Donut Media Exposes the Oddly Surprising Cars Owned by Unexpected Famous People
Many celebrities are really fond of cars. And because they’re successful and make a lot of money, they’re the owners of some of the most impressive and expensive car collections out there.
However, some celebrities are still driving old and mundane cars, while others own surprising vehicles that are either unique or highly customized. Donut Media just put together a list, so let’s have a look at it below.
Little Known Facts and Secrets About Cristy Lee
Cristy Lee is arguably one of the most famous women in the auto industry. As one-third of Motor Trend’s All Girls Garage show — she was until her departure from the show this year — Lee has become a staple in the heart and minds of car enthusiasts for a long time.
Lee is undoubtedly one of the most interesting personalities in today’s automotive scene. But as popular as she is — and she’s very popular — there are parts of her life that not everyone knows about. Part of that is because of her preference to keep her life private, but even if she tries to do that, she’s so popular that it’s hard to keep the lid of her personal life closed. Here are some things you didn’t know about Cristy Lee…until now.
This Documentary Will Teach You Everything You Need to Know About the Batmobile
Movie cars are by far the coolest vehicles you can’t buy. The Mustang Bullitt, the Mustang Eleanor, and the Pontiac Trans Am are just a few examples of cars that became icons after being features in movies. But there’s also an impressive list of fictional cars that became legendary, and the Batmobile is one of the finest examples.
With production of new films now on halt due to the coronavirus pandemic, Warner Bros. Entertainment released a one-hour documentary about Batman’s means of transportation. And it teaches you everything you need to know about the Batmobile.
John Horsman, The Man Behind The Orange And The Blue
The last two outright Le Mans wins scored by the Blue Oval were scored by John Wyer’s team, the same team that brought together Jacky Ickx and Derek Bell for their first victory as a duo at Circuit de la Sarthe.
Linking all these three victories, beyond the team, is one emblematic engineer, John Horsman, who in a long and storied career also helped Porsche dominate the world of sports car racing with the 917. Let’s take a look back at Horsman’s career and his intrinsic association with those gorgeous orange and powder blue machines.
Sir Stirling Moss: A Closer Look At The Legend
One of racing’s most recognizable and revered figures, Sir Stirling Moss passed away peacefully early on Easter Sunday at his home in Mayfair announced his wife, Lady Susie Moss. Stirling was 90 and had withdrawn from public life in 2018, 56 years after the accident that made him retire from professional racing.
Nowadays, when finding ways to criticize racing, be it on two or four wheels, one of the easy targets are the drivers or the riders, usually bemoaned by fans for being too PR-friendly, too stern and lacking the charisma and flamboyance of the likes of James Hunt, Barry Sheene, or Dale Earnhardt Sr.
Imagine, then, that back when Moss was racing, in the thrillingly dangerous ’50s and ’60s, he was seen by his peers as one of the best on the track and also one of those that lived life to the fullest off the track. Now, after his death on April 12th, tributes began pouring in for the ’larger-than-life’ Moss and rightly so for there really won’t be another racer (he hated to be called a ’driver’) quite like Moss.
The Hottest and Most Talented Female Race Car Drivers
Racing has been a male dominated sport ever since the automobile was created. And that won’t change anytime soon. However, women have also driven cars at a competitive level since the early days.
Camille du Gast and Helene Van Zuylen raced as early as 1901, while the first woman to join NASCAR did it in 1949. Nowadays, the sports is still dominated by men, but there are hundreds of women competing in all series and on any level. Here’s out top 10 list of the hottest and most talented female race car drivers.
Living the Dream? Shmee Has a Model Car That’s Identical to His McLaren Senna
Supercar connoisseur and YouTube vlogger Shmee150 recently took delivery of his second McLaren Senna. But this time around it’s a scale model that’s eight times smaller than the real deal. But it’s identical to the actual car in terms of colors and even materials. What’s more, it costs in excess of $9,000.
Constance Nunes Loves Cars - Here Are 10 Instagram Posts That Prove It
American model and certified car enthusiast Constance Nunes is no stranger to the car-loving population. As one of the stars of the hit Netflix show, Car Masters: Rust to Riches, Nunes has become one of the most recognizable faces in the car industry. There’s no doubt her presence in the show has contributed to her stature dramatically shooting up, but Nunes is more than just a pretty face in a car restoration show. The American born model of Portuguese descent is also a certified car enthusiast whose first, second, and third passions in life involve working on cars. In addition to her involvement in Car Masters, Nunes also works on personal builds and is heavily involved in a lot of car clubs in Southern California, and her experience in the industry also includes years spent working in the service departments of automakers like Acura, Audi, BMW, and Ford. We can see her on Car Masters most of the time, but rest assured, we’re going to see and hear more of Constance Nunes in the coming years.
Social Media Car Celebrity - Khyzyl Saleem
A car’s journey from idea to palpable object can stretch over four, five, or even more years. Regardless of the R&D window length, it’s always the idea that sparks whatever comes next and ideas come from people. The car industry has seen its fair share of design pioneers that believed in changing the game rather than follow it, so where does that leave today’s digital artists with a crush on cars?
