Monday, November 28, 2022

I pay £600 a month to park all my cars on the street – now I’ve found a smart solution thanks to my neighbors

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A PETROLHEAD is so obsessed with buying classic cars that he had to ask his neighbors to let him park in their driveways.

Bugsy Ali, 47, and brother Shoukat, 52, have amassed dozens of luxury cars in Birmingham’s West Mids.

And the car addict’s collection of Rolls Royces, Bentleys and Porches is so large they’ve had to ask locals to offer their driveways in Alum Rock, one of Britain’s most deprived areas.

The collection includes touring sedans said to be associated with the royal family, a 1950s Bentley and a rare 1961 Mercedes 600 Pullman.

Father of two, Bugsy said: “This is the ghetto. It’s the last place you’d expect to find Maseratis and Porsche GTRs.

“We’re just totally addicted to cars. We can’t go to sleep without buying one.

“We paid £600 road tax once a month to have them parked on the street.

“We had to ask the neighbors to let them park in the driveways.

“They’re happy to help – it’s nice for them to have a Bentley in the driveway, isn’t it?

“We took the neighbors with us to say thank you. One of them just turned 80, so we took him and his wife to the pub at Rolls.

“He said it was the best birthday present he’d ever received.”

Bugsy started driving and trading engines as a teenager, and now he and his brother buy the engines, many of which have rust problems or are no longer wanted by their super-rich owners, at bargain prices.

The vintage cars are stored in front of and behind Bugsy’s townhouse, across the street and in the neighbors’ driveways.

Bugsy, who owns a number of rental properties in Birmingham, also has tenants who sign contracts allowing him to park his engines there.

He added: “We have Porsche Speedsters, a collection of Mercedes, a Maserati – you name it.

“We have just purchased two Rolls Royces Silver Spirit touring limousines which appear to belong to the Royal Family. We spent £70,000 on them but they are probably worth more than £200,000.”

“We just can’t stop.”

The fleet of vehicles is parked in one of Birmingham’s most criminal areas. Ward End was ranked 18th among the city’s most deprived communities and in the top 200 in the UK in 2019.

Bugsy said: “I’m not worried about them being stolen.

“This is my area. I’ve lived here all my life. I’ve let people from out of town try their luck, but all the neighbors are looking out for me.

“It’s a close-knit community. People know not to mess with us.”

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