No more window shopping on Saturdays in the Basses streets and make way for car-spotting –

No more window shopping on Saturdays in the Basses streets and make way for car-spotting –
No more window shopping on Saturdays in the Basses streets and make way for car-spotting –

Every Saturday afternoon in Geneva, luxury cars parade proudly just a stone’s throw from the Rue Basses, between the prestigious boutiques of the left bank. The place has become a Mecca for “car-spotting”, the observation of cars, like an improvised car show.

These cars parading along the lakeside attract dozens of teenagers. They take over the streets armed with cameras, fascinated as much by the beautiful bodies as by this display of wealth. Their goal: to capture the most beautiful models.

On the sidewalk, there is excitement. “I’m training to film cars. I would like, perhaps, to make a living from that,” confides a teenager to the camera on 7:30 p.m. on RTS on Sunday. Another teenager says he comes “almost” every Saturday along the Quai du Général-Guisan, between the Place du Rhône and the Mont-Blanc bridge.

Among the spectators are also several young girls. “These are cars that we don’t see every day. They sometimes have quite nice configurations,” explains one of them. Another says that she has been coming to this Geneva meeting since she became a Formula 1 fan.

Drivers in the spotlight

In Geneva, the phenomenon is growing. With the good weather, more and more young people come together. Spectators scrutinize the cars, but also, for some, the drivers, like Evan, a young man who publishes his videos on social networks. And it’s a hit!

“I’m very interested in entrepreneurship, and generally, people who drive nice cars are entrepreneurs most of the time,” he notes. “It allows me to meet great people!”

Over time, “there was a game that was set up. Initially, it was me who was stopping people,” recalls Evan. “But now I’m starting to receive messages to find out if I’m going to be there that Saturday to come and make videos,” he rejoices.

The police are keeping watch

Under the spotlight, a driver very willingly lends herself to the game. “I find it nice, it’s a bit of a dream. We dreamed too when we were young!”, she slips.

The police are keeping an eye on things. For the moment, she says she has not noticed any major problem, even if several residents have already complained about noise pollution. In this regard, the police indicated to the RTS that they had already put in place checks “which were unable to highlight” problems of exceeding decibels or approval.

TV subject: Guillaume Martinez

Web adaptation: Vincent Cherpillod



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