Celebrity Cars

Celebrity Cars

  Celebrities and their fast and expensive cars' stories.

British DJ and TV presenter Chris Evans (not to be confused with Captain America Chris Evans) recently dropped a staggering £2.27 million on one of the most famous Ferraris ever created, the 1971 Ferrari Daytona Spyder . Evans purchased the iconic Ferrari at Silverstone Auctions ’ Salon Prive sale in London late last week. What was initially thought of as just an appearance by the British celebrity quickly escalated into a frenzied bidding war for the extremely rare Ferrari Ferrari . In the end, Evans won the auction after agreeing to shell out £2.27 million for the Daytona Spyder, which converts to around $3.7 million as of 9/9/2014.

The amount the Daytona Spyder went for is thought to be a world record for the model, further highlighting how classic Ferraris have become incredible investments these days.

This particular Daytona Spyder also holds the unique distinction of being built by two of the most important Italian design houses: Pininfarina and Scaglietti. It also hasn’t spent a whole lot of time under the sun despite being more than 40 years old. According to Silverstone Auctions, the Daytona Spyder Evans scooped up for almost $4 million only has less than 4,000 miles on its odometer. It’s also been described as being in "concours condition," which pretty much translates into "as good as it gets."

Click past the jump to read more about the 1971 Ferrari Daytona Spyder.

Source: DailyMail

Mazda is now confirming details on its upcoming launch of the all-new 2016 MX-5 Miata . The event is set to take place in Monterey, California on Wednesday, September 3, 2014. It will in fact be a global launch with simultaneous debuts in Tokyo and Barcelona. Coverage will also be viewable live on Mazda’s YouTube channel.

Besides the new MX-5 getting the spotlight, 1980s rock band Duran Duran will headline the event, singing plenty of their classic hits. “Duran Duran and the MX-5 Miata both made their world debuts in the 1980s and captured the hearts and imagination of an entire generation,” says Russell Wager, vice president of marketing for Mazda North American Operations. “In 25 years, both the car and the band have evolved while staying true to their roots.”

This is a special time for the MX-5 Miata, as it celebrated its 25th anniversary on February 10, 2014 and will soon break the one millionth unit sold. As of this writing, Mazda quotes that it’s sold over 930,000 Miatas globally since its debut back in 1989.

The details about the new Miata are still unknown, but that won’t last for long. Its debut is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. PDT.

Mazda is throwing a second party for the MX-5 in partnership with Fashion Rocks. The event will be broadcast live on CBS on Tuesday, September 9 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Fashion Rocks will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The two-hour event will celebrate the close relationship between fashion and music.

Click past the jump to read the full press release

I, for one, am proud of every single owner of a great, unique or exotic car who drives them regularly. These cars are special, and they get people interested in automobiles. It is also a special experience to see something so cool and rare in the car world go rolling down the street. Sadly, as there are other cars on the road, there can be damage to these nearly priceless pieces of automotive history. Case in point is Jerry Seinfeld and his 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR .

Jerry is an avid car collector and Porsche enthusiast, but last week he sat and witnessed someone back into his pristine 911 RSR that was parked on the street. In a recent story in the Page Six section of the NY Post, Jerry recounts the entire terrifying, metal-crunching moment. He was sitting on a bench directly across the street from his parked car enjoying some coffee and the company of friend Nacho Figueras when the incident occurred. An older woman in a white BMW went to parallel park in the sport directly in front of the historic 911, but proceeded to back directly into the Porsche.

What followed was an obviously heated argument that ended with the woman fleeing the scene without providing any information for Jerry to use for insurance.

Thankfully, the car doesn’t seem to be destroyed, rather just mangled slightly, and I am sure Jerry will have it repaired and back on the road soon. Still, for a car that is only one of 49 in the world, it can be quit disheartening to see it meet the rear bumper of another car.

You can read the full account given by Jerry Seinfeld on the Page Six site linkedbelow.

