Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Rides of Heads of State (Part 28.3)

With just seven countries/cars left, I am identifying the cars in indirect ways.

188. Solomon Islands. Toyota Land Cruiser. Derek Sikua has not been in office long so there are not that many pictures of him. There is a picture of him next to a big shiny white Holden, but it was taken in Australia when Kevin Rudd undiplomatically made Sikua wait for him outside the prime minister's residence. The shot below is a recent picture of the Solomon Islands parliament building. The Land Cruiser immediately below the building's crest and entrance has a green license plate, which is different from the other official cars and police vehicles near by. I believe that is Sikua's ride.

189. San Marino. Lancia Thesis. I suspected that the two captains regent and secretary of state rode in Alfas, Lancias, or Maseratis. I leaned toward the Lancia because it is stately but not too ostentatious (Maserati) or too sporty (Alfa). The picture below shows the front of the palace. A Lancia Thesis, with its unforgettable front end, is parked out front. That must be it.

190, 191. Tamerlane is firing his accountants at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. In this compilation, we left out Macedonia and Lebanon. For the record, the Macedonian PM and the Lebanese prez ride in S-class Mercedes.

Updated tally:
S-class: 60
Land Cruiser: 20
7 series: 16
A8: 11
Caddy: 7
Maybach: 6
Suburban/Yukon/Escalade: 6
Mitsubishi Montero/Pajero: 4
Phaeton: 4
G-wagen: 4
Holden-Chevy-Opel: 4
H2: 3
Jag: 2
ZIL: 2
Volvo: 2
Touareg: 2
Lincoln: 2
Toyota Crown: 2
Merc E-class: 2
Lancia: 2

One of each of the following: Hyundai, Skoda, A6, Peugeot, Renault, Lincoln, VW van, London taxi, Daimler, Toyota Century, Hongqi, Bentley, Rolls, Ford Fairlane, Aston Martin, SEAT, Ford Expedition, Nissan Patrol, Stutz, Suzuki, Camry, Toyota Sequoia, Proton, Land Rover, Ford F150, Mitsubishi Galant, Hummer H1, Chrysler Imperial, Mitsu L200 pick-up, Mazda truck.

I still need to identify cars from the following countries: Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Niger, Kiribati, Micronesia.

I've got five more to go. Just FIVE!


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

that's really cute..wish i had one too.