There’s no question about whether the number of supercars on the road has been growing. But with the growth in numbers comes a growth in noise, and some of London’s residents aren’t very happy about that.
Those who are familiar with London in the summer know that it’s a peak point in tourist season for the area. Paul Wallace, the personality behind Supercars of London, has amassed a large digital following by posting video and photos of the supercars in town to his channels, sharing one video on YouTube July 22 marking the beginning of the “Supercar Summer.”
You can see in the video how crowds gather to watch these cars go by and rev their engine – a thrill for the enthusiasts on the street, but a headache for those who live in the area. As more tourists from around the world, and particularly from the middle east, continue to arrive with their cars in tow, local councils are seeking a remedy to the noise.
A July 26 report from the London Evening Standard tells us that the councils of Kensington and Chelsea have plans in the works to make loud music, rapid acceleration and engine revving criminal offenses, as well as driving in convoys, leaving a car running while stationary or honking the horn.
Harrods, the famous department store just north of the River Thames, has particularly been noted as an area where this is problematic. Both the London Evening Standards’ July 26 article and a July 22 article mention it as a spot popular for car spotting. Given the average price of a home within a five minute walk of Harrods, estimated in December 2014 to be £2.4 million, or approximately $3.74 million USD, you can assume residents are not averse to fine cars. But, understandably, that doesn’t mean they like the roads outside sounding like a racetrack all the time.
With a month of summer left to go, there’s still plenty of time for car spotting even if this proposed plan should pass. And if it does, it doesn’t mean the cars will be gone – just a little quieter. Stay with us for updates as they are released, and keep an eye on Wallace’s page to see the supercars rolling through London town.
(Source: YouTube, Facebook, The London Evening Standard, The Guardian)