The Booth Babe Chronicles: These Are The People In Your Neighborhood

The Booth Babe
by The Booth Babe
the booth babe chronicles these are the people in your neighborhood

Let’s be real: I am not rollin’ in an exotic. My middle-class wheels get me from Point A to Point B with a little fun in between, but it’s not something that’s going to get any panties thrown at it (that and the fact that I’m not a wealthy middle-aged man). The closest I get to those amazing pieces of vehicular art is the same as most of you: at the auto show and, if I’m very, very lucky, the occasional track day at which I’m either working or to which someone has graciously invited me.

In the last couple of weeks though, I have seen some ridiculously hot cars driving around town. Maybe it’s because summer, traditionally the season for showing off one’s hotness, is upon us. Maybe it’s because for the past couple of years the filthy rich have been dialing it down a bit so they don’t seem too terribly gauche in the face of the recession, and just want to play with their toys again.

Whatever the reason, I couldn’t be happier. Seeing one of these beauties makes my day and, I imagine, it makes the days of everyone else that sees them. It’s like seeing a stunning woman or sunset – you do a double take, smile, and revel in the fact that you live in a universe capable of creating such beauty.

I have seen four absolutely amazing (and pricey) exotics in the last two weeks. All have been in the swankier parts of town. That’s how I roll (in my middle-class wheels).

These photos are not of the actual cars I saw but are representative. In some cases taking a photo wasn’t practical (like when I was driving and getting passed at 95 MPH) or would’ve been weird, like in the parking lot of a home improvement store with my hands full of insecticide.

Regardless, here they are. Enjoy the eye candy! (REM: Sorry, I had to lift the pictures from on-line sources. Need to protect my anonymity. No pictures of my neighborhood, sorry.)

The Bugatti Veyron

I actually know who owns this one – not personally, but I know who it is. He has made his considerable fortune in porn and also owns a Lambo LP640. Must be how he gets all those girls to be in his, uh, art films. I hear he’s a true car aficionado and brings his babies out to track days whenever his busy porn schedule allows.

The Porsche 911 GT3

Saw this sweet little number in the parking lot of a restaurant after downing a very strong margarita. I checked with my designated driver to make sure I wasn’t wearing the world’s strongest beer goggles and he confirmed it was, in fact, a GT3. I’m pretty sure the owner was among the group of men sitting at the table directly behind me; the place wasn’t busy and they had that air of Masters of the Universe about them. This one was electric blue, much like the beauty I saw the next day…

The Audi R8

The very next afternoon I took a trip to my local home improvement store to pick up some hornet spray. While walking in I saw this goddess of a vehicle pull into the spot across from me. I loved that the owner parked between two other cars and wasn’t one of those d-bags that pulls lengthwise across three spots. I wasn’t her only admirer; every stock boy in the place came out to gawk.

The Lotus Exige

I don’t know which Exige it was because it blew past me on the freeway going at least 95 in a 65; from a distance I thought it might be a Spyker. No such luck, but pretty damn cool anyway. I saw him coming up in my rearview and gladly moved over, mostly to gawk as he sped by. Made for quite the exciting trip to Target!

So yeah, I kinda dig my neighborhood. What sweet wheels do you see around your neck of the woods?

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  • Russycle Russycle on Jun 21, 2010

    Not many exotics in my area, but there is a guy a few blocks from me who occasionally has a bright red late 70s Lotus Esprit in his driveway. Love that car.

  • Djoelt1 Djoelt1 on Jun 21, 2010

    Cycled by a BMW M3 Lightweight parked in my garage on the way to work today...

  • Damon Thomas Adding to the POSITIVES... It's a pretty fun car to mod
  • GregLocock Two adjacent states in Australia have different attitudes to roadworthy inspections. In NSW they are annual. In Victoria they only occur at change of ownership. As you'd expect this leads to many people in Vic keeping their old car.So if the worrywarts are correct Victoria's roads would be full of beaten up cars and so have a high accident rate compared with NSW. Oh well, the stats don't agree.
  • Lorenzo In Massachusetts, they used to require an inspection every 6 months, checking your brake lights, turn signals, horn, and headlight alignment, for two bucks.Now I get an "inspection" every two years in California, and all they check is the smog. MAYBE they notice the tire tread, squeaky brakes, or steering when they drive it into the bay, but all they check is the smog equipment and tailpipe emissions.For all they would know, the headlights, horn, and turn signals might not work, and the car has a "speed wobble" at 45 mph. AFAIK, they don't even check EVs.
  • Not Tire shop mechanic tugging on my wheel after I complained of grinding noise didn’t catch that the ball joint was failing. Subsequently failed to prevent the catastrophic failure of the ball joint and separation of the steering knuckle from the car! I’ve never lived in a state that required annual inspection, but can’t say that having the requirement has any bearing on improving safety given my experience with mechanics…
  • Mike978 Wow 700 days even with the recent car shortages.