Andrew Lloyd

Andrew Lloyd is the Editor here at Cars for Stars News and oversees all of the editorial content on the website. Having worked in a variety of print publications focused principally on motoring news, Andrew brings a wealth of experience to the role of Editor.

Rare Aston Martin sells for £1.23 million at classic car auction

An extremely rare Aston Martin sports car, once owned by the manager of Phil Collins, was the biggest seller at a recent Bonhams car auction in Buckinghamshire when the hammer went down at £1.23 million. The highly sought after Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Santion ll Coupe is one of only four in existence, making it an extremely collectable item.

The vintage motor is the result of an collaboration in the 60’s between luxury car maker Aston Martin and Zagato. 19 DBRGT models were manufactured between 1961 and 1963, although they had planned to make 23 of the cars.

Thirty years on, the four unfinished cars which should have been completed in the 1960’s along with the other DBRGT 19 vehicles, were sent down to Zagato’s head quarters in Milan to be completed. While these four cars were designed to be direct copies of the 60’s sports car, the end result was that they were in fact, improved models of the DBRGT run of vehicles originally created.

As one of the only four vehicles of its kind, it’s not surprising the exclusive and tremendously rare Aston Martin was finally sold for a whopping £1.23 million at the Bonhams auction this week.

A total of 46 Aston Martin vehicles went under the hammer as part of the Bonham auction held at the Aston Martin Works, selling for a collective total of £6.5 million, which is a new record for the auctioneer’s Aston Martin sale.


Porsche announce special edition model to celebrate 60th anniversary of Porsche Club

Luxury car maker, Porsche, have announced plans to create a special edition model to mark the 60th anniversary of the Porsche Car Club which was launched in May 1952. In homage to 13 members in Germany that set up the first ever Porsche Club, just 13 units of this special edition Porsche will be created, with car club members being entered into a ballot to win the chance to purchase one of the specially created models.

Only 12 of the 13 models will be available for Porsche club members to purchase as one vehicle is being held back by the luxury car maker to go on display at the Porsche Museum. All Porsche club members can put their name in the hat for the chance to buy one of the 12 available 911 Club Coupé models, although the prize draw is not open to club members living in Asia or India.

If your name is chosen as one of the 12, you will have the opportunity to buy one of these rare special edition Porsche models which have a starting price of €142,831 plus VAT.

The Porsche Club Coupé will be based on the Carrera S Porsche and will feature Brewster Green paintwork and colour match 20 inch wheels. A power kit upgrade will also be made available to the 12 owners of the special edition Porsche sports cars to up the vehicles power to 430bhp. A number of special touches will be added to these sought after Porsche sports cars including a switch panel strip which with the wording, “911 Club Coupé – personally built for…” followed by the name of the lucky owner.

The ballot is open to members of the Porsche Club which is inviting members to register their interest now.


Geri Halliwell takes luxury car entrance to a new level

Talk about making an entrance! At the recent X Factor auditions held in Liverpool’s Echo Arena, Geri Halliwell made sure she was heard as she jumped on her car’s roof addressing the eager crowd through a loud hailer.

The former Spice Girl, also known as Ginger Spice, sat on top of her chauffer-driven luxury car, clad in a stunning electric-blue dress and ankle-high boots that wowed the audience. Halliwell, a guest judge on the popular British reality show, is not known for her demure nature and her recent grab for the spotlight has captured the media’s attention.

Halliwell seemed more than a little excited on prime spot on top of her black Mercedes as she chatted with her fans, giggling and signing autographs. She took photographs with the crowd and even hugged a few lucky fans!

Halliwell expressed her delight at securing the guest judge position on the popular reality show: “I’m incredibly excited and proud to join the X Factor in Liverpool and have the opportunity to find a new star. Those four seats are the hottest seats in Britain right now.”

The X Factor is the brainchild of creator Simon Cowell and was launched in 2004. Premiering as a television programme to find Britain’s best musical talents, the programmes gained instant popularity amongst the British audience. Today, the show has secured a permanent spot amongst most families as their weekly entertainment. Previous winners include Lewis and Alexandra Burke.

Auditions for the ninth series will take place over the next month, before the programme begins airing in August.

vintage-wedding-car launches mobile friendly website

Wedding car hire just got simpler!, the UK’s national car hire specialists, has today launched their state of the art website that specifically caters to web users on the go. With more users browsing the Internet from their mobile devices than ever before, is the perfect resource to find your dream car for the big day while out and about.

