London Road Safety Ambassador: Exotic Car Owners Need Therapy

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
london road safety ambassador exotic car owners need therapy

Well, it starts off predictably enough. The Scotsman links really expensive, really fast exotic cars and the death and destruction they wreak when it all goes "pear-shaped." We get the big numbers (a crash involving an £830k Bugatti Veyron), a celebrity connection (former world boxing champion Naseem Hamed's head-on collision in his paltry £320k McLaren Mercedes), a call from a responsible organization for graduated licenses for supercar operation (The IAM Motoring Trust) and then… ""These are ridiculous cars for wannabe jet pilots rather than people who need to get safely from A to B," declares Jenny Jones, The Mayor of London's road safety ambassador. "Some who buy these vehicles are clearly in need of either an advanced driving course or therapy." Either or? Anyway, call us irredeemable exotic car junkies, but that doesn't sound particularly ambassadorial to us.

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  • AKM AKM on Aug 14, 2007

    Just make sports cars with only manuals. Not one of those starlets can drive a stick. Only trouble: 75% of the owners can't either. That would be bad news for the car companies.

  • 68stang 68stang on Aug 14, 2007

    Yes, only manuals in sports cars, just as God intended. I don't know about the Carrera GT, but for the good old XJ220 you needed advanced driver training before Jaguar would let you have one, and even the 2001 Mustang Cobra R's needed a racing license, granted those were street legal race cars.

  • Whatdoiknow1 Whatdoiknow1 on Aug 14, 2007

    Lets be honest here, those silly starlets are the intended customers for these cars. Who else can you convince to buy that dog of a exotic sports car the SLR McLaren for close to $400,000!

  • VLAD VLAD on Aug 14, 2007

    Lots of 100K cars and 25 cent drivers these days, the 1m cars just make the news.