It's every boy's dream: a fast car, a long straight road that stretches to the horizon, an almost limitless supply of cheap gas, and immunity from speeding tickets. But if you're a Middle Eastern potentate or a dictator, it's reality. As the Formula One circus rolls into Bahrain this weekend, green-flagging a controversial race that critics say adds legitimacy to a repressive regime, we thought it would be a good time to look at the childish love of dictators have for all things shiny and fast.
Last week, Turkmenistan's "democratically elected" president, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, casually rolled up to his country's first ever racing event in a gaudy, garishly painted $2.2 million Bugatti Veyron supercar -- and then, of course, proceeded to win the race. No word on whether the professional race car drivers got points for not trying.