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5 Celebrities who drive a Ferrari F430 Spyder

It may be 12 years since the iconic Ferrari F430 Spyder was released, but the classy convertible remains highly popular with celebrities as well as supercar fans.

While you might expect some of the world’s most famous stars to have moved on to newer cars by now, there are plenty of reasons why the F430 Spyder is still their supercar of choice.

Its sleek and stylish exterior, luxurious interior and top speed of almost 200mph show why the Spyder was such a hit and remains so popular even now.

Here we count down our top five celebrities who drive a Spyder.

5. John Cena

A self-confessed supercar obsessive, it’s fair to say WWE legend John Cena knows an iconic luxury car when he sees one. Cena hosts the ‘Auto Geek’ series on YouTube and recently profiled his beloved F430 Spyder. He revealed he was particularly fond of the fact that the Spyder was one of the last Ferraris to have manual transmission, and how its side mirrors pay tribute to the iconic 1984 Ferrari Testarossa. Watch the erstwhile actor wax lyrical about his pride and joy here.

John Cena Ferrari F430 Spyder

4. John Terry

The former Chelsea and England captain may have a rugged style of play, but he clearly has an eye for a classy car. Despite recently moving to Aston Villa, he is still often seen around London proudly displaying his 430 Spyder.

The defender is clearly a Ferrari lover: he also owns a rare 275 GTB as well as a 2003 Ferrari Enzo.

3. Seal

The R&B star has been known to take his black Spyder everywhere – even on quick shopping trips or to pick up his ex-wife Heidi Klum when the two were married! To be fair, you can’t blame his eagerness to show off the classic supercar. He may now be well into his 50s, but the legendary singer is still travelling in style. Seal also owns a gold Bentley Azzure.

2. LeBron James

LeBron James Ferrari F430 Spyder

Basketball superstar LeBron James has owned a customised silver Spyder since 2008. His Spyder is specially-built to accommodate his 6”8in frame. So far, so reasonable. However, the customisation also apparently included replacing the iconic Ferrari stallion figurehead with his own ‘LB’ logo. Unsurprisingly, he got a lot of stick.

The Cleveland Cavaliers player owns a raft of other supercars, including a Rolls-Royce Phantom and a Ferrari 599.

1. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi Ferrari F430 Spyder

It’s only appropriate that the man often described as the best footballer on the planet should have a car to match. The understated but classy red Spyder matches Messi’s reserved personality and is one of the supercars in his collection.

A Polish newspaper recently calculated that it would’ve taken Messi just 31 minutes to earn back the cost of the £137.000-valued Spyder. It’s alright for some…

Messi clearly appreciates vintage Ferraris: last year he won an auction for a classic 1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti, shelling out a whopping £25 million and reportedly outbidding his footballing nemesis Cristiano Ronaldo in the process.

Here at PB Supercars we have a Ferrari 430 Spyder available for hireWe’re also offering a special winter deal on the Spyder for hires between January and April 2018 – see here for details.

 

 

 

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Supercar Histories: Bentley

Following on from our look at the history of Lamborghini last month, it’s time to travel into the past of another supercar giant, this time a bit closer to home. Bentley will celebrate its centenary year in 2019, and it’s fair to say it’s been an interesting ride so far…

The company that would go on to become one of the most famous car brands in the world was founded by brothers Walter and Horace Bentley in 1919. The Bentleys had experience in designing cars in London before the First World War, and once peacetime resumed they set about creating their own unique cars, using aluminium instead of iron to create lighter pistons and designing innovative engines.

The brothers wasted no time in entering their designs into races, and their cars quickly earned a good reputation for their durability. The newcomers’ first big race was the 1922 Indianapolis 500, where they impressed as their adapted road car outperformed several specialised racing cars.

Bentley continued to punch above their weight in races, but struggled financially, with debts mounting and projects going underfunded. Their fortunes were improved when one of their racing drivers, Woolf Barnato, agreed to take over the business.

Having inherited his wealthy father’s fortunes at just two years old when his father died mysteriously at sea, Barnato had the financial clout to take Bentley to the next level. He soon invested significant amounts and paid off Bentley’s debts.

With the company’s future secured, Walter Bentley was able to design his next prototype. The result was the creation of a group of successful racing drivers, Barnato included, who became known as ‘The Bentley Boys’ and won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race four years running.

However, it was also around this time that Barnato’s money began to run out, once more leaving Bentley’s future uncertain.

