Lily Allen in her Mini Cooper
MINI Cooper owners really enjoy expressing their individuality. It’s widely quoted that they add an average of $5,000 in factory and dealer installed options to customize their cars. Customizing one’s hair (like popstar Mini-owner Lily Allen, right) is probably a natural extension of this desire to stand out too. That said, Hummer owners are also known to be big spenders when it comes to accessorizing their vehicles and, call me crazy, but I speculate they aren’t loading up on pink hair dye at Walgreens.
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Gas prices cost Joel Madden…his arm!
I’ve seen the phrase “it’ll cost you an arm and a leg” used in reference to gas prices, but Joel Madden’s Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon appears to actually be consuming his arm. With a 25-gallon tank and gas mileage comparable to normal SUV with flat tires, it’s a given The G would try and consume his entire wallet; who knew it would cost him so much more. It makes a new case for going full service at the pump.
Is Busey on the Biofuel?
Given his often erratic behavior, Gary Busey has been accused of consuming a lot of substances, and I have a hunch he is on something new. He was out the other day in his old Mercedes-Benz, and to me Busey just looks like a guy running his engine on biofuel. No particular reason, not even sure this is a diesel, just a hunch. On an unrelated note, Gary Busey is my favorite actor, and I consider Under Siege to be a classic of unparalleled cinematic mastery.
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Word on the street is that diesel is where it’s at these days.
Hiltons, Hybrids, and Hydrogen Hondas
We love celebrity green car gossip. Paris Hilton (pictured, left) rocks a Yukon Hybrid. Matt Damon was seen recently in the all-electric Tesla Roadster. And now the LA Times just dropped word that Q'orianka Kilcher (pictured, right) is on the waiting list for the hydrogen Honda FCX Clarity. Never heard of Q'orianka Kilcher or the FCX Clarity? celebrity car Parade guarantee that this won’t be the last time you do. Q'orianka is a very up-and-coming actress and vocal humanitarian activist. As to the FCX Clarity? With its hydrogen propulsion system, George Jetson style, and only 200 planned, it’s bound to be one of the next hot green vehicles on the Hollywood wish list.
Ford Flex kicks it off in style
To customizers, the upcoming 2009 Ford Flex is like a blank canvas. It should follow that its launch party was held this past weekend at the working-Guggenheim of the custom car world…the West Coast Customs garage (of Pimp My Ride fame). The guest list was popping with appearance by Brian Deegan, Amare Stoudemire, and Xzibit, along with the whole West Coast Customs crew. The Flex was looking hot, but my favorite had to be the Mercedes-Benz S600 Shaq is having transformed into a convertible. Yes, those are suicide doors. (West Coast has built over 30 vehicles for him).
Robin Williams has some four-wheeled fun!
(and MyRide and its team of lawyers absolutely condemn it)
Maybe Robin Williams forgot that fellow comedian Bill Murray was once arrested for driving a golf cart on a public road while intoxicated. Or maybe Williams is filming a new movie (more than likely). Either way, we’re all for the utilization of electric vehicles in the name of reducing our nation’s dependence on foreign oil (a dependence which in itself is an intoxicated downhill golf cart joyride that will inevitably result in disaster).
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Is it a car or a glorified golf cart? Either way, the Smart fourtwo crash test is a little painful to watch. Enjoy!
Why Entourage is my favorite
A lot of spy photos are rolling in from the current set of HBO’s Entourage and it’s looking like the upcoming season will be as car-saturated as ever (this one was taken on Monday, E’s Aston Martin DB9 is looking dope as usual). For a great insight on how these cars make it on to the show, I stumbled upon from product placement firm UPP Entertainment Marketing regarding the “Ari Gold Lexus”.
CCP New Car Alert: Seal
Someone already went for the gold this summer, and I’m talking Beverly Hills, not Beijing. Not surprisingly, Seal has made numerous appearance on Celebrity Car Parade (Ferrari, Audi, etc.) because that dude has more rides than your local Enterprise. Check out his brand-new Bentley Azure ($329,000), which is Seal’s way of saying “you are not on my level."
