The £3.1m parking bay: Supercar parade outside the Dorchester Hotel continues - but could you reverse park a Rolls Royce?
October 2, 2014
Wealthy Arabs escape the stifling summer in the Gulf by coming to London - and they bring their supercars with them
Expensive marques lining the streets of Knightsbridge and Kensington include Ferrari, Forgiato, and Lamborghini
Locals complain their drivers have no respect for parking rules and treat the smart London streets like race tracks
But car enthusiasts - dubbed the 'carparazzi' - love what is now an annual spectacle and descend with their cameras
With temperatures in the Gulf still baking hot, wealthy Arabs are seeing out the end of the summer in London's rather milder climes. And, in what is becoming an annual tradition, they have brought their supercars with them.
As these astonishing pictures show, the streets of Knightsbridge and Mayfair are still currently lined with expensive motors which have been shipped over to Britain while their owners seek shelter from the sun (not to mention some retail therapy) in the capital.
With their Arabic number plates they're a traffic warden's nightmare but a car spotter's dream, with marques including Rolls Royce, Ferrari, Forgiato, and Lamborghini. And they've all had the requisite custom paint jobs.
Fans of the ostentatious cars, known as the 'carparazzi', are descending upon London to photograph the often extremely rare vehicles.
But local residents are not fans of the supercar spectacle, complaining the drivers take the parking spaces without respecting parking rules.
Others complain of drivers revving their cars' engines and treating the well-heeled streets as a racetrack until the early hours of the morning.
However, as this top picture taken outside the Dorchester shows, either the cars' owners - or perhaps more accurately, their chauffeurs, are rather good at reverse parking - no mean feat when the car involved is worth north of £1million.