With debts again piling up and Barnato this time unable to pay them, an auction developed as investors bid to take over the struggling company. A late bid from a mysterious company called the ‘British Central Equitable Trust’ blew all other offers out of the water.

It was only revealed after the takeover had been completed that this company was a front for Rolls Royce, one of Bentley’s rivals. Fearful that new Bentleys would outperform Rolls Royce’s star model, the Phantom II, they had decided to remove the risk by buying out their rival.

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The classic Bentley Continental GT, one of the supercars available for hire from PB Supercars

While Walter continued to work under the new regime for several years, he left in 1935 after becoming disillusioned with Rolls Royce. However, Bentleys produced after the takeover incorporated some of Rolls Royce’s best features too, helping Bentley to become a well-established and popular brand.

Indeed, all Bentleys produced between the takeover and 2004, a period of more than 70 years, used a Rolls Royce chassis. Rolls Royce also introduced the “silent sports car” slogan that stuck with Bentley until the 1950s.

Bentley’s well-known association with Crewe began in the build-up to the Second World War, when Rolls Royce, looking to build a new factory, were partially persuaded by the fact that as a small town in the north-east, Crewe was unlikely to be bombed during the war. Bentley’s headquarters remain in Crewe today.

By the 1970s and 1980s, Bentley had declined in popularity and sales dropped to the point that just 5% of cars sold by Rolls Royce were Bentleys. However, with cars like the luxury Mulsanne, Bentley was able to gradually rebuild its reputation for high-performance, high-quality cars and sales improved. By the early 1990s, Rolls Royce was selling as many Bentleys as Rolls Royces.

Bentley changed hands again at the turn of the century, with Volkswagen taking the wheel. While the majority of Bentleys are still manufactured in Crewe, some are now built in Germany. The first Bentley released under Volkswagen ownership was one of its most popular of all time: the Continental GT. Unsurprisingly, people looking to hire a Bentley often choose this gorgeous car.

 

Supercar Histories: Lamborghini

The next supercar superbrand to go under our spotlight is Italian giant Lamborghini. They’ve had a fascinating history, starting with a spat with their biggest rival and taking in everything from cars unveiled without an engine to designs that changed the world. Take a seat…

Borne out of anger

Lamborghini’s story began in 1963. Their founder, Ferruccio Lamborghini had a stellar background in vehicles, if not supercars: he had been stationed on the Greek island of Rhodes during World War II doing vehicle maintenance for the Italian RAF; with supplies to the island limited, he had to cobble parts together to keep his vehicles running with whatever he could find.

After the war he became a very wealthy man, making his money in tractor factories, but Ferruccio decided to start a rival car brand after a feud with his compatriot Enzo Ferrari, who refused to give Lamborghini a spare part for his Ferrari when he brought it to the garage for repair.

However, his new venture got off to a bad start. Lamborghini’s original vision was to create luxury, powerful cars to rival Ferrari’s, but whereas Ferrari’s cars were made with racing in mind, Lamborghini’s would be solely for regular road use.

Having commissioned a former Ferrari engineer to design a prototype fitting this description, Lamborghini was furious when the engineer presented what was clearly a racing car. Lamborghini refused to pay him the 4.3m Lire due, but was forced to cough up after a bitter court battle. Ironically, Lamborghini would end up using the engineer’s despised design for the best part of half a century, until 2010.

Powered by the need for revenge on Enzo Ferrari. their first car, the 350GTV, was built so quickly that, when it was presented at the Turin Auto Show just four months after the company was started, engineers hadn’t even had chance to put the engine in. Lamborghini’s unusual solution was to put a pile of bricks in the hood and stop anyone from looking inside.

Lambo strike gold

However, by 1967 Lamborghini had struck gold. That year the Miura, widely considered to be the world’s first supercar, hit the streets. The car was hugely successful and became seen as a must-have status symbol for the rich.

Lamborghini Miura

The Lamborghini Miura catapulted the brand to worldwide fame

It marked Lamborghini’s ascension as one of the biggest car brands in the world, but by 1973, the worldwide financial downturn and oil crisis threatened to cripple the company. The pressures took their toll on Lamborghini himself, who sold the company the following year and retired.

Dark days and recovery

It may have seemed a strange decision for Lamborghini to step away so soon after his company had become world-famous, but a few years later his decision was vindicated. Still reeling from the financial difficulties of the mid-1970s, in 1980 the company was declared bankrupt. An auction to decide its new owner attracted only one bidder, a 24-year-old businessman from Switzerland called Patrick Mimran who took over the giant along with his brother Jean-Claude.

