Motoring London Lite Friday, 6 November 2009 35 Celebritypetrolheads Thefamousfaceswhodontsplashtheircashonbigyachtsandholidayhomes by andrew gillingwater C jasipg jiopasgj asdopgj opsd agjiaspdg iagj iopag ImagIne for a moment that you are a fabulously rich celebrity or high- flying entrepreneur. When youve a famous face and a bank account the length of a telephone number, whats the fastest way to get rid of your cash? Forget designer clothes, an abramovich-style yacht or a 10- bedroom crib in the Caribbean and consider a car collection instead. and were not talking about one or two new Porsches or a shed full of rusty old austin allegros. These are cars so rare, exclusive and valuable that they will be on everyones wish- list for decades to come. So where do you start and how do you choose the right car? mick Walsh, editor-in-chief of Classic & Sportscar magazine, says: We always advise people to buy from the heart, so even if it drops in value youve still got something fantastic in the garage. With many people its quite often a deep-rooted passion that goes back to their childhood, and now they have the money theyre finally getting a chance to live those fantasies. Someone who did extraordinarily well out of it was the owner of a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testarossa, which was sold by Rm auctions earlier this year for a world record-breaking sum of 9,020,000. mD max girardo explains: The historical significance of this car attracted a bidding war as collectors from around the world competed to secure one of the most alluring and iconic Ferrari racing cars. So who are the established collectors in the UK and what are the star cars? As CO-FOUNDER and drummer with Pink Floyd, Mason has amassed unimaginable riches. According to the sunday Times Rich List 2009, his personal wealth stands at 50m -- a figure underpinned by a collection of mouth-watering motors. There are about 40 in all, including a Jaguar D-Type, Maserati Birdcage (two, in fact), Maserati 250F, Porsche 962 and a Ferrari F40. Yet these fade into the background when the star car is rolled out: the unforgettable Ferrari 250 GTO. I bought the GTO purely because I loved it, says Nick. Id taken photographs of GTOs long before I had the money to be able to buy that sort of car. Hes not kidding. Back in the seventies, Nick paid approximately 37,000 and its now one of the most coveted cars in the world, worth at least 10m. YeS, thats James martin of Saturday Kitchen fame. not a pop star. not a city slicker. not a property magnate. a chef. But hes clearly a very good one because tucked away in his state-of-the-art garages (complete with air- conditioning, dehumidifiers, plasma screens and a pool table) theres a vintage 1959 Corvette, aston martin DB5, audi RS4, Lotus 340R, a 1997 Jordan F1 car, plus a few motorbikes, including a Ducati 999R and a Wurz hand-built chopper worth 80,000. as Ive almost filled both garages, says James, Im going to buy a hydraulic racking system so I can fit more in. That would give me another 12 spaces to fill... Oh, how the other half live. IF YOUD been the boss of F1 for the last 30 years, chances are you would have spent a few quid on cars. and thats exactly what Bernie has done. Hidden away inside a hangar at Biggin Hill airport is one of the most sought-after collections of grand Prix racing cars in the world. The list includes two ultra-rare, pre-War grand Prix cars, namely a 1937 mercedes-Benz W125 and a 1937 auto Union C-Type, a 1954 Lancia D50 and the famous 1978 Brabham BT46B fan car. BBC RADIO 2 DJ Chris Evans made the headlines last year when he paid a reported 5.6m for Hollywood star James Coburns 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California spyder. But it wasnt just the price that raised eyebrows -- more the fact he didnt have to sell any of his other six prized Ferraris to seal the deal. And the expenditure didnt end there because every car, bar the 250 GT California spyder, has been resprayed in white. In 2000, he famously bought a Ferrari for his future wife Billie Piper the day after they met, and gave it to her full of roses -- despite the fact she couldnt drive. Nick Mason James Martin Bernie Ecclestone Chris Evans Few collectors are more unashamedly open about their collection than Jamiroquai front man, Jay Kay. He has nearly 40 cars tucked away at his country mansion in Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, including a Lamborghini Miura sV, Mercedes 600 that was once owned by Coco Chanel, Rolls-Royce Phantom, BMW 3.0 CsL Batmobile, Ferrari Enzo and a stunning 1955 Maserati A6 GCs, which has won many awards including top honours at the annual salon Priv concours event in Fulham. Jay Kay DONINGTON GRAND PRIX MUSEUM Not all collections are hidden away in secret loca- tions. Some, like this one at the Donington Park racing circuit near Derby, are open to the public. With 130 exhibits, its home to the worlds largest collection of Grand Prix cars, including the worlds largest collection of McLaren F1 cars. Jay Kay FeW collectors are more unashamedly open about their cars than Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay. He has nearly 40 tucked away at his country mansion in Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, including a Lamborghini miura SV, a mercedes 600 that was once owned by Coco Chanel, a Rolls-Royce Phantom, a BmW 3.0 CSL Batmobile, a Ferrari enzo and a stunning 1955 maserati a6 gCS, which has won many awards including top honours at the annual Salon Priv concours event in Fulham.