Don’t let this stop you from driving these things, Jerry. We still love to see them, even if they get a little banged up from time to time.

Click past the jump to read more about the 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR

Source: Page Six

Tony Stewart could face criminal charges following the incident that killed Kevin Ward Jr. during last weekend’s Empire Super Sprint series race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York. Ward Jr. died after being struck by Stewart’s sprint car.

According to Ontario Country Sheriff Philip Povero, initial findings at the track have turned up nothing that would indicate criminal intent on Stewart’s part. However, legal experts agree that Stewart could be charged with second-degree manslaughter under New York law if prosecutors believe he caused the death of Ward Jr. by racing to close the driver, Boston Globe reports.

While the three-time NASCAR champion can’t be charged for the car collision that sent Ward spinning into the wall before running him down, Stewart could be found guilty of manslaughter if the police concludes he saw Ward Jr. on the track and still tried to accelerate past him so closely.

Steward has fully cooperated with the police, Povero said, adding that once the investigation is completed the evidence will be turned over to the district attorney. The Sheriff declined to say how Stewart described the accident.

Click past the jump to learn more about the crash that killed Kevin Ward Jr.

Source: Boston Globe

A tragedy of unspeakable proportions occurred over the weekend at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York when driver Kevin Ward Jr died following an accident that resulted in him being pulled under the wheel of Tony Stewart’s car in the middle of a race. The three-time NASCAR champion was racing in the Empire Super Sprints series in preparation for the a Cup race at Watkins Glen International.

The race ran without incident until Stewart and Ward got into an on-track collision that resulted in Ward’s car getting pinched into a wall. Ward immediately got out of his race car and vented his ire towards Stewart, who kept on racing. That’s when things took a dramatic and tragic turn. As Ward continued to scream at Stewart, Stewart’s car hit him and according to numerous eyewitness accounts, sent Ward flying "about 50 yards."

Ward was immediately taken to to Thompson Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.

The Ontario County (N.Y) Sheriff’s Office has since launched an investigation into the accident. Stewart was not arrested after the crash, although the sheriff’s office has said that he was cooperating with the investigation.

You obviously don’t want to see something like this happen to anyone and our thoughts go out to the family of Kevin Ward Jr. It’s a tragedy that could’ve been avoided if people had their wits and not acting on angry impulses. In the video after the jump it is inconclusive as to whether the accident was just that or if Stewart was trying to intimidate Ward by accelerating past him so closely.

For the sake of everyone involved, we hope that a resolution to this tragedy happens soon.

Click past the jump to learn more about the incident and to see a video of the events.

The Jaguar Performance Driving Academy recently touched down at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. What was it doing there? Here’s a hint: it has something to do with the F-Type Coupe R . Jag’s new track-focused, British wonder car was the undisputed star of the event, a feat in itself considering that the session also had Sebastian Stan and Mena Suvari in attendance.

You’ll probably remember Stan for his ubiquitous role as the Winter Soldier in the latest Captain America movie. Mena Suvari hasn’t had a lot of mainstream roles recently, but if you were a teenager of the 90’s, you should have no problem remembering her from the American Pie franchise and the critically acclaimed American Beauty.

For the event, both Stan and Suvari traded their Hollywood hats for racing helmets. The two got to spend some quality time with the F-Type Coupe R, joining other Performance Academy participants race around the Circuit of the Americas with their own F-Type Coupe R.

Everyone looked like they had an incredible time racing the high-performance F-Type Coupe R around the track. At least one of the participants enjoyed it enough to even throw an “awesome sauce” scream of delight.

The two Hollywood stars sounded like they had a blast, too. Who knows, maybe they already have orders in place for their own F-Type Coupe R models. After all, purchases like that are in always in play for people with the finances to do it.

What if The Empire invaded a planet with an extensive road system and needed a fitting mode of transportation for Darth Vader? Perhaps a Sith Lord would commission engineering droids to build something like this, the Darth Vader Car. Here on Earth, the creative minds at Hot Wheels have designed and built a fully working, large-scale model of their Darth Vader Car.

