Shotgun in the Veyron Vitesse
One of TG mag's finest adventures over the last 20 years: Africa in the mighty Bug'...
Posted: 04 Oct 2013
The Veyron stops traffic and gathers little huddles of spellbound onlookers on the gilded streets of Mayfair. As we pass through the town of Steytlerville, about 100 miles away from Port Elizabeth, it arrives into the locals' lives with a similar impact to the spaceship's climactic descent in Close Encounters. But it's a bittersweet moment. We've seen the grinding poverty of the townships on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth on our way here, and the sheer size and preponderance of graveyards is a testament to South Africa's desperate Aids crisis. Driving a near-£2m car in this context is to question the morality of all such things.
Steytlerville is a poor town, but the Veyron is besieged and becomes the star of a multitude of mobile-shot images and films. Jacques frets that some of them will end up on YouTube or Facebook. I'm just pleased to witness such a joyful response.