As an Irishman, I’ve never really understood the cabriolet (convertible for my American cousins reading this). Afterall, our climate and the average annual rainfall are not exactly conducive to the benefits of owning one. With the return of Spring, and with it that Golden Orb we have been longing to revisit us, Herself and Myself took to the beach to walk the dog. On our way there we couldn’t help notice the abundance of people driving with the top down. And it sparked a conversation between us about this complete mystery as why cabrio’s are in such large demand in a country like the Netherlands.
When you look at it logically, there are probably only 15-20 days a year here that you can drive with the top-down. This hardly seems like a useful use of ones money. There’s also those pesky winters that one has to contend with here. The last two years, as a simple example, were so cold and ice-ridden that your soft-top would get damaged quite quickly and easily. Yet the poor weather and risk of damage doesn’t seem to deter the average Cloggie cabrio driver.
So we theorised a little and came up with this. We reckon that because most Dutch men wear their hair quite long, and have been doing so from the days of Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) all the way through to the days of Johan Cruijff (1947- ) and Ruud van Nistelrooy (1976- ) that using a cabrio let’s them feel the air flowing through their locks. The clear benefit for other drivers is that given the amount of wax they use in their hair, it inevitably finds its way onto my bonnet, which helps protect the sheen and shine of my own car’s paintwork.
For their sake, I hope we have a decent Summer this year, so they can make the most of their white elephant.