Driving the dictator
Another classic trip from 20 years of TG mag: delivering Admiral General Aladeen to a big telly interview.
Posted: 28 Oct 2013
I like it because I can see my face in it. It’s like a mirror!” says Bunny Amber.
“I like it because I can lie in the back so comfortably!” says Bunny Dagmara.
“I like it because it’s a statement. But I’m more a fan of the aesthetic than the ergonomic,” says Bunny Sara. Don’t judge a rabbit by her tail.
Tuesday night, and we’re parked up in front of the Playboy Club in London’s Mayfair district with a gold-and-platinum-plated, four-tonne armoured limo. But not just any gold-and-platinum-plated armoured limo: this is the official ‘Aladeen’ Prombron, created by quirky Latvian firm Dartz for Sacha Baron Cohen’s new film, The Dictator.
TopGear gets on well with Dartz boss Leo Yankelovich, a man with a creative approach to (a) English and (b) self-publicity (Leo’s recent marketing strategies have included offering a £750,000 bottle of vodka with free Prombron thrown in, and threatening to upholster a car in whale-penis leather – “I heard it is most expensive and best” – before backing down when Pamela Anderson complained). So when he mentioned he was driving the Aladeen Prombron 1,500 miles from Latvia to London for the film’s world premiere, we generously offered to pilot the last 75 miles from Folkestone. Delivering the Dictator’s car. We liked that idea. We didn’t know how weird it’d get.
Words: Sam Philip
Pictures: Rowan Horncastle
This article originally appeared in the June 2012 issue of Top Gear magazine