Money makes people do a lot of things that can appear strange on the surface. Some people collect antique art while others spend it chasing the thrill of gambling, though the latter is reserved for the truly adventurous souls. In Canada, especially, there are lots of places where people can indulge in this particular pastime, thanks to the liberal gambling laws here.
Everything from super deluxe luxury casino resorts to a simple $1 deposit casino is available to the industrious gambler. With the recent acceptance of single-game sports betting into the fold of gambling, online casinos might soon become a booming business in the Great White North. But what will you do when you win that jackpot? What would you spend it all on?
Here’s a suggestion: cars. Who doesn’t like cars? Vintage cars, sports cars, supercars, hypercars, there are a lot of different kinds of automobiles with which to start a collection. In this article, Kevin N. Cochran is here to showcase the collections of a few celebrities to kickstart your own car collection.
Who else could the list start with? Jay Leno sits on what could possibly be the largest celebrity car collection ever with reportedly 181 cars and 160 motorcycles. Nobody knows for sure the actual number because he buys and sells on a regular basis to keep his vehicles from idling or going bad.
Suffice it to say – when you have enough vehicles to make your own automobile show, then you’ve got it made as a car collector. This is made evident by the fact that his collection is worth $50 million, while the man himself is worth about $350 million. Now that’s a collection!
Over his life, the legendary British comic has played many roles – Johnny English, Mr. Bean, Edmund Blackadder, you take your pick. Voted one of the fifty funniest British actors of all time, Rowan Atkinson is famed for his funnies, but he is no stranger to being fast.
How can he be when his collection consists of items like the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato, Acura NSX, Aston Martin DB2, 1939 BMW 328, as well as the legendary McLaren F1? It is in this McLaren that Atkinson ran into a tree, injuring the car more than it did him, but that did nothing to lessen the man’s passion for automobiles.
Stefani Germanotta, more famously known as Lady Gaga, has a career spanning multiple media platforms. An acclaimed singer, she has also ventured into the world of film, making her a true artist. However, she is also an avid and passionate collector of classic auto.
Don’t believe it? Well, then, let’s take a short look at some of the cars she has in her garage, shall we? A 1965 Lincoln Continental Convertible, a ‘67 Ford Mustang, a ‘67 Ford Bronco, a ‘69 Chevy Nova SS, a 1970 Chevrolet El Camino, an ‘83 Mercedes W123 300D, a 1990 Rolls-Royce Corniche III, and a 2017 Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 coupe, just for a change.
The first thing that flits across your mind when you hear the name Ralph Lauren must be jeans. Or something associated with the world of fashion. You would be totally justified for thinking that, too. Though he is not famous for being a connoisseur of automobiles, Ralph Lauren definitely is, as his $300 million collection shows.
Among the many beauties warming his garage are a 1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Spyder, a 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, a 1957 Jaguar XKSS, a 1938 Alfa Romeo Mille Miglia Spyder, a 1929 Bentley 4 ½ Litre Blower, a 1933 Bugatti Type 59 Grand Prix, and a 1964 Ferrari 250 GTO. This collection is a dream, and there are no two ways about it.
If you can’t see him, you will definitely see his impressive wheels. 16-time WWE champion turned actor John Cena has a whole fleet of quirky old American cars that will make you stand and gawk. Why else do you think he fits so well in the Fast & Furious franchise?
He likes the models that most other people would pass on, including a 1971 Plymouth Road Runner, a 2009 Chevy Corvette ZR1, a 1969 COPO Camaro, a 2006 Dodge Viper Pickup, a 1971 Ford Torino GT, a 1969 AMC AMX, a 2006 Ford GT, a 1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator, an Oldsmobile Cutlass Rallye 350, and a 1969 Dodge Daytona.
Cars fill an itch that not a lot of other things do. Sure, with recent developments in games, you could be driving all of these beauties virtually at no cost, but owning them and touching them is an addiction only a select few will understand.