Young driver who clipped Rolls Royce in China facing financial nightmare

A 21-year-old chef from China is facing potential financial ruin after he crashed into a parked Rolls Royce Phantom causing $158,000 worth of damage which the low earning chef is unable to pay for. The stunning white Rolls Royce Phantom was reportedly parked on the side of the road close to Lukou International Airport where it was used to chauffeur VIP visitors to and from the airport.

According to reports, the driver swerved slightly over the road while driving on the motorway, and clipped the front of the luxury car’s grill, smashing side of the bumper completely. The state of the art Rolls Royce, which is estimated to be worth $1.9 million, will now need extensive repairs costing in the region of $158,000 following the collision.

Because the 21-year-old driver admitted that he was to blame for the accident, his insurance will not pay out to cover the repair bill for the Rolls Royce. The young driver, who was travelling in the opposite direction to the parked Rolls Royce when he clipped the bonnet, telephoned his family as soon as the collision happened. However his family say they wouldn’t be able to cover the repair bill even if they sold everything they had, including their house.

Left with no other option, the driver is now planning to address the company owners of the Rolls Royce to plead his case and attempt to reach an agreement on how the repair bill will be met.

Bollywood’s Amitabh Bachchan turns chauffeur for Oprah Winfrey visit

Bollywood mega star, Amitabh Bachchan, was more than happy to dispense with the services of his driver in order to personally chauffeur the US chat show host, Oprah Winfrey, during her very first visit to India. Amitabh was photographed behind the wheel of a white Rolls Royce, with the famous host in the back seat accompanied by Aishwarya Rai as he drove the group to a party held in the 57-year-old’s honour.

Oprah Winfrey is visiting India for the very first time and is scheduled to be attending the Jaipur Literature Festival and will also be undertaking some filming for her new show, Next Chaper, during her time in India.

The Bachchan clan are making a big effort to make Oprah Winfrey feel at home during her first visit to India. As well as personally chauffeuring the veteran TV host to a party in Mumbai on Monday night, Amitabh also accompanied Oprah as she visited the Bollywood star’s son and daughter-in-law, Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and their two-month-old baby, known only as Beti-B. Oprah Winfrey was thought to have spent about an hour at the couple’s home meeting the new addition to the family.

The top Indian actor and TV presenter, Amitabh Bachchan, took to his Twitter page to share the news with his fans about his evening with Oprah Winfrey as he wrote, “The gracious Oprah Winfrey visits our home, to meet us and bless the baby… warm hearted, endearing… drive her to party in her honour. And Oprah in sari… looking lovely!”

Rolls Royce smashes sales records in 2011

Rolls Royce posted record breaking sales figures for the previous year this week, with demand for the luxury car maker’s flagship model, the Rolls Royce Phantom, and the Ghost, helping to drive sales throughout 2011.

In the official figures Rolls Royce revealed they’d sold 3,538 luxury cars over the course of 2011 which is the most it’s ever sold in the space of 12 months in the company’s entire 107 year history.

Rolls Royce found that China overtook America as its biggest market in 2011. Since 2003, the US has been the biggest consumer of Rolls Royce cars, however the Asian and Pacific market grew by a massive 47% throughout the 12 months of 2011, helping China into the top spot as the biggest buyers of Rolls Royce products for the year.

The UK rolled into third place behind China and the States as the biggest market for Rolls Royce in 2011, with business in Britain rising by 30% throughout the year for the luxury car brand.

Not ones to rest on their laurels, Rolls Royce are already hatching plans to build on the success of 2011 by branching into as yet untapped markets for the renowned car manufacturer, including South America, and also the development of new product lines and its dealer network, and there are also plans to expand the Rolls Royce manufacturing plant, Goodwood in Sussex.

22-year-old pays extra £45k to skip the waiting list for the new Lamborghini Aventador

A wealthy Saudi Arabian man has forked out an extra £45,000 just to avoid an 18 month wait to take delivery of the very latest Lamborghini Aventador. The 22-year-old contacted a businessman over 4,000 miles away in Weston-super-Mare in the UK who specialises in sourcing the very latest models of supercars for wealthy clients who was able to track down the new Lambo for the impatient buyer.