Thankfully, Lamborghini’s fortunes were gradually turned around under a series of owners and today the company produces some of the best and most recognisable supercars around the world; its cars are unsurprisingly amongst the most coveted by supercar drivers and enthusiasts. That said, they still produce high-end tractors too. Ferruccio would be proud.

Now you’ve learnt about Lamborghini’s fascinating history, why not get behind the wheel of one? PB Supercars provide Lamborghini rental – get in touch today to arrange your hire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join the ‘Ferrari at 70’ celebrations this Autumn

As supercar fans may be aware, iconic Italian sports car manufacturer Ferrari celebrated its 70th birthday this month in grand style.

Ferrari returned to Maranello, the tiny town in the north of Italy where the company was founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1947, with a memorable parade of some of its most famous cars from the last 70 years.

In that time Ferrari has grown into one of the biggest sports car brands in the world, with its cars among the most iconic in history. In a dramatic evening stage show, an iconic car was chosen and brought on stage for each decade of The Prancing Horse‘s existence. The comparisons between each generation of supercar also served to show the technological improvements between decades that have allowed the cars to become faster and faster.

The birthday party in Maranello featured an auction of several high-profile Ferraris, with one, a limited-edition LaFerrari Aperta, being sold for a staggering £7.6m. Thousands of Ferrari fans – known as tifosi in Italy – lined the streets of the town to catch a glimpse of their favourite cars from Ferrari’s history.

And you can join in the ‘Ferrari at 70′ celebrations this Autumn by taking advantage of PB Supercars’ Ferrari rental.

We offer three Ferraris for hire: the 458 Italia Coupe, the Ferrari California, and the F430 Sypder. All retail for over £130,000 and are capable of reaching almost 200mph (or just over 200 in the case of the 458 Italia Coupe).

All three supercars offer an amazing driving experience. The 458 Italia Coupe boasts the classic Ferrari luxury, with a plush interior complete with high-quality leather, while the F430 Spyder is renowned for its performance and handling, with a 0-60 time of 3.5 seconds.

Whichever aspect of the supercar experience you’re looking for, our Ferrari models can provide it.

So why not take the chance to hire one of the world’s best sports cars while simultaneously celebrating a landmark for Ferrari? Get in touch today by visiting our site or calling 0207 241 6854.

Five reasons to hire a Lamborghini

Everyone knows that Lamborghinis are some of the fastest, sleekest and most impressive cars around. Being seen driving one by everyone you know is the stuff of dreams, but when the best Lamborghini models can set you back hundreds of thousands of pounds, how can you get your hands on one? The answer is simple: hire a Lamborghini instead of buying one.

Here are five reasons why you should consider hiring a Lamborghini:

5. Power

Lamborghinis are well known for being very powerful supercars. The Lamborghini Huracan Cabriolet and Huracan Coupet both have a whopping 602BHP – more than any other supercars on our books – and 5.2l V10 engines. Of course, this makes for a very satisfying drive, especially on open stretches when you can test the Lamborghini to its limit.

4. Look like a celebrity

Regardless of whether you’re Brad Pitt or a supermarket shelf-stacker from Shrewsbury, people will want to know who’s behind the wheel of the Lamborghini zooming past them as they walk along the pavement and more often than not they will assume the driver must be famous to be able to afford such a luxury car. It goes without saying that Lamborghinis will stand out and make an impression in almost all surroundings. Why not make yourself a local celebrity and be the envy of the town?

3. Speed

The Lamborghini Huracan Cabriolet and Huracan Coupet both boast a seriously fast top speed of 202MPH, while the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder is just behind with a top speed of 198MPH, making them some of the most enjoyable cars around to drive.

2. To help sell your house!

Research by Avis has shown that parking a gorgeous, expensive-looking supercar such as a Lamborghini outside your house makes it more appealing to prospective buyers, in turn increasing your chances of selling your house. On average, according to the research, having a supercar parked on the drive adds over £4,000 to the value of a house.

Avis’ 2014 survey showed that 6% of Brits have hired a supercar in the past for that very reason, and 10% have considered doing it. Think outside the box and use a supercar to add value in other parts of your life, or alternatively, just leave it on your drive to make the neighbours jealous!

1. It’s easy to do

Here at PB Supercars, we offer the chance to get your hands on the car of your dreams – and at an affordable price. Get in touch today to hire a Lamborghini and create an unforgettable experience for yourself or a loved one. We own all of our supercars, meaning you don’t have to sort out any of the boring stuff – leaving you free to concentrate on the tricky decision of which of our amazing supercars to hire!