A recent study by Google has found that 59% of UK smartphone users access the Internet from their mobile devices each day. Stats published on ‘Our Mobile Planet’ indicate smartphone penetration currently at 51% with a 500% increase in mobile search in the past two years alone. understands this trend and has developed a mobile optimised website with a user-friendly interface to ensure browsing with minimum hassle. Gone are the days of zooming and navigating through image libraries with difficulty from your mobile phone! is a super responsive website that adapts to individual mobile devices ranging from smartphones, iPhones and Androids to notebooks, Kindles and iPads, providing an optimised user experience. This is crucial especially when on the lookout for chauffer-driven wedding cars, and the team at understand the importance of your big day. Every measure has been taken to reduce the stress of finding that perfect car, and users can now enjoy a smooth, visually rich online experience along with a streamlined quote and booking form, all while on the go!

With Google’s study revealing that a staggering 85% of UK mobile users source their local information from their smartphones, and 81% taking action using the local information found, is the one stop website to find chauffer-driven cars in all parts of the country. Whether you’re in London, Manchester, Leeds, Bristol, Bath, Cardiff, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Newcastle, Brighton or Cornwall, the people at will find the perfect car for you to hire. As specialists in their field, not only will they answer all your pressing questions, but will also source a car to your taste so that you can make that dazzling entrance. With a range of wedding cars on offer ranging from the latest Rolls Royce Phantom and Baby Bentley limo to classic luxury cars like the Beauford and the Daimler limo, there is something for everyone.

Take a look at the brand new website now to try out the mobile optimised features for yourself and request a free quote for chauffeur driven wedding car hire.


Jennifer Lopez gives the Rolls Royce Ghost her seal of approval

Actress and singer Jennifer Lopez appears to be a fan of the new Rolls Royce Ghost as the Latino star was seen recently arriving at a press conference in a chauffeur driven black version of the luxury saloon.

The 42-year-old music and movie star was accompanied by her new boyfriend, Casper Smart, as she arrived at the press conference in the back of a new Rolls Royce Ghost. The 7-Series stretch luxury car boasts a 6.6 litre twin turbo V12 engine and a raft of luxurious onboard features including sumptuous leather upholstery and metal trim for a sophisticated and high quality finish.

The international star emerged from her chauffeur driven Rolls Royce Ghost flanked by her chauffeur and security staff. Her arrival at the press conference certainly caused a stir as the star stepped out of the imposing blacked out Rolls Royce wearing a fitted illusion dress with the movie star looked completed by a pair of shades.

Most recently the mother of two was seen in TV adverts promoting the Fiat 500, however it seems that the star prefers a more stately mode of transportation when she’s travelling on business.

The new addition to JLo’s garage isn’t the first Rolls Royce the world famous star has owned as she was given a Rolls Royce Phantom back in 2004 as a gift from her former boyfriend, Hollywood actor Ben Affleck. However Jennifer gave the luxury motor back to her ex after the couple broke up a few months later.


Robert Downey Jr drives $9 million supercar down the red carpet

Robert Downey Jr sure knows how to make an entrance as the Hollywood actor chose to drive a $9 million supercar down the red carpet at the world premiere for the new Avengers movie in LA this week.

The 47-year-old actor arrived on the red carpet behind the wheel of Tony Stark’s black $9 million Acura supercar accompanied by his wife Susan who had a privileged position in the passenger seat. Downey Jr plays Iron Man/ Tony Stark in the latest instalment of the Avengers movie franchise.

The Sherlock Holmes actor looked suitably dapper when he rolled up to the waiting photographers and crowds on the red carpet driving the sleek black sports car. The movie star certainly looked the part wearing a dark suit complete with waistcoat, tie and glasses while his wife chose to coordinate her outfit accordingly wearing a simple floor length black gown.          

The awe-inspiring Acura sports car boasts gadgets galore with a palm scan steering wheel to identify the driver, also a night vision HUD windscreen, a super car theft deterrent modular and a 9 speed hyper shift transmission to name just a handful of the high tech features included on this exclusive model.

All of the stars turned out for the world premiere of the Avengers movie in Hollywood including Scarlett Johansson who plays Black Widow in the latest movie.

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Cars for Stars reveal their expansion plans and job opportunities

Cars for Stars have unveiled exciting development plans for the coming year as the company looks to expand its workforce following the acquisition of larger business premises in the South Wales area. The Cardiff based company, which provides luxury chauffeur driven limo and car hire services throughout the UK, is planning to recruit 50 new staff members at the company’s brand new purpose built head quarters in South Wales within the next year.

As specialists in the luxury car hire industry, Cars for Stars offer an extensive range of chauffeur cars and limos for hire throughout the UK including the latest models from world renowned brands including Rolls Royce, Mercedes, Bentley and Ferrari. Cars for Stars regularly provides chauffeur driven limousine hire for a whole host of occasions including birthdays, proms, weddings and hen and stag parties, to corporate events, product launches, awards parties and airport transfers.

