Celebrity Cars

Celebrity Cars

  Celebrities and their fast and expensive cars' stories.

Things are going very well for Maserati these days. Its Super Bowl commercial “Strike” was a tremendous hit and basically defined the brand’s position to storm the performance/luxury marketplace. Now Maserati is concentrating on a cross promotion with 40-year-old model, Heidi Klum, in the upcoming swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated.

In a seven-page pictorial feature titled Beyond the Swimsuit, Klum will pose with both the Ghibli S Q4 and the GranTurismo MC Trofeo racecar. The two cars will act as a play on emotion and mindset with Klum presented in a business-woman-like fashion posed along side the Ghibli S Q4, while a juxtaposed set of images will convey her thrill-seeker side as she stands with the GranTurismo MC Trofeo.

This particular issue of Sports Illustrated will be extra special as it celebrates the swimsuit issue’s 50th anniversary and Maserati’s 100th year of production. All the photographs were taken by renowned Italian photographer Francesco Carrozzini and will play a major part in the issue’s celebration. The issue hit newsstands on February 18 and is the largest issue Sports Illustrated has produced since 1989, with a total of 260 pages.

Click past the jump to read more about the new Maserati Ghibli and to read why Maserati likely picked Klum.

$1.35 million is an extremely ridiculous price to pay for an ordinary Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 , but truth be told, there’s nothing ordinary about his particular model.

For one, it’s actually a movie car and one that was heavily used in the film it was on. More importantly, that film was "Fast & Furious 4," and the man who drove this Skyline was none other than the late Paul Walker. So yeah, it’s a pretty special ride driven by one special dude.

But after Walker’s sudden and unexpected death late last year, the car now finds itself on the market and the attached price tag — €1 million, which is around $1.35 million at the current exchange rates — speaks not only to the uniqueness of this particular Skyline GT-R (fully souped up and all), but also to the man who once treated the ride like one of his own.

Normally, we’d be turned off by a sticker price like that. After all, there are a lot of things you can do with that much money. But not this time.

See, the car itself will probably gain value as the years go by and Walker’s legend grows. But that’s trivial and inconsequential to the more important reason as to why if we had the money to spare, we’d buy it in a heartbeat.

What’s more, this car is going to help a great cause. See, 50 percent of the proceeds of the sale will be donated to Walker’s Reach Out WorldWide (ROWW) charity, one of the finest charitably organizations you’ll ever find.

Unlike other movie cars that have gone on sale in recent years, we’re pretty sure that this one will find a new owner soon enough.

Click past the jump to read about the 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34

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2014 has started "in style" for Justin Bieber; he’s having problems with his neighbors and he’s almost been arrested for cocaine possession, and now the pop star is into even more trouble.

Police officers in Miami confirmed that the 19-year-old singer was arrested for drag racing. According to the police report, Bieber was racing a yellow Lamborghini Gallardo (image above) around 4:09 this morning against a red Ferrari . Both drivers were arrested and the two cars were towed.

That’s not where the fun stops. Bieber also failed a field sobriety test, so he was hauled off to the Miami-Dade County jail for a breathalyzer test. We have to remind you that Bieber is only 19 years old — 21 is the legal drinking age in Florida — and the test must come back with a blood-alcohol content level of less than 0.02 percent, or he can face a six-month license suspension. For the drag-racing offense, he can receive a jail sentence of up to six months, a fine of $500 to $1,000, and a one-year license suspension.

Of course, we don’t any judge to throw the book at "The Bieb," as Bieber’s lawyers will likely get him off with just a fine and a license suspension. But, do you think this will stop him for making the same mistake again? We think not!

At least we can all get a good look at his rather awkward happiness in his mugshot (above).

Click past the jump to read more about Bieber’s latest issues.

Source: Yahoo
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This weekend not only marks the beginning of the 2014 Detroit Auto Show , but also the launch date of the annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The 43rd edition of the auction will be a special one, as the company prepared a series of special vehicles that will be auctioned to benefit the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund.

One of these vehicles is a 2008 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 owned by Simon Cowell. When Cowell bought the Veyron back in 2008, it was the fastest street-legal vehicle in America, so this makes it even more special.

The car comes with only 1,300 miles on the odometer and all of them were with Cowell at the helm. It features a custom black paint with black interior — this is one of just a few Veyrons offered in American in this configuration. The car also benefits from a full one-year, extended factory warranty offered directly through Bugatti.

Click past the jump to read more about the Bugatti Veyron 16.4

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On November 30, 2013, Paul Walker was involved in a horrific crash that cost him his life. Back then it was not known how Roger Rodas — the driver at the time of the accident and former race car driver — lost the control of the Porsche Carrera GT . It was pretty clear that speed was the main factor, but there was no official cause provided by the police.

Now, according to the final report from the L.A. County Coroner’s Office, it looks like the Carrera GT was driving at more than 100 mph before the moment of impact. Police officials said that the car was headed east on Hercules Street "at an unsafe speed, approximately 100+ mph," lost control for some "unknown reasons," and hit both a tree and a light post. The car then spun around another 180 degrees, hit another tree and burst into flames.

The same report stated that Rodas was not under the influence of any drugs or alcohol.

