Growing up my parents drove classic cars. We had a dinky, red and white 1968 Mini – picture 2 adults, 2 kids, luggage and a dog crammed inside for every family beach holiday! And we also had a sublime midnight-blue 1962 Jaguar MK II – I remember being a little kid, sitting in the front seat, playing chauffeur, even then instinctively appreciating the specialness of the elegant curves, the wood dash, leather seats and push button start.
Those two disparate images are probably why one of the things I love best about writing my books is picking which cars the hero and heroine drive.
a) The car a character drives can say a lot about them in a single snapshot.
b) I often use family cars as a bit of an in joke .
c) And I get to drool over the kinds of cars I’d indulge in if I won the lotto!
the heroine in THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, turned out to be in charge of PR for Pegasus Motors, a luxury car brand about to launch a new sport car onto the market, I had an absolute ball deciding just what that car would be like.
When she — twitchy hands encased in white gloves — circles the first car off the production line, she describes it thus: “Like something out of an original James Bond movie the Z9 was all soft leather interior, glinting spoked wheels, warm deep-set headlights, and curves luscious enough to take on the most buxom cheesecake pin-up
of the same era. It was beautiful, brilliant and built to last, just as anything well-designed ought to be.”
So, googling, imagining, picturing myself – I mean Caitlyn! – taking one out for a spin, this is the picture that made me go “oh yeah”.
In the real world it’s a one-of-a-kind concept vehicle designed and hand built by The Creative Workshop. Gorgeous huh? (Any and all donations to my “Get Ally a Sports Speciale” find gladly accepted.)
Turns out Caitlyn has a type. Her hero, Dax Bainbridge, turns out to be beautiful, brilliant, and built to last too .
If you won a billion dollars tomorrow and could buy any car, now or from yesteryear, what would it be?
Image credit: © The Creative Workshop. Used with permission.