Two brothers inspired by the Queen park their decades-old fleet of luxury Rolls Royces, Bentleys and Porsches outside houses they rent out to neighbours.
Shoukat Ali, 49, and his brother Bugsy, 47, have around 100 cars parked outside the dozen properties they own in Ward End, Birmingham.
The number of vehicles has grown so large that they now have to ask tenants to sign a written contract allowing them to park a Bentley or Rolls Royce Phantom in driveways or at the back of their homes.
The brothers have become well-known in the local community and recently treated an elderly neighbor to a ride in a Rolls Royce Limousine to celebrate his 80th birthday.
Bugsy, a father-of-two, said: ‘We have 100 cars, we restore and sell classic cars in garages. We keep some of them on driveways outside.
‘We own about a dozen houses on Washwood Heath Road and we have a contract with some of the tenants to park a car in the driveway.
Shoukat Ali, 49, and his brother Bugsy, 47, have a fleet of 100 cars parked outside the dozen properties they own
The brothers have collected dozens of luxury Rolls Royces and Bentleys along the residential road in Birmingham
The brothers have built the classic car collection over several years and have become popular members of the local community
The brothers recently treated an elderly neighbor to a ride in a Rolls Royce Limousine to celebrate his 80th birthday
We restore and sell classic cars in workshops
Bugsy said his interest in cars stretches back to his childhood through the 1960s and 70s, when his uncles would take him out for drives.
‘We leave one place and they are happy. They are neighbors from heaven. I have a neighbor named Fred and he is a military veteran. On his 80th birthday we took him and his wife out to the local pub in a Rolls Royce Limousine.
‘He said it was the best birthday he’d ever had. If they ask to move the car, we will. We like to be able to see my cars everywhere. We like to look at them.
“Even the local police are good to us and let us know when the car tax is up. Everyone knows us.’
Bugsy said his interest in cars dates back to his childhood through the 1960s and 70s, when his uncles often took him out for drives.
He added: ‘We’ve always been into cars. When I was a kid my uncle used to take me out in his Mini 1275 GT and our neighbor on Washwood Heath Road was an undertaker who used to have a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow.
‘He used to take me into it when I was 10 years old. My uncles were car dealers and we used to go to auctions when we were kids.
‘After the 90s, my uncle made me keep a few cars here and there. Everyone copies someone. I’m not copying Tik-Tokers, I’m copying the Queen.
‘I loved her style, the glamor and she drove a Rolls Royce Phantom. I have up to 20 Rolls Royces from the 1960s.
Shoukat and Bugsy pictured inside one of the luxury cars in their 100-strong fleet in Birmingham
The brothers must ask tenants to sign a written contract allowing them to park the vehicles in driveways along the street
Despite the extensive collection, the brothers say they have no idea how much the fleet is worth
‘My favorite is the Rolls Royce Corniche which I bought for £40,000 about two years ago. It is elegant and beautiful. It has lambswool carpet everywhere, and you don’t get bumpers like that.
“The Rolls Royce limousines are linked to a duke who was the Queen’s cousin, but I’m not sure. I bought it from a car collector.’
Despite the extensive collection, the brothers say they have no idea how much the fleet is worth, instead they are just ‘enthralled’ by it.
Bugsy continued: ‘Some of them will stay with me for life, others I will sell and then buy some more. I have to make a living.’
His brother Shoukat said: ‘New cars are just plastic. Old cars are the best. If these were in a garage you would never see them.’
And Fred Cartwright, the 80-year-old treated a ride in the limo as thanks for allowing the brother to park their Rolls Royce Phantom in his driveway, adding: ‘They are good neighbours. I’ll ask him when I’m going out and he’ll move it. He took me and the wife out for my 80th for a drive in it.’
Another local, Kheizer Javad, a 35-year-old who regularly stops to observe the cars, said: ‘I am fascinated by the cars. They are very friendly and welcoming people.’
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