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 (Hurac├ín) 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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Top 5 Most Bizarre Footballers’ ‘Super’ Cars

Footballers and snazzy cars go together like footballers and slightly vacuous glamour models. Making it into the big(ger) leagues these days basically requires that any footballer have at least one of each, and when it comes to the cars at least, they do tend to like multiples.

While there are the very obvious choices – like every car Cristiano Ronaldo owns, from his multiple Bugatti Veyrons to his numerous Audis and whatever Porsche he hasn’t crashed yet – some footballers take their hard earned (?) wages and put them into something rather more unique. Take a look at some of these beauties (although on second thoughts that may be the wrong word)

Stephen Ireland

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These days Stephen Ireland is a bald bloke playing in the Potteries for Stoke. But back when he had hair, and a contract with Manchester City, he treated himself to several very nice rides, the most memorable of which being this lovely black and pink Range Rover that certainly turned some heads (and possibly stomachs) as he pottered it around Manchester. And no, this car didn’t really belong to his missus, hers was white and red and monogrammed, but that’s another (nightmarish) story.

El Hadi Diouf

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Back when the Senegalese winger played for, well, we forget, as he played for half the teams in the league at some point or another, he was a man who tended to divide fan opinion. Some found him to be a lovable, cheeky rogue while others (almost everyone actually) thought he was a bit of a mindless jerk. And his Cadillac Escalade is possibly a bigger confirmation of the latter opinion than the former to say the least.

Mario Balotelli

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Poor old Mario. He means well, but he never quite gets things right (just ask Brendan Rodgers) That was never more obvious than when he was tooling around in this once lovely Bentley Continental GT. Apparently someone failed to tell him that camouflage is supposed to help you stand out less…

Mario didn’t hold onto the car for long though, as he ended up gifting it to teammate Urby Emanuel, who promptly stripped off the wrap and returned the car to its former pristine winter white colour. Which, according to ‘insiders’ Mario was actually a bit miffed about.

William Gallas

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Footballers are notoriously vain. Most however do not turn their McLaren Mercedes SLR into what is basically one big mirror on wheels. However, that is the William Gallas way and he likes it even if no one else does.

The Entire Portsmouth Team

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Back when Portsmouth were in the Premier League and almost spending themselves into oblivion, the ‘punishment’ for the player who performed worst in training was to have to drive around town in a Reliant Robin. The players, while accepting their possible fate, decided that the old banger needed a bit of pimping and so they turned it into this somewhat bizarre creation.

Top 5 Compact Sports Cars for the Home Tuner

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Not everyone can go out and plonk down the cash for a Porsche 911 or even a top of the range BMW M3 but, as home tuners have been proving for decades, that does not have to be a bar to owning and driving an affordable, high performance sports compact that really goes. The trick is starting off with the right base car. These five compact sports cars have been winners since the first day they hit the lots but have also proved to be exceptionally fun to modify and in the hands of a dedicated tuner can become something even more special.

Honda Civic

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Despite all of the competition somehow the Honda Civic has managed to hold onto its crown as the tuner car of choice for years now. All of the big name tuning shops do a few versions, even Honda’s own Mugen Division – and in garages and sheds the world over you can find a countless number of Civics in various stages of transformation.

The fact that the Civic has such a rep for longevity helps as does the fact that usually they respond well to all kinds of engine swaps (a big favorite right now is a CR-V and RSX mashup that can pack a real punch) And in the right creative hands you make a Honda Civic look as cool as any other high performance compact even though you may have only paid a fraction of the price initially.

Acura Integra

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Before it was rechristened as the RSX the third generation Acura Integra may have been the most faked car of all time. The number of tuner kids who tried to get away with slapping an Type R sticker on a regular Integra to gain extra street cred was massive. But the simple fact is you don’t have to resort to that kind of fakery to get a truly great car. From the base model to the much coveted Type R itself these cars are flexible, easy to work with and can be used as the base of something truly great.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

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This is a car that looks like it’s dying to get out and race from the get go and it’s seemingly indestructible nature makes it a tuner’s dream. A great example of a carmaker actually listening to its fans and customers the Evolution was once a Japan only offering but pleas from the masses saw the company bring it to the US. With even just light to moderate tuning this baby can keep with the best of the ‘Vettes and look sharp doing it to boot.

Subaru Imprezza STI

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As good as the Evo is it has serious competition in the form of the WRX STI. Benefiting, as all Subaru models do, from standard AWD it’s a beast on streets and rally circuits alike. If you happen upon one of the originals with those rather strange bubble headlights you might want to swap those out but do us a favor please WRX dudes? No more bronzed out wheels? They really do kinda kill the naturally sleek and sexy vibe.

Mazda Miata

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Although it will never set any speed records the Miata is some of the best fun you’ll ever have driving a smaller car. Sure it’s pretty minimalist but that’s part of the appeal and the fact that it enjoys such a huge aftermarket presence means it’s really not hard to get your hands on one of these. And for those who scoff this one of as too lightweight and superficial? Drive one and then try to tell us that you don’t have a change of heart.

Top 5 Supercars that Were Actually Super Disappointments

Supercar is a phrase that’s thrown around a great deal these days but as we all know not all supercars are created equal and yes, even those companies whose vehicles are usually considered to be the very definition of the word have, at one point in time, created a car that it not so much a supercar but a super crap car.

In compiling this list we did not simply choose the fugliest cars but fugly cars that also had some serious difficulties in the actual engineering department, truly making them duds of the super car world.