The idea started back in November of 2013 when the design team came up with the idea for Darth Vader toy car. After the small-scale version was finished, they went big. Built in only two months, the car is completely drivable.

The Darth Car is based on a Corvette C5 platform. Its new menacing bodywork is constructed mostly from fiberglass and carbon fiber, making the car nearly 50 percent lighter than the original C5. Under its lengthy hood still lies a Corvette engine, though this one has been upgraded to an LS3, 6.2-liter V-8 — the engine used in the 2008 and newer C6 Corvettes. Of course, it’s been massaged to make well beyond its stock output numbers. PCW Brands, the car’s builder, says it makes 526 horsepower and hits 150 mph. A six-speed manual transmission delivers The Force to the rear, custom-made wheels and tires.

Loads of special-effects gear is added to bring the Vader Car to life. Darth Vader respirator noises emanate from the grille while light saber sounds play as red lights glow along the rocker panels. Even the cockpit roof opens up like Darth Vader’s helmet. Oh, and there’s also a drift brake lever for, you know, agile maneuvers while in pursuit of Rebel forces.

The Darth Vader car currently on display at the 2014 Comic-Con International convention taking place in San Diego, California.

Click past the jump for video and pictures on the Darth Vader Car By Hot Wheels.

Source: Car & Driver

Lego has just announced that it is releasing an Ultimate Collector’s Series version of the Batmobile from the recent Dark Knight trilogy, the Tumbler. The Batmobile is awesome. Lego is awesome. When you combine the two, the result is an incredible explosion of epic greatness. That, or a really great way to spend an afternoon or two.

If you are unfamiliar with the Ultimate Collector’s Series models, they are the biggest and best that Lego offers. Not only is this Tumbler almost a foot and a half long, it is comprised of close to 2,000 pieces and features a fully detailed interior. Even the wings on the top adjust, just like in the movie. As an added bonus, you get minifigs of both Batman and Joker.

The set will be available starting in September 2014, and it will carry a price of $199 for all the U.S. buyers. If you are interested in the Lego model, or just the Tumbler in general, make sure to hit the jump. We have a video of Jay Leno driving a full size Tumbler , and Lego was kind enough to send us a second video that shows a 3D spin of the model so you can get a closer look at it.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lego Batman Tumbler.

Source: Uncrate

Horacio Pagani has the kind of problem we can only dream of having. The founder of Pagani was recently spotted out and about in a McLaren P1 MSO , an incredibly exclusive supercar that I can’t possibly purchase unless I win the lottery. It must be tough having to make a choice between driving a P1 and his very own Huayra .

But such is the life of a man who is embedded deep in the industry’s supercar circle. We’re not going to make an issue out of that. Besides, he probably has a reason for doing so, not the least of which could be to test out the P1 and use it to help better his own lineup. That’s happened before in the business and it will likely happen again.

Who knows what his real intentions are. What we do know is that Horacio Pagani is an awesome man with an impeccable taste in supercars. The P1 MSO he’s driving also looks incredible, especially the exterior panels decked out in chrome to go with the orange trim on the hood and the red leather interior.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren P1.

It appears that we finally have some promising news about the condition of seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher. In a statement from his manager, Sabine Kehm, it was announced that Michael has awoken from his medically induced coma and he has moved from the French hospital where he has spent the last several months following a skiing accident .

There have been no further details released about his condition, or where he is being moved to, and it doesn’t look like we will be getting any more information unless there is a substantial change in Michael’s condition. Sabine’s statement concluded with, "For the future we ask for understanding that his further rehabilitation will take place away from the public eye."

The family also wanted to take the time to thank each and everyone one of us, the fans, that have provided well wishes and thoughts of a successful recovery.

This news is promising, but Michael is not out of the woods yet. We wish this legendary Ferrari driver continued health and recovery.

Click past the jump to read more about Michael Schumacher’s ski accident.

Source: ESPN F1

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