Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Bentley Continental: The Footballer's Car

It's the car of choice for many premier-league footballers nowadays. They use it as a runabout; it takes them to their practice sessions. It is the Bentley Continental. If the lads want to show off to their peers and others, they'll take the Ferrari (just so long as it isn't written off en route). How else is a 23 year-old, getting wages of £150,000 a week expected to waste his hard-earned money?

Don't be totally put off by the Bentley marque though. They still manufacture fine cars, as the Germans always have done. Leave the Continental to footballers and their girl-friends; spend your money on an Arnage, Brooklands or Azure instead.

Better still, opt for a vintage, classic car; though, admittedly, these may not be ideally suited for every-day usage. I wholeheartedly commend the late Alan Clark's book about motoring, Backfire: A Passion For Cars And Motoring. Clark had so many cars that he almost literally ran out of space for them all! That's astounding, bearing in mind that Saltwood Castle and Estate, in Kent, is a sizeable pile. Clark had quite a collection of Bentleys, by the way. No footballers' cars, to the best of my knowledge.

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