In a Driven to Write exclusive, our roving reporter Robertas Parazitas reports live from the 2017 Car of the Year awards at Geneva.
14.14 CET: Good chat with Steve Cropley. He reckons it’s wide open. Talked about Fiestas and Hank Deuce. Last year he drove to Geneva in a 40 year-old Fiesta this year it was Easyjet.
14.16 CET: Giulia is storming ahead. Peugeot second. E-class third.
14.18 CET: 3008 – 195, Giulia – 199
14.22 CET: Peugeot has taken it. 319 points. FIRECRACKERS!
14.33 CET: 3008 – 319, Giulia – 296, E Class – 197, Volvo – 172, C3 – 166, C-Hr – 165, Micra – 135.
I sense the assembled company is a bit stunned. Head of Peugeot brand accepts the prize. Carlos T was otherwise engaged, one imagines. What a day for PSA! Sergio’s cup of woe overflows. For the rest of us it’s Henessey time.
15.17 CET: The Bauer monkeys are on their fourth glass of Hennessey. Jubilation in the PSA camp. Some fine girls have been brought from the stand for the photocall. Old ways die hard at Palexpo. The buzz from the company confirms it’s a surprise result. There’s a move to blag into the Peugeot party. The PSA PR people are ‘filling their boots” with the free champagne.
An all night party seems far more appealing than our squalid accommodation, always suffused with the miasma of bowel gas and vomit.
Never let it be said we don’t suffer for our art.