This is what a Monaco police impound looks like the week of Top Marques
Monaco: the unofficial supercar capital of the world. Stand on the right street corner on any day of the year, and it's only a matter of time before some sort of million pound, million horsepower spaceship screams past you. C'est normal.
But there are a few weekends each year when, even by Monaco's standards, things get a little crazy. The Formula 1 race weekend is one. Top Marques is another.
Top Marques, for those of you not born into shady oil money, is essentially a celebration of all things hyper-luxury. Cars, boats, tech, fashion and more. This year's event saw the public debut of McLaren's new GT, as well as the unveiling of a rather incredible one-of-a-kind 'F1 car for the road'. Cool stuff.
Unfortunately, in recent years Top Marques has been marred by some car-related misbehaviour. As one might expect, when all the richest, most powerful people in the world converge on the same town in their prized hypercars, a willy-waving contest ensues. Carspotters line the streets, camera phones at the ready, goading the owners to do something silly. This aptly-named video filmed during last year's Top Marques illustrates the point:
Understandably, the Monaco police tend to adopt a zero-tolerance policy on weekends like these in an effort to strongly dissuade such behaviour. If you're caught obnoxiously revving or doing burnouts, you car is immediately seized and detained - often for several days.
The result of all this is a police impound that looks like a car show in and of itself, as documented in Shmee150's latest video in which he takes us on a tour of the astonishing selection of cars currently being detained by the Monegasque rozzers in the wake of Top Marques 2019. It's quite a sight...
Frankly, they're missing a trick by not throwing up a few car show banners and charging people an entry fee to take a look around!