Sunday, September 13, 2009

Sleek Rides

For me, cars together with people's customs and quirks toward them, are always an interesting thing to observe when abroad.

It's funny, but I don't believe I've seen a single pick-up truck. Have not the English discovered the utility of this clever american invention? I say, it appears they just don't get it!

Instead, the notable trend is the high-end euro luxury muscle car. These are usually piloted by a snazzily dressed banker-type, and invariably wound out in low gear speeding toward the next set of "traffic calming humps" (aka speed bumps).

Adding the conspicuosity is a situation where no one seems to have a garage, so these beauties litter the streets.

It has been pointed out to me that this is actually an advantage for the owner: it provides more opportunity to be seen and associated with the vehicle as you enter/exit, feed the meter, or hunt down the tow operator.

The owner of this V12 turbo must have had some trouble hanging on to his wheels in the past. Note the clever adaptation of bicycle locking technology as an anti-theft measure.

Here's another site to be seen about town these days: Pam and her rolling goodie bag, here patrolling the back streets behind Harrod's.

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