I’VE just returned from a delightful few days over in Germany, and once again, I find myself thanking whoever it was that’s responsible for the fact that they still have derestricted sections of Autobahn over there. I mean, if you think about it, with the expanding belief that speed alone kills, it’s hard to justify Europe’s second most crowded country having large sections of busy motorway reserved for the noble art of driving a car as fast as you like… and yet, here we are, deep into the 21st century and Germany continues to offer the opportunity to do just this.
Okay, I’m making light of it. But for the person in a hurry, there’s nothing more pleasurable in driving a stretch of road that allows you to make real progress – while being safe in the knowledge that those around you not travelling quite so fast are well versed in looking in their mirrors and moving over for the faster car. Of course, it would be nice if that level of trust could be handed out to UK motorists, but somehow I can never see it happening here – we seem too hung up on not letting the other guy past. I wonder why that is?
However, just as fortunately, I can never see the Germans allowing themselves to lose their derestrictions… Lucky sods!
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.