Jeremy Clarkson’s pal is Malta supercar rally crash driver whose Porsche ploughed into crowd

eremy Clarkson's pal is Malta supercar rally crash driver whose Porsche ploughed into crowd

A millionaire pal of Jeremy Clarkson was driving the £780,000 supercar that careered into a motor show crowd, injuring 28 people.

Multi-millionaire car fan Paul Bailey, 55, lost control of his Porsche 918 Spyder during the motor show in Malta.

Four of the injured are fighting for their lives in hospital in a critical condition and 15 others, including Mr Bailey, had to be treated in hospital.

A six-year-old girl and her mother were among the spectators seriously injured in the accident .

Witnesses said his 211mph Porsche 918 Spyder slammed into barriers after a back wheel hit the grass.

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One spectator who witnessed the carnage said: “The car was speeding down the taxiway when a back wheel went on the grass.

“The car spun out of control, went through the barriers where a large crowd was watching, and into the area of the static car exhibition.

“Many people were hit, there was chaos and screams.”

Mr Bailey, from Rutland, made his fortune in telephone conferencing and sold his company for £28million in 2012.

He became the first person to own the ‘Holy Trinity’ of supercars – an £866,000 McLaren P1, a £1.2million Ferrari LaFerrari and the 918 Spyder.

Mr Bailey loaned some of his 50 supercars to Top Gear when Clarkson hosted the programme.

Source: Mirror

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Rich kid set his Ferrari 458 Italia on fire because he wanted a new one

Rich kid set his Ferrari 458 Italia on fire because he wanted a new one

A Swiss millionaire officially has the brattiest child in the world. The man’s unnamed 20-year-old son intentionally set his $400,000 Ferrari 458 Italia on fire, hoping to get insurance money to buy the Italian company’s newer, better, faster model.

According to theNew York Daily News, the poor kid just wanted a new Ferrari and was too afraid to tell his father that his 458 was a horrible car in his eyes and that he desperately needed a new one, so he took things into his own hands.

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Let’s just take a second to think about the horrible situation the kid was in — not only was his Ferrari no longer the newest, best model he could buy, but he was only receiving $13,000 a month in allowance money. Oh, and the fact he only has 14 other cars, including peasant models like a Lamborghini. I mean, did he have any other option?

Lucky for him, he met a Ferrari salesman who recommended that because his current Ferrari wouldn’t cover the costs of the new one, he should just destroy it and get the insurance company to pay it off.

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So the kid, who is as equally as intelligent as the Ferrari salesman, then went out and hired two people, for close to $20,000 each to take his car through the nearby Swiss border into Germany and set it on fire. He even went and got a relaxing massage while this was all happening so he would have an alibi.

But unfortunately for our unlucky and hard-done-by 20-year-old, the whole act of arson was caught by pesky security cameras. Darn you security companies!

So now, his Ferrari has been completely destroyed, he’s getting 22 months probation and a $44,000 fine and he only has 14 cars left.

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Source: news.com.au

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Supercar Asbos: will Kensington and Chelsea Council’s crack down on noisy million pound motors make London less colourful?

Supercar Asbos: will Kensington and Chelsea Council's crack down on noisy million pound motors make London less colourful?

Curbing anti-social supercars in London’s most affluent areas will no doubt make our streets quieter. But will they become less colourful too? Phil Clarke from the London Evening Standard investigates…

Power-sliding round the corner, a pearl-coloured Maserati with diplomatic plates screeches off Hyde Park Corner and onto Grosvenor Crescent, an AMG Mercedes E63 hot in pursuit. With a crunch of gears and a perfectly executed five-point-turn, we add our slightly ailing white Nissan to the fray. Finally we’re on the trail of London’s super rich boy racers.

The Maserati leads the way as they speed onto Pont Street. They cross Sloane Street and continue up towards Beauchamp Place, breaking left onto Walton Street as the Merc, sporting Russian number plates, attempts to undertake, cutting across the pavement. They stop at traffic lights, and both cars impatiently rev their throttles, sending pigeons fluttering.

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Our people carrier, panting from trying to keep up, whirrs painfully. On green they’re off again, up Pelham Street and past South Kensington station. The AMG driver nearly loses control as he skids onto Onslow Square, just missing a grey delivery van. Unwilling to risk following further, we fall back and London returns to it’s normal pace, the unmistakable howl of exhaust reverb disappearing into the distance.

