“I never understood cars until I went to this supercar show – and then it was lust”
Do you remember those games when you were little? If you were a ’90s or’ 00s baby it was Gran Turismo on your PlayStation or if you were an ’80s baby it could have been Rad Racer. Before that, you will always be familiar with the classic supercars on display at this year’s London Concours show.
Located in the Artillery Gardens, hidden from the hustle and bustle of the city, more than 100 supercars were lined up for the public, other car collectors, and members of the media and the autosphere.
It is an open air exhibition of supercar innovation, classic design, 200mph cars and you can buy / sell a Bentley.
And it was lust.
Cars all had their engines hanging down the same way your parents would spit up a chicken on a Sunday. They were polished and brightly colored.
Think Naomi Campbell’s shoe cabinet – all the love and care in the world went into making these cars memorable.
Not even I – a transport correspondent with a heart who voluntarily does not drive and takes the train everywhere – was safe from the Pagani Zonda. It was the same Pagani Zonda that I used to drive on my PlayStation when I was 9 years old. The memories have come true.
Today’s supercars don’t have the best reputation. T
hey aren’t great here in london where they can’t get in thanks to the ultra low emission zone (ULEZ) – and if they do it’s hard to go faster than a double decker bus of £ 300,000
They are also hated by residents of Zone 1 and 2 who have suffered countless accidents, impromptu drag races, and loud exhausts mixed with louder music.
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So what is the point of a supercar in 2021?
At the show, I met a panel of supercar collectors – Rod, Jane and Amit. Rod and Jane’s anecdotes were fascinating.
Rod is one of 40 people in the UK who got a brand new mass-produced Ferrari F40 when it was first produced. He ordered his in 1987 and it finally arrived after being finely assembled in 1991.
Jane owns a Lamborghini that late F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone gave to model Twiggy, who like me grew up in Neasden.
Amit, who owns several supercars, including a Porsche 911 992 Turbo S that he drove to the event, spoke of the memories he had in his supercars.
“The memories that cars create are the nice things about them… the Sunday commutes… the memories with my wife and daughters,” he says.
“I find that supercar ownership is as much about the thrill of finding the right car, the right example. I had no idea how much of a sucker I would be for car history. “
Without an ounce of gasoline in my head, I could still understand the power of these memories. I, nine, have fond memories of driving my virtual Zonda. As an adult, I would do anything to go for a ride in a real Zonda!
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Amit admits that even supercars are not exempt from the demands of the real world: “We live in a changing world. stage where many of these cars are driven off the roads or taxed very heavily. “
“I think events like this are the future, you can enjoy cars as works of art. We’re at a very interesting inflection point for owning supercars.”
He’s not wrong. It was refreshing to see such an honest and nuanced perspective from an avowed oil tanker. It is his passion and I understand it. It’s his version of my classic steam railway or Routemaster, that’s all memories.
The event awarded top car awards in several categories and the event itself won an award from the Driver’s Association. It was a proud moment that I had never seen at a classic bus show or a new train launch.
So while I might not be hopping in a Zonda anytime soon, Supercar Day at the London Concours will always leave me with fond memories.
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