7 Celebrities you didn’t know were petrolheads
Obviously, there are some celebrities who flaunt their wealth and cars around like there is no tomorrow. However, there are some out there who tend to keep their passion on the down-low. You have probably heard of all of these celebs but did you know they are secret petrol heads?
British celebrity chef, James Martin is a massive petrol head. He has a huge passion for classics as you can see by his stunning Ferrari 275 GTB. His first car was none other than a Vauxhall Nova. The car which Jeremy Clarkson proved was the easiest in the world to steal by turning the hazard warning button upside down. He also has a Shelby Mustang, two Ferrari Daytonas, some minis and a Range Rover. He has has some great cars over the years too including a Ferrari 360 which he bought at just 24 years old, Mercedes 300SL Gullwing, Audi S4 and Lotus Elise. So, it is safe to say he is a big fan.
This is the American actress, Amber Heard who you may remember from Top Gear a few years ago where she mesmerised Jeremy. She went on to talk about guns and cars (two things which Jeremy finds very attractive in a woman). Her pride and joy is a 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback in cherry red. This has to be one of the best cars to drive around. I believe she has had some before this too.
AHA! It's not quite Alan Partridge, but Steve Coogan. The man behind or rather in the show. He has become most famous from his appearance as Alan Partridge as well as The Trip with Rob Brydon and Night in the Museum (but I'm sure he would rather not be remembered by that, or by being Rob's co-star for that matter). Anyway, he is a also a big car fanatic and recently sold this stunning Aston Martin DBS V8. It is the sort of car one can only dream of owning. I also noticed while watching "The Trip' that he brings up cars every so often and drops small comments which car lovers would only pick up on.
While Bill Gates doesn't take any photos with his cars, he does own some rather special ones. I remember him saying in an interview that the first proper car he bought from his success was a Porsche 959 back in the day. I'm glad he went for one of these instead of a Ferrari of some sort. He also reportedly has a 70s Porsche 911 Carrera, 930 Turbo, Jaguar XJ6, Ferrari 348 and a Ford Focus.
Now, I couldn't have a list like this without including Ralph Lauren. He is perhaps more well known for his cars but always worth a mention. In his collection he has 1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK, Ferrari 250 GT SWB, Aston Martin DB5 Volante, Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Spyder, McLaren F1 LM, Porsche 550 Spyder just to name a few. His car collection is worth hundred of millions of dollars.
Scottish singer, Amy MacDonald also appeared on Top Gear and took Jezza by surprise with her knowledge of cars. Over the years she has owned an Audi R8 V8, V10 and GT. She has also had a Nissan GT-R, Bentley Continental Supersports, Range Rover Vogue, Ferrari 458 Speciale and a 2017 Ford GT. Her dream car is a Bugatti Veyron so let's hope she can get her hands on one of those one day.
British singer, Eric Clapton who also happens to be one of my music idols has a fascination with Ferrari which not many people have. He is a prancing horse lover through and through. He loves the brand so much that he commissioned them to make a bespoke one for him which would have cost him millions. It was called the SP12 EC and was essentially a redesigned 458 which had 512 BB styling. Some may say £3 million is a bit much but it is a one of a kind after all.