Driven to Write suffers from heat stroke – for your benefit.
It’s hardly revelatory of me to point out that in this corner of the Costa del Sol, the ratio of sunshine to overcast is overwhelmingly in the favour of the former – after all, the hint is in the name. No great insight either in suggesting that in the warm glow of a sunbaked afternoon, everything looks more attractive – except perhaps, pale, light-averse Irishmen. The effects of ambient lighting is a subject that has reared its head on more than one occasion on these pages, so if I repeat myself, I can only suggest you write to the editor and see how far that gets you.
Also at risk of accusations of repetition is today’s subject matter. We have I admit featured (and discussed at some length) the virtues or otherwise of Mazda’s (lamentably slow-selling it seems) C-segment contender. The Mazda 3 remains a design which brooks no ambivalence, but in Mazda’s signature shade of Soul Red and bathed in the sunkissed splendour of mid-afternoon Marbella sunlight, not only did the colour come alive, but so too did the Mazda’s fluid surfaces.
So striking was this, that it occurred to me that Hiroshima’s rather laudatory efforts upon the 3’s body styling have probably been wasted amid the Northern hemisphere’s leaden skies.
But by way of illustrating a point, even the nondescript and decidedly ordinary can be rendered remarkable in Andalucía’s roseate glow. This (British registered) X-Type would have elicited no response from your correspondent in its native blighty (no fan of the ‘X am I), yet here, its vibrant red paintwork really ‘popped’ in the warm afternoon sun.
So much so, that I found myself compelled to stop and photograph it for your pleasure. In this light, one could perhaps discern what its designers were trying to achieve.
Which if nothing else illustrates that exposure to sunlight really does have a palpably beneficial effect on one’s mood. Perhaps I ought to spend more time in the shade?