Six months ago I wrote a blog about seeing a vintage, British registered Rolls-Royce mouldering on somebody's driveway in South Carolina during a trip to the US-of-A to drive a BMW X5.

Fast forward to now and I'm in LA driving the new Lexus IS-F and, due to a navigational cock-up, I need to head into a quiet residential area to perform a quick U-turn. And knock me down with the proverbial brick-filled pillow if I don't find another semi-derelict ex-pat Roller. This fine 'seventies Shadow is sitting on somebody's drive a couple of miles from the airport: right-hand drive, British registered (under the California plate), and like the Carolinian example, showing every sign of not having turned a wheel for a couple of years.

I've been reliably informed that there are approximately 300,000 Brits living in and around LA, so I suppose somebody might have shipped it out for sentimental reasons. But now I'm wondering if all of America is equally infested with rotting British luxury barges.