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Please tell me you know what Stunt Factor is, because Seal’s new ride is a hands-down 5.
I’m Rick James!
Seeing a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe is rare (they only sent 253 into the street during 2007). Seeing the elusive Dave Chappelle in public is even rarer. Seeing Chris Tucker driving Dave Chappelle in a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe? Well add Jackie Chan to that mix and you have the makings of an incredible Rush Hour 4.
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The Drophead is one of the most elegant convertibles on the road. That’s $407,000 worth of elegance.
Rock star gives gas prices a thumbs down
Gas prices are stressing everyone, and when I say everyone I mean everyone, even super-model dating rock stars like the UK’s Pete Doherty. Doherty, well-known for his past relationship with Kate Moss and his close ties with Amy Winehouse, is giving gas prices a big thumbs down (literally). It costs him roughly $200 just to fill up his ’94 Jaguar XJ6, but according to an article in the UK Gazette & Herald, he isn’t about to trade it in for something more economical. Not like Doherty normally exhibits practical behavior or anything.
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Not all rock stars are sweating fuel prices. We just did a MyRide With on Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil and if he is worried about finding a more economical ride, his garage certainly isn’t reflecting it.
I spotted this gem of a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro in a parking lot in West Hollywood on Wednesday night. Guess which celebrity it belongs to? If you don't know, you'll have to check out our Los Angeles coverage of the 2008 Bullrun to find out. Even if you know the answer, check out our coverage anyways to see some of the hottest exotics to roll through Los Angeles since the 2004 Miss International Roller Derby competition.
New Car Alert: David Beckham
David Beckham gave his new ride, a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe, the "Beckham Treatment" including the requisite #23 stamped throughout the vehicle.
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This photo is of a “regular” Drophead at Rolls-Royce’s famed Institute for Acoustical Refinement in Stockholm.
New Car Alert: Lance Armstrong
We caught Kate Hudson and Lance Armstrong out shopping at a market in Brentwood, California yesterday, though it looks like the two have been recently shopping for something else…a new Toyota Highlander Hybrid! As far as I’m concerned, a guy who probably bikes more in a month than the average city-dweller drives in a year can buy whatever he feels like, but it's nice to see him stepping up and buying something greener anyway.
Happy Fourth of July!
I wanted to wish everyone a wonderful Fourth of July and hope you get to hit the road and travel a bit during this upcoming long weekend. Whether that means packing up the family minivan and heading to a state park, or hopping in a Mercedes-Benz S-Class on the tarmac of a private airstrip in the Basse-Normandie region of France (that would be you, George Clooney), be safe and take lots of pictures.
New Car Alert: Luke Wilson
First off, way to go Dodge on bagging the celebrity buyers with your new Challenger. Jay Leno obviously put one in his garage, Snoop Dogg was absolutely giddy when you gave him the keys, and apparently you made quite the impression on Luke Wilson who was tearing it up around Malibu this past weekend (right), presumably in one he recently bought for himself. Good luck converting the other Wilson brother out of his Prius though.
A-Rod, say goodbye to the Maybach
Alex Rodriguez’s wife Cynthia was spotted this morning hopping out of her $400,000+ Maybach 57S on the way to her gym. Just a hunch, but if Cynthia Rodriguez’s divorce from A-Rod goes through, I’m guessing she’ll demand the Maybach but pass on the custom license plate frame. In case you were curious, while Madonna is often spotted in the back of a Cadillac Escalade, she too rocks a Maybach, though it's a 62.
Gwyneth Paltrow’s hybrid truck
Gwyneth Paltrow’s driver and Chevrolet Tahoe were spotted outside the Waverly Inn in New York where Gwyneth was presumably eating dinner. Well do you hear that idling noise? No you don’t, because it’s a hybrid. Celebrities aren’t giving up the chauffeured-life anytime soon, but it’s inevitable that as relatively cleaner options of their favorite trucks become available (like the upcoming Cadillac Escalade Hybrid) they’ll be hopping in back faster than you can say carbon footprint.
