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Journeys : Dec2011 Jan2012
Amotor car can be a statement of its owner’s personality, especially if that owner happens to be rich and famous. Because of this some cars seem to become imbued with an identity all of their own. And it is the cars that were once owned by celebrities that are often the most popular exhibits in motor museums and the items keenly sought by pr ivate collectors the world over. Rock and Roller What would you do with a three-ton, six-metre-long, 1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V? Whack in a TV, a fridge, a double bed, and give it a radical paint job of course – just like John Lennon did. The psychedelic paintwork of Lennon’s Roller was inspired by an authentic gypsy caravan at the bottom of his garden – but it drew sufficient ire for an elderly lady to attack it one day with her brolly. In 1970 the car was shipped to the USA and borrowed by Lennon chums like Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and the Moody Blues. Taxation difficulties led to the car being donated to the Smithsonian Institute, in lieu of credit. It has since passed through numerous museums but is more often than not kept in secure storage due to the horrendous insurance premiums. Going batty The original Batmobile began life as a concept car in the Lincoln division of the Ford Motor Company in 1955. The one-off was handcrafted in Italy at a cost of US$250,000 but never put into production. The pearlescent frost-blue car was painted red for the 1959 film It Started With a Kiss (Debbie Reynolds/Glenn Ford) before sprouting bat wings and a new black colour scheme to make a name for itself in the Batman TV ser ies of the late 1960s. The gadget-laden car – rockets, lasers, battering ram and parachutes – has an estimated value of US$2 million. A new generation of Batmobiles has been purpose-built for subsequent feature films. Cars with personality Paul Granston explores the link between fame and four wheels Herb Neufeld Life on the move 36 December 2011 / January 2012 Driver training for all .drivers. Modern vehicles Expert instructors Individual driving lessons for learners and driver assessment RACT Driver Training graduates receive special discounts on joining RACT Roadside membership. Low-Risk Driver Training with both private and business courses. Hobart 6232 6399 Launceston 6335 5612 Devonport 6421 1918 Burnie 6434 2913 6609 www.ract.com.au
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