Qatari supercar owner admits: ‘We make too much noise’

Qatari supercar owner admits: 'We make too much noise'

A wealthy “boy-racer” from the Middle East welcomed the proposed crackdown on anti-social driving in Knightsbridge and admitted “we make too much noise.”

Kensington and Chelsea council chiefs plan to introduce “car-Asbos”, making it a criminal offence for drivers to rev their engines, rapidly accelerate or play loud music in the neighbourhood.

The move follows years of roaring engines and squealing tyres on summer nights on the streets around Harrods that have blighted the lives of local residents. Now drivers of the imported “pimped up” supercars – often covered in gold or crystals – face prosecution and fines.

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One supercar owner told the Standard he accepted the noise from their cars had been causing problems.

Mohammed Al Kubaisi, 26, a millionaire businessman from Qatar, has driven his Bentley, Ferrari, Rolls Royce Ghost, and now his Aston Martin Vanquish around the streets of Knightsbridge.

But he said: “We need to respect the UK law and the people that live here. We do make too much noise with our cars and we are visitors here so if the law is made we will abide by it.”

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The planned Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) would be imposed on the Brompton and Hans Town wards of Knightsbridge, which includes Harrods and the streets around it.

Breaches of the PSPO will lead to fines and potential prosecution. Repeated breaking of the rules will lead to cars being seized by police and impounded.

The order would make it illegal for motorists to perform any of 11 different activities: revving engines; speeding; sudden or rapid acceleration; driving in convoy; racing; leaving the engine of a stationary vehicle to run idle; performing stunts; sounding horns; playing music; using threatening, intimidating behaviour; causing an obstruction on the road, whether moving or stationary.

Qatari supercar owner admits: 'We make too much noise' Qatari supercar owner admits: 'We make too much noise' Qatari supercar owner admits: 'We make too much noise'

Source: Evening Standard

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Politicians Want Supercar Asbos

Politicians Want Supercar Asbos

Local authorities want a crackdown on ‘anti-social’ supercar owners, despite providing support for UK economy, says Mike Rutherford.

Still dreaming of owning that new or used supercar? Good on you. If you’ve saved up, inherited a few quid or won the lottery, why not? Not only will a dream car purchase make you happy, HM Treasury will be smiling, too. After all, consumers buying high-ticket items help prop up the UK economy.

You could stay true to your childhood desires and acquire the keys to a Porsche or Ferrari. Or you might decide to be a little less predictable and more adult by backing Britain and British workers – investing in something like a homegrown Aston Martin, Bentley or top-end Jaguar.

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Either way, ownership of such expensive kit means you’ll contribute tens, scores or hundreds of thousands to Treasury coffers in VAT on the vehicle, fuel and insurance duties, road fund licences, plus yet more VAT on fuel, servicing, repairs and the like.

But instead of thanking you for supporting the economy, some local authority politicians are talking of crackdowns and ‘supercar Asbos’ for some of the people who drive them.

Kensington and Chelsea Council in London reckons “they have a detrimental effect to the local community’s quality of life”. Never mind that some supercar dealers and owners work, live in and are part of this community. The threat is these supercar locals (and others from outside) will commit criminal offences if they, for example, rev engines, play music, rapidly accelerate, drive in convoy, leave cars running when stationary or beep horns.

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Councillor Tim Ahern insists: “We want to take steps to discourage these drivers from their anti-social behaviour.” Nick Paget-Brown, leader of the council, goes further by saying some “can be heard right across the neighbourhood”. He argues: “The best way forward is the PSPO.”

The what? It’s a Public Spaces Protection Order. And a supercar driver who breaches it faces everything from fines to the seizure, impounding and crushing of his dream machine. Mark my words: once drivers of the fastest and most expensive cars have been hit with PSPOs, more humble performance models – hot hatches, perhaps – will be next.

Meanwhile, it seems that moped riders, plus operators of buses, lorries and refuse trucks, can continue to idle and be as anti-social or loud as they like. Honestly, it’s one set of rules for them, an entirely different and more draconian set for car drivers.

Do you agree with supercar Asbos? Let us know what you think in the comments…

Source: Auto Express

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Supercar Season: Middle Eastern millionaires and their gas guzzlers hit London

Supercar Season: Middle Eastern millionaires and their gas guzzlers hit London

Middle-Eastern millionaires have descended on London with their shiny supercars, annoying the locals with their noisy anti-social antics and picking up a wad of parking tickets along the way.

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Dozens of rich petrolheads visit the capital each year for their summer holidays in what is known as ‘The Season’. Here are some of the most outrageous vehicles seen this ‘season’.

A Lamborghini Aventador (from £256,000)

A Lamborghini Aventador (from £256,000)

A Bugatti Veyron (approx £1,400,000) with a parking ticket (up to £130) outside Harrods

A Bugatti Veyron (approx £1,400,000) with a parking ticket (up to £130) outside Harrods

A Lamborghini Aventador (about £260,000) and an Alexander Dennis Enviro 400H double decker bus (about £300,000)

A Lamborghini Aventador (about £260,000) and an Alexander Dennis Enviro 400H double decker bus (about £300,000)

A gold Ferrari 458 (from £153,000) and a red Ferrari F12 (also from £153,000) outside Harrods

A gold Ferrari 458 (from £153,000) and a red Ferrari F12 (also from £153,000) outside Harrods

Source: Telegraph

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Which supercar matches your Premier League 2015/16 club?