Over the next 12-18 months, managing director of Cars for Stars and founder of The Transport Broker Group which is the collective name for a group of leading transport operators of which Cars for Stars is part of, Tej Randeva, predicts that the organisation will create between 50-80 new jobs at the company’s new head quarters in Cardiff.

This forecast is supported by NatWest senior relationship manager, Andrew Parker, who described the recruitment plans as “entirely realistic.” NatWest helped facilitate the group’s move to larger business premises with the provision of a financial support package.

The busy call centre handles as many as 1,600 calls daily during peak times, with the Transport Broker Group coordinating up to 15,000 journeys every year. In 2010 the organisation reported 75% growth which led to the group being named the 30th fastest growing company in Wales as part of the Fast Growth 50 Awards 2011. The organisation recently received an Investors In People Gold Award, the highest accolade attainable, which demonstrates the group’s commitment to developing and supporting is workers.

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Ferrari F50 crashed by FBI agent sells for $370k

Despite being smashed into a hedge by an FBI agent causing thousands upon thousands of pounds worth of damage, a red Ferrari F50 sports car has been sold for a staggering $370,000 after being put up for sale on an online auction website.

The Ferrari in question hit the headlines several years ago when the FBI agent who was taking care of the powerful sports car after the new owner of the vehicle reported his car to the authorities after discovering it was stolen, crashed the Ferrari while it was in his care.

The story began after the Ferrari was stolen during a test drive. The man, who was later identified as pilot and a known criminal, Tom Baker, requested the test drive, making off in the rare sports car when the car salesman got out of the vehicle momentarily during the test run.

After being stolen in 2003, the Ferrari seemingly disappeared off the face of the earth for five years. The insurance companies assumed that the sports car had been shipped out of the States, and so paid up to the car salesman.

However the Ferrari had been stored by the thief and was sold to a doctor from Kentucky in 2008. When the new owner went to register himself as the new owner, he discovered it was a stolen vehicle and alerted the police, which was when the accident occurred.

The authorities succeeded in tracking down the thief who was jailed for two years. The debate over the car and the damage caused by the FBI agent has wrangled on for several years, however the Ferrari has now been sold without being repaired, by an auction site acting on behalf of the insurance company.

The new owner has shelled out $370,000 and will have to spend several hundred thousand more to restore the rare sports car back to its former glory.


Speeding Ferrari driver caught by police from YouTube video

A 50-year-old Japanese doctor has been arrested by police after a YouTube video of a motorist, believed to be the man in question, was posted online showing a Ferrari Italia 458 sports car being driven at 80mph in a 30mph zone.

The £170,000 state of the art Ferrari had a camera set up behind the driver’s head showing the view of the road. In the video the sports car is seen being driven at high speeds along motorways and coastal roads in the southern Japan region by a driver wearing very distinctive red leather driving gloves. At one point, the speedy Ferrari is seen racing with a white Porsche.

The police looked into the YouTube video after receiving a tip off from a member of the public in May of last year. After viewing the footage in the clip, the police were able to calculate the speed at which the powerful Ferrari Italia was travelling by timing the distance between the objects and landmarks the vehicle passed.

The Japanese doctor was arrested last week on suspicion of speeding in the Ferrari supercar. In his defence, the 50-year-old said he was making a video to promote Ferrari vehicles.

If the man is proven to be the driver in the YouTube video he could face a 6 month jail sentence or a hefty fixed penalty fine.


Classic Rolls Royce limo could fetch £2 million at auction

A rare Rolls Royce limousine, believed to be the only one of its kind left in working order, could fetch as much as £2 million when it goes to auction at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 29th.

The 1912 double Pullman Rolls Royce Limousine, nicknamed the Corgi after the toy manufacturer copied its design in the 60’s, is thought to be the only vehicle of its kind still in its original condition and the only surviving model of the 7,874 vehicles manufactured between 1906-1926.

During the First World War, many of the Rolls Royce limos were converted into ambulances or used as other types of emergency vehicles. However this particular Roller avoided that fate, and still retains the majority of its original features.

Despite being 100 years old, the Pullman limo can still cruise along at a top speed of 40-50mph with its 7.3 litre, 6 cylinder engine producing a fuel consumption of approximately 15 miles to the gallon.

The first owner of the Rolls Royce Corgi limo is registered as John M Stephens, a well known admirer and collector of the luxury brand. After taking delivery of the limousine, Mr Stephens instructed one of the best coach builders of the day to transform the vehicle’s interior in the style of a Pullman railway carriage. This was not unusual at the time, in fact it was common practice for motorists to purchase a car with the engine and chasis and then to instruct a specialist coach builder to create the finishing touches.

Bonhams auctioneers, who are selling the rare limo, expect the lot to attract attention from bidders around the globe and are anticipating a winning bid in excess of £2 million.