Giulietta 1.6, a Giulietta 1.8, a Giulietta 2.0 and finally in 1981, a GTV6 which was one of Alfa Romeo's best sports coupes.


I loved the marque! Alfa Romeo cars (then) had plenty of character and the sound of the engine and exhaust when it was working hard was sheer poetry in motion. In 1974 when I had the GTV2000, I also had a Porsche 911S Targa at the same time. The Porsche could outrun the Alfa most of the time but it lacked the special character the Alfa had. In the end when it came to a choice, it was the Alfa ..... not so fast in a straight line but more interesting to drive. And all the Alfas were never deterred by a wet road due to heavy tropical rains. Where the Porsches and BMWs backed off in the wet, the Alfa charged through with poise and precision.


Dato' Foo Wan Kien, the owner of City Motors is still around and I think I will get him to write a confirmation letter that I was indeed City Motor's best private customer. And CH, if you are reading this, even though it was before your time, you might have heard of my great love affair with Alfa Romeos. One more thing CH ... you might want to write something about City Motor's involvement with motor racing in this country ... and post it here :-)


FORZA ALFA!
chfu

Registered: July 2008
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July 23, 2008 3:00am

I need to organise my fact & will surely write something. Any limitation? otherwise, I can go on & ON & ON.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
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July 23, 2008 3:08am

CH, it can be as LONG as you like. I have plenty of webspace :-) Maybe this thread can serve as a draft for your forthcoming book.
Phoebe
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Registered: July 2008
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July 23, 2008 11:29pm

Now, this place I can definitely recognise. Foo Yet Kai Building! I was yapping on about its poor cousin, Malaysia Mansion, which is across the street, on another photo in this New Town Section.


Sorry, Kayes, I'm not qualified to yabber on about City Motors at all although I'd most certainly walked past it millions of times before. My late parents were just poor plebs who worried from day to day how to find enough $$$ to feed the kids.


Next-door to City Motors used to be *that* infamous nightclub notorious for its many police raids on 'heavy nights'. Rose Chan, the famous striptease, was known for performing some of her unmentionable feats there. Smile


The vacant lot beside Foo Yet Kai Building used to be Luen Seng Restaurant which sold delicious kai-si-hor-fun and wantan mee. You could get a large cone-shaped (newspaper) packet of lum-fa-sung (steamed groundnuts) for 30 sen at the cashier counter back in the '70s.
kayes

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Location: Penang Malaysia
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July 24, 2008 3:19am

I must ask Dato Foo Wan Kien about that nightclub. Being the landlord who leased out the premises he must be privy to some pretty exciting stories Smile I am no stranger to nightclubs in Ipoh but I have never been to this one. Wonder why. And about the Luen Seng Restaurant, was it a double storey bungalow sitting on a big piece of land? They served dim sum there? Can't remember much about this place. I wish Joe (Retired Falcon) is posting here. He is tops about food in Ipoh.
Phoebe
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Registered: July 2008
Posts: 447
July 24, 2008 10:53am

Kayes, the restaurant which was once a double-storey bungalow sitting on a big piece of land you might be thinking of would be the Kok Kee Restaurant. In a post on Ipoh Talk a couple of years ago, I did make mention of Luen Seng being Kok Kee's poor cousin.


You see, Luen Seng was a 1-storey bland-looking structure (much like an old sprawling house in need of a facelift even in its hey days). What it had going for it were the many shortish leafy trees among which tables were strategically placed. You'd dine el fresco at Luen Seng. It was a popular haunt for families and especially for young courting couples because of the semi-privacy the trees provided. And, the young pretty waitresses were a magnet for eager young men out for a cheap flirt.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,824
July 24, 2008 7:37pm

CHFU, who is Mimi?
chfu

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 8
August 6, 2008 5:15pm

I am not sure how many Mimi Foo(s) there are. If this is the Mimi Foo I know of, she is not related to Dato Foo but happens to be sharing same surname and sharing same ancestors many generations before from the little village in hilly Yunting district, Province of Fujian(Hokkien) in CHina. Could be there another Mimi Foo from the Foo Nyit Tse family?



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