Inspiring by the Queen, two brothers park their vintage collection of opulent Rolls Royces, Bentleys, and Porsches outside the houses they let their neighbors rent.
Around 100 vehicles are parked in front of the dozen houses Shoukat Ali, 49, and his brother Bugsy, 47, own in Ward End, Birmingham.
They now have to require renters to sign a formal agreement permitting them to park a Bentley or Rolls Royce Phantom on driveways or at the back of their houses due to the overwhelming amount of automobiles.
The brothers, who have gained notoriety in the neighborhood, gave a senior neighbor a ride in a Rolls Royce limousine to celebrate his 80th birthday recently.
Father-of-two Bugsy stated: “We have 100 automobiles, and we fix and sell vintage cars at garages.” Some of them are kept outdoors on driveways.
We have a contract with some of the tenants to allow them to park a vehicle in the driveway of one of the about a dozen homes we own on Washwood Heath Road.
“They are content once we leave one gap.” They are heavenly neighbors. One of my neighbors is a former soldier named Fred. We brought him and his wife out to the neighborhood bar for his 80th birthday in a Rolls Royce limousine.
He said that it was his finest birthday ever. We will relocate the automobile if they request it. We like being able to see my autos everywhere we go. We like looking at them.
Even the neighborhood police are helpful to us and notify us when the vehicle tax is due. Everyone is aware of us.
According to Bugsy, he first became interested in automobiles during his early years, throughout the 1960s and 1970s, when his uncles often took him on drives.
We’ve always been into vehicles, he continued. My uncle used to drive me places in his Mini 1275 GT when I was a youngster, and our Washwood Heath Road neighbor used to be a funeral director who had a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow.
When I was ten years old, “He used to take me out in it.” When we were youngsters, we used to attend auctions since my uncles were vehicle merchants.
My uncle persuaded me to maintain a few automobiles here and there after the 1990s. Everyone imitates someone else. I’m emulating the Queen, not Tik-Tok artists.
“I adored her flair, the glitz, and the Rolls Royce Phantom she drove.” Up to 20 1960s Rolls Royces are in my collection.
“The Rolls Royce Corniche, which I purchased for £40,000 around two years ago, is my favorite. It is lovely and classy. There is lambswool carpeting everywhere, and bumpers like that are uncommon.
“I’m not sure, but the Rolls Royce limousines are connected to a duke who was the Queen’s cousin.” I purchased it from an auto collector.
Despite their large collection, the brothers claim they are only “enchanted” by them and have no clue what the fleet is worth.
“Some of them are going to remain with me for life,” Bugsy said, “but others I’ll sell and then purchase something else.” I need to support myself.
Shoukat, his brother, said, “New automobiles are basically plastic. Older vehicles are the greatest. These wouldn’t be seen if they were in a garage.
As an additional thank you for letting the brother park their Rolls Royce Phantom in his driveway, Fred Cartwright, 80, who was given a ride in the limousine, said: “They are terrific neighbors.” He moves it when I ask him when I’m heading out. For my 80th birthday, he drove my wife and myself in it.
I’m amazed by the automobiles, said Kheizer Javad, a 35-year-old local who often pauses to watch the cars. They are kind and hospitable individuals.