1980 Lamborghini Countach

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In actual fact back when it hit the showroom in the early days of the Eighties this ‘futuristic’ Lambo was quite a hit; but many only with teenage boys who thought a poster of it looked uber cool next to Farrah Fawcett’s or some similarly busty blonde.

In real life though it was a real clunker. The clutch could only be properly depressed by someone who had recently been in training for the World’s Strongest Man, maneuvering the shifter required a degree in physics and the ride was so rough that the term ‘spine tingling’ can’t be applied but ‘spine crushing’ would be highly appropriate. On the upside though the few remaining examples of the Countach still around today have aged a lot better than many other 80’s pinups..

1980 Ferrari Mondial 8

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Another child of the very early 1980s, the Ferrari Mondail 8 was a very half heated attempt on the company’s part to ‘reach out’ to the lower income market they usually never served. So the fact that the engine was 7-year-old 214 HP squib shoved into a badly redesigned 308 body is perhaps no surprise. Weird looking (even for the 80s) and a bad performer the Mondail 8 failed to impress anyone and Ferrari went back to doing what they do best; making cars you won’t be able to afford until you hit the lottery.

1990 Aston Martin Virage

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Good old James Bond may love his Astons but we guarantee he’d never been seen dead in this one. A rare misstep on Aston Martin’s part produced a mutated Frankencar that ‘boasted’ Audi headlights and VW Scirocco taillights and an interior filled with parts salvaged from GM, Ford and Jaguar. Even the automatic transmission was from Chrysler and the actual styling was pretty awful by Aston standards to boot. Not even badge prestige could save this one and it (mercifully) died a quick death so that the company could get back to better things.

2006 TVR Sagaris

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It’s a real shame that this is how iconic British automaker TVR – famous for cramming huge engines into wild bodies with gleeful abandon but somehow making it all work – had to go out. The Sagaris was not really ugly at all, but its handling was, laughably so. Add to that the fact that the build was truly shoddy and the reliability was zero the last car the company made was, sadly, really not one to remember.

2003 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

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Technically this should have been a sure fire winner. One of most successful teams in Formula One history in bed with one of the most iconic European automakers, on paper it sounded like the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren would be a supercar fan’s dream come true.

Sadly though it was not to be. The made for the road not the track body was bloated and awkward and the face almost downright ugly. The handling was poor, hampered by the fact that the car weighed a whopping for its class two tons. Constant disagreements between the two teams also resulted in a clumsy, poorly designed interior and overall the potential of such a stellar partnership was just never realized and it’s offspring died a quiet death very quickly.

Five Future Classic Cars That Are Great Investments Right Now

Still stunned by the prices some of those classics fetched at the Pebble Beach Auctions? What if you could pick up a used car right now that may one day hold a similar value, or at least be worth a lot more than you pay for it right now? And an investment in a car is obviously far more interesting than boring old stocks and shares and one with the potential to offer a higher – maybe far higher – return. And if nothing else you’ll have a beautiful car to show off with. Here are just five potentially high value suggestions:

Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider

Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider

The early 1600 series Duetto Spiders are truly fabulous cars in every way, from their ‘summer romantic’ looks to it’s delicate but nifty handling and excellent twin cam engine. They tend to be priced at around $20,000 – $25,000 right now (although we have seen them cheaper if you’re willing to put in a little work) but have the potential to be worth a great deal more in the future while also looking very pretty in or out of the garage.

BMW E46 M3 CSL

BMW E46 M3 CSL

This is a car that is already considered a ‘collectible’ as a mere 1,400 rolled off the line in a single model year – 2004 – and then were never produced again. The M3 is almost always a good bet and the E46 was certainly a very fine example of the class and the CSl was the very best of bunch. It is exceptionally lightweight and the paddle shift givers it a racing edge that is rather exhilarating. Finding a low mileage version of one of these babies might not be easy, but if you can you’ll be investing in pretty much a sure fire future classic.

BMW 3.0 CSL

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Sticking with the Germans, this Seventies gem is another classic in the making well worth keeping an eye out for. Great looks, great engine and fabulous performance, along with quite the impressive motorsport track record all set it up for a bright future on the classics market. Once again it was produced in limited quantities – 1,200 at most – mainly because it comes from an era when motorcars were still sold on a walk in basis – but good condition models are out there for $50,000 or so and while that sounds like quite a bit they have the potential to be worth a great deal more not too long from now.

Porsche 996 Turbo

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Yes, the Porsche 996 Turbo does suffer a little perhaps, reputation wise anyway, right now for the fact that it has very Boxter-esque front end styling but as a great example of a well engineered, does what its supposed to Porsche the 996 Turbo is currently highly underrated. And as the 930 and 993 Turbos continue to climb the value ladder into the stratospheric range a 996 would be a great investment to hedge your bets on right now.

Ferrari 365 GT 4 2+2

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We all know that Ferrari still dominates the high value classic car market – you only have to glance at the 2015 Pebble Beach Top to see that – and this four person may be one of the best ‘sleeper’ investments that can be made in a Ferrari right now.

It’s styling is something that some may raise a bit of an eyebrow at but it is a front-engined V12 from the classic Ferrari GT era and some huge sellers already carry that GT badge. You can also still pick up a decent model for less than $50,000 so if you wanted to get in on what may end up being quite the investment in Italian greatness then now’s the time to do it.