Which supercar matches your Premier League 2015/16 club?

Fast cars and footballers. From gold-plated Cadillac Escalade (El Hadji Diouf) to camouflage-wrapped Bentley Continental GTC (Mario Balotelli), it’s a match that is in a stratospheric league of its own.

The boys of the Premier League just love their classy wheels, and playing in the wealthiest competition in the world, they can afford to indulge their every motoring whim.

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As powerful cars play such a pivotal role for the players of the elite teams, we decided to award each club a power-packed motor of its own.

Here is the Prem’s 2015-2016 line-up in alphabetical order.

Arsenal – Koenigsegg One:1

Arsenal - Koenigsegg One:1

 

Aston Villa – Jaguar F-Type

Aston Villa - Jaguar F-Type

 

Bournemouth – Subaru Impreza WRX STi

Bournemouth - Subaru Impreza WRX STi

 

Chelsea – McLaren P1

Chelsea - McLaren P1

 

Crystal Palace – BMW i8

Crystal Palace - BMW i8

 

Everton – BAC Mono

Everton - BAC Mono

 

Leicester – Noble M600

Leicester - Noble M600

 

Liverpool – Lamborghini Huracan

Liverpool - Lamborghini Huracan

 

Manchester City – Bugatti Veyron

Manchester City - Bugatti Veyron

 

Manchester United – LaFerrari

Manchester United - LaFerrari

 

Newcastle – Honda NSX

Newcastle - Honda NSX

 

Norwich – Lotus Evora GT4

Norwich - Lotus Evora GT4

 

Southampton – Porsche 918 Spyder

Southampton - Porsche 918 Spyder

 

Stoke – Audi R8

Stoke - Audi R8

 

Sunderland – Nissan Skyline GT-R

Sunderland - Nissan Skyline GT-R

 

Swansea – Mercedes-AMG GT

Swansea - Mercedes-AMG GT

 

Tottenham – Pagani Huayra

Tottenham - Pagani Huayra

 

Watford – Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale

Watford - Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale

 

West Bromwich Albion – Range Rover Sport

West Bromwich Albion - Range Rover Sport

 

West Ham – Aston Martin One-77

West Ham - Aston Martin One-77

Source: Rossendale Free Press

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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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There’s never been a better time to buy a personalised number plate

There's never been a better time to buy a personalised number plate

With new legislation coming into place in March – which scrapped the annual certificate retention fee for owning a personalised plate – there has never been a better time to add some bespoke digits to your car’s bumpers.

Over the years, auctions have sold an array of creative name plates at top dollar prices, including many supercar-inspired examples, such as a ‘650 S’ plate last year that sold for £40,250 to a very wealthy McLaren owner.

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There is a lot of buzz around the 488 FER plate coming up for sale at a DVLA auction, referring of course to the Ferrari 488, which has a reserve price of £1,200. Other available car-related plates include a ‘570 S’ plate, referring to the McLaren 570S and carrying a £2,500 reserve, and ‘911 FAN’, a dream plate for anyone who loves the Porsche 911 – reserve stands at £1,200.

Unrelated to the automotive world, other available plates include ‘COS 57A’, referring to the Costa Coffee chain, ‘RE64 TTA’, promising to be popular with sailors and rowers, and ‘CH 3353’, for any of those with an appetite for a certain dairy cuisine. There are of course the usual flurry of name plates, including ‘CHL 30E’, ‘JO14 NNE’ and ‘KR15 TEN’.

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Matthew Dainton, of DVLA Personalised Registrations, said: “Personalised registrations with direct links to supercars always prove hotly contested sales and, well, there aren’t many names bigger than Ferrari, Porsche, McLaren and Mercedes-Benz. Here we have lots reflecting cars in the same auction.”

Source: CarKeys.co.uk

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Lamborghini and Bentley supercars worth £350,000 crash in the same town on same night

Lamborghini and Bentley supercars worth £350,000 crash in the same town on same night

A Lamborghini and a Bentley supercar worth an eye-watering £350,000 crashed in the same small town on the same night.

First, a high-powered Lamborghini Gallardo smashed through a barrier at a Morrison’s car park in Grays, Essex, just before 2am. The glittery top-of-the-range sports car was seen stuck in a hedge with its rear bumper loose.

Then photographer Daniel Patch also spotted another powder blue Bentley Continental GT whose front grill had been smashed in. Daniel, 36 from Grays, said: “I wouldn’t want to pick up the repair bill for either of them.

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“I’d heard some tasty sounding engines when I was sat in my lounge and – being a car nut – got off my sofa to have a look. I heard the car coming back from Grays town centre so grabbed my phone in anticipation.

“That was when I saw the Lamborghini coming around the corner. It was a little greasy from some light rain and it just span it off through a small wooden fence and into the hedgerow. As soon as I saw the crash, I stopped recording and called 999.”

When Daniel went to bed at 5am he saw a low loader come to pick up the Lamborghini but doesn’t know what happened to the Bentley.

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Source: Mirror

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