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    Welcome to Britain!

    New Harrods owners see cars worth 1.5m CLAMPED (outside store they bought for 1.5bn)
    By PAUL HARRIS
    Last updated at 3:10 PM on 29th July 2010



    Looking on the bright side, at least the owners won't have much trouble stumping up the parking fine.
    But even when you've just bought Harrods for 1.5billion, and the cars are among the fastest and most exclusive in the world, getting them clamped is still a bit of an inconvenience.
    The uniquely liveried supercars belong to the Qatari royal family, which bought the flagship store three months ago.
    On the left is a Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SuperVeloce, worth 350,000. In front of it is a bespoke specification Koenigsegg CCXR, one of only six in the world and worth a staggering 1.2million.

    Back home on the open highways and expressways around Qatar, either car could still fall victim to speed cameras (providing, that is, the cameras can register top speeds in excess of 200mph).
    But anyone who has ever nipped into Harrods for a few minutes could have told them that the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea shows no mercy - or discrimination - towards parking regulation breaches in the cramped, crowded streets that surround it.


    Hence, two large yellow triangles rather spoiled the sleek lines of the fabulously rare cars when clampers contracted by the council spotted them driverless and illegally parked. Within minutes, they made sure the cars were going nowhere fast.
    That set in train the universally familiar hassle of paying a release fee (70), coughing up a fine (between 40 and 120, with a reduction for prompt payers), and sorting out the paperwork.
    Hopefully none of the wheels was damaged during the clamping operation - the Koenigsegg's are made of carbon-magnesium and cost 3,000 each. Nor was the driver obliged to hand over the key. A diamond encrusted option is available for 36,000.

    The 1.2million Koenigsegg CCXR and 350,000 Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SuperVeloce were illegally parked outside the London department store
    Shoppers and tourists craned for a peek at the spectacle as it unfolded in the heart of Knightsbridge.
    The council, which clamped 8,883 vehicles in the borough last year, declined to comment specifically on the case, as did Harrods.
    The Koenigsegg is built to customer requirements, right down to body-contour matching seats. Potential CCXR buyers are flown to company HQ on an airbase in Sweden, where boss Christian Von Koenigsegg takes them for a spin.
    Such is his confidence in the car's stability that he accelerates to 200mph and slams on the brakes - without putting his hands on the steering wheel.
    The Qatar version of the car is said to produce more than 1,064bhp, does 0-60mph in 2.9 seconds and has a top speed of 249mph. Petrol consumption - of less concern in the oil rich Middle East than in SW1 - is around 14mpg.

    Koenigsegg CCXR
    Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SuperVeloce
    Acceleration: 0 to 60mph
    3.2 seconds
    3.2 seconds
    Top Speed
    245 mph
    213mph
    Engine
    Supercharged V8
    Lamborghini Naturally Aspirated V12
    Cost
    From 407,000
    From 148,000
    Interesting Fact
    During an episode of Top Gear The Stig left the track and hit a tyre wall for the first time in the shows history whilst trying to beat the track's record in the CCX
    The orange stripe on the side of the car symbolizes the "strength of an erupting volcano"


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    Fuck 'em.

    Is there no way they can be jailed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jandajoy View Post
    Fuck 'em.

    Is there no way they can be jailed?
    Should be for painting cars that colour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jandajoy
    Is there no way they can be jailed?
    Maybe they can get them for having an unregistered car on the public highway but I doubt if it's jailable

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    Not much space for that paint shredding chain between the wheel and the arch of the CCXR.

    Qatar's a [at][at][at][at] of a place so yeah, 'fuck 'em'.

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    Haha. Sticker lickers are (barely) human too- I bet they got a kick out of doing that.

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    ^ I know i would have enjoyed doing that..nothing like ferking up some rich pricks day

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    Anyone who orders cars in excess of 1.5m in that colour should be taken to the back of the showroom, and be shot.

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    Colour blue?

    Some years ago I saw a fire brigade land rover support vehicle clamped round the back of Harrabs.
    Just as well there wasn't an emergency.

