By: Sam Bisby
There are people that like their cars and there are people that love their cars. Then there are British celebrity petrol heads who love their cars so much that they have some pretty comprehensive car collections or are just addicted to buying the latest sport car.
TV and radio presenter Chris Evans is a massive fan of sports and classic cars. Chris’s car collection includes the original Chitty Chitty Bang vehicle, a £12m Ferrari 250 GTO, the Hesketh 308 driven by James Hunt and a Daimler SP250 Dart police car. Chris Evans, once a Star in a Reasonably Priced Car, is being tipped to take over the Top Gear hot seat.
Known for his portrayal of the physically comedic and silent Mr Bean, car-mad Atkinson found his passion of cars when he drove his mother’s Morris Minor. Atkinson crashed his McLaren F1 car in 2011 from which he received the largest insurance payout ever in Britain and the repaired car was sold on earlier this year. On a more joyous occasion, Atkinson achieved the second fastest Top Gear lap time in the Kia Cee’d.
Supermodel Jodie Kidd has previously participated in a few car rallies of the annual Gumball 3000 and competed in the Maserati Trofero Series as a racing driver. An owner of a Maserati Spyder, Kidd once held the fastest lap on the Top Gear track in the Suzuki Liana and is another tipped to take over Top Gear presenting duties.
Rupert Grint loves quirky cars. The Harry Potter star fulfilled a childhood dream of owning an ice cream van as soon as he passed his driving test with the purchase of a 1974 Mr Whippy Bedford van. He has since got a working ice cream machine that dispenses ice cream for the van. He also owns an orange Range Rover, a hovercraft, a VW campervan and the Ford Anglia from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
With a love of Ferraris and American cars, Eric Clapton commissioned a bespoke Ferrari SP12 EC in 2013. He also owns a 1964 Ferrari 250 Lusso, Ferrari FF, Maserati Birdcage, 1949 Chevrolet pickup and 1932 Ford Roadster.
Steve Coogan’s love of cars was a major factor in Coogan using cars in his comedy series. In Saxondale, Coogan’s character Tommy Saxondale drives a Ford Mustang, while the Alan Partridge actor himself has a well know affinity for Ferraris.
Music producer Simon Cowell uses his millions to buy sports and luxury cars. Cars among his possession at one time or another have included the Audi R8, Bugatti Veyron, Bentley Azure and even a Caterham Super Seven.
Elba’s passion for cars runs in the family, as his father previously worked for Ford. Documenting the motoring history of speed, the King of Speed’s three episodes studied car racing across the world. As part of Idris Elba: No Limits, the speed-enthusiast hit 180.361mph in a Bentley on a beach in Wales beating the previous 88-year-old land speed record.
Famous for playing DCI Gene Hunt, Philip Glenister chose to drive an Audi Quattro in Ashes to Ashes, even though the right hand drive wasn’t available until 1983. Glenister explained it away by simply saying "it’s a cool car". In 2014, Philip Glenister presented the Love of Cars alongside Ant Anthstead. The pair were challenged to restore classic cars to gain a profit; by the end of the first series, the cars had achieved two world records. Glenister is also tipped to take over the Top Gear hotseat.
Jay Kay achieved the fastest time of the Top Gear track in the Chevrolet Lacetti from series 8 to 14. Kay also has a vast collection of cars including a Ferrari Vignale 330 GT, a Ferrari 275 GTB, a BMW 2002 Bauer Cabriolet, a Porsche 911 2.7 RS and an Aston Martin DB6 Mark 1 Volante. The Jamiroquai singer also has a Kermit green LaFerrari, which made a welcome appearance at last year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Nick Mason, the Pink Floyd drummer owns a massive collection of cars, especially Ferraris, including two Ferrari 250 GTOs, Ferrari BB/LM, Lola T287, Ferrari 512 S, Maserati Birdcage, McLaren F1, Ferrari FF, Ferrari Daytona GT4 and a 1901 Panhard.
Singer-songwriter Amy McDonald revealed her passion for fast cars during her appearance on Top Gear and currently owns a rather nice yellow Ferrari 458 Speciale.
A professional golfer, Poulter is an enthusiastic car collector. His collection of Ferraris is close to outdoing Nick Mason’s and currently includes a 288 GTO, an FF with a custom interior and has recently gone for his seat fitting in his LaFerrari that will arrive later in the year.
According to chef and television presenter James Martin, he owns a car collection of approximately twenty cars. He owns a 1965 Ferrari 275, a few Mini Coopers, a Fiat Abarth and many more. Martin has previously entered several motoring competition. He raced in the 2008 Mille Miglia, the 2013 Aston Martin Centenary Festival and the 2013 Masters Series driving a 1964 Mini Cooper S. He won the 2013 Brands Hatch Mini Festival.
A previous Top Gear presenter, James May loves prestige cars and basics cars. In 2014, May owned a Ferrari 458 Italia, a 1971 Rolls-Royce Corniche and a 2014 BMW i3. He has also previously owned a Rolls-Royce Phantom, Jaguar XJS, Range Rover, Ferrari F430, 1984 Porsche 911, 2005 Porsche Boxster S, Mazda MX-5 and a Mini Cooper.
Hammond is a massive fan of Porsches and motorcycles. He owns a 1982 Porsche 911 SC, a 2006 Porsche 911 Carrera S, Porsche 928, Jaguar E-Type and a BMW 850Ci. Richard Hammond has also owned a 1967 Ford Mustang GT 390, a 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT-8, a Land Rover Defender and a 1969 Dodge Charger R/T.
In March, Clarkson was suspended and then sacked from the BBC’s Top Gear. He has previously owned a Honda CR-X, Ferrari F355, Ford GT, Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, Mercedes-Benz 600 Grosser and has just sold his Mercedes CLK 63 AMG Black Series.
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