It is this noise that Kensington and Chelsea Council wants to stop. The last few years have seen a rapid rise in the phenomenon of wealthy car enthusiasts using the roads of Knightsbridge, Chelsea, Kensington and Belgravia as an unofficial street circuit. As prestigious as Monte Carlo, yet as accessible as a drive down the shops — if your local stores are Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana, that is.

The cars themselves are expensive, powerful and highly customised. Million pound cars capable of speeds over 200mph, clad in chrome wraparounds costing tens of thousands vie for pole position with Boris buses and Ocado delivery men.

The council has responded with “car asbos”, Public Spaces Protection Orders, which will be imposed on anyone racing, revving or playing loud music from their cars in the streets around the spiritual home of the London supercar scene: Harrods.

I spot a jewel-encrusted Mercedes, exactly the sort of thing that must send council employees apoplectic, and wait to meet its owner. It’s a thing of strange beauty, like the end-of-term prank on the boss’s car at a disco ball factory. Or possibly a Damien Hirst installation circa 2007.

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Finally it pays off and I hear keys jangle, but the owner isn’t quite what I was expecting. Not a Saudi Prince or Russian oligarch, ready to terrorise the local population with their wheel spins and endless revolutions, but a 21-year-old female fashion student.

Puppy-loving and self-confessed careful driver, Daria Radionova was given the car, a Mercedes CLS 350 worth £50,000, as a birthday present from her parents, who still live in their native Moldova. It has one million Swarovski crystals attached, individually stuck on by hand at a cost of over £35,000. “I brought experts over from Russia. There were four people doing it, and it took two months sticking them on one by one,” she explains.

The one thing I’ve been unable to find is any real evidence of the Arab and Russian wide-boy car fanatics of the kind Nick Paget-Brown, leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, warned of when he told the Standard: “the area has become a destination for boy-racers from the Gulf states”.

After several hours pacing the pavements of Hans Town I am yet to see anything but stationary supercars, the odd Saudi or Kuwaiti numberplate but certainly none of the aggression and antisocial behaviour the council hope to outlaw. Each car is constantly surrounded by tourists, snapping and selfie-ing away. While we were chatting to Daria one man came up to her driveable-glitterball to say thank you, telling us he brought his young son up to Harrods just to show him all the cars.

But then came the car chase, and having witnessed first-hand the reckless driving, not to mention racket, I can see why the council is keen to act. Yet thinking about Daria’s outrageous vehicle and the tourists milling round her, I wonder if our streets may be about to become a little quieter, but a bit less colourful too.

Source: London Evening Standard

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Millionaire petrol heads with ‘holy trinity’ of hypercars locked in a dispute with their neighbours

Millionaire petrol heads with 'holy trinity' of hypercars locked in a dispute with their neighbours

A millionaire couple known for being the only people in Britain to own the ‘holy trinity’ of hypercars are being sued by neighbours who accuse them of ruining the tranquillity of their rural East Midlands idyll with their supercar collection.

Paul and Selena Bailey live in scenic Rutland Water with their 50-plus supercars, each with a personalised numberplate, kept in two garages and a car park beneath their home.

In January that collection grew when in a single day the pair added a Porsche 918 Spyder and a Ferrari LaFerrari to the £866,000 McLaren P1 they already owned, giving them the £3million ‘holy trinity’ of so-called ‘hypercars’ – top-tier vehicles whose features, price and rarity sets them apart from ‘regular’ supercars.

But the couple, who sold their 45 per cent share in the communications company they founded – Worldwide Group Holdings – for £28million in 2012, are now being sued by neighbours Mick and Marilyn Blackwell, who run a campsite on the Hambleton peninsula which juts out into stunning Rutland Water nature reserve.

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According to Richard Gittins and Tim Rayment in The Sunday Times, the pair sold a house and land to the Baileys in 2005 for £675,000.

Their new neighbours set about building their dream home, thought to be worth more than £1million and which they named Serenity, before erecting two garages to store 34 of their amazing cars – to go with the 25 they keep in the car park below their house.

The garages were permitted to be built despite the fact the Blackwells were recently refused retrospective planning permission for showers and toilet blocks on their campsite.