The answer to that question comes from Khyzyl Saleem, the proud owner of one of the most drool-worthy car-centric Instagram accounts you’ve ever followed. Seriously, if you’re not following The Kyza on social media, then do it right away. You’ll never get tires of scrolling through his feeds.
Ralph Gilles Is Selling His Dodge Demon to Make Room for a New "Equally Devilish" Car - What Could It Be?
FCA design boss Ralph Gilles is selling his barely driven 2018 Challenger SRT Demon, except that’s not what everyone’s talking about. Included in the listing, which Gilles curiously posted on Instagram, was a little tease of what potentially lies ahead.
To be more specific, Gilles alluded to making room for “another equally devilish project…” as a reason for selling the Challenger SRT Demon. Naturally, Gilles’ comments have instigated an uproar on what he actually means by them. Is Dodge preparing a successor to the Challenger SRT Demon? Or does FCA have something more sinister in the pipeline? Given the sales success the Challenger has had in recent years, all of these scenarios are on the table.
Can Top Gear America Be Successful with Three New Hosts in 2020?
Top Gear America is returning for a third iteration. The popular automotive show is set to come back in the U.S. with three new hosts — Dax Shepard, Rob Corddry, and Jethro Bovingdon — and a new viewing platform.
Previously distributed by NBC and A+E Networks, the new version of Top Gear America will be offered by the BBC Studios in partnership with the MotorTrend Group. The show will air on the MotorTrend App, the latter’s streaming service, starting in the spring of 2020. You’ll need to pay a $4.99 monthly subscription fee to gain access to the show, but it’s not just Top Gear America that you’ll have access to. A litany of Top Gear content will also be available for viewing, including more than 170 episodes of the parent Top Gear show.
Check Out This Ridiculous Ford GT40 Movie Rig from Ford V Ferrari
Making a movie like the just-released Ford vs Ferrari film requires a lot of on-track camera work, some of the creative variety. Look no further than this behind-the-scenes video posted on YouTube by Fab TV, showing what just might be one of the most unusual camera rigs you’ll ever see. That, folks, is a replica Ford GT40, except that it’s only half of the car. The other half is a giant tube-framed platform that not only supports an external driver but, more importantly, a full-blown production setup that includes multiple cameras. This is the kind of movie production razzmatazz that you can expect in 2019. It’s strange, awesome, and downright weird, all rolled into one.
The New Michael Keaton Lego DC Batman Car is Two-Foot of Childhood Dreams Come True
One of the most important Hollywood cars is about to get the LEGO treatment. In what could be the best LEGO car of all time, the iconic Batmobile from the 1989 Batman movie has now been immortalized in bricks. Otherwise known as the 1989 Tim Burton Batmobile, this LEGO car is a showstopper when fully built and a huge challenge to actually build. It’s made up of 3,306 pieces, which is around 200 fewer pieces than the LEGO Bugatti Chiron. The LEGO Batmobile, which arrives in time for the Tim Burton film’s 30th anniversary and the 80th anniversary of the Batman character, will be released on November 29 (Black Friday) at a price of $250.
Rich and Shameless: Kylie Jenner Deletes a Video Showing Off Her New Bugatti Chiron
Say what you will about Kylie Jenner and her pursuits in life, but you can’t deny that the Kardashian knows her way around cars. She’s the proud owner of a Ferrari LaFerrari, a pair of Land Rovers, a Rolls-Royce Cullinan, a Lamborghini Aventador, and what looks to be a Lamborghini Urus, among other steely-eyed rides.
It’s her latest vehicular purchase, though, that has everyone standing up and paying attention. Recently, Jenner posted a video of her new Bugatti Chiron on her Instagram account. It didn’t take long, though, for the Internet vultures to swoop in with their scathing comments, so Jenner quickly deleted the video of her Chiron. The lesson, as always, is clear. If you can’t take the heat, best get out of the kitchen.
If Kevin Hart Is Sued Over Lack of Modern Safety Equipment In an Old Car - Does That Set a Precedent for Future Lawsuits?
By now, you surely know that The 1970 Plymouth Barracuda that Kevin Hart commissioned from Speedkore has been crashed. Hart was, reportedly, not the driver and for now we don’t know exactly what happened until a full investigation comes forth, but it looks like he’s still staring down the barrel of yet another lawsuit. Yup; despite the fact that Hart wasn’t driving the car when it crashed, the two passengers in the car, one of which was also seriously injured, could actually file a lawsuit for negligence against Hart because the car didn’t have safety equipment.
The lack of safety equipment comes into question because the car was so powerful – 720 horsepower to be exact. And, as such, lawyers are claiming that the car should have had numerous pieces of safety equipment including but not limited to five-point safety harnesses, airbags, and a roll cage. Hart could, in theory, also turn around and sue the company that tuned the car for selling him a car without what some claim to be required safety equipment. Now, this raises the question of future precedent that leaves tuning and custom car companies, as well as owners of said cars, liable in the future. Here’s some food for thought.