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    Apparently the colour is the Qatari royal family's 'hallmark baby blue'... WTF!

    The Stig famously 'left the test track' in a CCXR...

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    Can you imagine what fate would befall the clamper if he tried that in Bkk! Probably be tortured and his/her entire family publicly shot...

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    Cheap PR stunt.

    Or complete arrogance and couldn't-give-a-fuck-ness.

    I'd say PR stunt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chairman Mao View Post
    Cheap PR stunt.

    Or complete arrogance and couldn't-give-a-fuck-ness.

    I'd say PR stunt.
    Qatari royals? I'd go for complete arrogance and couldn't-give-a-fuck-ness...

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    Qatari Royal Family? Covered by diplomatic passport and immunity. They probably won't pay the parking fine . Take a look at the worst traffic offenders in London. Elsa Baxter writing in Saudi Arabian Business Magazine reported the following;
    - Middle Eastern diplomats living in Britain owe a total of 68,820 ($104,000) in parking and traffic fines from last year, according to official figures. According to UK Foreign Office data
    - Worst offender is the UAE mission, owes 24,440 in unpaid traffic fines, including not paying London's congestion charge.
    - Saudi Arabia - 17,000 fines
    - Egypt - 9,440
    - Jordan - 8,060
    - Kuwait - 3,960
    - Oman - 2,820
    - Qatar - 1,880.
    -Bahrain - 1,220.

    Overall, the worst offender by some way is Kazakhstan, which still owes 147,880 in unpaid traffic fines, followed by Afghanistan with 34,780.
    A total of 526,300 unpaid fines remain for 2009 after just 7,760 was paid, the official data shows.

    In fairness there is a dispute over the congestion fee which foreign governments say is a tax while the UK says is a local fee. Most foreign governments will not pay the congestion fees although they will pay traffic and parking violations.

    Yea, so anyway, the Quataris are just going to flip the bird to the borough and the borough has to release the vehicle,
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    Gosh, even at Carrefour Pattaya they provide free, off street parking - would have thought they'd have enough money and common sense to purchase a better shopping center and a car with a boot big enough to put a few cases of beer and a side of pork in!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by the dogcatcher
    Harrabs
    Funny that TDC...

    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    Can you imagine what fate would befall the clamper if he tried that in Bkk! Probably be tortured and his/her entire family publicly shot...
    Damn straight....fully televised with extra footage on youtube of the clean up...by 1669..

    Quote Originally Posted by zygote1
    Elsa Baxter writing in Saudi Arabian Business Magazine reported the following; - Middle Eastern diplomats living in Britain owe a total of 68,820 ($104,000) in parking and traffic fines from last year, according to official figures. According to UK Foreign Office data - Worst offender is the UAE mission, owes 24,440 in unpaid traffic fines, including not paying London's congestion charge. - Saudi Arabia - 17,000 fines - Egypt - 9,440 - Jordan - 8,060 - Kuwait - 3,960 - Oman - 2,820 - Qatar - 1,880. -Bahrain - 1,220. Overall, the worst offender by some way is Kazakhstan, which still owes 147,880 in unpaid traffic fines, followed by Afghanistan with 34,780. A total of 526,300 unpaid fines remain for 2009 after just 7,760 was paid, the official data shows.
    Good on ya Elsa...a beheading set for you in the coming months...

    Quote Originally Posted by Khun Custard
    would have thought they'd have enough money and common sense to purchase a better shopping center
    Underground car park....feckin tight wads...

    Quote Originally Posted by Khun Custard
    a boot big enough to put a few cases of beer and a side of pork in!!


    This should make anyone mouth water...muzzer or not....just look at it...bootiful...and not a turkey insight....


    Chilli sauce with that mate...
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    Quote Originally Posted by zygote1
    Elsa Baxter writing in Saudi Arabian Business Magazine reported the following;
    The fatwah's in the post Elsa...

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    The UK is the new Middle East !!!

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