I don’t like to turn down a challenge. Or money. So when debonair and omniYouTubing friend, associate, man I know, Alex Goy of XCAR, threw down one of his tailored, silk gauntlets via Twitter, I simply had to respond.
Alex has mentioned, more than a few times, a glorious summer day in which he squeezed himself and a number of fit and flexible girls from London Cheer Elite into a diminutive Skoda Citigo. As the video suggests, it was a hard day of cutting edge motoring video production.
Kitchen cupboard empty of Dolce Gusto latte pods and brain consequently bereft of original ideas, Alex’s video inspired me to concoct a derivation of it. And this is where you can help.
Do you own or have access to one of the oft-forgotten superminis on the market, Proton’s Savvy?
Do you own or have access to a reasonably fit and flexible live pensioner, either gender?
Then maybe you could help with the Savvy Pensioner Challenge.
No, it’s not a test of shrewdness to check they got a good trade in price for their 1985 Vauxhall Nova against a new Proton – simply put I want to see how many over 65s can be shoehorned into a Savvy.
I reckon if we can squeeze in more than five of them, we’ll set a world record, or something. And there’s the added satisfaction of prising a hoard of guineas in a suede pouch from Mr Goy’s grasp.
Hurrah, everyone’s a winner.
The momentous challenge will be captured by the video function of my iPhone (I don’t have XCAR’s production budget) and if celebrated cartist (see what I did there?) Ian Cook, aka PopBangColour, isn’t available to capture this historic event on a giant canvas, then I’ll quickly sketch the scene out with some Berol felt tips on the back of an A4 envelope.
So, if you’ve got a Savvy, a pensioner or simply want to be kept in the loop to watch the majestic theatre of the live event itself, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet me and be at the forefront of motoring matters that people really care about.
Photographs © Keith WR Jones, Proton Cars and Christopher Furlong/Getty Images 2012/2013