Whatever Happened To The One-Of-A-Kind Car From Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?
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Whatever Happened To The One-Of-A-Kind Car From Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?
When one thinks of British author Ian Flemming, what immediately comes to mind is his series of novels from the 1950s and 1960s featuring the suave super-spy James Bond, code number 007. But Flemming was also an avid petrolhead and his writing typically placed Bond behind the wheel of an anglophile Bentley or Aston Martin. As Flemming's catalog was transformed into a successful film franchise over the following decades, Bond's choice of wheels received a contemporary refresh that included a Toyota 2000 GT, a Lotus Esprit, a BMW Z8, and even a Ford Mustang Mach I.
As a youth, Flemming had admired a series of aircraft engine-powered race cars owned by Count Louis Zborowski, a British engineer, in the 1920s. The eclectic race cars, riding on a Mercedes chassis, shared the nickname "Chitty Bang Bang," reportedly because of the unique sound of their aircraft engines. So when the author penned his first and only children's book in 1964, it naturally revolved around a fictionalized version of Zborowski's race cars, with the name appended slightly to "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang."
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was even more fantastical than the real-life oddball racers that inspired it, including the ability to perform extraordinary feats such as floating and flying. When the book was adapted into a feature-length film in 1968 by author Roald Dahl of "Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" fame, the production crew faced the heady task of bringing the fictional flying, floating car to life.
Six cars were used for filming
The film represented Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as a turn-of-the-20th-century racing car with a winning streak that ended with a fiery crash at the 1909 British Grand Prix. The wrecked car was then purchased by the film's main character, Caractacus Potts, and rebuilt in steampunk fashion for Pott's family to adventure in. In reality, no less than six cars were fabricated to fulfill all of the film's special effects. The primary car used for filming was a fully functional, road-legal vehicle with a modern (at the time) Ford V6 engine and automatic transmission. The car's huge wood and metal body was a joint collaboration between U.K. boat builders and a local metalworking establishment.
Actor Dick van Dyke commented that the car was difficult to drive and maneuver because of its extra-long wheelbase. After filming was complete, the primary car was purchased by Pierre Picton, a local celebrity resident of Stratford-upon-Avon. For the next four decades, Picton regularly toured the car for viewing until 2011 when it was sold to Peter Jackson, director, writer, and producer of the "Lord of the Rings" and "Hobbit" trilogies. Jackson exported the car Down Under to New Zealand, where it continues to make appearances for charity.
The other cars used in filming typically had specialized tasks such as a version that was easily trailered for close-up shots of the actors, a flying version, and a racing version of the car. Nearly all of those special-purpose cars have been preserved or restored and can be viewed in various automotive museums around the world, including the Hollywood Cars Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada, Stahls Automotive Collection in New Baltimore, Michigan, and National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, England.
23 Bizarre Vehicles That Celebrities Actually Owned
Celebrities are people just like any of us. This means, of course, that celebrities have quirky habits and a tendency to collect strange things. They generally have money, which means that ant weird hobby or eccentricity is exponentially magnified. Some of us normies might have a train set, while Oscar winners have buildings constructed for entire train ecosystems. Some of us have a car fetish — while some celebrities have fleets of odd and obsolete vehicles.
People are interested in the lives of the A-list set, and that interest goes even deeper for dedicated fans. Actors and musicians alike have to deal with their lives being picked apart and scrutinized on camera wherever they go. Plenty of ink (or pixels) has been dedicated just to the rides of the rich and famous. Usually, these articles focus on the supercars and ultra-luxury limousines they own, but not all celebrities fit that stereotype. For those who don't fit into a mold and keep their cars a bit away from the norm, here are a dozen bizarre vehicles celebrities own or have owned at some point in their lifetime.
Justin Bieber - Fisker Karma
While he has matured into adulthood and has been coming into his own as a performer for some time, Justin Bieber first showed up as a teen star and quickly rose to fame. With such fame always comes money and the ability to buy whatever you want. And that is exactly what the Biebs did. At some time about a decade ago, he bought a Fisker Karma and then had it wrapped in chrome, per Car Throttle.
The Karma itself is a somewhat rare car only because it did not sell well, and it did not sell well for good reason. According to The Drive Mag, it sought to be sort of a hybrid alternative to Tesla with an all-electric powertrain backed up by a GM 2.0-liter range extender. But the interior is cramped, the styling a bit garish, and reliability poor. But if Bieber assaults our public thoroughfares with his Fisker, he just might blind anyone sharing the road on a sunny day. Should chrome be an optional color for a car? Perhaps not.
