“I paid almost Bt30,000,000 for my Ferrari 458 Italia and I have hardly anywhere to show it off,” lamented Prakit “Jake” Limkulyoon, the son of a powerful hotel-owning family.
“What’s the point of having a supercar if no one sees it?” he asked.
His woes were echoed by friend and fellow supercar owner Mike Thavaornmeet, who said it was “ridiculous” that most places required him to park his yellow Lamborghini Diablo amongst ordinary cars.
“Do they not understand that I’m special?” he inquired. “I mean look at this baby. You can’t park it next to some Toyota.”
Both drivers specifically complained that as of now only Paragon Mall and the Starbucks on Thonglor had special parking areas reserved for supercars, and that the Paragon didn’t count because there was nowhere for the car owners to sit and look at the cars.
“When I go out in my Ferrari, I don’t just want special parking, I want parking where I can sit and look at my Ferrari, and see other people looking at my Ferrari, and think about how they don’t have a Ferrari and I do,” explained Prakit. “That’s what really makes me happy.”
According to many of Bangkok’s supercar drivers, the only places that really understand their needs are large nightlife venues that allow them to park their supercars in front so that everyone can see them getting out of their supercars.
“We need somewhere to feel superior during the day, too,” said Raveevan Apitchapong, who drives a Porsche Panamera. “I mean, we can go to EST 33 at the CDC, but that’s way up in Ram Intra, and frankly no one goes there in the day. I was there for hours last Sunday and the only people jealously admiring my car were some cleaning staff and a couple of kids.”
Raveevan expressed hope that eventually all upscale Bangkok shopping and dining venues would have reserved display parking for supercar drivers like himself, and that maybe certain roads might have reserved lanes.
“I can imagine driving past a traffic jam at 130kph, with everyone just looking at me and wishing they were me,” he said. “That’s my dream.”
“People don’t appreciate the hardship of being a supercar driver,” said Mike. “To know that you’re not just elite, but elite among the elite, and not be able to rub it in people’s faces 24 hours a day, every day, is just unfair.”
Perhaps Prakit summed up the supercar driving experience best: “If we’re not feeling superior, we’re not feeling anything at all. Think about that.”