They said all sorts, mostly of impeccable taste and at all ends of the market. But there were trends and, as you’d expect, there were some repeat appearances worth mentioning here. They were: 20 Porsche 911s; 19 Range Rovers, 12 McLaren F1s, 10 Audi RS6s, six Ferrari 458s, five BMW M5s, four Ferrari GTC4/FFs, four McLaren P1s, three Rolls-Royce Wraiths and three Volkswagen Campers. (Plus three Ferrari 250 SWBs, gratifyingly.)
So the ‘idealised’ dream three-car line-up would be a Range Rover, a Porsche 911 (2.7 RS or more modern GT3 being the most common derivatives) and a Mclaren F1. Which wouldn’t be a bad garage to be getting on with, would it?
There were fewer classics than expected and only one pre-war suggestion. Pity, I thought.
Conclusions? Not many, although the need for something practical or useful exists just as much in made-up life as it does in real life, which is why so many Range Rovers, Audi RS6s, BMW M5s and Ferrari FFs appeared on the list. Wealthy people have friends and families too. Who knew? People want, or need, four seats and a boot.
Hence the arrival of the Bentley Bentayga and the upcoming Lamborghini Urus and Rolls-Royce SUV, I suppose. It’s a market that won’t stop growing any time soon.
Big car vs small car
My passenger on this road trip has been spending a lot of time in a Ford Ka+ recently. Trouble with it, he says, is how other people treat you on the road. He’s getting bullied by bigger boys in Mercedes-Benzes and Audis.
I know how he feels. I’d been spending a lot of time in great big cars and then recently spent a few days in a great small one: the Suzuki Ignis.
I’ve a lot of time for the Ignis. With its very mild hybrid set-up and live rear axle, it’s quirky beyond the comprehension of most car makers. But it is insignificant beyond the comprehension of most executive car drivers. If I’m in our Aston Vanquish, I’m given all the space I need on the motorway when overtaking slower vehicles; in the Ignis, nine times out of 10 I can see the whites of the eyes of the overtaking driver, who thinks it’s fine to try to intimidate me out of the way. Whatever we like to think about society, class prejudice isn’t dead.