Rowan Atkinson Crashes His Car at Goodwood Revival
Famous British actor Rowan Atkinson
was racing his 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint in the Shelby Cup at the vintage
car rally Goodwood Revival when reports say he crashed and had to quit.
The accident happened after a competitor two cars ahead lost control,
but fortunately Mr. Bean star was not injured.
For a celebrity that just loves cars and affords buying only the best available on the market, the 59-year old actor doesn’t seem to be very lucky
he holds the wheel. He crashed his McLaren F1 twice. First time it was
in an accident in Cabus, near Garstang, Lancashire with an Austin Metro,
in October 1999. The second time, was yet a more serious crash when it
caught fire after reportedly lost control and hit a tree.
The McLaren was so heavily damaged that it took the mechanics four weeks
to calculate the repair costs and one year to actually bring it back to
its perfect factory state. But the actual jaw-dropping part is that the
insurance company had to pay no less than $1.44 million (GBP 910.000
British pounds) to get it fixed at McLaren's workshop in Surrey. This
makes it the biggest repair bill ever recorded in the United Kingdom.
However, this time it was not his fault. The driver two cars ahead lost
control of his vehicle and Atkinson didn’t manage to heave his classic
Falcon around the car, so ended up hitting it. Even though nobody was injured, the incident was enough to ruin the actor’s race, so he the car.
In case you didn’t know, Rowan Atkinson is in fact an avid car collector and race enthusiast. He raced several cars a 5 GT Turbo for two
for its one make series. Besides the McLaren, he previously owned a
Honda NSX. An Audi R8 and Honda Civic Hybrid add up to the actor’s big car collection, which, however, does not include any Porsche.
One car Atkinson has said he will not own is a Porsche: “I have a
with Porsches. They’re wonderful cars, but I know I could live with
one. Somehow, the typical Porsche people - and I wish them no ill - are
not, I feel, my kind of people.”