Will.i.am - Delorean
As a member of the Black Eyed Peas, Will.i.am is accustomed to showing off a unique, loud, and outrageous style. It is part of his stage persona to be larger than life, but it also bleeds into his everyday vibe. Motorious reported that he has taken this penchant for over-the-top styling into the automotive realm. With the help of others, such as West Coast Customs, he takes sketches of what he thinks a custom car should be and commissions brands to build it.
Will.i.am has become fairly well known for his custom cars, which many say are huge efforts to ruin good cars, such as a Mercedes AMG GT. If you are looking for a great car turned terrible, he may be the one to help. A case in point is his concept for the Delorean. The Delorean is not just a concept but is what he said would be a car he is building with his new car company using Chrysler parts, according to Jalopnik. But a quick peek beneath the skin makes it obvious it is just a Delorean that has been modified with fiberglass and bad ideas.
George Clooney - Tango 600
George Clooney has had a long and successful career acting on the small and the silver screen. He first gained notoriety as a TV heartthrob playing Dr. Doug Ross on the hit television show ER, per IMDB. He has since starred in such blockbuster films as Batman and Robin, Oh Brother, Where Art Thou, and Ocean's Eleven. His star power is formidable. He is also one to put his money where his mouth is, and that translates to his activism on climate change.
Clooney is well known for his work to combat climate change, with Fast Company reportingon a recent irreverent campaign to raise awareness. As part of his devotion to the cause, he purchased a Tango 600, a tiny, dumpy little electric car that came out before most anyone had heard the name Elon Musk.
The Tango 600 is a tiny car with two seats riding tandem, one in front of the other. It is powered by electricity and is the perfect car to give your son if you want him to never bring home a date. The Tango is fitting for a movie star because, according to Auto Evolution, the brand started making them before the EV trend gained popularity and drove down prices on parts, and therefore, they cost upwards of $400,000 to build. With no real market and no real buyers, it appears it never took off and left plenty of room for Tesla to take its market share.
Pope Francis - Renault 4
Pope Francis became the 266th pope in 2013 and has had a habit of forging his own path and breaking with convention ever since. Part of his papacy has been embroiled in scandal brought on in the decades before him, and that has, in part, caused him to look over the church's finances and corruption and find ways to clean up the institution (via Biography.com). A man of honor, Pope Francis is also known to heed his own warnings and live according to his own decrees, including his transportation.
The current Pope has been known to ride in less luxurious vehicles than his predecessors. Not long after becoming pope, according to the BBC, an Italian priest named Father Renzo Zocca gave Francis his 20-year-old Renault 4 as a gift. Upon receiving it, Francis indicated that he had every intention of driving it around the Vatican, much to the chagrin of his security staff. The Renault is not necessarily a bizarre vehicle, but as a leader of around a billion faithful, it is far from what would be expected for him to drive.
Ludacris - Acura Legend
One of the best-known names in hip-hop today is Ludacris. He has enjoyed a long and fruitful career that includes best-selling albums as well as acting gigs including the Fast & Furious franchise. Having such a full and dynamic career in music and film should allow him to buy and drive whatever he wants. However, his most cherished car might seem a bizarre choice, a 1993 Acura with 255,000 miles (via The Drive).
The 1993 Acura Legend was Honda's response to the highly acclaimed Lexus LS400 and brought with it a sharp Japanese design with legendary Honda reliability. Although famous and wealthy now, Ludacris started as a man of more modest means. He bought this Acura in 1999 before hitting it big and he has kept it ever since. Ludacris was hired at some point to promote the Acura brand and helped to launch the new NSX that was when Honda took his old worn-out Legend and restored it to like-new condition to factory specifications, The Drive noted. While an old high-mileage Acura seems like a bizarre choice for a famous rapper, Ludacris holds this old Legend close to his heart.
Ronald Reagan - Subaru BRAT
Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States of America, is arguably the most famous person on this list. He acted in Hollywood for years but it was his post-movie career that made him known worldwide. While he was never Hollywood's a-list leading man like Fred Astaire or Jimmy Stewart, he worked prolifically in front of the camera for decades, as IMDB shows dozens of film credits. His second career in politics shot him to the White House. Part of what got him to the highest office was a well-crafted campaign that often showed him as a rugged outdoorsman and cowboy in the way he had played many roles on film. It was an image that worked but seemed to be at odds with one of his favorite vehicles, a Subaru BRAT.
