Celebrity Cars

Celebrity Cars

  Celebrities and their fast and expensive cars' stories.

There are several things you can expect when you purchase a used supercar. Things like great handling, superior engine performance, and stylish appearance are all on that list. There is an equally long list of things you would never expect. One of the biggest things you would not expect is a Ferrari -b-q.

Well, when you have the automotive luck of Valencia CF soccer player, Ever Banega, whose last mishap involved forgetting to set the parking brake on his Audi R8 , which resulted in it rolling backwards and breaking his ankle, you should really expect the unexpected. Well, that’s exactly what happened, as Banega’s newly purchased Ferrari 360 Modena decided to spontaneously combust on his way to practice.

Well, maybe not spontaneously, as it was determined that electrical failure caused the blaze, but it is still something that is truly unexpected. By the time fire fighters subdued the flames, the 360 Modena was little more than a pile of melted plastic and metal.

Fortunately, Banega got away from the flaming car without injury and someone managed to get us some footage of this Ferrari turned kindling, as Banega and his teammate frantically look for water to douse the flames.

Check out the video and cringe as this fine automobile meets its flaming grave. Maybe Banega should consider mass transit from here on out...

The James Bond movie franchise has featured some of the most iconic British cars in the world, none more so than the Aston Martin DB5 . We all remember the classic speedster that not only appeared in five Bond movies, but also became a hot toy collectible for a generation of young Bond fans back in the day.

It appears that people are nostalgic for the fabled DBS because the car, in true Bond fashion, is making a comeback in the latest installment of the franchise, Skyfall.

This video provided to us by the movie’s dedicated page explains just how important a role the DB5 has played in the Bond movies. The classic British look, combined with all those gizmos and gadgetry that could give the Batmobile a run for its money, really holds a special place in the hearts of Bond fans.

To see that it’s coming back in Skyfall only adds to our anticipation of seeing the movie, which incidentally opens in theaters later this year. There aren’t that many things in this world that can render James Bond into the background, but the Aston Martin DB5 is one of them.

After all, there’s a reason why 007, and all of us for that matter, can’t seem to get enough of it.

Say what you will about his pop-culture shows, but when it comes to reviewing cars, Jay Leno knows what’s going on. In his series, “Jay Leno’s Garage ,” we have seen numerous cars come in and out, but the Fiat 500 Abarth is one of the few cars to come into his garage that Jay hasn’t had the chance to drive yet.

Jay finally caught up with Fiat and snagged up a 500 Abarth, despite their very short supply, to test drive. Jay did what we all would do the second he got behind the wheel of this high-performance compact hatchback... He pushed it as hard as it would go.

You know what, the 500 Abarth took everything Jay threw at it and it just kept asking for more. We are quick to rag on the 500 lineup, mostly because Fiat has consistently added new models based on the exact same car, but this Abarth Abarth model is not one that is deserving of the taunting we give the lineup. It truly is a sports car in a compact car’s body.

At one point, Jay decides it’s time to pull a U-turn. Instead of coming to a complete stop, then slowly turning around, Jay quickly yanks up the E-brake, whips the car around, then smolders the tires as he takes off in the other direction. That was quite simply the marque moment in this video.

Man, it sure is good to be Jay Leno! Check out the video to see for yourself.

With the final installment of the Dark Knight trilogy now in theatres, the fix for anything and everything Batman is surely in the spotlight. Never fear, fans of the Caped Crusader! You’ll have something to look forward to once the Dark Knight Rises comes to pass.

At this year’s Comic-Con, Batman fans were treated a sneak preview of a documentary featuring the Dark Knight’s prized steed, the Batmobile . The film will feature a number of interviews with notable people in the industry that have been involved in bringing the superhero to the silver screen. From movie directors like Christopher Nolan, Joel Schumacher, and Tim Burton to actors like Christian Bale and Adam West, fans will be treated to a comprehensive look of the Batmobile and the evolution it has undergone since we first saw it in our TV screens back in the 60’s.

Dive into the trailer of the documentary because the final cut version probably won’t be available at least until the end of the year.

Lindsay Lohan was Not Permitted to Drive When She Crashed a Rented Porsche

Okay, there comes a time in a person’s life when they need to put the keys down and take the bus around town. That usually happens sometime around the age of 70 or 80 years old. You know, your vision deteriorates, your hearing is not what it once was, your reaction times are slower, etc., so it’s just time to give it up.

Well, Ms. LiLo (Lindsay Lohan to those non-TMZ readers) is not yet out of her 20s and it’s time to get rid of those keys. Just weeks after famously crashing a rented Porsche 911 , while forbidden to drive , she has yet again crashed. To boot, it is yet another Porsche. Okay, before we get all dramatic on you and say she mangled a test mule 918 hybrid , we’ll let you know that it was only a minor fender bender and the Porsche in question is just a Panamera and not a 911 .

According to the report, Lohan barely nipped a Ford Mustang , putting a minor scratch on it. The Mustang driver was told that Lohan was being chased by the paparazzi and that’s how she hit him. Fortunately, the Mustang driver seems more proud of the scratch than his car, as he said he would use the scratch as a selling point, by saying "You see that scratch right there? Lindsay Lohan hit my car and didn’t total it!"

Still, she is forbidden to drive by her employer’s insurance company. You know, the employer that is likely paying her in excess of $100K per episode to be in a series about Elizabeth Taylor’s rocky life. In addition, where did this girl learn how to drive? She is in several accidents every year and they are almost always – or at least appear to be – her fault.

On behalf of all drivers on the road, we would like to request that Lindsay Lohan find her way to the closest bicycle store and purchase a nice 10-speed to get her around.

