Whilst not strictly Formula One related, two stories that have made it to the press this week have made me smile and are worth mentioning if only for my own amusement. Each story includes an expensive road-going car and the police, and both incidents occurred in the UK and likely embarrassed the drivers of each. The first story shows why some people really shouldn’t own fast cars, the second story showing why some people shouldn’t be allowed to drive them.
On Tuesday, British tabloid The Sun reported that a Bugatti Veyron had been stopped on the M27 motorway in Hampshire (just up the road from myself) for traveling at 97mph. According to an eyewitness who was driving down the same stretch of motorway, the supercar was racing a Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano and both cars reached excessive speeds of around 130mph before the police caught up to them. Both cars were said to be weaving across all three lanes of the carriageway, and the drivers even ignored the temporary 50mph limit on one part of the road.
The patrol car pulled over the Veyron driver while the 599 simply drove away. The eyewitness, presumably a passenger, took a couple of photos of the two cars and noted that the Veyron had French number plates and the Ferrari didn’t have any on the rear. It is therefore unlikely it had any on the front as well.
The Veyron driver was given three points on his license and received a fixed fine of £60. However, the next day Motor Sport Magazine were at the Goodwood Supercar Breakfast Club where a Veyron, sporting the same registration plate was photographed. Which begs the question, why couldn’t the owners wait until they got to Goodwood before racing their machines?
- The Sun Article – Including two photos of the cars on the motorway.
- Motor Sport Magazine Article – Check out the bottom photo which shows the first part of the registration plate of the Veyron in The Sun article.
The second non-F1 story today comes from Anthony Hamilton, father to championship contender Lewis. Anthony had been returning to his home in Hertfordshire in a borrowed Porsche Carrera GT and managed to lose control of the German machine. Anthony ploughed the car into a hedge just metres from a children’s playground and inspected the damage to the rear of the vehicle.
It hasn’t been reported yet at what speed Hamilton Sr was traveling at along the 30mph limited road, but going by a photo published in the Telegraph, it was unlikely the Briton was going all that fast; a damaged rear light and some cracks in the bodywork was all he managed to do. However, as the Porsche isn’t his, Anthony will have some serious explaining to do to the owner.
This is my first crash in almost 30 years and it had to happen in someone else’s car. Thankfully the only thing hurt was the car, and a bush fence – for which I am extremely sorry. Anthony Hamilton.
Maybe these three drivers should leave fast cars and racing to the Formula One stars, eh? Although having said that, Lewis Hamilton was stopped for speeding in France last year, the McLaren driver being clocked in his Mercedes at 122mph.