Sourced from one of my frequently visited websites, associatedcontents.com.  The article reported what celebrities’ favorite cars are. I am posting this article to let my readers, especially those who look up to the Hollywood stars because of many things, most particularly, automotive preference. Each list contains the names of celebrities seen driving them, plus, some information of the cars.

Here are what the article reported regarding top car favorites by the celebrities:

Eco-Friendly Celebrity Car Trends

The recent interest in the environment and global warming has led many celebrities to buy hybrid cars instead of high end luxury vehicles. These purchases undoubtedly are being used as both a political statement, as well as a personal choice based on a dedication to preserving the environment. Julie Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Daryl Hannah Leonardo DiCaprio, David Duchovny, Arianna Huffington and Billy Joel all own and drive hybrids. The Toyota Prius, an affordable $23,305, is a top choice among earth conscious celebrities.

Classic Cars

If you enjoy classic cars then you are in good company. Many of Hollywood’s heavy hitters are the owners and collectors of classic cars. Celebrities like Harrison Ford, hulk Hogan, Adam Sandler, Eminem, Nicolas Cage and Ken Griffey, Jr. all enjoy their classic cars. For the kings of classic car purchases you will want to look at the collections owned by Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld.

High Ticket Vehicles

Cars are used by many celebrities as a status symbol. The more a car costs, the bigger a statement the celebrity is able to make about their celebrity status. Just look at some of these purchases: Brittney Spear’s SLR McLarem Mercedes Benz cost about $450,000, Paris Hilton’s Bentley cost about $170,000, Madonna’s Maybach cost about $335,250, Shaquille O’Neals Rolls Royce Phantom cost about $328,750 and Lindsay Lohan’s Mercedes SL65 AMG cost about $185,000.

Size and Strength

SUVs and pickup trucks are other favorite vehicles for celebrities. The Range Rover is a particular favorite among Hollywood elites like Robin Williams, Chris Evert, Sean Connery and Charlize Theron. If you are in to trucks, then you will want to look at the Cadellac Escalade EXT that Anna Kournikova drives.

Custom Cars

The final category of celebrity cars is the custom car. A lot of celebrities customize their cars. They do this because they want to add special features to their vehicles, because they want a one-of-a-kind vehicle and because they can. Customization can range from anywhere from building a home entertainment system into the car’s design to installing a hot tub and mobile party area in the back of a limousine. Custom RVs and trailers are also popular. This customization project allows a star to take their home on the road when they are on location or shooting in the back lots of Hollywood.

The celebrities that own custom cars include: Ben Afflect, Liz Taylor, Charlie Sheen, Cher, Eddie Murphy, Whoopi Goldberg, Jane Fonda, Will Smith and Sylvester Stallone.

Celebrity Car Trends

Celebrity car choices are based on several factors. First of all they are made to show the world that they have made it as a celebrity. Usually one of the first big purchases that a celebrity makes once they hit the big time is an expensive or sporty car. I guess this is how most people would respond after getting their first million dollar paycheck. However, not all car purchases are made to show off. Some purchases are made because the celebrity simply likes the car’s design or because they are interested in making a political statement. What ever the reason is behind their car purchases celebrities really know how to drive in style and the rest of us can at least enjoy watching them drive by.

Number plates have been significant part providing identification to the vehicle as well as the driver registered as the owner. But these plates are more than just that. Many enthusiasts find a way to use plate numbers as something to create added level of looks. And that is the reason why plate number manufacturers have made it a point to design the auto bling as nicely as they can. But did you know that in celebrity, high-profile world, these plate numbers were used to express vehicle owners’ individuality. Check the following list of celebrities who made their vehicles more famous for wearing uniquely numbered plate numbers to see what I am talking about:

MB1 – Max Bygraves

Max Bygraves owned his beloved MB 1 number plate along with the Rolls Royce it was on for over 30 years. He was approached by many prospective purchasers but he always declined to sell MB 1. Eventually, regtransfers.co.uk acquired the registration in 1999. In 2002 it changed hands again and was sold to someone in London. Bygraves is perhaps best known for the famous radio programme ‘Educating Archie’ and for TV’s ‘Singalongamax’ and ‘Family Fortunes’.

MAG 1C – Paul Daniels

Paul Daniels doesn’t claim to have a great interest in private number plates, but many years ago, while working as a civil servant, he worked out the number plate combination MAG 1C. When Paul started to enjoy some success as a magician, he was offered the plate on a Mini. He turned it down believing it couldn’t possibly be genuine. It wasn’t until 1985 that a friend told Paul that MAG 1C was for sale, on a Ferrari. He discovered the plate had indeed been issued – to a Scottish Councillor, who’d had it on a Mini! So, he bought the plate with the Ferrari.

