A TV production worker has adopted a red Hong Kong taxi that was imported to the UK and is documenting its adventures on Instagram.

Photo: Mr Robin, via Instagram.

Mr Robin told HKFP that he was working on the ITV production Strangers in Hong Kong, but – since extra shots were required at the end of filming – a specialist was enlisted to import a taxi to Britain: “When we came to the end of filming in the UK, the taxi had no home and – as I had fallen in love with it and it gave me such great memories of being in HK – I purchased it from the production,” he said.

Photo: Mr Robin, via Instagram.

Currently, he is a financial controller for TV and film, but he said he wished he had been a taxi driver at some point.

He said that it was mostly former expats who noticed his unique set of wheels: “Everyone loves it! I’ve had people running down the street after it, screaming at me out of windows on the motorway. So many people in the UK have a connection with HK it brings back fond memories for most people. I met one person on the Isle of Wight who had lived in HK for all of his youth and travelled in a taxi everyday to school. He hadn’t been back in 10 years and was so shocked he was speechless.”

Photo: Mr Robin, via Instagram.

“Once down on Brighton marina, a coach load of Hongkongers spotted me and it was mayhem. Again, everyone freaking out,” he said.

Photo: Mr Robin, via Instagram.

He added that his out-of-context taxi had only been flagged down once by a gentleman who appeared to be very late for something: “The car brings a lot of curiosity for most, pure enjoyment for the others. I have been asked to do photoshoots and bizarrely enough someone wants me to do them a video and a interview for friends back in Hong Kong.”

Photo: Mr Robin, via Instagram.

Mr Robin denied that he had six mobile phones on the dashboard.

Photo: Mr Robin, via Instagram.

He did not respond to enquiries when asked if he would take HKFP across the harbour.

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Tom is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hong Kong Free Press. He has a BA in Communications & New Media from Leeds University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. He has contributed to the BBC, Euronews, Quartz, Global Post and others.