Archive for March, 2009

What’s not to love?!

March 11, 2009

Everyone knows how much I like to complain about cars– how they’re smelly, how they’re a waste of space, how they try to run me over…. But that hasn’t managed to put a damper on the love affair I’ve been having with all the cute little cars to be seen here in London. One of my favorite activities is Mini Cooper counting: How many are parked on one block? How many drive by in one minute? How many are parked directly in front of our building? (On a recent afternoon, the answer to this last one was four.)

Here is a sampling:

The Fiat 500 is absolutely the cutest. It looks rather like a fat little rabbit (I mean the animal, not the car). But its gotta be the vintage one-- the new models you see around are just not the same.

The Fiat 500 is absolutely the cutest. It looks rather like a fat little rabbit (I mean the animal, not the car). But it's gotta be the vintage one-- the new models just don't have that chubbiness!

Im also a fan of the Figaro. It seems to come only in pastels-- blue, pink, and beige. I am not nearly stylish enough to have this car.

I'm also a fan of the Figaro. It seems to come only in pastels-- blue, pink, and beige. I am not nearly stylish enough to own a car such as this one.

Smart Cars, on the other hand, are starting to get on my nerves. Look how this one insists on making a point of how it can park perpendicular to the curb-- even though it totally sticks out, and theres loads of room to park parallelly! Thats just obnoxious.

Smart Cars, on the other hand, are starting to get on my nerves. Look how this one insists on making a point of how it can park perpendicular to the curb-- even though it totally sticks out, and there's loads of room to park parallelly! That's just obnoxious.

The afore-mentioned Mini convention on Elsham Road.

The afore-mentioned Mini convention on Elsham Road.

But of course, the old ones are still cuter.

We think the old Mini is even smaller than the young whippersnappers you see around.