COM 1C – Jimmy Tarbuck

Jimmy Tarbuck was born in Liverpool on February 6 1940, the son of a bookmaker. He’s the envy of every comedian in the UK with his number plate COM 1C.

H41 RDO – Nicky Clarke

He is hairstylist to the stars, and for the film, TV, fashion and music industries. To reflect this Nicky tracked down the perfect registration – H41 RDO. The ultimate hair stylist now has the ultimate number plate!

MRD 1Y – Tommy Walsh

Tommy Walsh is probably the UK’s best loved DIY TV presenter, so what better number plate for him than MRD 1Y. The registration is still on the Tommy’s famous Ground Force lorry, even though the programme has ended.

EH 1 – Engelbert Humperdinck

Engelbert Humperdinck has been the proud owner of EH 1 for many years now and the registration is displayed on his classic Rolls Royce Corniche. In 2005, his wife Patricia and friend David Spradbury bought the registration 25 AGD for Engelbert’s birthday, to represent his real name – Arnold George Dorsey.

S8 RRY – Robbie Williams

8 RRY was sold to Robbie Williams to put on his new Ferrari. ‘Sorry’ was a message to his fans for spending so much money on a car. In the end Robbie decided to buy a moped instead.

1 JM, JM 1 and JM 2- John Madejski

John Madejski is listed number 168 in the latest Sunday Times Rich List. As well as property and hotel developments, his other business interests include publishing ventures around the world and the Goodhead group, which publishes every telephone directory in Britain. Recently, his beloved Reading Football Club has been promoted to the Premiership for the first time in the club’s history. He is worth £325m and has the number plates to match his status.

AMS 1 – Sir Alan Sugar

The son of a Hackney tailor, Sir Alan Sugar is estimated to be worth £760m. Sir Alan is now probably best known for fronting the reality show “The Apprentice” which is currently being shown on BBC 2. His personal number plate, AMS 1, can be seen on his Rolls-Royce in the programme’s opening sequence.

CHU 8B – Chris Tarrant

Chris Tarrant, TV quiz-master and keen angler, was over the moon when he tracked down his perfect registration, CHU 8B. The registration represents Chris’s favourite freshwater fish. Although he repeatedly turned down the opportunity to acquire a personal CT registration from a friend at a very attractive price some years ago, during his TISWAS days, Chris was hooked (excuse the pun) by the idea of a number to reflect his favourite pastime.

Tonight Show` host Jay Leno`s predilection for performance cars is no secret, but many fellow enthusiasts may not know that he is keenly interested in alternative fuels. To prove that red-blooded power mixes easily with a touch of green, Leno partnered with Pratt & Miller – the engineering company that builds and campaigns C6.R Corvettes – to develop a modified Corvette Z06 that is capable of running on E85 ethanol. It was unveiled at the 2007 SEMA Show.

More than merely a conversion of the stock LS7 engine to E85 capability, Leno`s alternative-fuel supercar is powered by a custom, 8.2L (500-cubic-inch) all-aluminum small-block V-8 that pumps out approximately 600 horsepower and 585 lb.-ft. of torque. “The C6RS is the result of an idea we hatched to prove that high-performance cars and alternative fuel technology weren`t diametrically opposed concepts,” said Leno. “I love the idea of having 600 horsepower at my disposal, but using a homegrown alternative to gasoline.”

The engine is built around a custom aluminum cylinder block that was CNC-milled from a single block of billet aluminum. And while the cylinder heads, intake system and dry-sump oiling system are stock LS7 components, the engine – which has larger bore and stroke dimensions than the 7.0L (427-cubic-inch) LS7 – uses a one-off reciprocating assembly, including a forged steel crankshaft, forged rods and forged pistons. Katech Engines, the company that builds engines for the Corvette C6.R racing program, developed the engine.

The fuel system and engine control computer were modified to accommodate E85, and spent gases exit through a Corsa exhaust system. Supporting the 600-horse engine`s power is a blueprinted and strengthened T-56 six-speed transmission and a high-performance Centerforce dual-friction clutch.

C6.R inspiration
On the outside, Leno`s bad and black C6RS emulates the styling of C6.R racecars, with wider front and rear fenders and a wider rear fascia with an integrated spoiler on top and a racing-style diffuser at the bottom (the diffuser incorporates an LED-lit backup lamp). A C6.R-style waterfall hood front fender louvers, rockers and lower grille opening further define this special Corvette – and all of the car`s front-end panels are made of carbon-fiber, including custom brake air ducts routed through the front fenders. With all of its body modifications, Leno`s C6RS is 1.6 inches wider than stock.