Long before he entered the White House, Reagan owned a ranch in California, Rancho del Cielo. Jalopnik reported that among the vehicles used at the ranch was a Subaru BRAT. It had been offered to Reagan before running for president as a sort of test vehicle for Subaru as they were having trouble finding ways to get them to die. The only requirement was that the Gipper would send reports of its performance every six months. However, running for president and being seen in a Japanese vehicle, especially in the early '80s, was a bad look, so no photos exist of the candidate or president with the little Subaru.
Sonny and Cher - Mustangs
Cher's rise to superstar singer and actor began in the mid-'60s as part of the husband and wife duo Sonny and Cher. They hit the top of the charts in 1965 with their hit single I Got You Babe, and it has remained a permanent part of pop culture ever since. The duo did not last, and Cher went on to be one of the best-selling solo artists. However, during their time in the spotlight, at least a modicum of wealth came their way and allowed them to buy things and even pay to customize them...for reasons.
Sonny and Cher bought a pair of then-new Ford Mustangs and immediately sent them to George Barris for a personal touch. Known for creating such outlandish creations as the original TV Batmobile, Barris is a kind of genius madman of custom cars, and he helped turn Sonny and Cher's Mustangs into absolute travesties. According to Auto Evolution, Barris managed to take one of America's best-loved cars of the sixties and transform them into something only a mother could love, replete with weird squared-off headlights and furry seat upholstery inserts. These Mustangs are another piece of evidence that money does not automatically grant one style or class.
Daniel Radcliffe - Fiat Punto
Kids all over the world dream of the opportunity to star in a Hollywood blockbuster film and enjoy the fame and wealth that comes with it. Few ever realize such a dream. For young Briton Daniel Radcliffe, that dream came true as he became Harry Potter in 2001's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. One would think after reaping the rewards of starring in one of the biggest films of the year, he would want to go out and spend some of that money on extravagance and luxury. He did not.
The Daily Mail reports that after receiving his £23 million ($27.5 million) paycheck, he wanted to buy a car first thing after his eighteenth birthday. While most kids with that kind of cash would head straight to the Lamborghini or Ferrari dealership, Radcliffe made a b-line to the Fiat store, where he picked up a shiny Punto Grande. While the Punto would be a sensible choice of economical supermini for the average European schoolteacher or shoe salesman, it is hardly the evident choice of a movie star. However, Radcliffe had a great concern for the environment already honed by the time he turned eighteen and choose the Fiat due to its high rating on a scale of green European cars. Perhaps his views have changed a bit since then. As Motor Biscuit notes, his wealth has grown and so has his car collection, which now includes Lamborghinis, BMWs, and Range Rovers.
Elvis Presley - Messerschmitt 200
Elvis Presley was known for having plenty of rare cars, some of them a bit bizarre. Among his collection were many custom cars, lots of Cadillacs, and even more Lincolns. Elvis had more money than he knew what to do with and used it to buy cars in the way most people buy new clothes. But unlike most people, Elvis gave away cars as gifts, often to strangers. He also loved driving and he enjoyed his cars, driving around Memphis late at night, showing up at random gas stations, surprising the locals.
Among his many vehicles was a Messerschmitt 200, a tiny, German car with two seats placed inline and powered by a motorcycle engine. According to The Truth About Cars, nobody knows much about how Elvis acquired it but he owned it for a couple of years, driving it occasionally. Like many of his other cars, it became a gift to his long-time Clothier Bernard Lanksy, whose family owns it to this day.
Jay Leno - Ecojet
Jay Leno is not just known for having a large and expensive collection of cars, he also appreciates the odd and unusual as a result of his eccentric tastes. Having a garage with more than 200 vehicles will end up with a few oddballs. His collection is most enviable and most of us would be happy just to have a tour. Among his cars are some of the greatest automobiles ever built from fantastic Duesenbergs to the amazing McLaren F1. Also found within the walls of his oversized garage is the one-of-s-kind turbine-powered Ecojet.
