The problem with driving through Surfers in a Lambo is a bit like the problem I have when writing this blog on my Blue Gene super computer. It’s not exactly stretching the legs of this fine piece of engineering. At the pace we were going I wasn’t even stretching my legs. Probably, you’re driving through Surfers in a flash car, you’re not so much worried about speed as how many heads you turn. And on that score they were way ahead. My fine svelte Mojo doesn’t warrant a second glance compared with the Italian motor car but a Lambo is a very expensive way of getting attention. I’m sure mummy would give him a big hug and let him know he’s the bestest for free. (Or maybe she doesn’t. Maybe that’s the point of the car.) Nearly everyone was checking out the car. Even me. The difference between most of the people looking on, the occupants of the car, and myself, is that is I don’t aspire to own a Lamborghini.
|I either use this or my netbook. Whichever is closest to hand.
Given the choice between driving or riding through Surfers on a glorious day I would choose the bike in a heartbeat, no matter how good the car. It’s just much more fun on a bicycle.
Given the choice I would rather own this Ferrari:
Than this one:
|Cooper Sebring I review here
Car manufacturers have a chequered past when it comes to making bikes. They have had a habit of knocking out bikes that looked a little embarrassing to the discerning eye of a proper cyclist. For a while there it was de rigueur for car makers to have their own branded bike bolted to the roof of their car at car shows. Now thankfully, like the Ferrari at the top of this post, they tend to get someone else to make the bike for them. Hence Audi went from this:
So apart from this one success car makers aren’t great at making bikes. The question is now, what happens when a cyclist makes a Porsche? Well, clearly something like this:
And that’s why, when car companies flatter themselves that with all their design genius they can build better bikes, and then clearly fail, and then fall back to letting real bike companies to do it for them, we forgive them. Because clearly when the shoe is on the other foot we get the world’s slowest Porsche. So we have to forgive the car people for their hubris. Possibly though, the above Porsche could keep up with traffic with the Lamborghini in Surfers. So maybe it’s not so daft after all.