I've just returned to work after driving an SL500 for the weekend. It was a good weekend. The car is remarkably well sorted and there's hardly any unwanted body movement with the roof down, except under heavy braking.

The only downside came as I was driving down the A20 on Saturday morning, roof down, windows likewise, trying to look relaxed and not as though I'd taken my dad's car out for a spin. I pulled up at the lights and took it all in - the long bonnet, the blazing sun, the burbling V8. Where can it go from here, I pondered... and then a black SL65 AMG pulled up alongside me.

Somebody told me those bi-turbo V12 SLs were ridiculously rare once; not quite rare enough for my liking the day before yesterday, I can tell you.