2010 Top Gear Awards: Cabriolet of the Year
Gorgeous 440bhp V8 Maserati GranCabrio shatters the peace in rural China...
Posted: 14 Jan 2011
Below the road, something catches our eye that forces the Maserati down to a virtual crawl, something that seems to capture the enigma and beauty of 21st-century China as it launches itself onto the napping Western world. Huge lavender fields, planted in perfect lines that stretch almost to the horizon, are dotted at regular intervals by dozens, perhaps even hundreds, of young and identically turned out wedding couples.
Dressed in full contemporary Western regalia, with sharp suits for him and veils, meringues and corsages for her, brides clutch grooms amid the late purple blooms and chilly autumn air, striking poses for harassed photographers who hack and duck about the undergrowth, capturing their perfect moments for all eternity. The wind whistles through the leaves and dresses, and they laugh and struggle to keep themselves presentable, ranks of newlyweds, row upon row, sharing their special day, a memento en masse for a shared future.