There are two facts you must know about the BAC Mono. Fact One: a life-size inflatable crocodile will not fit in its front boot. Fact Two: its cockpit lining is impervious to urine and human faeces. I discover both of these facts within five minutes of meeting the Mono for the first time, outside a beachfront stall in the North Wales seaside town of Rhyl.
Thankfully, it is only Fact One I experience first-hand. Fact Two, I’m relieved to report, is just a cheery piece of trivia from BAC boss Neill Briggs. That said, a pensioner with a colostomy bag poking out the bottom of his trouser leg is inching towards the Mono as we talk, so maybe there’s an ulterior motive to the revelation.
Words: Sam Philip
Photography: James Lipman
This feature was originally published in the October 2011 issue of Top Gear magazine