There are rich and famous people who buy long and low slung luxury cars. Then there are those who get their thrills from sportscars, and we call them car nuts. Today, we bring to you 10 big car nuts among India’s rich and famous.
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Ratan Tata loves to drive. Period from the Honda Civic to the Jaguar F-Type, this business tycoon actually gets behind the wheel of each of his for the simple pleasure of driving. No chauffeurs for Mr. Tata. And here are details of his entire fleet.
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There are few rich and famous men whose idea of a vacation is a race track and some high performance machinery such as Caterhams and Mclarens of this world. Cricketing ace Sachin Tendulkar clearly enjoys the thrill of speed. The man’s even got a garage that includes the mighty Godzilla.
He’s in the board room during the weekdays and on the track during the weekends. That sums up Raymond Chairman Gautam Singhania’s life. This man actually races Ferraris at Abu Dhabi, drags his Nissan Skyline GT-R, and on other occasions drifts about in an E46 BMW M3. Enough said.
Virat Kohli has three supercars, yes three. An Audi R8 was this cricketing star’s entry into the supercar world. Kohli followed the R8 up with the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder for some wind-in-the-hair action. His latest acquisition? The limited edition Audi R8 LMX. Clearly, this car nut loves the turn of speed.
Once upon a time Vijay Mallya was what Gautam Singhania was, and the liquor baron was seen going wheel to wheel at Sholavaram’s race track, bringing home many a trophy, of the trophy kind. Now a parliamentarian, Dr. Mallya enjoys his cars on private islands. He even has a museum to hoard his vintage cars. Beat that, and he runs a successful F1 team.
This fiesty actress, politician, green thumb and animal lover rolled into one is also a keen car nut. Gul Panag owns a custom built Mahindra Scorpio Getaway that she uses for getaways to the hills. The Discovery Channel even shot a documentary with the actress road tripping to the frigid reaches of the Himalayas, in her rugged pick up truck of course. She rides bikes too.
From tinkering around with the humble Maruti Suzuki Zen to go faster to owning the Ferrari F430, Bollywood actor Imran Khan has come a long way. The way ahead? Doing a James Bond with an Aston Martin DB9. Imran Khan’s idea of inheritance? Hoping that his daughter inherits his obsession for fast cars.
Yuvraj Singh has plenty of fast cars, and the cricketer often hits the Buddh International Circuit, a track that’s used for Formula 1 races. Here, not having to worry about traffic and assorted chaos, Yuvraj unleashes over 550 horses of his Lamborghini Murcielago. And here’s Yuvraj’s full garage.
John Abraham owns a slew of high performance automobiles such as the Lamborghini Gallardo and the Audi Q7 4.2 TDI, and supercars such as the Yamaha V-Max and an R1. Amid such exotics, the actor has also retained a humble set of wheels – the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy, which kickstarted his car obsession.
When the rest of his ilk were playing with luxury cars, Sanjay Dutt was planning go faster bits for his supercars. From Rolls Royces to Ferraris, the man owns both super luxury cars and supercars. His current steeds for speed include the Ferrari 599 GTB and the Audi R8.