Does being 'a Mum' define the car you can drive? Does motherhood mean goodbye to fun and hello to the mundane, practical or even downright dull! Absolutely not!
With Mother’s Day on the horizon, ideal cars for mums conjures thoughts of …
- Cars with practical boots for prams, footballs, netballs, swimming gear, and so on …
- Cars with plenty of seats for the little darlings and their friends.
- Cars with leather seats or wipe clean upholstery; easier to clean up baby puke, exploded nappies, smeared chocolate, mud, ground in biscuits and so on and on and on and on…
- Cars with loads of Isofix points.
- Cars that are easily accessible, easier to get the little lovelies in and out of.
- Cars with plenty of storage for all the ruddy paraphernalia that goes along with our little blessings.
- Cars your teenager can learn to drive in without the insurance premium bankrupting you.
- Cars that make the ideal teens Mum’s taxi.
But why should Mums always have to be practical, always be thinking of others first? For all Mums out there on Mother’s Day, I say forget the practical, it’s time to dream…
‘I want to feel the wind in my hair’
Who hasn’t dreamed of being in the passenger seat of a cabriolet, an impossibly gorgeous man behind the wheel, the wind in your hair and the French Riviera whizzing by…
A cabriolet, the gorgeous Cote d’Azur and a hunky man; breakfast in Villefranche sur Mer, a leisurely and stunning drive up to Saint Paul de Vence for a late lunch and then onto Cannes for dinner, followed by partying the night away in Baoli.
There’s no better car for one of the world’s greatest days out than the stunning Audi TT RS Roadster; take in the amazing views, the beautiful weather and no need to pack baby wipes…
‘I want to be alone’
It would be a struggle to find you a road-legal one-seater car, but if you’re prepared to settle for two seats and head-turning gorgeousness, then I suggest you get behind the wheel of the Jaguar F-Type.
While the seriously sexy E-Type Jag defined the hedonism of the sixties, this latest incarnation oozes the same sex appeal; it could be love at first sight and once you’re sat behind the wheel, you won’t want to turn back.
‘I want to be Lady Penelope’
If you always envied Lady Penelope, being chauffeured wherever she went, then there are a couple of cars which mean you could have a Parker all of your own.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride in the rear of an Audi A8; if you really want to luxuriate while your Parker is at the wheel then you can opt for a long wheelbase model, the Audi A8L, meaning you can easily starfish in the rear.
Both of these cars offer delicious decadence along with a ludicrously long list of options, including what I think we can all agree should be the obligatory champagne cooler. Bliss.
‘I want to feel an adrenalin rush’
Some of us have the need for speed, to feel the rush that only breath-taking acceleration can bring, to be in control of something seriously powerful.
Girl racers are spoilt for choice here with iconic VW Golf GTi and cult Honda Civic Type R leading the way in the look-at-me super not-hatch stakes. Watch those wannabe boy racers in their go-faster striped Vauxhall Corsas turn green with envy.
If your all out need for speed can only be quenched by a supercar, then there’s the out and out speed machine, the Audi R8; fast, furious and a mighty fine machine, get your pedal to the metal.
‘I want to be one of the girls’
If you want to relive your youth, then there’s no more perfect car than the retro Fiat 500. It’s now reached cult status, even garnering its own twitter demographic; the 500 is cute and cool, its interior a statement of Italian design flair. No car says young, free and single; footloose and fancy-free like the Fiat 500.
It may not turn heads at the school gate, but it will evoke memories of youthful lost weekends of partying, girlie holidays and all things fun, flirty and feminine.
So, next time you’re changing your car; comparing the capaciousness of the boots, counting the cupholders, twanging the string backed seats to see if they’ll hold enough ‘stuff’; take a moment to dream that one day, OK, maybe years from now, but one day, you’ll be driving the car of your dreams and your choice will fly in the face of the practical!