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Firefighters saw up stretch limousine

saw limoFirefighters in London have sawn up a stretch limousine to highlight the dangers of illegal limos in London. The stunt took place in Covent Garden yesterday where a team of firefighters from the London Fire Brigade sawed the doors off the novelty vehicle in front of bystanders and passers-by. It was part of a multi-organisation campaign to make people aware of the potential dangers that unlicensed and uninsured limos pose to the public. The London Ambulance Service, Transport For London and Met Police and Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) were all supporting the cause.

The purpose of the operation was to demonstrate how difficult it was to free people trapped in the wreck of a limo after it’s been involved in an accident. Onlookers were informed about how the nature of limo doors makes restricted access to and from the vehicle, meaning that fire fighters often have to cut the sides off the limo to evacuate passengers. The fact that there is only a rear door, means rescue efforts are often hampered if there is limited access. It took the team of fire fighters to get the first ‘casualty’ out of the car.

Since 2012, 27 illegal limousines have been seized by agencies, and a further 232 banned from being driven on public roads.

The white stretch limousine which was cut up during the demonstration had actually been seized by authorities for carrying more than its licensed number of passengers and failing safety standards.

Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said the demonstration was “a great opportunity for the public to see our skills in action, and hopefully it will make them think twice about hiring an illegal limo.”

London’s Transport Commissioner, Sir Peter Hendy, warned that firms operating unlicensed vehicles could be shut down. He also said “illegal limousines present a real threat and danger to the safety of people who hire them.”

Londoners are being reminded to make sure a limo operator is properly insured and licensed before they go about hiring a vehicle off them.

Heather Cruickshank, VOSA’s Operations Director said: “The majority of limousine operators are licensed and use their vehicles responsibly, but there is a sizeable minority that does not operate in this way – and the public must be alert to this risk.

“Only booking with licensed operators is the best way of minimising the risks to themselves and other road users – and helps send a clear message to those who chose to try and trade unlawfully.”


All-German Champion’s League Final looking likely

Uefa-Champions-LeagueWith just two matches left before the UEFA Champion’s League Final on May 25th, it’s going to be a tough couple of games for Real Madrid and Barcelona, who will both have to really pull their socks up if they’re going to make get a much-coveted place in the final. After having been beaten by Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich 4-1 and 4-0 respectively, both teams now have their work cut out if they don’t want to get knocked out. The first of the penultimate two matches (Real Madrid v Dortmund) kicks off tonight at 7:45pm from the Santiago Bernabéu stadium. After gaining one away goal in Germany, Real Madrid stand a slight chance of making a comeback, whereas the likelihood of Barcelona knocking out Bayern Munich at tomorrow’s game is nearly negligible.

So with an all-German final looking highly likely, thousands of Germans will be flocking to the capital for the big game, which is again being held in Wembley.

The luxury car hire industry goes through the roof during events like this, especially when two non-British teams reach the final of such a prestigious tournament, and it’s being held in Wembley. Public transport can be unreliable and hectic, overcrowded and inconvenient, so many turn to luxury car hire to get them to and from the stadium for the match, or to and from the airport.

Cars For Stars is the UK’s leading luxury car hire company, and covers everywhere in the UK. So if you’re one of the lucky fans going to cheer on your team at the Champion’s League Final 2013, have you considered hiring one of Cars For Stars’ chauffeur-driven vehicles to add that extra bit of luxury to your day? So call them today on 0844 567 9000 to book your swanky and dependable transport for the 25th May – the Champion’s League Final!

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First Lamborghini Limo (Lambo) has landed

aventador limoAt 7 o’clock this morning, Cars For Stars released their design for the world’s very first Lamborghini Limo. The ‘Lambo’, as it also known, is showcased in the form of a state-of-the-art rendered video, which can now be watched by all. The video, which has so far received several hundred views on YouTube, shows the stunning 3D design from every angle and perspective.

The brand new conceptual design is a stretched-out version of the stunning and legendary Lamborghini Aventador, and has the fiery-orange trademark colour scheme. The brand new design stays true to the original Aventador model, keeping the iconic upwards-opening scissor doors – one of the Aventador’s most recognisable features.

The Italian-built 690bhp hypercar boasts four doors, luxury leather seats in a laid-back lunge arrangement with the Cars For Stars logo emblazoned on the seating (which are also heated). It also features plasma screens, surround sound, a champagne bar, music system, iPod docks and much more.

The company behind the world’s first Lamborghini limo, Cars For Stars, has been leading the way in luxury car hire for over a decade. It offers nationwide prestige, high-end car hire, chauffeur-driven cars and wedding car rental for a large range of events and occasions.

