Boring and bitter and I don't even have the last laugh

Call me boring, but if I were a multi-billionaire there are things I'd rather spend my money on than so-called supercars.

Perhaps I'm lacking in imagination, but what's the point? You buy a vehicle for a six- or seven-figure sum then spend tens-of-thousands of pounds a year on maintenance, not to mention the six-figure car insurance bill.

Also, I find the whole idea of spending so much money on a vehicle to be rather vulgar. I can't help but find showy displays of wealth and status to be nothing more than unreconstructed primitive behaviour; a bit like a gorilla beating its chest or a peacock spreading its feathers.

Whenever I see a six-figure supercar being parked I can almost hear David Attenborough's voice whispering, "And here we see the super rich male of the species advertising his wealth and status in a complex display of his parking prowess. As you can see, he is completely oblivious to his social popularity, instead choosing to focus on the attention his vehicle brings."

Yes, I'm sure there is more than a great deal of jealousy at play here, but I couldn't help but be delighted when I read this week about the £1.2 million Koenigsegg CCXR and £350,000 Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SuperVeloce belonging to the new owners of Harrods. The two vehicles were pictured having been clamped outside the Kensington department store.

It also made me laugh that the owners, the Qatari Royal family, had to pay a combined £300 to have their vehicles unclamped. But, considering that they're worth around £2.5 billion, it's unlikely I'm having the last laugh.

Image © Ed Callow [torquespeak] via Flickr, under Creative Commons Licence

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