It’s easy to spot a tourist in Monaco. They’re cheaply dressed and don’t arrive by boat or chopper and, most telling of all, take endless photographs of the Supercars on their phones. The locals don’t bat an eyelid at Ferraris, McLarens or whatever else the money laundering Russians and Arabs are bimbling about in. Neither do I. MotorPunk is more Browns Lane than Maranello. What is a supercar, anyway? I think these cars photographed around the principality are super, therefore they are super cars (note the space). Here are a few of my favourite spots on the Cote d’Azur.

The ancient Range Rover, used to shunt boat bits around the harbor, flat paint and a hint of skew-whiff suspension. Now that is super. The Austin Mini, parked outside the owners yacht in a disabled parking space (note the owner glaring at me for taking the picture) but otherwise the perfect runabout for Monte Carlo’s Lambo-strewn streets. The Mini Moke, some predatory cad’s transport for taking a couple of giggly chicks to Jimmyz [sic] for a night of debauchery. The MGA is a long way from Abingdon but looks so at home in the sunshine. Or the classless MINI JCW, entertaining on a zip up the nearby Col De Turini? The MGB Roadster, splendid in yellow but abandoned to it’s fate while the owner sails away from the taxman? These, for me, are the super cars of Monaco.

Words by: Rich Duisberg.
Photos by: Rich Duisberg and Greg Stark

About The Author

Rich Duisberg

Rich Duisberg* has had work published in Classic & Sportscar, Practical Performance Car, Modern Mini, Banzai, MogMag, Evo, GT Porsche, Complete Kit Car, Absolute Lotus, Alternative Cars, Classic Retro Modern, and elsewhere. Rich often appears on CBS’s XCAR and Carfection channels, and Motors TV, plus JayEmm on Cars, enthusing about historic motoring. His latest book (find his work on Amazon) was described by SniffPetrol as "hilarious", although he was also threatened with legal action by elderly DJ Tim Westwood. In his Midlands man cave is a 1972 Fiat 500, a Lotus Elise, a BMW barge and a vintage Royal Enfield pushbike. Previous machines of interest include an Mk1 MX5 (owned for 14 years!), an Alfa GTV6, a Porsche 968 and a Sinclair C5. The Metro (right) was bought for an experiment, and abandoned in Africa. "I am not getting in a car with him" -  said Le Mans winner, Derek Bell. *A nom-de-plume inspired by the BBC's League of Gentlemen.

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