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Parker of Vehicle Virgins calls out Alex Choi and Daily Driven Exotics

Published: 11/Feb/2020 18:11

by David Purcell

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Popular car YouTubers Parker Nirenstrein, Alex Choi and Damon Fryer have sparked a huge bust-up on social media, with legal proceedings potentially underway for serious accusations made in the public domain.

All three YouTubers produce regular supercar content for their audiences. Choi’s channel has over 595,000 subscribers, Nirenstein’s Vehicle Virgins has around 2.2 million, and DailyDrivenExotics –owned by Fryer – has over 2.2 million as well.

Choi and Nirenstein have worked together on a number of projects over the years, both featuring in each other’s video content – particularly in the early days of their growth on YouTube.

However, unearthed animosity that used to exist between the two has resurfaced. Regular viewers who thought they had squashed their beef from 2017 – where Choi was accused of being arrogant – might have been shocked to see the pair going at it on Instagram on February 9. Accusations raised included reckless driving on Choi’s behalf, Nirenstein apparently taking drugs before drives, among other serious allegations.

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Parker Nirenstein has over 350,000 followers on his Vehicle Virgins Instagram account as well.
 

Vehicle Virgins had previously uploaded a video to YouTube, explaining how Alex Choi “tried to kill him” after driving recklessly in an electric golf kart – which he said was not clickbait.

In a post to Instagram on February 9, Nirenstein said: “2 months ago at Racewars, Alex Choi asked to give me a ride to my car in an electric golf kart. I was riding behind the kart on the trailer seat (where people are supposed to sit) and he decided to start going recklessly fast. Immediately I told him to slow down but he didn’t listen, hit a turn way too quickly and flipped the entire kart.”

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Vehicle Virgins has accused Alex Choi of trying to kill him in a YouTube video.

Following the accident, he claims to have suffered a severely sprained ankle, had his camera broken and damaged his clothing – claiming that he should have been compensated for what happened.

That was followed up with messages between Nirenstein, Choi and Damon Fryer about whether or not this should turn into a legal challenge in the future. After that, several potentially detrimental pieces of material were made public – or threatened for release – by Nirenstein.

Damon Fryer, who runs the popular DailyDrivenExotics YouTube channel, joked about crashing cars in videos after ‘sipping syrup’ before driving. He said: “I don’t think that’s safe for driving? Maybe that’s why you always crash? What a role model. You are 42 with a wife and kids.”

Vehicle Virgins later released a tape which he said features Alex and Damon using racial slurs “aggressively,” posted to his Instagram.

Following on from this, Nirenstein has challenged Fryer to a simultaneous drugs test to prove that he is clean. In another Instagram story post, he said: “I’m not scared. I’ve been sober for a while now man. Sure I drink, but you’re insinuating to fans I’m doing heroin, crack and lost my mind.”

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Here are some of the posts Vehicle Virgins directed at Daily Driven Exotics, after they hinted about drug use.

Vehicle Virgins also threatened to reveal details about tax evasion and more crash footage, involving Damon Fryer.

Now that previous issues between Choi and Nirenstein have reared their head on social media, if these posts are anything to go by, there’s no doubt that we’re going to see a lot more controversial and bold posts made on both sides moving forward – especially if at least one of these YouTube stars decides to legally challenge the material posted to the public.

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Vehicle Virgins threatened to release even more material on Instagram.

With private messages, theft accusations, drug test challenges, potential evidence of racial slurs and a high chance of more public outings to come, it’s difficult to predict what this bust-up will bring about next. There’s a lot to unpack already.

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Matt LeBlanc’s classic car collection is nothing short of extraordinary

Published: 26/Nov/2020 13:52

by Kieran Bicknell

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While many were surprised to see Friends star and sitcom actor Matt LeBlanc as one of the hosts for BBC’s Top Gear for a stint, it turns out LeBlanc is in fact a massive petrolhead, and has a collection of classic cars that is the stuff of dreams.

Anyone that has watched Friends knows the scene where Matt’s character Joey pretends to own a Porsche. Well, it turns out that there’s a degree of truth in that scene — LeBlanc is a massive fan of the Porsche brand, and has a number of their cars in his fleet.

Unlike most celebrity car collections, however, Matt’s is a lot more classic-oriented than most. From early air-cooled Porsches to unusual Jeeps, he has a classic for almost any occasion, as well as a number of cutting-edge supercars for good measure.

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Matt’s fastest car is his Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

Matt LeBlanc’s incredible Porsche collection

Porsche clearly hold a special place in Matt’s heart. From the air-cooled ‘widowmaker’ 930 911 Turbo to the cutting-edge 911 GT2 RS, his collection spans a number of decades and styles.

There is a noticeable bias towards the classics here, too. Prior to the 996-era of 911 launching in 1997, Porsche’s engines were mostly air-cooled, and this is where most of Matt’s collection is focused. While there are no doubt some hidden gems that are kept away from public eyes, we do know he owns the following:

  • 2012 911 Carrera GTS
  • 1988 964 (911) Carrera
  • 1987 930 (911) Turbo
  • 2014 911 Turbo S
  • 2016 911 R
  • 2017 911 GT2 RS

Despite his love for Porsche, there’s one he’d never buy: A 914. In an interview with Men’s Journal, he said “I’m not a fan of the 914, though I know there are some die-hard fans out there. I’ll get letters about that.”

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As a well-known car enthusiast, Top Gear was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for LeBlanc.

Matt LeBlanc’s exotic cars

While his biggest love is Porsche, Matt also enjoys dabbling in other brands of four-wheeled transport too.

Satisfying his ‘hot hatch’ requirements is his Ford Focus RS, an all-wheel-drive hatchback complete with ‘drift’ button. He also has a classic American muscle car in the form of a De Tomaso Pantera, complete with its room-shaking V8 engine.

Good friend and previous co-host Chris Harris also revealed that Matt has bought himself a Ferrari Testarossa, which will sit nicely alongside his Pantera, and his other Ferraris — a 360 Modena and 458 Italia.

Perhaps the most unusual car in his collection is a Fiat X1/9. This diminutive, rear-engined Italian sports car must’ve struck a chord with LeBlanc, as it’s totally different from anything else in his collection.


With its mix of iconic classics and modern supercars, Matt’s collection is enviable – just don’t tell him you’re a fan of the Porsche 914, whatever you do.