Although the 22-year-old graduate had to pay an extra £45,000 on top of the actual price of the Lamborghini, bringing his final bill for the sports car to £290,000, Dhiaa al-Essa’s grandfather is estimated to be worth £1.5 billion and so the added cost to get the Aventador before anyone else wouldn’t have broken the bank.

Shaun Williams who runs, BestPriceCarBuyers.com, was the man responsible for tracking down the Lamborghini for 22-year-old Dhiaa. With over 20 years worth of experience in the car sales business, Mr Williams has a wealth of contacts in the luxury car sales industry and is able to track down the very latest models across a range of brands which is why his clients contact him ahead of their local dealerships to avoid any lengthy waiting lists.

Why the youngster was in such a hurry to get his hands on the new Lamborghini we’re not sure as his personal range of vehicles is estimated to be worth $12 million and includes some of the most prestigious cars in the world including the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, Rolls Royce Coupe and the Rolls Royce Phantom, the three other Lamborghini models, and six Ferraris, five Porsche sports cars and a Maybach, Audi R8, Lexus and numerous BMWs; we don’t know when he must get the time to drive them all?!

Hertz Car Hire to offer sports car rental

Leading car hire provider, Hertz, have announced their plans to offer supercar rental services following a partnership with Premiere Velocity.

The full range of the state of the art vehicles will be available to view online via Hertz’s website with a 5% discount being offered to customers who book through the site. Drivers wishing to hire one of the vehicles from the elite hire range must be aged 25 years and over and have no more than 6 points on their driving licence. If the client wishes to take their hired supercar out of the country in which they’re collecting and arranging the hire, this can be accommodated at an additional cost.

The fleet of supercars available to hire through Hertz includes some of the most sought after vehicles in the world including the stunning Rolls Royce Phantom, Range Rover Evoque, Mercedes Roadster, Audi R8, Bentley Continental, Aston Martin DB9, Lamborghini models and also the Ferrari Italia and Porsche Carrera Cabriolet to name just a handful of the stand out vehicles available for hire through Hertz.

Prices for supercar hire start at £150 although rates are calculated depending upon length of hire period and also the car model. A meet and greet service is also available whereby your hired sports car of 4 x 4 will be delivered to you at a pre-arranged location such as an office, airport, hotel or your home. For more information on the brand new sports car hire service offered by Hertz, please see the company website.

Chauffeur lands TV role on BBC documentary

A retired policeman turned chauffeur has landed a TV role alongside Griff Rhys-Jones on a BBC documentary which will be hitting our screens next year. The former sergeant only left the police force in May of this year and had been chauffeuring a handful of clients when he heard about the opportunity to appear on the new television documentary.

Mr Taylor-Bard decided to take on some part time chauffeur work after retiring from his role with the police after 30 years service earlier this year. After signing up with The British Chauffeurs Guild and getting a number of jobs driving private clients, the Mr Taylor-Bard decided to put himself forward for the role of chauffeuring Griff Rhys-Jones for the new TV programme.

The BBC were looking for a chauffeur to drive the comedian in a classic Rolls Royce to re-trace the journey undertaken by Queen Elizabeth l in 1574. The role called for someone with chauffeur experience, who wouldn’t feel uncomfortable speaking on camera and bantering with Rhys-Jones.

After a meeting and an audition, the ex copper won the role, and filming began for the one-off documentary in July. The former sergeant described the whole process of making the programme as an eye opener as filming for the 59 minute show took a total of 10 days.

Luckily the chauffeur from Epsom got on well with his co-star, the Welsh presenter Griff Rhys-Jones, and so spending long hours together in the vintage Rolls Royce wasn’t too much of a chore.  

The finished documentary will be screened in 2012 on the BBC.

The wackiest Rolls Royce Phantom revealed

A retired businessman has spent hundreds of thousands of pounds creating what he hopes will be the wackiest Rolls Royce Phantom ever.

The luxury motor, which has been described as the most highly modified Phantom in the world, has just arrived at the millionaire’s home in Marbella, Spain after undergoing an epic makeover at the hands of a leading car designer in the UK.

62-year-old Robert Allan purchased the Rolls Royce Phantom for £200,000 in silver before employing the expertise of London based car dealer SuperVettura and designer Pablo Rabiella to customise the vehicle.

