Celebrity Ride Spotlight: Deadmau5

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Obviously if you are a singer, actor, model or well, whatever the Kardashians are, and have tons of cash splashing some of it on a great ride makes sense. And while there are the obvious choices – the standard Lambos, the basic Ferraris etc – some car crazed stars have stepped it up a notch when it comes to satisfying their lust for luxurious, high performance vehicles. And perhaps no one has built a better collection of such cars than Deadmau5

Deadmau5 , the DJ/producer/asshole (we didn’t say that, his fellow DJ and friend Skrillex did. Nice pal to have) who is loved by some and hated by many more but who still rakes in millions a year, is the proud owner of a number of high performance rides including a McLaren P1, McLaren 650S, Ferrari, BAC Mono, Ferrari 458 and a couple of ‘daily drive’ Porsches. His most notorious car so far however was the Purrari, a Ferrari 458 Spider he had wrapped with a Nyan Cat theme.

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He successfully competed in the Gumball Rally with it in 2014 bringing both Tory Belleci from MythBusters and briefly, Lewis Hamilton for the ride:

After Gumball however, Ferrari USA complained about the Purrari bitterly (why?) and threatened legal action. Deadmau5 – whose real name is the far less groovy Joel Zimmerman- then sold it off to benefit cat shelters in his native Toronto (not such an asshole after all maybe) He has just replaced it with a Nyanborghini Purracan (Huracán) that he has been constantly trolling Ferrari with pictures of on social media (OK, still a bit of an asshole then)

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Speaking of possible copyright infringement Deadmau5 also films and hosts his own version of Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee in which he allows various celebrities to ride in one of his many cars and enjoy the privilege of buying him a cup of coffee for his trouble. His guests have even included the rather controversial former Mayor of Toronto Rob Ford. He’s also been known to pull a shift or two as an Uber driver in his McLaren, something that is normally quite a shock for passengers. Well at least he gets some use out of his supercars and doesn’t just leave them sitting in the garage..

 

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Watch: The James Bond Aston Martin DB10 in Action

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The relationship between Aston Martin and the James Bond movie franchise goes all the way back to the iconic film series’ third outing in 1964, ‘Goldfinger’. Director Guy Hamilton and his staff had reached out to all of the major sports car manufacturers in the hope of borrowing a flash car. All but Aston refused outright and even they had to be talked into not only agreeing to the use of their then flagship DB5 but agreeing to fit not just one, but two vehicles with extras like smokescreens and a revolving licence plate all installed by Aston engineers themselves.

Fast forward nearly 40 years and for the newest Bond flick, Spectre, which is set to premiere October 26 in the UK, with a worldwide premiere scheduled for November 6, Aston Martin have built and equipped ten Aston Martin DB10 models specifically for the movie and have recently released a video showcasing just what this beauty can do when in the hands of just the right stunt driver.

The driver in question here is three time Bond stunt driver and Manx rally driver Mark Higgins. And as you’ll see he really knows to handle this magnificent monster even if most others would not…

Pictured: Top 5 Sellers at the RM Sotheby’s Battersea Park Sale

Another huge classic car auction, another ‘victory’ for Ferrari as one of it’s cars, almost predictably, takes the crown for highest bid at the RM Sotheby’s annual London sale which was held in Battersea Park a few weeks ago.

Over the course of the auction there were lots of absolutely magnificent cars on display and many of them were sold off for huge amounts of money. Here are just five of our favorites, including, of course, the million pound plus (plus, plus, plus) Ferrari that cost someone quite a pretty penny indeed.

1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France by Scaglietti: £4,760,000

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This particular auction crushing Ferrari 250 was actually expected to command and even higher price – £5.5m is what Southeby’s were hoping for – so it was a surprise to some, given the prices paid at other similar auctions recently that it fell short of that mark by more than a few quid. It is however a wonderful car, recently rebuilt by GTO Engineering and boasting 263bhp from a 3.0-litre V12 and reportedly in pristine driving condition despite being over 50 years old.

1992 Ferrari F40: £845,600

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This is a truly pampered little beauty as it’s single original owner had only ever logged 3,000 original miles on the clock. As some of you may already know this was the last car to be built under the supervision of the great Enzo himself, who added a twin-turbo 2.9-litre V8 with 478bhp that truly packs some hair curling power.

1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage: £784,000

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This racing thoroughbred was just one of 40 right hand drive Vantage saloons ever built and had he been offered the chance James Bond would probably loved to get his hands on this version, but it was a little to rare to be loaned out as a movie prop.

Recently retuned and refurbished, the model at auction was offering the lucky buyer an upgraded 4.0-litre straight-six engine, new cam timing, and triple twin-choke Weber carbs. Power had been boosted to 40bhp over the regular DB5 to 325bhp allowing what is still a truly stunning looking car to make it from 0-60 in 6.5 seconds.

1995 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport: £627,200

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Lighter than it’s ‘child’ the Veyron this Bugatti beauty still boasts quad-turbocharged 3.5-litre V12 with 603bhp, a top speed of 216mph and a 0-60 time of 3.2 seconds. this particular model was one of the last of the SS brand to roll of the production line and the fact that it’s only racked up less than 10,100km in 20 years made it even more of a great score for the winning bidder.

