EPT9 Monaco Day 1B: The hidden four-wheeled treasures of Monte Carlo
Monte Carlo is an exclusive kind of town. It's hard to think of Frank Sinatra calling it his kind of town, in fact it's hard to think who exactly would lay claim to it, but its' certainly exclusive. Nobody really knows how the local afford to pay their bills, although the absence of income tax must help. But it's a town of contrasts, one of elegant mansions that scrape the sky, to more mundane blocks that house Monaco's working class; all six of them.
But it's not unusual to be walking along one on the country's boulevards and find something special, something gleaming in the moonlight. Amid the luxury and extravagance, you can find truly unique objects distinctiveness, separate from the rest, such as the rare sights spotted outside during the dinner break.
Starting with a silver Ford Fusion, a beauty, built as long ago as 2002, with the side mouldings and a 1.4 litre engine. Then, coming the other way, no less than a Turkish built 1992 phase one Renault Clio, in white/grey.
It was a blink-and-you'll miss-it moment but we couldn't believe our eyes when we spotted a 1999 Toyota Yaris, without hubcaps, with denting to the left rear wing, parked alongside some mass produced Mercedes sedans. And then, one for the connoisseur, a 1994 Fiat Punto, the ELX model, with its original floor mats and scratch marks along the rear passenger door.
A red car parked next to a 1994 Fiat Punto, ELX, in alpine green (not shown)
But the real prize was the 1986 Peugeot 205, in Royal Blue, almost missed in the evening moonlight, its putt-putt 954 cc engine shouted down by the brutish wheeze of an over excited Ferrari F12, clanging its way out of an underground car park, trailing its exhaust pipe.
When you come to Monte Carlo you rarely expect to see such marvels, but to those prepared to put in some effort, this really is a wonderful town for those looking for adventure.
Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter.
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