Cars aren’t meant to be caged. Even if it’s a half-million-dollar Rolls Royce we’re talking about—which it happens to be—it’s bad enough if you allow yourself to stoop to the level of paying a driver.
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Captivity is not a car’s natural habitat. Once caged, complications can occur. Case-in-point, an Australian roller owner recently committed the entirely first-world faux-pas of keeping the car too secure to exit his parking structure. He did it by adding a custom “Rolls paddock” to his already secure parking structure, which he then promptly drove into.
Too Much of Anything is a Bad Thing
Can you blame a guy for wanting to make sure his Rolls-Royce is safe? In this case, yes.
It takes 645,000 Australian dollars to purchase a Rolls, and when you’re swinging that kind of dough around, you’re not living in a tenement. There was already an existing structure in place to protect the car, and the cars of other, presumably well-to-do, residents. It’s called a parking garage. And yes, they make gates for that sort of thing.
That, combined with the numerous locks and guards that were in this parking structure must have been the reason the other Ferraris, McLarens, and Lamborghinis parked at this complex chose to forego extra protection… it simply wasn’t necessary.
Like Being Sixteen Again
Driving into your own home happens more often than you may think. Maybe you clipped a side mirror on your first car trying to wedge it into the three-car garage between mom and dad’s rides as a teen. The thing is, that’s not a Rolls Royce.
The added complexity of maneuvering out from his new protective cage apparently overwhelmed the rolls owner, who appears to have backed into one of the poles installed to ensure that no one leaves with his car. Great success!
Adding insult to injury, the repair bill was apparently quite high. But then what do you expect when you’re sporting the top of the automotive food chain? Even at parking-lot speeds, a V-12 does one hell of a job of removing body panels when applied to a metal pole.
Joes aside, we hope that our Aussie friend can get the damage taken care of and enjoy his brand-new roller. But a word of advice—it might cost you less to rip that cage back out than to keep paying for new parts from Sussex, and you might get to enjoy your car more.