1975 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale by Bertone: £308,000

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According to the Sotheby’s brochure this Seventies classic would be sure to “bring a huge smile to the face of not only its driver, but also everyone who sees and hears the car go by… usually sideways.” A rather accurate summation we think of a car that was first registered in Italy in October of 1975 and has only ever known life in a garage for the most part, unlike some of its contemporaries that were such a hit on the rallying circuit.

Almost completely mechanically untouched the car still boasts 192 bhp from a 2,418 cc DOHC Dino V-6 engine with triple Weber carburettors and still looks pretty spacey, as Bertone intended, some 40 years after its ‘birth’.

Keith Richards’ Customized Bentley Sells for £763,100 at Goodwood Revival

A great deal goes on during the Goodwood Revival weekend, including several auctions of some seriously cool cars. One of the cars on the block in 2015 was a 1966 Bentley S3 Continental Flying Spur nicknamed ‘Blue Lena’, a car that had a rather notable former owner; Rolling Stones wildman Keith Richards.

Aside from the fact that the car is a true example of a Bentley at its finest, boasting a 6.2-litre V8 engine and a newly restored beige kid leather interior the car, which Richards named after one of his musical idols Lena Horne, features several erm, unusual, mods commissioned by Richards that you won’t find on any of its surviving peers.

There is, for example, a ‘secret compartment’ built into the frame for the purpose of concealing of various (illegal) substances. The windows were also heavily darkened and a Phillips record player was built into the boot. There is also a pair of loudspeakers behind the front grille that Richards’ then paramour, Anita Pallenberg used to amuse herself with by impersonating a policewoman and barking odd instructions to bewildered motorists.

Richards sold the car in 1978 and although it underwent five years of painstaking restoration before heading to the auction block at Goodwood all of his ‘special mods’ remain in place, which probably helped its eventual price climb up to over three quarters of million, which is actually a heck of a lot less than he sold it for years ago, a fact that may not make him too happy..

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First Drives: The Return of the Honda Civic Type R

We almost fainted when we discovered a while ago that Honda is going to bring back the Civic Type R to the States as a part of its big September launch of a new generation of Civics in general. It’s a nameplate that is an absolute legend in tuning circles and so its return should cause plenty of excitement. Honda say it’s their most ‘extreme’ Civic ever, but is that really the case? In anticipation we have complied a series of videos that showcase and tease just what’s in store when the car finally makes it back to the US for a new generation of tuners to play with.

Spotted: The 2017 Ford GT

So, you’re driving to work, minding your own business, as you do. All of a sudden out of the corner of your eye you spot a car that is rather eyeopening, a super vehicle of the future right alongside you in the present.

That is what apparently happened to You Tuber “Dr. Scandalous”. Slogging along he saw a very strange looking car coming up to pass him. He had the presence of mind to whip out the old camera phone – you can see the videos below – but didn’t really know what he had just encountered. Turning however to that font of all random knowledge Redditt he was quickly informed it was a test mule of the 2017 Ford GT.

And it was indeed. It does look a bit rough – of course – but the promise is certainly there. The real version is due in late 2016 as a 2017 model so there is still plenty of time to iron out the kinks and from what can be seen it already looks damned good..

In Pictures: Top 10 Bestsellers at the 2015 Pebble Beach Auctions

There were certainly plenty of cars up for grabs at the recent Gooding’s Pebble Beach auctions and the company – and the cars original owners – certainly made quite a pretty penny. In fact Gooding & Co. managed to smash a long standing company record by moving over $128 million in to die for classics over the course of the two day event. Of the 115 lots that sold, three brought over $10 million, and 26 more went for over a million. And yes, in a surprise only to those who live under a rock, the top seller was a Ferrari. An absolutely gorgeous one that raked in an eyeopening $17,600,000.

What was it and what else cost an awful lot when the gavel finally came down? Here are the Top 10 Bestsellers at the 2015 Pebble Beach Auctions. Which one of these beauties would you most want to give some garage space to?

RM Sotheby’s: 1964 Ferrari 250 LM, $17,600,000

1964 Ferrari 250 LM

Gooding & Co: 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider, $16,830,000

1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider

Gooding & Co: 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Speciale, $16,500,000

1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Speciale

RM Sotheby’s: 1998 McLaren F1 ‘LM-Specification’, $13,750,000

1998 McLaren F1 ‘LM-Specification’

RM Sotheby’s: 1953 Jaguar C-Type Works Lightweight, $13,200,000

1953 Jaguar C-Type Works Lightweight

RM Sotheby’s: 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France, $13,200,000

1956 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France

Gooding & Co: 1982 Porsche 956, $10,120,000

1982 Porsche 956

RM Sotheby’s: 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider, $8,500,000

1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider

RM Sotheby’s: 1950 Ferrari 275S/340, $7,970,000

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RM Sotheby’s: 2005 Ferrari Enzo, $6,050,000

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