The Ecojet is a jet-powered car that, according to Motorious, started out as a sketch Jay put down on a napkin. While GM has the ability to build pretty much whatever for whomever, only someone like Jay Leno could actually get it done. Motorious noted that Leno had wanted to build a jet-powered car for some time but finally got around to approaching GM to build it in 2006. The final product is a sleek and aggressive mid-engined car with styling similar to the Cadillacs of the time. On his show, Jay Leno's Garage, in 2016, he took astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson for a ride in which the driver's window was blown off as it headed down to reach 165 mph.
Justin Bieber - Rolls Royce Wraith
Justin Bieber's career has been relatively short compared to some of the biggest names in pop music, but it has not been without a bit of controversy and, for him, a whole lot of money. Selling out arena tours worldwide is a good way to amass enough wealth to buy whatever you want, even if maybe you shouldn't.
Sometime in the mid-2010s, Bieber saw a concept Rolls Royce car that was done as a design study and showcased what the future of design for Rolls would be, according to Robb Report. It was never a functioning car nor was it ever meant to be anything but an exercise in style. However, he decided he wanted one and reached out to someone to try and buy it. As it turns out, the car was not possible for anyone to buy, so customizer to the stars West Coast Customs opted to create an alternative. What Bieber wants, he shall get.
The resulting custom Rolls Royce is dubbed the Uriel and imitates many of the design elements of the prototype. It is built on a standard Wraith and maybe it should have stayed that way. The car is hideous. It looks vaguely like a prototype and comes off looking like a giant waste of money as it took thousands of hours to make. It is proof that just because you can definitely does not mean that you should.
Shaquille O'Neal - Jeep Wrangler
Shaquille O'Neal is one of the hardest-working players to ever play in the NBA. He had a great career on the court and has parlayed that success into wealth and good fortune off the court. Not only is he successful, but he is also a genuinely nice guy and is known for throwing his name and finances toward good causes to help those less fortunate. He is also a giant of a man, standing at 7'1" tall.
Being a man of considerable height means that not only does he have to custom order shoes that fit, he sometimes has to custom order cars that fit. He is wealthy, but cannot enjoy many of the toys of the affluent such as Lamborghinis and Ferraris and he even has trouble with cars most of us would consider large. However, West Coast Customs is never a company to shy away from a challenge, and it helped Shaq by creating a Jeep Wrangler fit for a giant. They took a four-door Wrangler and fused the front and rear doors into one and relocated the front seats to where the back seats go. The finished Jeep looks completely natural and gives Shaq ample room to sit back and relax (via Motor Trend).
Dwayne Johnson's Very Unique Plymouth
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has a pretty impressive car collection. It contains some incredibly rare and outlandishly expensive pieces — including a Ferrari LaFerrari which was initially valued at around $1.4 million and a Pagani Huayra which originally sold for over $2.5 million (via Ideal). The most unique car in the wrestling superstar turned actor's garage only had a sticker price of around $30,000, but money isn't everything.
The 1999 Plymouth Prowler looks like a Frankenvehicle which was assembled by a madman living on top of the world's classiest scrap heap. Its main body looks a bit like a sporty, topless, version of a PT Cruiser. The wheels are stuck on and pretty open, sort of like a classic dune buggy. And the back wheels on this thing are the kind you'd expect to find on the back of a high-performance Japanese car. Despite having big fat tires and everything, the Prowler caps out at under 120 miles per hour and takes just under six seconds to hit 60 miles per hour. It isn't the most sluggish thing in the world, but it isn't leaving an actual supercar at the lights either. Despite regularly driving the Prowler while filming Michael Bay's "Pain and Gain," The Rock can't have been too attached to his unique-looking Plymouth. He reportedly sold it a few years ago (via Ideal).
Kanye West's Sherp can go almost anywhere
"Eccentric" is a pretty diplomatic way to describe Kanye West, and the rapper's vehicle collection is almost as wacky as he is. According to Russia Beyond, the controversial musician bought himself a Sherp last year. For those who are unaware, a Sherp is an ATV that really takes the "all" part of all-terrain vehicle seriously. The vehicle has bigger boots than the ones Kanye is often spotted in, and those tires are packed with tech. The onboard computer gauges the terrain ahead and adjusts the tire pressure accordingly. Those tires can run at "ultra-low" pressures and re-inflate themselves as needed.
