100 drivers of yellow cars have given one of the greatest demonstrations of what it means to be English.
As a display of national character, it really does have it all. And it came about as a result of something the English are loathe to do – complaining.
Bibury, in England’s picturesque Cotswold region, was once described by novelist and poet William Morris as “the most beautiful village in England”.
So when local resident Peter Maddox, who is 84-years-old, had the bare temerity to park his car outside his own home, tourists began to grumble about it ruining the view and their photographs.
Earlier this year, the car was even vandalized.
So, in an act of solidarity with the octogenarian, a yellow-only 100-car rally was dreamt up from somewhere.
Organizer Matty Bee said, “The response has been amazing and overwhelming. People from all over the country and all over the world have applied to join the group.
“We’ve had everything here from a three-wheeler and a Mini to a Lamborghini supercar. I’ve never seen so many yellow colored cars in one place.”
The rally was especially English for a number of reasons.
First is the reservedness. Getting angry isn’t for the English. Instead, they prefer to display their disagreement in a more measured way – even if that involves a lot more organizing.
Second is the famed stiff upper lip. If somebody is wronged, the English are not supposed to complain. Instead, they simply get on with things – and organize a huge rally of yellow cars, obviously.
Third is the eccentricity and pomp. It’s 100 yellow cars. Driving through a small village. In support of another yellow car. It’s ridiculous.
Fourth, and last, is the adherence to the rules. Especially health and safety rules. Yes, the rally was limited to 100 cars on health and safety grounds.
Mr. Maddox watched the convoy as it drove past his 17th century cottage, which is on a street so picturesque it features on the inside cover of the British passport.
He said he was “overwhelmed” by the show of support.
Whether the rally caused a mass outbreak of violence due to people playing The Yellow Car Game is unclear at the time of writing.
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