Europe in a 333kph McLaren 12C

European toffs recognise it: in a Monte Carlo square, an old- money Italian gent sidles up to say, “Bella macchina!” Actually, rich or poor, old Italian gents are always up for a chat if you’re in a supercar. “Better looking than a Ferrari,” he opines. “Normally, you only see cars like that on Top Gear.” Well, he won’t be seeing this particular one for long. Life offers nothing finer than what we have ahead of us: the emptier parts of Europe’s road network, a supercar and a full tank of petrol.

(Words: Paul Horrell, Pictures: Lee Brimble)