DIARY: Motoring trip proves to be far from an easy ride for QBO chairman

While most agencies are plotting their pan-European expansion, QBO chairman Quentin Bell returns from a recent trip abroad with a sorry story.

While most agencies are plotting their pan-European expansion, QBO

chairman Quentin Bell returns from a recent trip abroad with a sorry

story.



Quentin’s tale begins with him motoring back from his Toulouse holiday

from what he calls a ’hard-earned’ break, when he was stopped for

speeding in his Ferrari. Bell swears he was doing the 80 mph limit, a

fact he was able to confirm using his in-car radar system.



Unfortunately such technology is illegal in France and Bell was asked by

the gendarmerie to accompany them to the local station, where he had the

pounds 250 radar system confiscated and was fined another pounds 500.

Bell was told the fine could have been pounds 1,000 but for the fact

that he was ’such a nice man’.



When it seemed things couldn’t get any worse, Bell noticed his car

exhaust had burnt a hole in his Armani keks. Courageously, Bell asked

for a discount on his fine on account of the damage - a request that

didn’t go down too well.



’That’s the trouble with the French - no sporting instinct,’ moaned Bell

as he motored back to Blighty with his wallet considerably lighter.



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