Luxury Cars – Inside the wealthy village where nearly every other motor on road is a supercar
When most people think of train spotters, they imagine a stereotypical geek dressed in an anorak and thick-rimmed glasses, waiting on a platform with notebook in hand.
But these days a new ‘spotting’ craze seems to have surfaced, and with a much trendier image, Manchester Evening News reports.
Supercar spotting is the name given to a dedicated band of car enthusiasts who wait around all day to see and photograph rare and incredibly expensive vehicles.
They gather in wealthy areas for hours to catch site of luxury motors like Lamborghinis, Bugattis, McLarens and rare vintage cars worth millions.
And in the affluent village of Alderley Edge in Cheshire, they have more than their fair share to choose from.
The area has become the northern hotspot for the pastime because almost every other car is a supercar, reports the Manchester Evening News.
Dubbed the “Knightsbridge of the north”, Alderley Edge sits in Cheshire’s Golden Triangle where the average cost of a house is almost £800,000.
And there is an eye-popping display of Lamborghinis, Bugattis, McLarens and rare vintage cars along main road at weekends.
Jordan Belsham, 23, from Burnage, who has been supercar spotting for years, has a popular instagram @supercarsinmanchester_ where he posts his photos of all the stunning motors he sees and is even organising a special “Supercar Sunday” spotter event next month.
“I love it,” he said. “I love the fact you can come out here and don’t know what you’re going to get – you could end up seeing the best car in the world.
“It’s like a modern-day version of train spotting, but instead of standing and writing down numbers, we are out here taking photos.
“Alderley Edge is known as the “Knightsbridge of the north” because of the amount of cars here.
“London is still better in terms of high value cars, but here it’s the lazy form of car spotting – because the cars literally come to you.”
Jordan said the number of car-spotters has grown from just a handful of devotees to a regular roster of up to 100 people who assemble at a grassy knoll in the village on weekends to get the best snapshots of the supercars on parade.
He often spends up to eleven hours a day on Saturday and Sundays looking out for rare cars.
While the spotters have become as regular a fixture of life in Alderley Edge as all the celebrities, footballers and millionaires, they are still a source of fascination to people making their way around the village.
Jordan says: “There’s two things happening here without fail when we are out. One is that people will ask us: “Who are you waiting for?” Thinking that we are paparazzi waiting for a celebrity.
“The other is that someone will drive past with their window wound down and shout ‘why don’t you take a picture of this?'”
Jordan’s fascination with cars began when he started watching Top Gear on television as a child, the began car spotting as a hobby in Manchester.
“One day I recognised a car from Top Gear as one I’d seen in real life. From then it started with taking photos of cars when I was driven around, to then thinking why don’t I go somewhere specifically to look for nice cars,” he said.
Although Jordan, who works as a social media manager for a car company, dreams of owning a supercar of his own one day – preferably a Lamborghini Aventador, which cost from around £271,000 – he’s happy with his £400 Ford Focus for now.
Fellow supercar spotter and recent university graduate Patrick Lavers, 22, also goes to Alderley Edge most weekends and says he enjoys sharing his interest with other like-minded people.
“I’ve loved cars ever since I was a small boy, and I suppose the more I saw of them the more interested I became,” he explained.
“My best occasion here was seeing a Zonda F Carbon Edition – there’s only 25 of them in the world, and it drove right past me.”
But while the spotters are a friendly lot, they haven’t been welcomed by everyone in the area.
Residents at one end of the village complained that their presence was encouraging motorists to drive fast and “rev” their engines in an anti-social manner, so the group had to move to the other end.
Luxury Cars - Inside the wealthy village where nearly every other motor on road is a supercar