The conceptual design combines the breathtaking, sophicated sleekness of the original Italian-built Lamborghini Aventador, with the high-end luxury of a stretch limousine to create a truly remarkable vehicle. The Aventador, which is named after a raging bull for obvious reasons, brings to life the very spirit of creative and futuristic car design. It’s little wonder it’s already creating so much hype in the world of luxury motoring, which is undeniably down to its original, innovative and ground-breaking design.

Although the Lambo is still in the conceptual stage, Cars For Stars are welcoming the support of a sponsor who will help the Aventador limo become a reality. Investment comes with superb rewards such as the renaming of the vehicle to incorporate the investor’s company name and a year’s free advertising.

So take a look at the brand new conceptual design video by clicking here, for the world’s first Lamborghini stretch limo and prepare to be blown away by its awe-inspiring elegance.


Batmobile sells at auction for $4.2 million

Taking the love for Batman and Robin a step further, an ardent fan has purchased the original Batmobile for a whopping $4.2m (£2.6m) at the recent Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. Rick Champagne, a logistics company owner from the Phoenix area, bought the iconic automobile that transported the superhero and his sidekick in the Batman series featured on television from 1966 to 1968. The show starred Adam West and Burt Ward with the Batmobile based on the concept car, 1955 Lincoln Futura, built by Ford Motor Co in Italy.

This was the first time that the Batmobile was put up for public sale. Mr Champagne will have to pay additional costs of $420,000 in premiums as well as the $4.2m auction bid price.

50-year-old Mr Champagne said: “I really liked Batman growing up and I came here with the intention of buying the car. Sure enough, I was able to buy it. That was a dream come true.”

The legendary luxury car boasts a V8 engine and instruments in its steering wheel along with innovations like the push-button transmission. The car was initially bought for a nominal $1 by famous customizer George Barris who had 15 days to work his magic and transform the concept car into the historic Batmobile for the TV show. He worked from a budget of $15,000 to create the original Batmobile and since the transformation and its rise to fame, Mr Barris has continued to own the vehicle until the Barrett-Jackson auction. The car is well-loved for its state-of-art gadgets that include a car phone, twin rear parachutes for quick Bat turns and the ability to deploy oil, smoke and nails to stop villains in their tracks.

Since the series ended, the Batmobile has toured the United States and has also featured in a movie. Soon after, the car was housed in a private showroom in California and Mr Barris now feels that it is the right time for the car to be in the hands of a new owner.


Rolls-Royce reports record sales three years in a row

BMW owned Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has reported record sales making this the third consecutive year for the car maker with increased sales. The company recorded a 1% growth in 2011-2012 with sales increasing from 3538 cars to 3575 cars in one year.

However, this was a lower growth rate that those recorded in the last two years that saw the company report sales growth of 31% and 150% respectively. The increased sales for 2011-12 can be attributed to expansions into newer markets with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars now selling luxury cars to Latin America, among other new areas. Another emerging but lucrative market for the car supplier is Saudi Arabia which reported a 63% increase in Rolls Royce car sales with automobile enthusiasts snapping up the luxury vehicles.

CEO of Rolls-Royce, Torsten Muller-Otvos, said: “Middle Eastern customers are completely different from British customers, and for that reason you might see more shiny, different colours in the Middle East.”

Sales in Europe rose 21% while Asia reported an increase of 18%. UK sales, however, were broadly flat that was partly brought on by an overhaul of the London dealership.

In the United States, sales of Rolls-Royce vehicles were spectacular with the country overtaking China as the luxury car maker’s top market. Mr Muller-Otvos said: “The United States proved to be quite strong at the end of the year, and we’ve had a certain slowdown in the Chinese market.”

According to Mr Muller-Otvos, the company has managed to rise above its challenges: “We are the pinnacle of all luxury brands in the world. We are interested in constant growth over the years to come, but sustainable growth.

“We had an outstanding year in spite of the challenges.”


Dudley limo company fined; caught without private hire licence

Splash Limousines, a Dudley-based limo hire company catering to school proms, have been fined £1000 for not possessing a private hire licence or a valid insurance. The limo hire company were caught during a council sting operation that revealed their lack of a private licence invalidated their insurance policy.

Lee Jeavons and Rachel Marson, owners of the company, have denied any wrongdoing stating that they were under the impression that the council authorities did not require a private hire licence. They have also told Dudley Magistrates Court that their company may face closure due to the court proceedings.

Splash Limousines defence Mr Shabir Qureshi said: “Five years ago there was a lot of talk among other limo companies that a private hire licence may be required, but Miss Marson was given the clear impression that there was no need for this in Dudley.”

However, enforcement officer Trevor Parkes told the court that Dudley council had started licensing limousines three years ago after a change in law. He also said that Splash Limousines should have been aware of this development and made changes to their licence as required.

Prosecuting, Tim Holder said that the company insurance policy only covered private hire cars. The lack of a private hire licence nullified the policy, leaving Splash Limousines without a valid insurance.

