Bugatti Veyron – Click above for high-res image gallery I opened my inbox one morning to find this question from a publicist: "Would you have time to drive the Bugatti Veyron?" Would I have time? Really? Would you believe, uh, yes? And that's how I found myself at Westlake Village with a black and cream Veryon waiting in the shade of the porte cochère. Yes, it was perfect. It was like getting a date with that frighteningly beautiful woman I've had my eye on for a while now, and actually enjoying it. Follow the jump to read about The Day of the Veyron, and check out the gallery of hi-res pics below. %Gallery-11010% Live photos Copyright ©2007 Jonathon Ramsey / Weblogs, Inc. Now we all know about the Veyron and we've all surely seen the Top Gear and the celebrity spotting vids, so I won't waste time recounting its origins or performance tales. We all know that when it comes to the supercar mafia, this is the capo di tutti capo. The Godfather. The Don Vito Corleone of automobiles. But just as you might wonder what it's really like to have a Godfather for a boss, the question I really wanted to answer was: what's it really like to have to deal with a Veyron? The first answer to that question is: busy. You'll probably want to hire your own publicist if you buy one, because strangers are going to ask you a lot of questions. And then they'll take pictures. And then they'll ask you to start it and rev it. Then they'll ask you to show them "what it can do." Even while you're driving, people will hang behind you, or in your blind spot, or, my favorite, drive up beside you, stay there a while, then roll down their windows and turn into Larry King. Their first question is always "What do you think of the car?" What do I think of the car? You really want to know? At 75 MPH? 'Cause I'll bet you already know the answer... Once you've finished your interviews, you can look the car over. The pictures don't lie: it's wide, it's quite compact, and it's really, really low. It felt like it only rose to my knees, a feeling reinforced when I actually sat in the car. It's one of those rare cars that looks in person the exact way it does in the photos. Personally, I don't mind the front and the sides of the car, but the rear, well, let's just say I'm not enthralled. The graceful combinations of curves and radii that make up the front and sides give way to a stew of angles, prominences, crevices, and materials. Understandably so, since that's the hard working end of a 1,001-HP conveyance, but aesthetically, I might wish for something else. Yet don't get me wrong: if I actually owned the car, I'd get over it. Speaking of grace, that was something I was never able to master …
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