 

 

Zarooq Sandracer 500GT off road supercar

The world’s first off-road supercar? Introducing the Zarooq Sandracer 500GT

It will surely be the craziest car to be released this year. It looks so futuristic that it’s been compared to the Batmobile. You’re just as likely to spot it zooming through the desert as you are on a motorway – not that many people will see one close-up: just 35 are being sold worldwide, and most have already been snapped up through pre-orders. Its manufacturers claim it marks the start of a new era in supercars.

Yep, we’re talking about the Zarooq Sandracer 500GT, which is being billed as the first ever off-road supercar. The futuristic hybrid blends the best of luxury cars with all-terrain abilities: as its name suggests, it is capable of handling even the most unwelcoming environment, but inside are supercar comforts including an infotainment system, LCD screen, hand-stitched leather interior and climate control. Completely road-legal, the 500GT is equally at home in the desert or the city.

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The Sandracer is equally comfortable racing through deserts or cities

The Sandracer’s manufacturers, Dubai-based Zarooq Motors, are named after the Arabic word for the fastest snake in the desert – very appropriate given the 500GT boasts a top speed of 137mph, a 0-60 of under 4 seconds and a 6.2 litre V8 engine. Its body, made from carbon fibre, gives it a more lightweight, agile feel. Zarooq even say it’s been “designed to look aggressive” – it looks like they’ve succeeded on that front.

 

After being teased at the 2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the Sandracer has finally been released following two years in development. Its arrival will thrill supercar fans across the globe, but the very limited first run, as well as the hefty price tag – the cheapest version of the Sandracer will set you back £350,000 – means it is truly an elite release for now.

You may not be able to roll up to some traffic lights in one of these beasts and give the driver next to you a knowing nod just yet, then, but here at PB Supercars we can offer something pretty close. The Sandracer has been described by CNN as having “the luxury and speed of a Lamborghini with the sensibilities of a dune racer.” Why not check out our Lamborghini hires, all of which are actually even faster than the Sandracer?

 

 

Top 3 Ferrari’s At The Movies

The galloping horse brand is one of the most well known in the world, with everyone able to recognise the logo and the bright red colour synonymous with Ferrari.

But which of their cars has taken it’s red appearance to the red carpet and achieved fame as a movie car, to rival Bond’s Aston Martin or the DeLorean’s of Back To The Future?

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

In 1986 a 250 GT California Spyder made a guest appearance in one of the best cult movies ever in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The car was used in the plot to collect Ferris’s girlfriend from school after she fakes her Grandma’s death – after which the miscreant youths proceed to drive it around Chicago.

The 250 GT California was Ferrari’s version of an open-topped 250, making it the perfect car for a movie star of the time – but not for a boy skipping school.

Ferris Bueller Ferrari 250 GT California Sypder

Ferris and a Ferrari in Chicago

The car comes to a sticky end when it accidentally ends up falling into a ravine after Ferris and co try to run the odometer back – it’s a good job it’s been immortalised in the success of the film!

The Rock

Featuring one of the most iconic car chases ever, The Rock features Sean Connery driving a black Humvee in pursuit of Nicholas Cage in a stunning 1996 Ferrari F355 Spyder.

The Rock Ferraru F355 Spyder

Nicholas Cage’s Ferrari F355 Spyder

The F355 Spyder driven in The Rock was the convertible version with the roof up. The design was specifically to improve performance with the mid-engine rear-wheel drive helping improve handling and the V8 engine giving it some oomph.

Unfortunately, this Ferrari also came to an unfortunate end as it ends up the filling in a fireball sandwich in true Hollywood style.

The Cannonball Run

Cannonball Run is an iconic driving film – if not just for the wealth of acting talent in it including Burt Reynolds, Jackie Chan and Roger Moore. The film features Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin as drunken priests in a 308 GTS Ferrari

The film features Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin as drunken Catholic priests in a 308 GTS Ferrari, who enjoy plenty of air time during their on-screen rivalry with a Dodge Ambulance.

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Dean Martin & Sammy Davis Jr in The Cannonball Run

The 308 GTS doesn’t end up flattened or burned to a crisp, but it also doesn’t win the race either. The antics of Martin and Davies have helped to secure the 308 GTS firmly in automobile film history though.

If you want to enjoy your own movie star Ferrari experience, then try hiring a Ferrari with us for the weekend – for the movie star feel.