Jump in front of Beckham’s Rolls-Royce? I'll pass.
I don’t spend a lot of time talking about the paparazzi that power Celebrity Car Parade (probably because I feel a bit guilty operating in their moral gray area), but how do you live through snapping a photo like this? At almost six tons and 453 horsepower, jumping in front of David Beckham’s Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe is like asking for face full of locomotive. And when the guy behind the wheel has a soccer-bred hair-trigger foot, why push your luck?
Paris Hilton’s new accessory
Looks like Paris Hilton has been shoe shopping, and I’m not talking Jimmy Choo, I’m talking about Asanti wheels, as in the new chrome sitting on Paris's GMC Yukon Hybrid. I’ve always thought that the 18” rims that come standard on the GMC Yukon Hybrid look weak, and personally I think Asanti has some of the best rims for trucks out there. I guess that Paris Hilton's fashion sense extends into the world of cars too. That said, like a pair of stilettos, this is a classic example of fashion over function. The stock rims on the GMC Yukon Hybrid are actually low-mass, aero-efficient, cast aluminum wheels which help improve fuel economy. Replacing them with 22” 3-piece forged rims probably isn’t helping the MPG side of the equation, but damn they look nice!
Rafael Nadal serves up a Mercedes
After his huge win at Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal took a beachside vacation in Majorca, which is the largest of Spain’s islands. While he has appeared in ads for Kia in the past, his girlfriend Xisca was like, “Rafi, if you pick me up in that Kia Sorento again I’ll dump you for Roger Federer.” Needless to say Nadal was rolling around town in a Mercedes SL500 this past weekend, girlfriend riding shotgun…that is until she finds out Federer rocks an SLR McLaren.
Celebrities flock to Project Eagle
Kelly Rowland was spotted today rolling up to the Lotus Project Eagle celebrity unveiling at the London Transport Museum. Appropriately enough she was riding in a Lotus Elise (the car’s color is “chrome orange” in case you were curious). What’s Project Eagle? It’s the code name for Lotus’s yet-to-be-named new sports car that has quickly become the new hotness for celebrities. Jay Leno, Jay Kay of Jamiroquai, Patrick Dempsey, and Kelly Rowland have all expressed interest in buying one when it comes out in the spring of 2009. Considering Lotus is only making 2,000, you're going to need a little celebrity muscle to get one.
An automotive duet: Lexus and Paul McCartney
Sir Paul McCartney and girlfriend Nancy Shevell hopped off a private jet in Quebec City, where Paul was performing in the city’s 400th anniversary celebration yesterday. Waiting for them was a Lexus LS600h. Coincidence? I think not. Lexus and Paul have a long history together including Lexus sponsoring McCartney’s ’05 U.S. tour, McCartney providing music for the Lexus RX400h launch, Lexus making a Paul McCartney-edition RX400h, and McCartney ordering his own Lexus LS600h for personal use. It’s one big Lexus-McCartney love fest, which again leads me to believe the waiting LS600h on the tarmac was no coincidence.
Celebrity Car Parade: Spied on the Set
Pop quiz…what’s wrong with this photo? Normal suburban household right? Then you notice the 2009 Volvo XC60 sitting in the driveway…a car that won’t be out in the U.S. till early 2009. That’s odd. Then you notice the license plate…Eagle State? What the hell is that? And then it hits you. You are staring at the driveway of 4353 Wisteria Lane, the home belonging to Susan Mayer of Desperate Housewives. This shot, taken from the set of the upcoming season reveals she will be rocking Volvo’s newest crossover, which is appropriate because Susan has always been a fan of Volvos (or should I say the show’s producers have always been a fan of the sponsorship). In the first episode Susan drives a 1983 Volvo 240 station wagon, and in subsequent seasons she is seen driving a Volvo XC70 (which I believe she drove into a lake). I dig the old-school Toyota FJ in the driveway too, and I'm speculating it belongs to her new man.
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