The C6.R`s – and production Corvette`s – aerodynamically styled bodywork is designed to slice efficiently through the wind, which helps enhance fuel mileage. The race-ready look of the car is enhanced with a quartet of BBS wheels that feature racing-type locking center hubs. The forged aluminum 18-inch front wheels and 19-inch rear wheels ride on Michelin P295/30ZR18 and P345/30ZR19 tires, respectively.

Adding authenticity to the car`s custom bodywork was the involvement of Pratt & Miller. The company took on the task of crafting Leno`s Corvette into a street-going replica of the racecars, which included installing or fabricating a host of unique components, including:
* A custom DeWitt high-capacity radiator with dual cooling fans
* A carbon-fiber ram-air induction system
* Carbon-fiber inner fender panels that vent hot air from the engine compartment
* Brembo brakes with six-piston mono-block calipers in front and four-piston rear calipers
* Dyna-Mat used throughout the cabin and chassis to reduce interior noise

While the exterior and drivetrain were inspired by the racetrack, the C6RS`s cabin exudes luxury, with premium touches and enhancements from Genuine Corvette Accessories that include a two-tone shift knob and boot; leather-covered console armrest, parking brake handle and boot; an interior trim kit, racing-style pedal covers and more.

With its 600 horses on tap and domestically produced E85 fuel in the tank, Jay Leno`s alternative-fueled C6RS is an all-American supercar that proves high performance and environmental consciousness go together like the Corvette and checkered flags.

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It’s is frustrating to see the following cars ending up crashed and wrecked; but, we all know, money is never an issue with these big Hollywood stars. So, what do we do when we see these wrecked machines? We simply shrug them off because next thing you’d know, owners of these cars will have new ones in there garage as if no money was wasted with the wrecks:

Here, I want my readers to look at these ultra-expensive celebrity cars which happened to lose their luck and ended up far from the stylish and fast automobiles that they were:

1. A magenta Lamborghini Diablo SE30 was in possession of Jay Kay, the leadsinger of Jamiroquai …Until he lost control when trying to turn and was thrown onto the edge of the road. The result? £750 fine and picture below:

Top 10 Most Expensive Cars Crashes of All Time

2. Lindsay Lohan lost her Mercedes-Benz CLK-350 when she was trying to escape the paparazzi. Well, as you can see Lindsay now driving another car, you it is obvious she doesn’t care a bit.

Top 10 Most Expensive Cars Crashes of All Time

3. Mr. Kerimov, listed as one of the richest individuals by Forbes, lost his Ferrari Enxo when he was driving in the rain. He ran into the tree near the seashore in Nice, France. He was traveling at high speeds, which are not allowed at the area, not permitting speeds faster than 35 miles/hour. Suleyman Kerimov, 40, is a Duma Member, and worth $7.1 billion treasure. Here is the picture of the wrecked machine:

Top 10 Most Expensive Cars Crashes of All Time

4. also included in the list is the one of the most expensive car crashes happened on Dec 15th of 2002. A Norwegian carrier sank down crashing into a container ship at the English Channel, which was always known as a foggy place. It cost about 3000 luxury cars amounting to 30 million £. Since it happened on a bad weather, saving these multi-million cars from the bottom of the sea was impossible. Saabs, BMWs, and Volvos were reported to be in the great mishap. Crews were alive.

5. It is funny but comedians also cry… when his multi-million dollar car got wrecked to pieces. This was what happened with the famous Mr. Rowan Atkinson, or the more famous Mr. Bean. In case you don’t know it, Rowan is a car collector since 1981. Unfortunately, the car involved in the mishap is one of the most expensive cars in the world, the McLarein F1. He was driving the car when he suddenly crashed into a woman’s Rover Metro in 1999.

Top 10 Most Expensive Cars Crashes of All Time

6. Nick Bolea Hogan, Hulk Hogan’s son, 17, is the next victim. He lost control while driving his Toyota Supra on August 27, 2007 and ran into a palm tree. The result can be seen below:

Top 10 Most Expensive Cars Crashes of All Time

7. Now, the most expensive car crash happened in Beverly Hills. It was reported that a cool $1 billion was lost due to this great mishap. The reason for losing a flock of Enzo Ferraris, Bentley Bizarrini, McLaren F1s, Maseratis, Lamborghini Diablo, Aston Martin, Porsche Boxter, Bugatti Cobra, Jaguars, and other ultra-expensive cars was due to a tramp trying to cross the street in the wrong place. Some said that it was because of the thin fog. Whatever is the reason, it doesn’t change the fact that the greatest car lost happened during that accident.

