The following is the official description of the Bugatti Veyron:
With its luxurious length of 4.47 m, the Veyron is a perfectly balanced combination of high-powered performance and sleek, racy design. Even at complete standstill, the car’s enormous power is made visible by its impressive mid-engine, elevated majestically beneath the chassis. Simultaneously, the Veyron’s bold proportions, well-balanced surfaces, and clear line structures give an impression of pure, sleek elegance.
The design of the Veyron honors a great heritage without drifting off into retro style. Every detail of the classic two-tone color scheme, a quote from the 1920s and 1930s, has been carefully thought out, resulting in the typical Bugatti profile with the classic, contrasting ellipsis – the stylistic element used by Ettore Bugatti himself. The “crest line”, which runs uninterrupted from the hood to the only 1.21-m-high roof, is a proud homage to the Veyron’s forebears. Thus, the Veyron’s classic paintwork and harmonious design connect this state-of-the-art super sports car to the glorious heritage of Bugatti automobiles.
With its classic look, the large radiator grill – adorned with the hand-enameled Bugatti emblem – represents the grandness of the Veyron. The sports car’s distinctive front is defined by the harmonious contrast of its broad headlights and majestic grill. The rear end, 1.99 m wide, features the formidable retractable spoiler and generously designed fenders. The Veyron perfectly fulfills the main design objective governing the development of the new Bugatti: an uncompromising combination of highest elegance and state-of-the-art technology.
The Bugatti Veyron is a $1 million car. And it is currently owned by American Idol judge Simon Cowell.
A recent report in a British magazine posted pictures of Cowell driving his Bugatti Veyron into the driveway of his $8 million home, currently under construction in Beverly Hills. His automobile, with enough room to seat two, costs an eighth of his home, which has over eight thousand square feet, with five bedrooms and six bathrooms. It is also complete with resplendent gardens, palm trees, a gymnasium, swimming pool, and a state-of-the-art media room.
And a telescope in his kitchen.
He has been quoted as saying that the telescope is powerful enough to view the surrounding lawns of his neighbors, but not powerful enough to see inside. He confesses that he has “great fun” peeking into the lives of John Travolta, Leonardo DicCaprio, and Christina Aguilera.
On his show, on two previous occasions, Simon listened to two contestants sing songs with decidedly Christian lyrics. One contestant from a previous season belted a gospel number, and when the time came for the critique, Simon had a puzzled and blank look in his eye and simply said, “I don’t get it.”
This season, a current contestant tried his hand at a Dolly Parton song with a Christian theme and Christian lyrics. I watched, stunned, as Simon uttered the same phrase again — stunned, not so much for the song choice and the contestant, but the judge’s choice of phrasing. Presented with the Christian message, Cowell sat and listened in confusion, and attempted a critque toward the message and not the performance. Twice, on this extremely popular television show, the man with one of the highest salaries ever for this medium cannot fathom the deep meanings of these songs. He is hearing, but never understanding.
So as he drives home in his Bugatti, to a mansion high in Beverly Hills, I cannot help but wonder if ignorance really is bliss.