Quebec’s “Summer Cars” have taken to the road - this stunning example was discreetly memorialized yesterday at Saint-Philippe-de-Laprairie, an off-island suburb of Montreal, by a photographer who wishes to remain anonymous. FuckYeahQuebec crowns it REX ASINORUM.
Cyril Toulotte informs me that this is an Honda S2000, and the list price in 2009 was about $50,000, plus tax. They haven’t been produced since. The detailing on this customized “beauty” is very fine - note the carefully coloured green “Oakley” logo in the rear window, to match the sunglasses!
So what is a “summer car”? Perhaps it would be best illustrated in opposition to a winter car:
Yes, Quebec’s winters are harsh not just on living creatures but in fact on everything, including cars. The salt that is (theoretically) amply spread on every bitumen surface in the province is particularly unkind to vehicles, as pictured above. In the same way that many suburban families elsewhere in the world have a “Mother’s car” and a “Father’s car,” many Quebec households have a summer car (a nice one of which they are proud) and a winter car (a royal piece of shit.) To reduce expenses, the summer car will be physically and legally put into storage and not used until the owner is sure there isn’t enough salt on the roads to season a french-fry, much less a chassis.
Nevertheless, as there is a certain prohibitive cost associated with acquiring and maintaining two vehicles, and as it is the summer car that demonstrates the purported affluence of the owner, these wheeled part-time status symbols can indeed be quite spectaculaire.
We can take the appearance of Rex Asinorum and his ilk as a sign that spring has finally sprung. However, I haven’t seen too many summer cars coming over the bridges yet… If you have any great summer or winter car pictures, send them in!