We are used to Mr Bean getting in some scrapes, but when Rowan Atkinson suffered an accident in his McLaren supercar in 2011, even Mr Bean could not surpass the insurance claim which followed. Indeed, Blackadder would have struggled to top the star's insurance claim.
Insurers have paid out the largest ever sum for a car crash repair to fix Mr Atkinson's £3million McLaren F1 car. The star escaped with an injured shoulder after losing control of the 240mph car on a slippery section of the A605 near Peterborough in August 2011. Most of the back of the car was destroyed and the 6.1 litre engine landed a staggering 20 yards away.
Perhaps it is no surprise that mechanics at the McLaren base in Woking took a year to repair the supercar and restore it to its former glory. The cost of the repair is an amazing £900,000 – and this is three times higher than the previous record which was paid out in 2010. Mr Atkinson likened getting back behind the wheel to being like “putting a familiar sweater on”. One can only assume he refers to a designer sweater!
Mr Atkinson's bought the car in 1997, paying £647,000, and managed to damage the vehicle just two years later in a low-speed collision with a Rover Metro.
This massive insurance payout perhaps underscores why we all, every day in every way, need insurance! Perhaps next time a premium comes up for renewal, we won't flinch too much! However, if you want the comfort of knowing you have the best insurance to meet your vehicle requirements, you need to take professional advice. Westhill Insurance Services is an independent company – which means we can shop around to find the best insurance to suit your lifestyle as well as your budget. Whether you need insurance for a new or an experienced driver, for business or for pleasure, for a family hatchback or a high performance vehicle, just one call to our friendly team and you will soon be covered, at a price which you can afford. Good advice is invaluable when looking for car insurance – and don't be caught out by buying on line, you can find yourself left on the grid if you need to make a speedy claim!
Perhaps leaving the driving of Supercars to Super stars is a good idea, especially when you consider the premiums – and you can't imagine Baldrick shelling out for such a vehicle either!
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