The Toronto auto show’s Cars & Stars display promises a stable full of iconic pop culture vehicles from the past and present made famous by their celebrity owners, appearances on TV, the silver screen and across social media.
Primed and parked among the notable vehicles of the rich and famous are two of Canadian electronic music man Deadmau5’s hot cars, his McLaren P1 and the infamous “Purracan” — a Lamborghini Huracan with a custom Nyan Cat vinyl wrap created by Sekanskin.
Only 375 of the plug-in hybrid P1 models were built by McLaren between 2013 and 2015, so it’s not a supercar that most folks ever get to see.
The successor to the McLaren F1, its 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 engine matched with an electric motor produces more than 900 horsepower.
Unleashed in 2014, the Huracan, Spanish for “Hurricane” and also the name of the Mayan God of storms, wind and fire, is a 5.2-litre V10 midengine all-wheel drive exotic that zips from zero to 100 km/h in about three seconds, with a top speed rated at 325 km/h.
The skin on the “Nyanborghini Purracan,” as Deadmaus5 calls it, is the same blue hue with nyan cat stickers that graced his “Purrari” 458 Spider, much to the publicized chagrin of Ferrari. The Italian company went after the musician in 2014, demanding that the model be restored. He sold it, got the rival Lambo and had Sekanskin ditto kittie wrap it.
The Mississagua-based aftermarket company will also unveil a surprise car wrap creation during the final weekend at the auto show.
And have you ever wanted to get up close and personal with Eleanor?
You can get into the selfie zone with the star set of wheels made famous in the movie Gone in 60 Seconds, but just keep your hands to yourself.
She’s a little cranky, being the custom 1971 Ford Mustang fastback, dolled up to look like a ’73 for the original version of the film released in 1974.
The hot muscle car pavement shredder was the only Ford Mustang in history to receive a star’s credit, as Eleanor, and she’s among the stable of famous wheels to be gracing the 700 level Cars & Stars exhibit in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre’s south building.
And speaking of the selfie rage, the globe rallying #Selfie Car, a reflecto-wrapped Lamborghini Gallardo courtesy of the Blacklist Rally, will be there beckoning auto oglers to snap away to their shutters’ content.
Celebrity chef and host of the Food Network’s Diners, Drive Ins & Dives, Guy Fieri’s yellow 1969 Corvette will be positioned next to the coffee bar where patrons can try some of the bleached one’s Single Cup Coffee blends.
Auto auction house Barrett-Jackson of Scottsdale, Ariz., trademarked as running “The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions,” will showcase two hyper high-end rides before they hit the block at the launch of a Barrett-Jackson auction venue in Connecticut, Maine, in June.