And what about DC’s own cars? “I don’t have a lot of cars actually. I’ve got all my racing cars. I’ve got my first car from ’82 and the last car from ’88, Formula Ford, Formula 3, Formula 3000, four or five of my Formula 1 cars, and a DTM car, and all of my trophies and stuff. I’ve got a load of race cars but they’re not runners, they’re just display.
“Road cars, I’ve got the Pagoda. I’ve got an ’84 Mercedes G-Wagen, short wheelbase, two door – redone with no roof at all, so there’s none of that fabricy s*** at the back. If it rains, you find a tunnel and park it somewhere. I’ve got some modern Mercedes… I’ve got an order on the Valkyrie and I’ve got an order on Project One – I’m in the holding pattern for those cars.
“The Valkyrie is because of Adrian [Newey] – Williams, McLaren and Red Bull, I’ve worked with Adrian – and the only reason I can afford it is because I drove his cars and won a few races. And Project One because I’m a Mercedes guy. I think Valkyrie will represent something truly special from Adrian’s eye, the aerodynamics side and what have you. And the Project One will be a celebration of German engineering – somehow they’ve shoehorned the impossible engine into a road car, because a Formula 1 engine shouldn’t work in a road car.”
Photography by Tom Shaxson.