Two cars in particular spring to mind that I often get stuck behind heading down to Goodwood, to the point that I now dread seeing them appearing up ahead of me in the distance on the road.
The first of these is a metallic pale-blue BMW M3 coupe, a performance machine that could easily eat my Fiat’s shorts, yet it is driven by someone either nervous of its performance potential or just simply a lousy driver. Try and overtake, and the M3’s owner will accelerate, making it a challenge to pass in anything less powerful, such as my Panda, yet she will slow down to a virtual crawl at the slightest hint of a bend. The second offender drives a white Porsche 911, with poor road sense, sporadic braking and a general fear of fellow road users it seems.
These cars are simply wasted on their owners. Their drivers would progress from A-to-B just as quickly and far more frugally in a cheap and cheerful Dacia or Kia, yet mysteriously they have chosen to buy powerful, expensive and very capable high-performance machines instead, just to become mobile obstacles.
Give me an experienced, safe and decent driver in any vehicle, any day, over an inadequate motorist in a powerful performance machine that many drivers would make great sacrifices to own. To the skilful ice cream man at the wheel of that tiny Suzuki, I salute you. To the M3 and 911 drivers I often get stuck behind though, kindly consider your fellow road users and do us all a favour; start working from home!