A man has decided to embrace Egyptian tradition by burying his £310,000 Bentley Flying Spur in his garden so he can drive it when he reaches the afterlife.
62-year-old entrepreneur and eccentric businessman Count Scarpa declared his plan on Facebook, which he says was inspired by a documentary on the pharaohs of Egypt: “I decided to do as the Pharaohs: this week I will bury my favourite car, the Bentley here in the home garden! Bury my treasure in my palace rssss !!!”
No, we’re not sure how you pronounce ‘rssss’, either, or what it means.
His Facebook post was accompanied by a picture of the Bentley that will soon be six feet under, himself in a bright red jacket and his expensive white cockatoo pet.
“I watched the film of the pharaohs and after seeing how they were buried with their treasures I decided that I wanted to copy them and bury my most precious item, which is my car,” he explained.
Within days his Facebook post about the Bentley funeral had amassed more than 5,680 likes and 6,000 shares.
In a Brazilian television interview hosted by Danilo Gentili, Scarpa was asked whether burying the car was a way of avoiding taxes, to which he replied. ” “No. ‘I’ve already shown all my documents to the authorities before doing the funeral.”
Not everyone shares his logic of burying an expensive car in a hole. Some comments suggested Scarpa would be better off selling it and donating the money to charity, while others took a more sarcastic view. “This is nothing new. Chiquinho may be burying his car but the Brazilian government has buried the Brazilian people,” one commenter said.
Scarpa, who has a degree in economics and is a black belt instructor and owner of Japanese martial arts academy Institute Maruyama Aikido, is no stranger to facing death. A superbug left him in a coma for more than two months, during which he was pronounced dead twice by doctors and even given his last rites.
His Count title was inherited from his father Count Francisco Scarpa, who was given it by the Pope Pius XII in 1949 for his charitable contributions to society.
Count Scarpa made his money from the mining and brewery industries, before starting an investment company. He currently lives in one of the most expensive areas of Sao Paulo.
No word on whether Scarpa wants to also bury his cockatoo, which he says is his “daughter”.
Image: Count Scarpa on Daily Mail