It is something of a trend now, this loaning to the police of very high-powered, very fast cars. The latest of these loans sees a bright yellow McLaren 650S and silver Aston Martin Vanquish Volante glammed up in police markings, and reporting for one week of duty with the NSW police.
It has, usually, something to do with creating a ‘conversation starter’ between the police and the community, but there’s a neat little irony there – you know, policing and ridiculously fast cars.
Behind this pair of supercars in police drag however is a good story and very worthwhile cause.
High-end Sydney Aston Martin, McLaren, Rolls and Bentley dealer, Trivett Bespoke, has donated the two supercars (worth close to $2million) to raise awareness of the 2015 National Police Memorial Wall to Wall: Ride for Remembrance, as well as 100 years of Women in Policing.
The latter is a very interesting story celebrating the recruitment of Maud Rhodes and Lillian Armfield, the first women police officers in Australia, who were appointed as ‘special constables’ 100 years ago.
They were appointed to be the “social and moral guardians” to women and children in NSW. Surely a task needing more than two pair of hands at the wheel in ‘Sin City’ between the wars. But there we have it.
(Interestingly, they were not uniformed and had to sign an indemnity absolving the Police Force from any liability if they were injured or killed on duty.)
The ‘Wall to Wall: Ride For Remembrance’ is an annual police ride from across Australia to Canberra to commemorate and remember police officers killed on duty and to raise funds in support of fallen officers’ families.
It is also to promote motorcycle safety.
On Saturday 12 September, the McLaren and Aston Martin, decorated in NSW Police markings and donated free of charge by Trivett Bespoke, joined more than 1000 motorbikes and highway patrol cars on the journey from the NSW Police Wall of Remembrance in Sydney to the National Police Memorial in Canberra.
The cars will stay ‘on strength’ with the NSW police force for all of this week.
"This sponsorship demonstrates Trivett Bespoke's continued support for NSW Police Legacy and in particular the Wall-to-Wall Ride for Remembrance,” Marc Webb, Dealer Principal, Trivett Bespoke, said.
In NSW, there has been a string of supercars and sports cars through the police garages – a Porsche 911 and Panamera, Lotus Exige (clearly only for officers without a penchant for hamburgers), HSV Clubsport and Audi RS4 Avant, among others.