8. Orlando Bloom is next to the list. Although he remained safe and sound after the crash on October 12th, his two female passengers were injured and taken to the hospital. They were tested negative for drugs or alcohol. But the crash happened on their way to night club. The 30-yr old actor, went crashing into a parked car.

Top 10 Most Expensive Cars Crashes of All Time

9. A Lamborghini went up the wrecked air in California. Martin Gegenfurtner, 21-yr old, went into the same dilemma when his Murcielago went into a 90-degree turn on a dry and straight road. The car purled and jumped upside down in the woods.

Lamborghini Murcielago

Top 10 Most Expensive Cars Crashes of All Time

10. Bugatti Veyron, the fastest and most expensive car, went into wreck in Britain. It wasn’t owned by a star, nor a drunken celebrity, but the car was destroyed. Some $1.6 million were lost with this unfortunate incident.

Bugatti Veyron

Top 10 Most Expensive Cars Crashes of All Time

Continuation of the previous post sourced from this site

Enzo sacrificed to plug movie

Crashing a Ferrari Enzo has to be embarrassing. But crashing an Enzo in front of TV cameras when trying to plug a movie takes shame to another level. Such was the fate of comedian Eddie Griffin (no, we hadn’t heard of him either) who’d been drafted in to promote the film Redline (no, we haven’t heard of it either) by driving the Enzo around a coned-off circuit for the benefit of the cameras. Unsurprisingly the clip spread like wildfire on the internet, leading some cynics to speculate the crash had been staged for just this reason and give the film some free worldwide publicity. Staged or not, the Enzo was a mess.

Bob Geldof v MSN

Another Lexus hybrid driving celebrity, at least Geldof is honest for his motives for jumping on the bandwagon – he simply wanted to avoid the congestion charge. A pity he didn’t also avoid running into one of our own, MSN man Andrew Quinn, who was riding his motorbike through Chelsea and suddenly found himself confronted with Geldof’s unexpectedly U-turning Lexus. Quinn suffered a broken leg and other injuries as a result of the collision and Geldof, whilst expressing shock at what had happened, played down accusations he hadn’t been paying attention. Geldof still has his hybrid and recently joined a debate on their implications for green motoring – hosted by Lexus.

Lindsay Lohan x 2

Like Paris Hilton, starlet Lindsay Lohan has made several appearances over the year on account of driving mishaps, both in the gossip columns and the courts. And it seems Sunset Boulevard was the downfall of both, Lohan crashing her Mercedes SL65 AMG into a kerb there and being charged with DUI. Bad enough in itself but traces of cocaine were also allegedly found in the car. You’d think after that Lohan might have kept a low profile but just two months later she was charged with DUI and possession of cocaine once again. Nothing like learning from your mistakes.

George Clooney’s chopper cropper

Worried that he might fall off and cause himself a schedule busting mishap producers of George Clooney’s latest film had apparently told him not to use his motorbike. Ever the rebel, Clooney ignored the request. But the producers’ fears were realised when the ex ER star and girlfriend Sarah Larson were side-swiped by a motorist while riding his Harley Davidson in New Jersey. Clooney broke a rib and Larson injured her foot but both laughed the incident off on the red carpet shortly afterwards, Larson combining a little black dress with bandages and crutches to great effect.

Gordon Ramsay rammed

Potty-mouthed chef Gordon Ramsay has had his share of flash cars, with a particular thing for Ferraris. And he’s also no stranger to controversy, whether for his abrasive style or playing his part in the ongoing debate about TV fakery. One incident that definitely wasn’t mocked up was his coming together with a Scottish farmer during filming for The F Word. The pair were attempting to herd buffalo in two 4x4s in a segment for the show when they got a bit carried away and managed to run in to each other. No chefs, farmers or animals were hurt in the incident, which wasn’t broadcast.

This article is sourced from cars.uk.msn.com

All motorists now live in fear of the camera’s flash but while most of us only have the odd Gatso to worry about the rich and famous live under the unblinking eye of the paparazzi. Make so much as an illegal u-turn and you’re front page news, but even celebrities’ car buying choices are now scrutinised and assessed by the voracious gossip columns and celebrity websites. So here are 10 examples of famous people getting into the headlines because of their cars in 2007. There are sure to be plenty more to follow in the future.

