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Can Ben and John agree on anything? Car Edition

It's time to settle an age old rivalry. Or not?

5w ago

It’s no secret that Drivetribe's two most popular users, Mr Coleman and Mr Welham, tend to disagree. A lot. When they win the lottery, they can’t agree on what is the best 5 car garage. When they overthrow the government (inevitably) they can’t agree on what car to roam about in. It seems, at least from an outsider's perspective, that they can’t agree on anything.

Or can they?

Today, that’s what we’re going to find out. I asked Ben and John 5 car related questions, and based on their answers, I will be able to determine whether or not they can agree on anything.

So can the Brit beat the Aussie? Today we’ll find out.

Let the games begin.

Question 1: Describe your ultimate one car road trip. Make it brief.

Let’s start with Mr Welham: "This is simple. I would be driving the Col De Torino in a Porsche 911 GT3 Touring because that flat-six scream mated to a manual gearbox is precisely what I need in my life.”

John however, said: “This is going to be unpopular, but when I imagine the ultimate road trip - it's in the back of a gorgeous landaulet eating and drinking while being driven along a coastal road. Then suddenly punting the charcuterie board over the side and going 'Hey, pull over, I want to drive for a bit'"

Question 2: Favourite era of cars?

Ben said: "I have debated this question many times before and always struggle to pinpoint my favourite because this changes all the time. However, I will choose the 70s simply because of the Countach." On the flip side, John said:

"The 1930s. Swooping art deco styling is breathtaking. Give me wings, a pedestrian filleting mascot, 3 side spares, and sidepipes over any spoiler and bonnet scoop."

Question 3: Favourite Car Company?

John proclaimed "Probably Mercedes-Benz. I can see myself in a car from every one of their eras. Wait, no. It's Bentley. Of course it's Bentley".

Ben, however, said "This is an easy one. It is no secret I am a huge fan of Porsche because of the types of cars they build and the level of precision they take when putting them together. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: I WILL own one some day."



Question 4: You become a taxi driver. Choose your ultimate car.

Ben proposed: "A MK7 GOLF TDI. That way I have plenty of range, decent comfort and good boot space."

John took a different approach, saying "I think there'd be tremendous satisfaction in ferrying people around. I want to be a chauffeur, not a run-of-the-mill taxi driver though. I want to wear a tie. I want to drive a Rolls-Royce Phantom. I want to say sir, but not in a weird way."

Question 5: Coolest car ever made?

A man of few words, Ben simply chose the Ferrari 288 GTO.

John however, said: "The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing. Every part of it that makes it dramatic also has a good reason for being so - the gullwing doors were necessitated by the racing chassis, the rippling muscles on the bonnet were because the engine didn't fit and had to be angled. I don't even think that design flair needs an excuse, but it's somehow satisfying when it comes prepared with a damn good one anyway."



Breaking it down

For question 1, Ben took the Porsche route (A brilliant route if I do say so myself), whereas John took the Landaulet route. While I personally would take the Porsche route, I do also love the idea of cruising around in the back of a Landaulet. What’s clear here is that they both like German cars. But there are millions of people around the world who love German cars, so this can’t be considered something exclusively agreed upon by these two. Let’s delve a little deeper.

Question 2 rolls around, and Ben immediately chooses the 1970s, with John opting for the 1930s. Overall, neither era of cars captivates me that much, as I would probably go for the 2010s or the 1980s. Nothing in particular can be ascertained from this question, but there's more to be found.

Question 3 was always going to be difficult to answer. There are so many car companies out there making absolutely incredible cars, and so many factors determine which company is the favourite. With some deliberation, John chose Bentley, and of course, Ben chose Porsche. I agree with Ben here, as Porsche is pretty much my favourite car brand. However, John’s first choice is also one of my favourites, Mercedes. Anyway, prestige is the go here, as both Ben and John chose companies that are considered to be highly prestigious in the automotive world.

Question 4 saw the two take very different approaches. Weirdly, Ben chose a MK7 Golf, citing its comfort and boot space. With a very different idea in mind, John chose to go the route of a chauffeur, something I would’ve chosen in a heartbeat. Rolls Royce Phantom? Yes please! Clearly they cannot agree on much here, since they chose automotive polar opposites.

And we now find ourselves at Question 5. The “Coolest Car Ever Made”. Both chose cars made over 50 years ago, which is something… I guess? Ben chose the 250 GTO, whereas John chose the Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing. Both are absolutely sublime choices, however I would have a different approach to this idea. I actually spent a large chunk of time trying to figure out for myself what I thought this could be. There are so many cars that could take the crown in my books: The Shelby Cobra, the original Audi R8 V10, the DB9, the Diablo, the Aventador! I cannot criticise either choice here. They are both simply incredible cars, and both would easily turn heads anywhere you go. It’s clear here that they both like classic cars, but I think that goes without saying.

The Conclusion

Well, it appears that they CAN agree on some things! For starters, they both like German cars, they both love prestige over pluck, and they both love classic cars.

So there you have it, Ben Welham and John Coleman, DT’s most infamous rivals, can actually agree on something!

But now, the most important part of all, who do YOU agree with more? Ben “Porsche” Welham, or John “Luxury” Coleman?

Before I conclude, I cannot thank Ben and John enough. They happily sent through their responses, and without their constant banter, I wouldn’t have had this idea in the first place! Thank you!

Thanks for reading!

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Comments (23)

  • I still maintain Welham doesn't know what it's talking about, even when it gets it right

      1 month ago
  • You need to add a "both are rubbish" option in the poll

      1 month ago
  • You see, John only types what he reads in old books written by bad men and gangsters from the 1920s, whereas I speak from the heart. This is why what Coleman wrote was pants. Did we agree on anything? Potentially, but John will not say so because he thinks he is the most unique individual in Australia when in actual fact, he is just a drunk.

      1 month ago
    • Woah, I think all the feelings were let out at once there...

        1 month ago
    • I actually think I'm unique for being more sober than anyone else in this country, but go off, you cheap beer and metho morning guzzler whose first word was Porsche and who never got to a second word

        1 month ago
  • Welham's love for the despicable EV classics has made me go for Coleman, but he's only the best of two evils.

      1 month ago
  • I thought I’d be agreeing more with Mr Welham, but I found myself more often siding with the opinions of John “That’s Pants” Coleman

      1 month ago