The entire matter came to light when the parent of a student, looking to book a limo hire for his daughter’s school prom, enquired whether Splash Limousines hold a licence. Mr Jeavons and Ms Marson, who also drove the limousines, told the court that they believed that they were covered by their insurance policy. The couple also claimed that they had only been sent licensing information relating to taxis and Hackney carriages by the council.


Leather Ferrari takes luxury to new level

After a bulletproof SUV with seats covered in whale foreskin and gold-plated luxury cars, Latvian luxury car customisation specialists Dartz have unveiled their latest creation – a £135,000 Ferrari wrapped in a sleek leather exterior.

The Ferrari F430 has been covered in a lustrous coat of real leather, after being commissioned by an anonymous client based in the French Riviera. Having previously grabbed headlined with their £1 million SUV with wale foreskin seats and Sasha Baron Cohen’s three gold-plated Aladeen Edition Prombons, the luxury car customisation specialists began a 16 day three-man effort to cover the Ferrari in its unique leather jacket.

Dartz owner Leonard Yankelovich said: “One of our very rich customers from the Cote d’Azur wanted a leather exterior and knew we could deliver. It took three of my staff 16 working days to apply the leather and finish. He was more than happy when he picked it up.”

When it comes to the material, Mr Yankelovich explained that the leather was real and not vinyl, as previously speculated by the media. And to keep matters mysterious, Mr Yankelovich hinted that it was “something inbetween”.

Mr Yankelovich was unwilling to disclose the price for customising a Ferrari F430 with a leather cover. When asked about the process behind such exquisite and fine coating, the customisation expert simply revealed it as “Dartz know-how”.

The customer for the leather Ferrari remains anonymous, but the upgrade to the world’s supercar has been met with approving nods from the media and automobile fans alike.


Cheap chauffeur car hire for football fans travelling to Wembley for Play off Final

Good news for Blackpool FC and West Ham football fans! Cars for Stars have slashed their prices across their entire fleet of luxury chauffeur cars and stretch limousines for football fans travelling to Wembley Stadium for the Play-off Final on May 19th. So if you’re planning a trip to the Play-offs a week on Saturday, get in touch with Cars for Stars to make the most of their exclusive transport deals.

Blackpool booked their place in the Wembley Play-off final this week after beating Birmingham City 3-2 on aggregate. The Seasiders will now meet West Ham in the Play off Final after they beat Cardiff City 5-0 on aggregate. With the Hammers vying to regain their place in the Premier League after they were relegated last year, and Blackpool keen to prove their worth after losing their spot in the Premier League after just one season back in 2010/11, the Play off Final on May 19th is set to be electric.

Whether you’re cheering on Blackpool FC or if you’re backing the boys from West Ham on May 19th, you can take advantage of the value for money limousine hire deals being offered by Cars for Stars to football fans travelling to Wembley to see Blackpool and West Ham battle for promotion to the Premiership.

Cars for Stars offer chauffeur driven luxury car and limo hire throughout the UK so if you’re travelling down to London from Lancashire or Manchester, Essex or Cardiff, Preston or Cheadle, Warrington or Shropshire, Norfolk or Brighton, Swansea or Swindon, Croydon or Gloucester, trust Car for Stars to transport you to Wembley in the lap of luxury. Choose from deluxe hummer limos with onboard plasma screens to party buses with state of the art sound systems, Rolls Royce Phantom and Bentley Arnage chauffeur cars as well as a huge selection of Lincoln Town car limousines and Chrysler limos.

Call Cars for Stars now and request your free quote for chauffeur driven car or limo hire to Wembley to watch the Play off Final between Blackpool and West Ham.


Free chauffeur rides for Londoners to celebrate launch of HP Ultrabook

HP are offering Londoners living in Zone 1 and Zone 2 the chance to enjoy a free chauffeur driven ride in one of their branded Mercedes people carriers and also experience their latest product, the HP ENVY 14 Spectre Ultrabook, while they’re chauffeured around the capital.

The free chauffeur rides are being offered for the next two weeks on week days only, starting from Monday April 16th, with a number of collection locations set up in Central London. A fleet of blacked out Mercedes people carriers bearing the HP branding are whisking through the city giving London commuters a free ride and a chance to trial their latest device.

It’s a novel way to introduce potential customers to HP’s new product as people who may not normally go into a shop to view a new electronic device from HP, will however be happy to accept a free chauffeur driven ride from the company’s HP Spectre Shuttle, while at the same time being given an introduction to the new Ultrabook.

The Mercedes vehicles are all driven by professional chauffeurs and those making use of the free travel can be dropped off at the address of their choice, anywhere in Zone 1 or Zone 2 of London. The chauffeur driven vehicles are all fully kitted out with onboard Wi-Fi so passengers will have the chance to fully test drive the HP Ultrabook during their free chauffeur trip.

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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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