- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 11, 2016

A car enthusiast from Florida has become a social media sensation after sharing photos that show how he turned his Port Saint Lucie living room into a parking garage over the weekend in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew.

Randy Jalil didn’t have enough space in his garage to store his prized BMW E30 M3 ahead of Matthew’s arrival early Friday, but soon found he had more than enough room to drive his sports car through the double doors that lead into his living room.

The 26-year-old car fanatic said he measured the width of the doorway to make sure he had enough space before he carefully maneuvered his sports car inside his house where it stayed until the storm passed.

“Fortunately I don’t have a wife to tell me otherwise, so the morning prior to the storm I stuffed it right into my house,” Mr. Jalil told The Palm Beach Post. “I felt my chances of having the car inside the home would prevent anything from happening.”

The peculiar parking spots was memorialized in photographs and video uploaded to Mr. Jalil’s Instagram account that have since been widely shared online. A clip showing the car being backed out of the house was viewed more than 133,000 times as of Tuesday afternoon, and snapshots where he’s seen him relaxing around the house with his 2.5 ton roommate have garnered hundreds of comments from fellow Instagram users and yielded articles in popular car blogs including Motortrend and Jalopnik.

“I’ve owned my E30 for about eight years now and the last few years there was a spike in value with these cars. I wasn’t risking anything!” he told Jalopnik.

“This car is absolutely my pride and joy and I will own it for years to come. I currently daily drive the car and enjoy it as much as possible,” Mr. Jalil said. “Most people nowadays will keep them tucked away in their garage to keep the value up. Cars are meant to be driven and I will always live by that.”

• Andrew Blake can be reached at ablake@washingtontimes.com.

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