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Do you name your car? If you do, you're not alone

Skoda recently sponsored a poll of 2,000 U.K. car owners to find out what they've named their vehicle.

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Rhonda the Honda? Jack the Cadillac? Mamba the Mazda? Bullet the Mustang? Some of us have chosen to name our cars just for the fun of it while others have been pushed into it by registering their vehicle with the manufacturer's website to schedule maintenance.

A March 2020 poll of 2,000 motorists in the U.K. revealed that nearly a third of respondents have named their car. Thirty-two percent said that they have given their car a name, with a quarter of those saying that they have named three or more vehicles in their lifetime.

GOodyear car name generator graphic Goodyear has provided a helpful car name generator.Photo country of Goodyear

Some of the respondents divulged their vehicle names with 450 examples given. Some were repeats including: Betty, Freddie, Daisy, and Rosie. Other answers were more unique with Beyoncé, Harrison Ford, and Elvis Presley all being listed. Bubbles, Beast, The Brussel Sprout, Zorro, and Ketchup were also shared.

Other owners revealed that they had named their vehicles after family members or loved ones.

Why did they choose the names? The most popular reasons given was simply because it made the car owner chuckle (29 percent). Twenty percent of drivers picked a name because they thought the car looked like that particular name.

The survey also found that female drivers were almost twice as likely as male drivers to name their car, meanwhile, men were much more likely to use the name of a loved one or relative (12 percent) compared to women (six percent).

Where people live dictates how likely they were to give their vehicle a nickname. Thirty-seven percent of those living in the West Midlands named their model while 25 percent of those living in Scotland and Wales were likely to have the same behavior.

It's not unusual for owners to be attached to their vehicles but 10 percent of motorists surveyed said that they love their car more than their spouse or partner. One in seven said that the love of their vehicle superseded their love for their parents or siblings.

The survey was sponsored by Skoda.

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A bespoke fabric was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Range Rover.

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Savile Row tailor Henry Poole & Co has created a unique jacket fabric to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Land Rover Range Rover. The pattern was designed by Prof Gerry McGovern OBE, Land Rover's Chief Creative Officer.

Inspired by the original Range Rover color palette of Tuscan Blue, Bahama Gold, and Davos White, just 120 meters of the dog-tooth check lambswool fabric has been produced. That's enough to make just 50 bespoke jackets.

Henry Poole & Co Land Rover Range Rover jacket The fabric will be turned into bespoke jackets.Photo courtesy of Land Rover

The fabric is woven in Somerset, England, by a Fox Brothers & Co Ltd.

Henry Poole will create the men and women's jackets from the Range Rover fabric, tailored to meet each customer's individual requirements.

The same colors that inspired the jacket pattern also are present on the Range Rover Fifty, a limited edition model that also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the SUV. Land Rover is building the special model on the Range Rover Autobiography SUV. It rides on unique 22-inch wheels, has "Fifty" script badging on the exterior and interior, and comes with a number of bespoke accents. Each SUV will be individually numbered.

Buyers can get the Range Rover Fifty in either a standard or long wheelbase body design. Customers can choose from four paint jobs: Carpathian Grey, Rosello Red, Aruba, and Santorini Black. A very limited quantity of models in Tuscan Blue, Bahama Gold, and Davos White heritage paint colors will be offered by Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations.

Henry Poole & Co Land Rover Range Rover Fifty Just 1,970 versions of the Land Rover Fifty will be produced.Photo courtesy of Land Rover

Just 1,970 Range Rover Fifty SUVs will be sold.

The partnership with Henry Poole & Co isn't the first fashionable endeavor Land Rover has been a part of this year. The Land Rover x Elliot Brown collaboration created one of the world's toughest watches. The watches were worn by four rowers - Oliver Dawe-Lane, Arthur Chatto, Harry Lidgely, and Charles Bromhead - who successfully rowed around 2,000 miles of U.K. coastline to raise money for the British Red Cross and JustOneOcean, an environmental charity.

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Eric Clapton's Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano F1 is up for sale.

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Eric Clapton has been busy divesting himself of a few members of his automotive collection. First it was his 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, now his Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano F1 is up for sale. GVE London has listed the Ferrari on Auto Trader for £89,900.

Clapton's long been known as an avid car enthusiast. While his favorite brand is Ferrari, there have been a few others that shaped his passion from a 1938 Cadillac Fleetwood to a 1967 Mini Cooper. The Mini Cooper has a fabulous story behind it. The car originally belonged to Beatles guitarist George Harrison who had it decorated with psychedelic images inspired by the book "Tantra Art" in 1967. Harrison gave the car to Clapton but then took it back just two years later.

The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano F1 is one of Clapton's most desirable cars though Clapton has gone on record saying that his Ferrari 612 Scaglietti is the one he prefers. It is a grand tourer designed by Pininfarina. It was in production for just five model years - 2007 to 2012.

GVE London: FERRARI 599 GTB FIORANO (2007) www.youtube.com

This model features a contrasting Nero Daytona Black paint job and a Castoror Light Brown interior. A Bose HiFi System has been installed. The Ferrari also has monolithic 20-inch alloys and the renowned Scuderia Ferrari shields.

Its 6.0-liter V12 engine can get from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. The car has a top speed of 205 mph.

Auto Trader's YouTube Director, Rory Reid says: "The legend that is Eric Clapton is renowned for his classic car collection – after his music career of course – and it's well known how much he loves his Ferraris. He's even made use of Ferrari's secretive One-Off Programme in the past for a reported £3million, so you know he's not messing around!

"This particular Ferrari 599 is stunning and so well-maintained. The fact it received Eric Clapton's seal of approval before being sold on makes it that much more special. For a blues lover, who also has the money for it, this is a perfect buy on Auto Trader."

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