Paris Hilton drives into jail

Between them Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears have accounted for a huge number of celebrity/car mishap stories in 2007. From DUI incidents (stateside code for drunk driving) to fender benders or, ah, clothing ‘mishaps’ when getting out of cars all have made regular appearances in the gossip columns. But the Hilton heiress’ failure to learn from her previous mistakes actually landed her in jail, after she was caught in her Bentley speeding up Sunset Boulevard after dark with her lights off. Not too clever by any stretch but coming a month after being caught driving while suspended the authorities lost patience and she was jailed for 45 days.

Iain Banks goes green

Celebrated author Iain Banks of The Wasp Factory fame is known for dramatic gestures – in protest at the invasion of Iraq he cut up his passport and sent the remains to Tony Blair. His latest campaigning gesture was perhaps a little less thought out though. A famous petrolhead, he chopped in his much loved car collection for a hybrid. Included in the sell-off were two Porsches and the BMW M5 used in his tour of Scotland’s whisky distilleries in his book Raw Spirit. Nothing wrong with taking a stand but the fact he swapped these fantastic cars for the ugly and not actually that green Lexus LX400h SUV was a bit of an own goal.

Footballers in speeding row

Flash motors and footballers are a recipe for disaster and crashes, speeding fines and other mishaps are all too common when the two are combined. Things got serious this year though when England star Teddy Sheringham (pictured) and a number of other premiership players were accused of giving false details when their cars were caught by speed cameras. Sheringham escaped with a caution after being charged with perverting the course of justice. Stoke City player Vincent Pericard was less fortunate though, serving a five-week prison sentence for saying it was his father driving when his car was snapped by a speed camera.

Beckham’s X5 stolen

David Beckham has a taste for flash cars and, like many footballers, has a load of cars at his disposal. That fleet was somewhat diminished, however, after an armoured X5 SUV was stolen while he was living in Spain in his previous job at Real Madrid. This year the car was alleged to have surfaced in Macedonia, where it was being used by a government minister! The Macedonian police claimed the car had changed hands 20 times in Spain, before ending up as official government transport, denying any knowledge of the car’s previous owner. Beckham’s grief at the loss must have been relatively short lived though after Audi apparently gave him a brand new Q7 when it heard of the theft.

Jack Bauer does jail time

Star of TV show 24, Kiefer Sutherland has been caught for drunk driving before. So when he was found DUI after leaving a Hollywood party in September he can’t have been too surprised to receive a 48-day jail sentence and extended alcohol awareness counselling. Initially Sutherland had hoped to split the jail term in two to enable him to honour film commitments on 24 but the Hollywood writer’s strike means he’ll be serving it one hit and spending Christmas behind bars. Indeed, what with bush fires destroying sets and its lead character now in jail the striking script writers might not be needed after all. 24: The Reality Show? It could happen.

Motorpoint, the United Kingdom’s leading car supermarket, has announced and published the latest survey results for car wash poll. Read the rest of the entry to find out who went topped and those who were included in the results. This article was sourced from the website, automotoportal.

Anna Kournikova grabbed the top spot as the celebrity that most people would like to see wash their car. Kournikova was the tennis ace, singled by the readers and consumers who took the survey as the ‘Car Wash Belle’. The poll was a nationwide and had men pick female celebrities whom they want most to be on their driveway with a bucket and sponge cleaning their vehicle.

Cristina Aguilera (23%), who ironically released a single ‘Car Wash’ a few years ago, grabbed the next spot. She was joined by the actress, Scarlet Johansson (16%).

In the same study, Johnny Depp, got the top spot in “Car Wash Hunk” poll. The star of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ was singled out by the female voters, giving 25% of the vote. While fellow actors George Clooney got the second spot with 22%, and Ewan McGregor with 12%. Welsh rugby star Gavin Henson was voted the least popular with 1%.

The Exact Summary of results were

Favourite female celebrity

1. Anna Kournikova 27%

2. Christina Aguilera 23%
3. Scarlett Johansson 16%
4. Eva Longoria 11%
5. Jessica Alba 8%
6. Megan Fox 5%
7. Hayden Panettiere 4%
8. Abbey Clancy 3%
9. Rachel Bilson 2%
10. Mischa Barton 1%

Favourite male celebrity

1. Johnny Depp 25%
2. George Clooney 22%
3. Ewan McGregor 12%
4. David Beckham 10%
5. Jonny Wilkinson 7%
Daniel Craig 7%
Brad Pitt 7%
6. Orlando Bloom 5%
7. Jenson Button 4%
8. Gavin Henson 1%