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By system on Thursday, 08 March 2012

A Rolls-Royce convertible coupe owner left his car in the rain with the convertible roof down outside an Adelaide café, and could be up for a repair bill of $100,000. That’s if the insurers don’t decide to simply write off the $1 million vehicle entirely. Several passers-by noticed the soaking Phantom Drophead Coupe, which was left for at least half an hour outside a Glenelg cafe, with some uploading footage to YouTube this month. With the console and leather seats drenched and the foot wells filling with water, it could be ruined. The facia of leather and trim could cost more than $50K to replace but if the water is in the electrics, switches and seat motors then you could be looking well I the 6 figures. Whether you have money or not it is a shame that you do not have more respect for your car, most people dream of a car like that!

Unbelievable! – a 73 year old Florida businessman is officially the King of Wrecked Exotics by destroying at least 10 exotic cars in the last three years.

It is said that he walked away from each accident and continued to drive like a lunatic. Next to that he has partial ownership of an insurance company. It isn’t clear if the cars were insured within his own company. Some examples are two Ferrari 360 Spyders one ended up into a water fountain near the entrance of his mansion, the other one was destroyed when he crashed it into a palm tree at 60 mph. A Ferrari F355 was crashed into the rear of a Ford F-350 Superduty while racing a Lamborghini Gallardo . At Palm Beach International raceway he crashed a Bugatti EB110. A Ford Indigo concept car was completely destroyed – only two were ever made. A classic Ferrari Dino ended up in the same situation. A Ferrari F430 was wrecked on the track. Even a 1909 Ford Model T was wrecked. At least one of the 50 Yenko Camaros ever built was totalled by him and last but not least he also managed to shorten a few Caterhams and a Westfield sports car while driving on a track. This is a true story!

10 year old’s crash in $200K Maserati – Hong Kong police briefly detained a 10-year-old American boy who took his father’s Maserati GranTurismo coupe out for a spin. The boy grabbed the keys from an unlocked drawer in the family’s apartment near central Hong Kong, revved the engine and drove off in the two-door car. He hit a vehicle in the car park but continued driving the car, which his businessman father paid over $200K for in 2009, for another 300 metres down a busy road before he stopped and a passer-by called the police. “Police arrested the 10-year-old for driving without a licence and taking a conveyance without authority under the theft ordinance,” a police spokeswoman said, adding that the boy has been released on police bail. The boy is required to report back to the police station later this month. The offence carries a maximum punishment of seven years’ imprisonment and a fine but a police source said that he was unlikely to be charged because of his age.

And to finish this was the hardest news to read. A luxury sports car outing in Japan has ended in what may be one of the most expensive car crashes in history. Eight Ferraris, three Mercedes-Benzes, a Lamborghini and two other vehicles were involved in the pile-up in the southern prefecture of Yamaguchi. No-one was seriously hurt, but the road was closed for six hours after the accident. Media reports estimate the damaged cars are worth at least 300m yen ($3.85m) in total.

The sports cars – driven in convoy by a group of automobile enthusiasts – were on their way to Hiroshima. Police say they believe the accident happened when the driver of one of the Ferraris tried to change lanes and hit the crash barrier. “A group of cars was doing 140-160km/h (85-100mph),” an unidentified eyewitness said “One of them spun and they all ended up in this great mess.” Ten people received minor injuries in the crash, police said, and some of the vehicles were beyond repair – just plain wrong!