The Sherp isn't exactly quick. It can hit around 28 miles per hour in ideal conditions on land, and just under four miles per hour on water, which it's also capable of traveling on. As we said, this vehicle is genuinely "all terrain." It weighs around 1.3 tons and is powered by a 1.5-liter diesel engine. That engine is pretty thirsty, chugging down up to three liters of diesel per hour. Luckily, the ATV has a fairly large 60-liter (roughly 15-gallon) fuel tank, so you can plod along for quite a while. The exact price Kanye paid for the Sherp is unknown, but the ATVs retail for between $50,000 and $150,000 depending on the level of customization the buyer opts for.
Ashton Kutcher only owns one classic
Like many celebrities, Ashton Kutcher has an extensive car collection that includes many vehicles worth talking about. However, as every petrolhead knows, the most interesting vehicles are often classics and the number of actual classics in Kutcher's garage is very limited. He only owns one, a Chevrolet Impala SS (via 21 Motoring). The "Dude, Where's My Car?" star is in good company. Kutcher's Impala has a 3.8-liter V6 under the hood which is capable of churning out 305 horsepower. In total, Impalas aren't exactly rare with over 13 million sold during the six decades it was produced.
The Impala, and its Sport Sedan variant, was a Chevy staple for many decades. It first hit the road back in the 1960s and changed massively throughout the decades. A couple of attempts were made to retire the car in the 1980s and 1990s, but the Impala survived all the way through to 2020. Although it seems to have actually been discontinued this time, it wouldn't be shocking if the Impala made a comeback. It was missing for around nine years during its first "retirement," and two during its second. Who knows, we could be looking at an all-electric Impala SS by the end of the current decade.
Guy Fieri has a massive pickup truck
Some celebrities might opt for a sleek roadster to bulk out their collections, while others could go for a high-end SUV. Guy Fieri's weird vehicle choice reflects his personality to some degree. He's opted for a pretty substantial truck in the Chevrolet Kodiak C4500 (via 21 Motoring).
According to Farm Progress, the Kodiak is capable of towing a staggering 18,000 to 19,500 pounds if you choose a higher-end vehicle. If Fieri didn't splash out on his "medium-duty" truck, the entry-level models are still capable of hauling 16,000 to 17,500 pounds. In terms of price, the now discontinued vehicles ranged from just over $28,000 to $60,000. If the huge towing capacity isn't enough, the truck also has a flatbed on the back which the driver can load up with an additional two and a half tons. Several engine choices are available, including a gigantic 8.1-liter gasoline engine, and a 7.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel. Fieri can also ride around with up to five passengers in relative comfort when he takes his super-sized pickup for a spin. The spacious cabin received a suspension upgrade which made it up to 50% more comfortable than previous models.
Jason Momoa lives in a F-150
If you think of the roles Jason Momoa has played, his unique vehicle might be a bit of a surprise. The Aquaman star could probably afford a submarine car if he really wanted one, but it isn't that. Instead, he turned up to the movie's premiere in a more expensive and arguably as unique Ford F150 RV (via Motorbiscuit).
While Momoa's RV is essentially an F-150 with a small house on the back, its actual name is "The EarthRoamer XV-LT." That name is pretty accurate, as you can roam a good chunk of the Earth in the all-terrain mobile home. The actual insides are as luxurious as the more orthodox accommodation Momoa usually stays in. The closets are lined with cedar, there are reclining seats to relax in, and the storage space is plentiful. Momoa's four-wheel drive RV has a 6.7-liter diesel engine capable of producing more horsepower than a Dothraki horde. You're not just confined to the truck either. Some models allow their owners to set up an outdoor kitchen and really make the most of the scenery they park next to.
Tom Cruise owns an actual race car
Not all of Tom Cruise's early hits involved him blasting through the sound barrier in a fighter jet. His characters also achieved some impressive speeds at ground level too. "Days of Thunder" saw Cruise take the role of a young NASCAR driver trying to establish himself on the circuit. Before the movie, Cruise was no stranger to the track and had already competed in a Sports Car Club of America (SCAA) championship (via GQ).
During his racing days, Cruise competed in a 1988 Nissan 300ZX. The vehicle itself was painted red, white, and blue. Its hood was also adorned with the name and logo of a well-known peanut manufacturer who was sponsoring the young actor's racing team. Cruise wasn't too bad behind the wheel and actually managed to win a few races that season, though not enough to bag the championship. The actor's aggressive driving style may have been to blame. If he didn't finish a race on the podium, the race likely ended with his vehicle being freed from one of the track's crash barriers.
