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Simon Said - And now for something completely different...

From the heat scorched Spanish hills reverberating to the sound of an armada of Italian V12s, this week has been all about grace, space and Old World luxury. Not much beats the automotive equivalent of a gentlemen's club to navigate the historic streets of London, even in 21st century traffic. There's something inherently soothing about the whiff of Connolly leather, the distant burble of a nonchalant V8 and the poise of the Flying Lady mascot leading the way ahead. At almost 5.4 metres from bow to stern, she gets there some time before you. Just don't ask about parking.

Business? Hectic. McLaren F1s and Miura SVs seem to be much in demand, but we've also taken time to supervise Bugatti Type 35 and 57C restoration work, editing our next film and scheduling shooting of the 'Christmas Special', due to begin next week in the Alps. Gregor Fisken's dramatically-lit Kensington showroom re-opening party resembled an old school reunion, and his 'behind the scenes' tales over dinner afterwards reminded me that none of our challenges are unique. He had a full head of hair when we first met. Now he's talking about buying a Swinging Sixties Rolls-Royce to get around town...