All too often we watch as the lives of celebrities unravel, unable to look away even when they sink to new lows. Think Tiger Woods, Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan. As the old saying goes, it’s like watching a car wreck.
Unfortunately for many celebs, actual car wrecks are usually part of the downfall process.
Today we bring you some examples of expensive vehicular sheet metal twisted around poles, plowed into businesses and totaled on rainy Thursday evenings. Car accidents and celebrities go together like iPads and apps, so enjoy all the twisted pleasure they bring.
We’ll begin with our friend George Michael. I know. I never thought I’d mention him on this blog either, but I’m doing so because he has wrecked a Land Rover Range Rover. Twice.
In 2009 Michael rear-ended a semi truck in his Rover, then in 2010 he managed to Wham into a one-hour-photo shop in Britain with another Rover. How sad… yet terribly amusing.
Sprinter Usain Bolt won gold at the Beijing Olympics representing Jamaica. As a reward from his sponsors, we was given a 2009 BMW M3. You might think fast legs would translate to fast wheels, but you would be wrong. It didn’t take long for Bolt to skid off the highway and turn his M3 to mush.
Few people in the world, save for Mel Brooks and Jon Stewart, make me as happy as Rowan Atkinson. His Mr. Bean character has turned my frown upside down for more years than I care to remember. So it was with sadness that I read about his crash in a McLaren F1. Now, the F1 isn’t a particularly easy car to drive. There are no antilock brakes, no electronic stability control or other modern safety features, so Atkinson might be forgiven for losing control on wet roads. Still, in that car, it’s hard to imagine he was doing a reasonable speed, and he ended up paying the price.
Finally, you might think CEOs of car companies would be the safest drivers on the road. Especially a charismatic, preppy CEO such as Fiat/Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne. But all the way back in 2007, Sergio rear-ended a Renault on a Swiss highway and totalled the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano he was driving.
If it can happen to Sergio, it can happen to any of us. Drive safe this weekend, fellow CarGurus!