Streets in grand cities are the best sites for a top-tier car to showcase its best qualities, as the choice of locations reflects the dynamic interaction between the vehicle and the owner.
text: T Chan
As I have always emphasised, the purpose of a car goes beyond transportation. It embodies the owners’ personality and taste. Therefore,many owners would style themselves to match with their cars before embarking on a journey. It would be ideal if the same principle could be applied spatially: no one would want to sit in a traffic congestion for 30 minutes before going past a dusty construction site with their favourite motor.
I am fortunate to have test-driven cars in many cities in the world for work purposes.
Some of them are particularly mesmerising for their architecture and natural scenery. Italian ancient city Modena is one of them. Dubbed the “land of motors”, it is a paradise for car lovers. To its north is the Lamborghini Museum, and to its south Enzo Ferrari Museum. The Pagani museum is also nearby. One of the major attractions there is the Fiorano Circuit—Ferrari’s testing circuit. Although it is not open to public, the factory’s newest models may be spotted speeding around.
Monte-Carlo is another scenic destination but with an additional touch of splendour. As the host of Grand Prix de Monaco, it is a well-known name among Formula One enthusiasts. The historical race is held on narrow streets and the circuit measures only 3.367 km.
There are several significant spots to visit. Some examples include the slowest turn of the circuit where a number of classic shots were taken and the coastal tunnel where many accidents occurred. Next to the swimming pool turn is the cruise terminal, where passengers can view the race from their ships. Personally, I prefer enjoying the relaxing atmosphere there at a slower pace in my car.
For those who seek excitement from speed, driving on autobahn in Germany can be an amazing experience. Autobahn does not have a speed limit and some drivers take it as a site to test the speed of their cars legally. Although it is a tourist attraction for some, in Germany it is just a network of cross-country motorways. Even though some cars go beyond 400 km/h on them, autobahn is not a race track. Furthermore, only a few sections of the network can feasibly afford cars to go at their full speed. They also serve as transportation tracks for the German military at times of emergency.