Post Malone's unique vehicle is more normal than you might think
Post Malone has a jaw-dropping car collection. The rapper's collection of rides includes a couple of Rolls Royces, Two Lamborghinis, a McLaren Senna XP, and a Bugatti Chiron — and that's just a few select models. One of the more shocking entries is a fairly normal car. You might even own one, or will have at least spotted a few while sitting in traffic or traveling on the freeway.
Malone owns a 2019 Subaru WRX (via Dupont Registry), which isn't particularly cheap but doesn't cost as much as a house either. You can get one new for less than $30,000 — so it's firmly in the mid-range sedan category. As the WRX tag indicates, it also has a strong rally pedigree. So expect plenty of power, all-wheel drive, and solid offroad credentials. There are less common variants of the 2019 WRX. The WRX STI Series Gray Models had a limited run of just 250 and were over $10,000 more expensive than the standard version. Malone himself seems to have opted for the standard model, so you could grab a rarer variant and then boast to your friends about how you outspent a multi-millionaire rapper. If you care about that sort of thing.
LeBron James has a highly custom Lamborghini Aventador Roadster
LeBron James is one of the biggest sports stars in the United States, so a garage full of desirable supercars comes with the territory. While a Lamborghini Aventador Roadster is notable on its own, James' is particularly special. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar collaborated with Nike to create the X1 "King's Pride" floral shoes, and Nike seems to have returned the favor with a $670,000 highly customized Lambo (via Bleacher Report).
The custom Aventador Roadster boasts the same floral pattern as James' branded shoes and was modified by exotic car rental company Lou La Vie. The car's custom wrap has added more than looks. Stock Aventador Roadsters from around that time cost between $300,000 and $400,000 new. Lou La Vie's custom wrap, the story behind it, and the vehicle's owner may well have added at least $300,000 to the car's price tag were it ever to hit the market.
Zach Efron is a van driver
Highlights of actor Zach Efron's car collection include a 1967 Ford Mustang Convertible, an Audi R8, and a Tesla Model S — but not all of his rides are that compact. Like many actors, Efron has a vehicle he could take on the road and live out of if needs be. According to 21 Motors, the Baywatch actor also owns a Mercedes V Class — which is immensely popular amongst "van life" enthusiasts.
The 2021 edition of the V Class came with a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine which is capable of producing over 200 horsepower. While the V -type won't be breaking any land speed records, a 0-60 time of under eight seconds is reasonably impressive for a very large van with a relatively small engine. It isn't known if the High School Musical actor has made his van livable, or simply uses it to help his famous friends move house. Either way, it's not the sort of thing you'd expect a Hollywood leading man to be driving around in.
Snooki injured some cops in her hideous Fiat
Snooki is one of Jersey Shore's most memorable characters. She also owns one of the most hideous vehicles ever to roll off a production line — the Fiat Multipla (via Autoblog). On the face of it, the Multipla is a fairly spacious minivan. But it looks like someone has sawn the top off of something normal and plopped a small van in the hole.
A Multipla also landed Snooki in hot water, and sent two police officers to hospital, when she crashed it in Italy. The officers were treated for whiplash and other minor injuries while Snooki had her license revoked and left herself open to private prosecution following the incident. The officers themselves were escorting Snooki and the rest of the Jersey Shore cast as they were filming episodes in the Mediterranean country. Snooki, whose real name is Nicole Polizzi, wasn't the only cast member to cause trouble behind the wheel during the cast's trip to Italy. According to US Magazine, the Jersey Shore crew managed to rack up over €300 worth of traffic tickets while they were out there filming.
Dave Bautista Owns a Golf Cart
A few years ago, WWE Superstar and actor Dave Bautista showed off his vehicle collection during an interview. His cars include the highly customized BMW 7 series he bought when he first started to become successful in the industry and a Hummer H2 he describes as his "pride and joy." But the most interesting car in his collection is far more economical than a Humvee. It's also not technically Bautista's. He bought it, and he legally owns it, but its main driver is someone else in his family.
The WWE legend bought a golf cart as a Christmas present for his daughter hoping it would help her get out of the house more. He even had a "personal license plate" added for her. The red cart has its own stereo system and iPod hookup. Golf carts are a surprisingly common method of transport in places like Florida, where they are an easy way to travel short distances without spending a fortune on gas. Despite the fuel savings, some enthusiasts end up sinking a small fortune into their carts, customizing them to look like Rolls Royces, Bentleys, or other high-end vehicles.
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