A certain guy came to a big house. It was huge.
In a cobblestone-paved motor court was parked a muddy pickup truck along with a Mini Cooper in racing green with a white top.
I found that "motor court" means a "motel". But I'm not sure it makes sense here. He came to a privately owned house. So what does "motor court" mean?
The color was "racing" or the "car"?
I understand that "white top" means it had a white roof, right?
In AmE, a "motor court" is a motel (as you mentioned). It would never be parsed to be a driveway or parking lot.
But I think that "motel" in the given context doesn't make sense.
How about "courtyard" as suggested above?
At some large country houses that I have visited in Britain and Ireland, what had been the stables and (cobbled) stable yard was used for parking cars. As I said before, I haven't met with the term "motor court" but I think it likely that the author was referring to something like that.
Last edited by bhaisahab; 11-Nov-2010 at 11:33.