The story goes that Captain Slow took his time to decide on whether or not he could put down the £208,090 for a Ferrari 458 Speciale. So long that by the time he went down to his local dealership, there were no more to be bought.
As a co-host for the most popular motoring show in the world, May made a call to the Italians and was able to talk them into making them one more Speciale just for him.
“But then he rang the factory, which agreed to make one more – for me. Imagine that. I would own the last example of the last normally aspirated mid-engined V8 Ferrari. Yes, please, I said breathlessly.”
“I really have ordered a new Ferrari, which I accept is a strange thing for an unemployed person to do.”