Qatar – Camels to Maclarens

Ivan (Nip) Thornley on RPW Patrol – year 51 of service to the hobby.    Still he rejects the computer, and so what may be the biggest collection of  paper photos in the Club, cannot be easily sent round to members, except by hard copy in the post!   The writer is slowly scanning his archive, but it is a lifetime’s project!          Brumby archive

Whilst spotting in London on Saturday 30th.,  June, 2012, June being the premier month for visits by citizens of the Gulf countries who are not scrapping among themselves, VB noted this eminent autonumerologist at work with his trusty (film) camera, capturing an Illinois 2012  Harley-Davidson, seemingly abandoned.                 Gathering this worthy gent up into my car, N 692 LUF, I was guided by that ace-spotter, Nip,  to one of the Gulf-patronised hotels in the area, where two Arabian families were displaying their little treasures in the most prominent parking spots of the hotel forecourt.

The Qatari Maclaren plate 177  below carries the serrated red edge of the royal household members.   Tom Redington adds some amazing detail about this car in his response below!

QATAR 177 – The F1 Maclaren centre-steer road racer.   Brumby archive


Parked in front of the Maclaren are two identical Saudi Maybachs which  are registered 111 and 999, and probably bring the total value of the cars this group bring on holiday with them in their private 747s, to about  US$1.5million.












Such wealthy visitors as these, incidentally, do not carry conventional motor insurance, by special agreement with the appropriate government legal departments.     If they damage a local vehicle, they either hand out cash for repairs or replacement on the spot, or send someone round to pay up the next day, according to reports in the national papers.

London Transport, with their thousands of buses,  has the same facility, depositing a bank bond to cover any charges which might arise from a successful claim against them.    Presumably, so have the military fleets of some countries……..

I calculate that one could comfortably accommodate six wives in each Maybach, a situation with which I have considerable sympathy for the much-wed Muslim.

Perhaps the benefit could be that he can have no need to buy a dashboard sat-nav, as such prolific advice would be forthcoming in abundance from behind – if my experience is anything to go by.

2 Responses to Qatar – Camels to Maclarens

  1. Tom Redington says:

    You might like to know what you saw is even more exclusive than you thought! The McLaren (plate 177) is not the single-seat F1 from the history books, but McLaren’s latest toy, the MP4-12C. However that is not the unusual part – what you have witnessed here is an “FAB Design Terso”. Take one expensive supercar, add a very expensive body kit and engine modifications and you have this. Because the standard 207mph car is just so boring…? With a US$400,000 price tag and 213mph top speed, I doubt you will see too many more either!

  2. aimeebrownie says:

    The car features numerous proprietary designs and technologies; it is lighter and has a more streamlined structure than many modern sports cars, despite having one seat more than most similar sports cars.

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