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4 of the most dramatic stolen supercar recoveries caught on camera

Published: 29/Sep/2020 15:31

by Kieran Bicknell

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Owning an exotic car rental company comes with its challenges. YouTuber Houston Crosta of Royalty Exotic Cars is all-too-familiar with this, regularly posting videos of ‘repo’ jobs on his channel. Here are four of the most dramatic yet.

Renting out six-figure cars to strangers is a risky game. The majority of Royalty Exotic Cars’ customers are law-abiding citizens looking to have a good time, but as always, the minority try and spoil it for everyone else.

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Thankfully the owner, Houston Crosta, is well-versed in these situations and is no stranger to getting his property back by force. Posting the ‘repo’ videos to the Royalty Exotic Cars YouTube channel, they represent an entertaining window into the ‘dark side’ of supercar life.

Houston Crosta with Bugatti Veyron
YouTube: Royalty Exotic Cars
Owner Houston Crosta is no stranger to high-powered cars.

“They started throwing gang signs”

While supercar and exotic car rentals aren’t cheap, that’s still no excuse for using stolen money to pay for them. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what this renter did when borrowing a Slingshot from Houston’s business.

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Confronting the scammer in a major Las Vegas casino, a crowd quickly gathers around the two parties. When the scammer group starts throwing gang signs, things escalate quickly, requiring the casino security to step in.

Given that a slingshot rents for around $400 for a day, this is a lot of confrontation and potential disaster just for a set of keys.

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“I’m an honest man!”

Despite this driver’s protests, he clearly was not an “honest man.” Having stolen REC’s Corvette and taken it for a joyride around the city, he really did not want to give Houston the key back.

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Thankfully, rental companies always keep spares, meaning that Crosta was able to recover the car – but not without a fight.

What’s more, the driver kept making references to illegal substances in the car, suggesting that the driver may have been on them at the time of the altercation. This is one repo that could’ve ended far, far worse for Crosta.

“The dirtiest car I’ve ever picked up”

Proving its not always random criminals that try and get away with stealing his cars, this time a Universal Music artist decided that they wanted to not only steal, but trash, two REC cars.

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Flying all the way out to LA to collect them both, the Lamborghini Huracan was found in a disgusting condition. The renters had left empty bottles, canisters, and all manner of items in the car. It smelt so bad in fact, that Crosta was left retching after looking around the car.

Not only did they make off with a Huracan, but also a Range Rover. Thankfully, this was found promptly and in much better condition, after the original renters sub-let the car to strangers.

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Finishing the video with a bit of advice, Houston tells his followers to “never start a rental company in California!”

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“Not again!”

It seems that the C7 Corvette is a magnet for dodgy renters. The same car that features in the video above, this time it was stolen in tandem with a Range Rover.

After giving the renters 72hrs to return the car, Crosta is able to land felony charges on the renters as the vehicles are officially reported as stolen. Given that the Corvette is worth $60k and the Range Rover worth $90k, these renters are sat with $150k of stolen property on their driveway.

Thankfully the hand-over was much less dramatic this time. Houston also gave a rare insight into his views on the situation. “You try really hard to be mean [because they effectively stole his cars] but it’s hard to be mean when they’re being nice!”


With high risk comes high reward, and judging by the insane fleet seen at Royalty Exotic Cars, the reward is worth the occasional risk. With Houston having his own private fleet of hypercars too, it seems that the hard work pays off.

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Top Gear’s Chris Harris slams “stupid” $625k Ferrari SF90 Stradale

Published: 8/Oct/2020 14:56 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 14:57

by Kieran Bicknell

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As presenter of BBC’s Top Gear, Chris Harris is living out his boyhood dream. Inevitably, once in a while a supercar is going to come along that really gets his back up, and it seems the brand new Ferrari SF90 Stradale has done exactly that.

Harris hasn’t always been a household TV name. Prior to joining Top Gear in 2016, Harris presented his own series on YouTube, along with writing for the likes of Autocar and Evo magazine in England.

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After a famous falling-out with Ferrari back in 2011 (which saw him banned from reviewing their cars for two years) it seems Harris is still on good terms with the Italian brand, but that may be about to change.

Unfortunately for Ferrari, Chris Harris is definitely not a fan of the new SF90 Stradale hybrid, not even in the top-range ‘Assetto Fiorano’ trim. Costing a whopping $625,000 without options, the SF90 represents a new direction for Ferrari. Sadly, it seems that it’s not a good direction, at least according to Harris.

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Chris Harris with Ferrari SF90 Stradale Assetto Fiorano
YouTube: Top Gear
Harris was not a fan of Ferrari’s new flagship hybrid supercar, the SF90 Stradale.

Chris Harris reviews the Ferrari SF90 Stradale

He believes that supercar manufacturers are going down a “rabbit hole of performance,” chasing ever-decreasing 0-60 times and fighting for the fastest lap times possible. The SF90 seems to fall firmly into this category for Harris, and he wasted no time tearing into the apex supercar.

“The thing is undeniably impressive” he admitted when asked about his opinion on the car, but that’s about as much praise as he had. “It’s a vehicle you find yourself admiring rather than lusting after, it trades in applying forces to the body of the driver, that’s really it.”

The complexity of the SF90 is a big issue, as is the brutal performance. “It’s so fast, you don’t have time to understand what’s going on… it’s stupid” said Chris. He does admit that the characteristics of the car are “sensational” but they sadly don’t make up for its pitfalls.

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Practicality is a big concern too, as the location of the SF90’s electric motors in the front means that it can’t carry luggage. This transforms it from a car into a “toy” according to Harris, as there’s no practicality to it whatsoever.

The SF90 is “nearly as quick as a LaFerrari”

While Ferraris are often lauded as the prettiest cars on the road, even styling can’t save the SF90. In his words, Chris said “it looks like it was styled by a computer, rather than some Italian bloke with a pencil… It’s lacking emotion.”

Summing up, Chris says despite the fact the SF90 is “nearly as quick as a LaFerrari” its stablemate, the F8 Tributo, is far better.

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“Give me 500hp, 950kg, a manual gearbox, and maybe a little bit of electricity to get through town quietly and start-up quietly in front of my neighbors; Give me that, and that’s the car I want.”

Whether his harsh words will lead to another falling out with Ferrari is uncertain, but with many praising his honesty, it’s unlikely Harris is going to change any time soon.

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