Many celebrities confess to presenting a love of cars and driving; some even spend a considerable amount of time and money accumulating collections of cars for their particular personal garage. So, what are a number of the vehicles driven by the rich and famous?
Footballers, this indicates, are in the very best bracket as it pertains to exotic cars, with most of the top earners in the game having what is apparently an obsession with owning the world’s most exclusive and expensive cars. Manchester United star Wayne Rooney, for example, can count such vehicles as the Lamborghini Gallardo, Bentley Continental GT, Aston Martin Vanquish and BMW M6 among his collection.
Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele is another footballer whose garage is packed with hot wheels; a Mercedes McLaren SLR, Ferrari F360 and a Mercedes SL65 AMG convertible are on the list of cars owned by the Dutchman. Meanwhile Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard can boast a Porsche 911 Turbo, Mercedes SLK, Aston Martin Vanquish and BMW X5 included in his fleet of motoring muscle. Cristiano Ronaldo has owned an Audi R8, BMW X5 and Ferrari 360 among his cars, and his name features on a waiting list for perhaps the world’s ultimate car – the Bugatti Veyron.
However, perhaps the ultimate car fanatic from the footballing world is David Beckham. Having spent in excess of £2million on a number of vehicles, Beckham’s garage counts the likes of the Ferrari 575 and F430, Lamborghini Gallardo, two Bentley Arnages and a Rolls Royce Phantom among others. Beckham also comes with an armour-plated BMW X5 and once owned an Aston Martin DB7, with the registration plate’DB7 ‘. Cars such as for example they are all a much cry from Beckham’s first entry in to the motoring world – the humble Ford Porsche 991.2 S / 4S / GTS Exhaust.
Fame doesn’t necessarily give rise to the need to spend lavishly on top-of-the-range cars, however. At the peak of the Spice Girls’fame, band member Melanie Chisholm – also called’Sporty Spice’- shelled from a 1998 Audi A3 which she used to operate a vehicle herself around as she and the band rose to international stardom, clocking up 79,000 miles in the process. With the Spice Girls going onto become one of the biggest girl groups ever, it was unlikely that Sporty Spice needed Audi car finance to make her purchase and later the car was sold on the motoring website, Autotrader, having amassed 110,000 miles and a complete service history, for a bargain price of £2,995.
Film and TV stars aren’t immune to owning top-of-the-range vehicles either. American actor Ben Affleck has owned an Aston Martin DB7 and Dodge RAM, while Brad Pitt can claim to own driven the Mercedes G55 AMG. More modest cars owned by film and TV stars include the David’The Hoff’Hasselhoff’s BMW Mini and Harry Potter star, Daniel Radcliffe’s Fiat Punto.
However, no celebrity car is complete without a personalised registration plate. Recently, Formula One racing driver Lewis Hamilton reportedly paid £200,000 on the personalised registration LEW 1S; however the driver won’t be putting the registration onto his Mercedes SLR or McLaren F1, however, with the plate destined to be attached to his Mercedes GL420 4×4 off-roader. Other famous registration plates include magician Paul Daniels’MAG 1C, singer Englebert Humperdinck’s EH 1 and business tycoon Sir Alan Sugar’s AMS 1 that will be regularly seen in the opening sequence of the show’The Apprentice ‘.
Paul McIndoe writes for an electronic digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned with a client of said agency. This article isn’t designed to advertise, but should be considered professional content.