The unique Phantom was completely stripped down before having 18 layers of paint applied in the three different colours of purple, white and yellow. The interior of the top of the range limo was also transformed with the use of 24 cowhides and also copious amounts of gold. The overall effect is bold and in your face, and guaranteed to prompt a reaction.

The ex-pat has owned a number of customised luxury vehicles in the past, however he wanted to push the boat out with his latest project. The car’s makeover cost the British born businessman in the region of £200,000 to complete however he says it was worth every penny as he wanted to create something which had never been seen before.

Rolls Royce Phantom iPhone app revealed

The exclusive Rolls Royce Phantom iPhone app has been officially revealed. The application is available to download onto a number of Apple devices including the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and allows users to create their own bespoke Rolls Royce Phantom.

Almost every Rolls Royce Phantom buyer opts to have their vehicle personalised in some way. With the new app, you can have fun creating your own bespoke Phantom tailoring everything from the exterior colour to the trim piping to suit your specific preferences.

The application even has a colour match feature which allows the user to take a snap of their favourite colour using the built in camera, and the app will colour match that shade to be used in the bespoke Phantom.

Another fun feature of the Rolls Royce iPhone app is the image gallery which displays a range of special feature which can be used in the creation of your virtual Rolls Royce Phantom. Users can add extras such as veneer inserts, picnic sets, starlight headliners, and seat piping to their interior trim as part of the image gallery feature.

The app also offers iPhone users the chance to view their configured Phantom with 360 degree exterior angles so they can fully appreciate their personalised Rolls Royce limo.

Download the Rolls Royce Phantom app now and start creating your own bespoke luxury limousine.

Cheap limo hire deals to Wembley for football fans travelling to the FA Cup Semi Final

Cars for Stars is delighted to offer ultra cheap deals across its entire range of chauffeur cars and limos for football fans travelling to Wembley for the FA Cup Final over the weekend of April 16th-17th.

With their expertise in luxury chauffeur driven limo hire, Cars for Stars will be able to provide you with a very high standard of travel for your trip to Wembley so you can enjoy your special occasion to the full. All of the Cars for Stars vehicles are provided complete with a suited chauffeur who will take care of all of the finer details of your journey so you can sit back and enjoy the ride.

Whether you’re heading to Wembley to cheer on Manchester United, Manchester City, Bolton or Stoke, Cars for Stars can offer you an unbeatable deal on chauffeur driven limo hire to London. Whatever your transport needs, whether you need a huge hummer limo with onboard karaoke and room onboard for 18 passengers, an elegant Rolls Royce Phantom or Baby Bentley for a sophisticated ride to the capital, or a state of the art party bus with onboard dance floor and strobe lighting, Cars for Stars can provide you with the perfect vehicle to suit your trip to Wembley.

With thousands of football fans expected to descend upon London for the FA Cup Semi Final, do yourself a favour and avoid public transport – travel in comfort and luxury in a chauffeur driven limousine courtesy of Cars for Stars. With a range of discounted deals available for football fans travelling from all over the UK to the capital, you won’t find a better deal on limo hire to London with any other luxury transport provider.

Get in touch with Cars for Stars to make the most of their cheap limo hire deals for football fans travelling to Wembley.

Electric Rolls Royce limo to be unveiled at The Geneva Motor Show

After months of speculation, the waiting is over, as Rolls Royce has confirmed that they will debut their experimental limo at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

The Phantom Experimental Electric car, codenamed EXP 102, will make its first public appearance at the motor show, before being whisked off on a world tour taking in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

During its whistle-stop tour the electric limo will be given to Rolls Royce owners as well as media representatives who will test driver the vehicle. The luxury brand hopes to receive useful feedback from the planned test drives which will help to shape the finished product.

The electric Phantom is the first battery powered electric car designed for the ultra luxury market. The swanky limo can be recharged from a domestic mains electric power point, and produces zero emissions so it’s very environmentally friendly.

However all of this green power comes at a cost. While the fuel powered Phantom will set you back approximately £300,000 and achieves around 15 miles to the gallon, the experimental electric Phantom costs just 2p per mile to run, but its cost is likely to be closer to £1 million.

For the last 2 years there’s been mounting speculation that the luxury car maker was in the process of developing a secret electric limo.

Rolls Royce confirmed in a statement that the one-off electric limo will makes its debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 1st.