Simon Berry

Simon Berry is the Assistant Editor at Cars for Stars News and is responsible for commissioning work from freelance writers. Simon is particularly interested in stories related to classic cars as he is a keen collector and restorer of vintage vehicles.

Natalie Wood’s Mercedes up for sale in Hollywood mega auction

More than 30 years after her death, Hollywood icon Natalie Wood’s vintage Mercedes Roadster will be up for auction in July this year. Auctioneer Profiles in History announced on Monday that Wood’s white 1967 Mercedes 250SL Roadster Coupe automatic will be a part of their July Hollywood memorabilia mega auction.

The Mercedes, purchased new in 1967 in Santa Monica, California, is upholstered in black vinyl and has been restored to near perfect condition. It comes with a certification card, has 106,000 miles on the clock, and is expected to fetch between US $30,000 – $50,000.

This famed 250SL, one of the most popular cars that Mercedes-Benz have ever built, boasts some fantastic features.   ZF four-speed automatic transmission with floor shift, power steering, air conditioning, removable hardtop and a hidden soft top, the car also comes with copies of Natalie Wood’s 1968 California Registration and window sticker. This particular Mercedes is quite ahead of its times, with four-wheel disc brakes, all-independent suspension, a 2.5-liter sohc, mechanically fuel injected, and a six-cylinder engine. The250SL is one of the rarest of the W113-bodied cars, having been built only in 1967 and 1968.

Wood is best known for her playing memorable roles in Hollywood classics such as West Side Story, Miracle on 34th Street and Rebel Without A Cause. She died at the age of 43 when she drowned off the California coast in 1981. Her death, which was initially ruled as accidental drowning, was investigated again with her case being reopened in November 2011. At the time, Los Angeles police is believed to have received new leads when the captain of the yacht that the actress was travelling on confessed that he had lied to authorities in 1981.

In spite of all this, no charges have been brought against anyone.


Justin Bieber caught parking electric sports car illegally

Chart topping international pop star, Justin Bieber, had a slight run-in with the law over the weekend after he parked his flash electric sports car illegally while out shopping in Beverley Hills. Luckily for the 18-year-old singer, the police officer seemed to be a Bieber fan and let the Baby Baby singer off without a ticket.

The Fisker Karama electric powered sports car was a recent gift from Justin Bieber’s manager, Scooter. The luxury sports car is estimated to be worth $116,000 and is hardly the most indiscreet car as it features attention-grabbing chrome paint so Bieber is unlikely to be able to get away with much, including parking illegally, in this eye-catching ride.

The paparazzi were on hand to capture the moment Justin Bieber was pulled up by the law for parking his new sports car where he shouldn’t have. The teenager was strolling around Beverley Hills looking relaxed in a baseball cap and jeans when the officer approached him. However the officer was openly smiling when chatting to the singer so it appeared Justin was able to get off with a friendly talking to.

Justin was presented with the Fisker Karma chrome sports car while appearing as a guest on the Ellen DeGeneres show. The singer’s manager surprised him with the luxury car as a surprise gift to mark his 18th birthday. It seems the teen star is enjoying his present to the max as he and his girlfriend, Selena Gomez, are regularly been spotted out and about in LA driving the rare sports car.


The new look Porsche Boxster is given a sneak preview

The new look Porsche Boxster was given a sneak preview this week ahead of the sports car’s official unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show in March. After its debut at the motor show, Porsche say their new addition will go on sale in the UK on April 28th with the base model Boxster possessing a starting price of £37,589 and the Boxster S offered for sale with a base price of £45,384.

Porsche believe that their new and improved version of the mid engine roadster is more efficient, more agile and faster than its predecessor, although the biggest change in the new Boxster is in its styling. The design team headed up by Michael Mauer are credited with creating the new design of the Boxster with its longer wheelbase and wider tracks which makes for a more spacious interior.

The aluminium chassis on the new Boxster means the sports car is lighter than previous models which will enable the car to offer better fuel consumption and also increased power and speed on the road.

In terms of its performance on the road, the new Porsche Boxster boasts a 0-62mph speed of 5.7 seconds while the Boxster S improves on that with a 0-62mph rate of just 5.0 seconds.

Both the Porsche Boxster and the Boxster S will hit UK showrooms from the end of April.


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.


Emirates open “limo lounge” where passengers wait for their chauffeur car at Heathrow

Emirates airline have opened a brand new “limo lounge” facility at Heathrow’s Terminal 3 where business class and first class incoming passengers travelling with the airline can make a pit stop before being collected in their chauffeur driven limo.

The new mini arrivals lounge is situated just 15 metres from the area where the Emirates chauffeured cars are parked which means passengers only need walk a very short distance to be whisked away by their personal chauffeur.

Emirates say the new lounge at Terminal 3 is not an arrivals lounge, but more a rest area where passengers can stop for a break between leaving the plane and being collected in their car. The mini lounge is still kitted out with comfortable seating for up to 30 people, plus there are tea and coffee and refreshment facilities, and also a business area with free Wi-Fi and also PCs. An on-call porter service is also supplied to assist with luggage.

The airline anticipates that 200 passengers flying business class or first class with Emirates will make use of the new facility daily. Emirates say they anticipate the new rest area will ensure passengers enjoy a “seamless journey” with a designated lounge a few steps from the plane where passengers can wait in comfort for their limo to chauffeur them to their final destination.


Birmingham NEC hosts the Classic Motor Show

This weekend saw Birmingham NEC play host to one of the biggest car exhibitions in the UK, with over 1,650 vintage cars and bikes displayed at the arena as part of the hugely popular Footman James Classic Motor show.

