Re: Not a Cossie, but...
> Didn't the Top Gear team always claim that the fastest car you'd ever drive (or at least the one you'd drive fastest) was a hire car?
Your milage may vary.
I once hired a car in Barcelona, as there was a little village nearby which I wanted to visit - it has an annual street art festival, so all the buildings are prettied up to the nines.
Alas, something which I failed to take into consideration is that the queues at the hire-car place would be both spectacularly long and glacially moving; it literally took about 3 hours to eventually get to talk to a human and secure the key to a car. Which the nice lady told me would be an automatic.
Oddly, it turned out to be a manual. A tiny petrol 1.0 litre Toyota with over 100,000 miles on the clock.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, that thing struggled to make any speed; I was pretty much standing on the accelerator in third gear just to get it up to 60mph on the motorways.
However, it did have one major thing going for it: the aircon worked.
And this was a major blessing, since with all the faff at the hire-place, I ended up arriving at this wee village at mid-day. In June, during a blue-sky day with the sun scorching down at around 40C.
After an hour of walking around and snapping photos, I pretty much melted back into the car, started the engine and just hugged the dashboard until my extremities stopped glowing...
And following that, it was time to stand on the accelerator again, for the return journey!