Mr and Mrs Blackwell have now asked for damages from the Baileys and an injunction in a High Court writ claiming the couple have breached the conditions of the 2005 sale.

The Blackwells claim the Baileys agreed not to operate any trade or business from the home and to use it only as a single private dwelling and garage. They also allege the value of their house has fallen and their bucolic idyll is being blighted.

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The Halifax bank earlier this year named Rutland, near Nottingham, as having the highest quality of life of any rural area in the UK.

In response the Baileys, who raise money for charity by raffling rides in their cars, have told planners their incredible collection is a hobby, not a business, and have told solicitors to defend their position ‘regardless of legal costs’.

The claim also accuses Selena Bailey of running a wedding planning business, Serenity Weddings, from the house, adding that her website ‘also shows the defendants’ cars being used at various weddings’.

It is understood the Baileys deny all aspects of the claim. Their defence has not been made available and the allegations against them have not yet been tested in evidence before a judge.

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Source: Daily Mail

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Fast and Furious Qatar style: Millionaire businessman, 26, is addicted to supercars

Fast and Furious Qatar style: Millionaire businessman, 26, is addicted to supercars

Meet the young millionaire from Qatar who, at 26, has already owned a Bentley, a Ferrari and now drives a $270,000 Rolls Royce Ghost.

Mohammed Al Kubaisi quickly built up a large fortune when his father handed over the reins to the family business – and like any young man with wealth, he indulged in his passion.

But he has also opened up the world of supercars to the masses by congregating dozens of the coveted luxury vehicles at events in capital Doha.

Usually locked away in the garages of the extremely wealthy or glimpsed roaring the streets of Doha – or Knightsbridge – Mr Al Kubaisi decided to feed his addiction to supercars by gathering together various models, including McLarens, Lamborghinis and Ferraris, in one place, for fans to admire.

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He describes himself as ‘a fan of supercars’ and has owned an enviable fleet, including $235,000 Bentley Continental GT, a $221,000 (£140,000) Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and a Ferrari 458 Italia worth $240,000 (£160,000).

And his current ride is a powerful Rolls Royce Ghost – which comes with an eye-watering price tag of $270,000 (£175,000)/

Mr Al Kubaisi, who owns a small but successful real estate business which specialises in rentals for expats as well as a garage, said his events have been well received by Qatar’s wealthy car enthusiasts.

From a wealthy Qatari family, he moved to Denver, Colorado, to study at the age of 18. Now, back in Qatar, he is single, and spends his time with friends, playing soccer or with his supercars.

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He says the first event, in 2012, featured around 30 models which were scouted from friends and contacts – and some were even featured after being spotted on the streets of Qatar.

He said: ‘Our first event in 2012 was during Ramadan and it went well. We gathered around 30 vehicles including supercars and European models,’ said Mohammed.

‘We got all the cars from friends and contacts, and also from spotting them on the streets.

‘Our next event was held at Qatar Sports Club and was even bigger, we almost had too many cars, including McLarens, Lamborghinis, Ferraris and Mercedes.’

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Source: Daily Mail

Update: Teen Admits Jumping on Bonnet of £245,000 McLaren

Millionaire hunts teen who 'surfed' on £245,000 supercar and posted pics on Facebook

We recently wrote about the hunt for a teen who jumped on the bonnet of a £245,000 McLaren. The picture went viral on Facebook as users shared it asking if anyone knows the culprit.

The 17-year-old from Port Talbot, who can’t be named for legal reasons, has admitted criminal damage in a youth court after he was pictured standing on a McLaren 12C spider.

The owner of the luxury car had stopped off for food in Port Talbot, and parked the vehicle in an access road between Forge Road and a Tesco supermarket to watch it from where he was dining, but did not see the man standing on the bonnet.

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It was only when a friend later forwarded him the photo that he found out what had happened. The teenager appeared at youth court in Swansea, where he admitted the single charge.

But sentencing was adjourned until July 24, so that the cost of the damage could be properly established first.

Representing the defendant, James McKenna said: “There is no doubt the value will be a large amount, but exactly what has been done and how much it is going to cost is difficult to say.

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“We are being told by the owner that damage has been done, but I would like something from McLaren to tell us what the damage is.”

The identity of the defendant, who was accompanied by his grandmother, is protected because he is under the age of 18. He was released on bail to return later this month.

Source: South Wales Evening Post