Hundreds of car enthusiasts and photographers have descended on Cadogan Place, Knightsbridge, causing chaos for local residents and motorists, after it was reported that a “gold fleet” of supercars have been given fixed penalty notices which could cost the owner hundreds of pounds.
The gold supercar fleet, which is thought to belong to the Saudi Arabian billionaire, Turki Bin Abdullah, includes a Lamborghini Aventador, Bentley Flying Spur, and a 6 wheeled Mercedes G63, all of which are painted gold.
While the supercars were parked on Cadogan Place, in front of the Jumeirah Carlton Hotel, they were each issued with a penalty notice of £80. The penalties, which will be reduced to just £40 if paid in 14 days, mean that the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (RBKC) could be owed £320, despite the fact that there is an NCP car park which can cost as little as £21.43 per day.
KCW Today can confirm that, according to members of staff at the Jumeirah Carlton Hotel, the “gold fleet” of supercars are owned by a guest staying in the hotel. Moreover, our reporter was told by the same member of staff that the cars were deliberately left out so that “members of the public can look at them.”
There have been no official complaints to the council about the supercars, but many residents and motorists are unhappy with the fanfare the cars have received, calling the cars “disgusting” and complaining about car enthusiasts blocking the road to take pictures.
Plenty of the visitors who had come to photograph the cars told KCW reporters that they were actually enjoying the spectacle.
A boy, 14, who had heard about the cars on the news and social media, said that he “liked the gold colour” and even said that he would like a car of his own painted gold.
One American tourist and his son who are both self-professed “Lamborghini fans,” and happened to be passing by, said he has “an Aventador at home just like this one,” but admitted: “no, it’s not the colour for me.”
A Ford Ka owner also decided to join in with the show, parking behind the “gold fleet” supercars and imitating them by wrapping his car in yellow paper.
In November 2015, RBKC passed a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) banning drivers from loudly revving car engines, racing, playing loud music, and “causing obstruction on a public highway, whether moving or stationary, including driving in convoy.”
People who are caught breaking the PSPO are liable can be charged as much as £1,000, and in the past three weeks, seven drivers have received fixed penalty notices of £100.
RBKC lead councillor Nicholas Paget-Brown has previously said that the PSPO was created because the noise complains from revving engines had created “a big problem” in the area.
Paget-Brown further identified “boy racers from the Gulf states,” in particular, for making “an enormous amount of noise.”