After his death, Universal Studios announced that the release date for the new series in the Fast and Furious franchise was moved from July 2014 to April 10, 2015.

This final piece is hopefully the final piece of news regarding this tragedy and serves as a reminder that no matter how good of a driver you are and how awesome the car is, always save the crazy driving for the race track...

Click past the jump to watch a cool tribute to Paul Walker.

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After a long wait, Ford finally revealed the 2015 Mustang to the world on the December 5, 2013. This time, Ford is going global with the Mustang making it available in multiple markets outside of the U.S.

Currently just a prototype, the 2015 Ford Mustang is not expected to arrive in showrooms anytime soon. That said, the first prototypes have been traveling the globe showcasing all that’s new about the pony car.

The 2015 Ford Mustang GT recently payed a visit to Jay Leno’s Garage. Starting with the Mustang 1, Ford embarked on a journey that created an world famous icon. The first production Mustang with chassis no. 0001 was also at Jay’s garage accompanied by the then CEO of Ford Motor Co.

A good history lesson then, before the 2015 Mustang rolled in and along came the Mustang Chief Engineer who worked on the project. This being a pre-production prototype, Jay did not get to drive it, though.

However, he did get the opportunity of cranking-up the 5.0-liter V-8 engine. And doesn’t she sound like sweet music.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford Mustang GT

The movie adaptation of Go Like Hell already hasA-lister Tom Cruise in the fold and if recent reports are accurate, Cruise is set to be joined by another Hollywood heavyweight: Brad Pitt.

The two last co-starred in the 1994 movie Interview with a Vampire and the potential co-starring role will ignite a move that’s already being billed as a blockbuster adaptation of the A.J. Baime book that chronicled the rivalry between Ford and Ferrari during their glory years at Le Mans .

It’s already been reported that Cruise will be playing the role of Carroll Shelby in the movie with Joseph Kosinski sitting in the director’s chair. There’s been no mention of what role Pitt will play in the movie but if it’s any indication, it won’t come as a surprise if he stars as Ferrari’s very own patriarch, Enzo Ferrari.

It’ll be very interesting to see how the cast for Go Like Hell builds up. But with Cruise and possibly Pitt on board, it’s going to be one heck of a blockbuster.

Click past the jump to read the official synopsis of Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans

Michael Schumacher Suffers Head Injuries in Skiing Accident

Michael Schumacher’s head injuries from his skiing accident in Switzerland appear to be far worse than what was initially reported.

According to a statement released by the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Grenoble, the French hospital where the seven-time Formula One world champion is currently in, Schumacher underwent emergency surgery from his injuries. The injuries were so severe that the statement described it as "head trauma with coma, which required immediate neurosurgical treatment."

Schumacher was skiing at a resort in Meribel, France with his 14-year old son when he lost control in the slopes and hit his head on a rock. The accident occurred at 11:07 AM CET and while initial reports indicated that he was conscious immediately after the injury, it appears that his condition has taken a turn for the worst since then.

Our thoughts and prayers to Michael Schumacher and his family and we pray that he recovers from this ordeal like a true champion that he is.

Click past the jump to read about Michael Schumacher

Source: ESPN
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2013 ended badly for the seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher : he was injured while skiing in the French Alps. Apparently Schumacher owns a chalet in Meribel and went there for sky for the holiday season.

Everyone knows that Schumacher is a keen skier, but even so, somehow, he hit his head on a rock in an off-piste area. The champion was wearing a helmet, so the injuries are not very bad.

According to Christophe Gernigon-Lecomte, director-general of Meribel ski resort: "He fell at 11:07am, whilst off piste in Meribel. He was wearing a helmet and hit a rock. The emergency services arrived quickly at 11:15am ... He was in shock, a little shaken but conscious. It might be a head injury but it’s not serious."

The police is currently investigating the cause of the accident, so we’ll get back with more details on this as soon as we’ll have them.

Click past the jump to read more about Michael Schumacher.

Source: Sky News
"Fast and Furious" Star, Paul Walker, Dies in a Car Crash

It’s been almost a month since that Paul Walker and Roger Rodas tragically lost their lives , and while pangs of sadness remains in a lot of us, we can’t even begin to imagine how those people close to Walker are coming to grips with his death.

Fast & Furious co-star and real-life buddy, Vin Diesel, seems to be doing as good a job as you can expect, given the circumstances. Just a few hours ago, Diesel took to his Facebook page to share a photo of him and Walker in one of the climactic scenes of Fast & Furious 6, describing the moment as one that had a "unique sense of completion, of pride we shared… in the film we were now completing… the magic captured… and, in just how far we’ve come…"

But the real important news that Diesel announced was the movie’s new release date, which he said is going to be April 10, 2015.

The movie was initially scheduled to be released in July next year, but Walker’s death pushed the production back with questions on who is going to continue his scenes. Rumors have spread that his brother, Cody, will be hired to do the job , and there probably won’t be a better choice given the similarities the two brothers have with each other.

So yea, April 10, 2015 is the new release date of Fast & Furious 7, according to Diesel. Circle the date on your calendars, fellas.

Click past the jump to read Vin Diesel’s Facebook post and watch all six trailers of the previews six Fast & Furious movies


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