Hugh Grant, one of the most charming men on the planet, himself fell under the spell of our “beautiful cars”. A birthday gift to him from Ferrari.
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The English actor arrived in Maranello on September 10th intent on celebrating his 50th birthday by making his lifelong dream of driving a Ferrari come true. Or, as he put himself, with his usual self-deprecating irony: “I had the opportunity to drive your GTO on the track. I adore the rumble of the engine. But the sound of the gears shifting up is fantastic too. Wonderful. I adore beautiful cars, beautiful women – with whom I’ve been lucky enough to work – and cats. All three hold the same fascination for me. Luckily, only the women reciprocate. Even though I have to say that lately cats have been….”
A passion for beautiful women goes hand in hand with a passion for beautiful cars. But while the Four Weddings star;s skills with the ladies are well-known, what does he think of the car world? Grant turns back to the clock to his first years as a driver and jokingly confesses that he wasn’t particularly keen on his first car: “a pathetic and very unsporty Citroen Dyane”. Of course, cars were very different 40 years ago, but we’ll never know if he’d have felt the same about a Ferrari of the day….
However, he did give us his opinion on passion and talent and the mix they make.
Is a highly successful career like his own the result of hard work and focus, very much as happens in Ferrari or does one need a bit of good luck to go down in the history books too? “Talent, good luck, opportunity: I believe you need all three of the aforementioned. Definitely talent, but you also need a bit of luck. Of course, hard work, unfashionable though it may be, is also necessary.”
And so Hugh Grant enjoyed a thoroughly luxurious birthday in Maranello, surrounded by a whole fleet of “beautiful cars”. Just the way he likes it.
Published on September 2010