Source: Jalopnik

For most Americans, if you mention “Fall Guy” and “Volkswagen Amarok,” they have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. The former was a rather unpopular TV show that ran from November 4, 1981 through May 2, 1986 featuring a stuntman turned bounty hunter named Colt Seaver and the latter is a pickup truck that Volkswagen offers only in the European market. When you put the two together, you get the Volkswagen Amarok Colt Seaver Edition.

In the series, Colt Seaver drove a beat up 1980 GMC Sierra that was put through many suspension-breaking stunts and, much like General Lee on the Dukes of Hazzard, the Sierra never showed any signs of wear. Well, the theme of this one-off Amarok is the Sierra that Seaver beat the heck out of.

The Amarok Colt Seaver Edition receives its power from a 1,968 cc 4-pot engine that cranks out 163 PS (160 horsepower) at 4,000 rpm and 400 Nm (295 pound-feet) of torque at 1,500 to 2,000 rpm. What makes it like the Sierra that Seaver beat around is the fact that it boasts the same tan-on-brown paint scheme, brush bar, roll bar, and light bar that the Sierra boasted – scaled down to meet the Amarok’s compact size, of course. It also boasts a rather large “Fall Guy Stuntman Assoc” decal on its hood.

The truck itself actually looks rather neat with its lift kit, all-terrain tires, and classic paint job, but to name a special edition truck after a relatively unknown TV series from the `80s is strange. This becomes especially strange when you consider that the dealership building this truck is asking €51,695 ($62,700 at the current exchange rates) for it, which is just shy of three times the Amarok’s base price.

Here you go, take that ridiculous decal off of the hood and strip all ties to the TV show and it just may be worth the cash.

For those that don’t know the TV series (AKA most of America) click past the jump to see a video piecing together stunts from the show.

The Dark Knight Rises has been heating up cinemas for the past few days, so it seems only fitting that with the last part of the trilogy in cinemas today, we take a look at one of the most enduring stars of the famed DC super hero movie franchise. No, we’re not talking about Alicia Silverstone’s Batgirl character from Batman and Robin. What we’re referring to is the Batmobile, the Dark Knight’s very own ride-of-choice.

In this section though, we’re going to pay tribute - we use that word loosely - to the five worst Batmobile replicas we’ve ever seen. Some are more eye-cringing than the others, but rest assured, none of them would pass the standards of Bruce Wayne.

Heck, we don’t even think the Joker would be caught dead riding in one of these so-called Batmobiles.

So here it is, folks. Prepare to cringe, laugh, or whatever emotion these pictures will do to you.

Find out TopSpeed’s five worst Batmobile replicas after the jump

Automotive Legend Carroll Shelby dies at 89

After we lost racing and general automotive legend, Carroll Shelby on May 10th, a squabble ensued over his remains. His estranged wife, Cleo, claimed that she had the rights to his remains and the documentation that his children had, which requested that he be cremated and his ashes split between his children and his burial plot in Texas, was forged.

According to reports, Shelby had filed for an annulment of the marriage, citing that his wife had lied about her background and even her name, just before he died. Unfortunately, the annulment was not awarded posthumously, so it appeared as if the only other way to settle the dispute was in court.

Fortunately, the two sides managed to keep the case out of court by coming to an agreement on Monday and Mr. Shelby’s body will be laid to rest in the way that he requested, except for one minor compromise. The minor compromise is the fact that his estranged wife gets part of his ashes.

We’re glad to hear that the issue is settled, though we would have preferred to see his wife completely cut out of it. The most important thing, however, is that the issue is done and this legend can now be laid to rest peacefully and his children can hold their heads high that their father was laid to rest in the way he requested, though his son Michael says that they are still not happy with the results.

Way back in 1983, we all knew and loved a far less creepy and odd-acting Tom Cruise, who was best known for movies like "Top Gun" and "Risky Business," and less known for being love-drunk crazy on the Oprah Winfrey Show. In the 1983 Warner Brothers’ classic, “Risky Business,” Tom Cruise’s character, Joel Goodsen, drove a gold-colored Porsche 928. Now the Profiles in History auction group is offering up the car that Cruise drove on the set for auction.

Actually, there were three cars driven on set, but this 1979 928 saw far more screen time and seat time with Cruise than the other two drive cars. We know that the 1979 Porsche 928 is one of the least desirable Porsches ever built, falling just short in undesirability to the 924, but c’mon, Tom – freaking – Cruise learned how to drive a stick shift in this car.

So, how has this car held up after Cruise was finished burning up, err, learning to use the clutch? What is a car like this selling for? Is it really worth my money?

For the answers to these questions and more, you’ll have to click past the jump to read our review.

Ron Howard has been more involved with racing in the last year than he probably ever expected he would. He just completed filming his movie based on F1 drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda, which included plenty of racing, to say the least, including a controlled recreation of Lauda’s famed Nürburgring crash.

Now Howard is taking a hands-on approach to racing, as he has agreed to drive in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. No, he’s not hopping behind the wheel of a racecar, but rather he is hopping in the BigMachineRecords.com pace car and leading the way to the start/finish line.

Jeff Belskus made it clear that Howard’s involvement in the filming of “Rush ” had a lot to do with NASCAR inviting Howard to drive the pace car when he said “Ron has become immersed in motorsports’ culture and history through the filming of ’Rush,’ so he’s an ideal person to pace the field for one of NASCAR’s biggest races at ’The Greatest Race Course in the World.”

So, the moral of this story is that if you are not skilled enough to make it into NASCAR, just take a left turn into the filmmaking business – that has to be easier to get into than NASCAR – make a movie about racing, and watch the pace car invites come rolling in. Easy enough, right? Yeah, that’s called sarcasm...

We wish Ron the best and hope he has a safe journey around the track. You can catch Howard in his pace car on Sunday, July 29th.


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