GQ (Australia) - - MOTOR -

… or mo­tor­cy­cle, or Maserati Gran­cabrio. Wait, let’s think. While it’s defnitely time to start en­joy­ing the fruits of your labour, noth­ing says ‘I AM FREAK­ING OUT REAL HARD’ like a man in a re­stric­tive leather jacket try­ing to touch-park $200K of Ital­ian steel out front of hot yoga. And, as any am­a­teur sailor knows only too well, the two best days with a boat are the day you buy it and the day you sell it. So, no sud­den moves chaps. The key with a big tro­phy buy is sense rul­ing over im­pulse. And un­less a hun­dred Gs is pin money, do plenty of re­search. Take your time. Work out who you re­ally are, what leisure time means, and pick a prize re­fec­tive of such. Also, au­then­tic­ity will al­ways be the best in­oc­u­la­tion against wanker­dom. (And if you still need to lease it, resched­ule the MLC to when money isn’t a fac­tor – be­cause a Vespa paid for in cash still beats a Lotus on lay-by ev­ery time.) For our money, you want a Land Rover De­fender – the se­cond-car of choice for such later-life icons as Sean Con­nery, Bill Mur­ray and, er, Fidel Cas­tro. That th­ese mil­i­tary style 4x4s are no longer in pro­duc­tion makes them a se­ri­ous sta­tus ve­hi­cle (in Europe, or­gan­ised crime does a side­line in De­fender parts) and even if you only take it out to pick up the pa­pers, women will still as­sume you’re Spe­cial Forces. Strap the surf­board on, ford a few streams, or spend the week­end in town crunch­ing Ford Fi­es­tas un­der your tyres with­out notic­ing. If, mean­while, you’ve been wait­ing all this time for a proper, Bond-grade sports car and noth­ing shall dis­suade, a Jaguar V8 F-type R ought tick that box.

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