Could Honda's supercar NSX reduce the number of hot pursuits the police have to deal with?
The responses from some amazed onlookers viewing an NSX in police livery, seemed to suggest so. "If that was behind me I wouldn't bother but just pull over," said one person. "That's just not fair," commented another.
The car was being exhibited by Avon and Somerset Police at Weston Wheels – organised by modified car enthusiasts and uniquely supported by both the police and local authority.
The NSX was one of the more unusual police patrol cars on display, designed to draw the crowd's attention. The hook worked with crowds of people sometimes 10 deep. This enabled the police to drive their "safer driving" and "theft prevention" messages home.
But the NSX did not only gain fans from the enthusiasts. The officers who drove the vehicle to the event fell in love with it as well. One claimed it was the best they had ever driven – another threatened not to give it back!
Superintendent Lawrie Lewis commented: "Many thanks to Honda for the loan of the NSX. It was a real showstopper and a great asset to us in delivering our casualty and crime reduction messages. I don't think we could afford one on our regular fleet but if Honda could see their way to lending us one then I'm confident we would give it a loving home."Published 7 September 2004