The organisers of this year’s classic motor show promised a broad range of vehicles on display as part of the annual event in Birmingham’s NEC covering a whole host of different style vehicles spanning across the centuries from pre-war models, right through to modern classics.

Vehicles from renowned car clubs went on display, as well as stunning European sports models and American vintage cars, and a number of classic British sports cars including the 1911 Renault type CB12/16hp which recently shot to fame in the hit ITV period drama, Downton Abbey.

As well as the hundreds of vintage cars on display, the motor show also hosted over 300 trade stalls selling a range of memorabilia and car accessories, and featured bike club displays as well as appearances from World superbike champion, Carl Fogarthy and former World Superbike and GP rider, Pierfrancesco Chili. For enthusiastic or wannabe car restorers, there was a specially created restoration theatre where a team of professionals demonstrated the intricate art of car restoration.

This year’s motor show also benefitted from a larger exhibiting area from usual, and also a new show layout which enabled the 45,000 strong visitors to appreciate the stunning range of classic rides on show.

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New ‘sports car hire’ website launched by

We are delighted to reveal that, a sister company to, have launched a brand new website, dedicated to providing self drive sports car rentals. The newly introduced site features a range of luxury models from world renowned brand as such as Mercedes, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Aston Martin, all of which are available for hire on a self drive basis throughout the country.

With an enviable reputation for providing top class chauffeur driven limo and luxury car hire services, have succeeded in becoming the UK’s leading provider of chauffeured private hire vehicles making them well placed to target the self drive sports car market sector.

The brand new self drive sports car hire website from features a high quality image gallery detailing the huge range of vehicles available for hire with a rundown of each car’s key features including their top speeds, BHP output, as well as information on the car’s onboard entertainment and comfort facilities to enable customers to make an informed decision on their choice of sports rental car.

Thanks to the company’s links with luxury transport providers across the UK, has already built up an impressive line up for self drive sports cars available for hire nationwide. The fleet includes some of the most sought after vehicles in the world including the Aston Martin DB5, the Lamborghini Gallardo, the Ferrari Spyder, Maserati Gran Turismo S and the Porsche Boxster to name just a handful of the immaculate self drive vehicles available for hire with

Check out the brand new website today and request your free low-cost quote for self drive sports car hire.


Rowan Atkinson not put off following sports car crash

Mr Bean actor, Rowan Atkinson, has revealed his recent dramatic sports car accident in which he sustained a broken shoulder, has done nothing to dampen his love of fast cars.

The 56-year-old Johnny English star lost control of his McLaren F1 supercar in August while driving through Cambridgeshire causing the sports car to spin out of control and into a tree. Atkinson was taken to hospital and was found to have fractured his shoulder.

Speaking in a recent interview with the BBC’s Newsbeat programme, Atkinson described the car accident as a “misjudgement”, adding that the collision had taught him a valuable lesson about understanding the limitations of his car, and himself as a driver.

While the comedian and funnyman is well on the road to recovery with this fractured shoulder almost completely healed, the actor admitted his rare sports car will take longer than him to mend.

The McLaren F1 sports car is still undergoing repair work by specialist mechanics, but once the vehicle is back to normal, the Mr Bean star will waste no time in getting back behind the wheel and out onto the open road again.

The luxury sports car Rowan Atkinson was driving when he had his accident is an extremely rare model, and one of only 65 McLaren F1 supercars of its kind made between 1993-1998, boasting a top speed of 240mph and a price tag in the region of £200,000 when purchased from new.


NY pet chauffeur business weathering the economic downturn

A New York based pet chauffeur business is weathering the economic downturn as a result of adapting new practices to keep the customers coming through the doors.

The Manhattan business was set up 15 years ago after the company owner noted a gap in the market for a transport service for animals in the city. While smaller animals could be carried on public transport in baskets, larger animals such as dogs were unable to travel in the same way, and so Pet Chauffeur was launched to offer pet owners a hassle free and safe alternative to battling the crowds on the underground or bus with a pet in tow.

However following the recent economic downturn, New Yorkers are being more careful with their money, and so spending on pets, or even buying a new pet, has been reduced to bottom of the list.

While this could spell bad news for Pet Chauffeur, the company has fought back by narrowing its target consumer market to high end customers. Offering a high quality luxury service means they can concentrate on offering the very best service at a premium rate.

Another way in which the Pet Chauffeur has adapted in the face of the downturn is by joining forces with competitors by recommending rival companies who offer similar services in the event that Pet Chauffeur is unable to take a booking.

The lion’s share of bookings for Pet Chauffeur comes from driving pets to grooming and vet’s appointments and also transferring to kennels while their owners are away.


Lady Gaga comes top in poll of least wanted celebrity chauffeurs

US pop singer Lady Gaga recently came top of a poll which aimed to find the celebrity chauffeur the public were least likely to trust to drive them.

The top 10 of least desired celebrity chauffeurs included a wide mix of famous faces including footballer Ashley Cole, also his former wife and X-factor judge, Cheryl Cole, Mark Wright from The Only Way is Essex, and Daybreak host Christine Bleakley.

However Lady Gaga trumped them all by coming out as the driver the 1,000 drivers who took part in the poll would least like to get into a car with. The New York born singer’s penchant for wacky costumes and skyscraper heels may have had something to do with her ranking in the poll, as her choice of clothing could be seen by many as a distraction when behind the wheel.

On the flip side, celebrity chauffeurs the general public would happy be driven by include newlywed Prince William, who also happens to be a helicopter pilot and therefore, should know a thing or two about manoeuvring a vehicle, also the Prime Minister David Cameron, F1 driver Jenson Button, and veteran news reader, Sir Trevor McDonald.

Those perceived to have poor levels of concentration and also arrogance are seen as bring least likely to be competent behind the wheel.