The driver of a Porsche 911 – believed to be guitarist Eric Clapton – has been caught speeding at 105mph along the A3 in Surrey.
Surrey Police have refused to confirm whether the rock star was at the wheel of the Porsche 911 that was pulled over yesterday, but a spokesman has told Motoring Research ‘it was certainly a man in his 70s’.
Just stopped someone who was in a bit of a rush for driving at 105mph in their Porsche along the A3.
Reported to court.#Fatal4
— RPU – Surrey Police (@SurreyRoadCops) April 26, 2016
Rumours that it was the legendary musician emerged after a film crew using a Little Chef service station on the A3 snapped Clapton talking to a police traffic officer. The 40-strong crew were filming a scene for comedy After Louise, starring Greg Wise and Cradle To Grave actress Alice Sykes.
One onlooker told the Daily Mail: “We were watching Greg Wise film a scene and then suddenly Eric Clapton arrived at the petrol station. It was very funny because we all thought he was there to be part of the film, but then a police car pulled up. Eric had to sit in the front seat with the policeman. He was in there for ages and was clearly getting a good telling off — either that or the copper was asking him about his favourite tracks.
“By the end Eric was apologising profusely. I’ve no idea how fast he had been going, but maybe he was pleased to just be getting a speeding ticket and not something more serious.”
Clapton, who’s worth an estimated £160 million and lives in Surrey, is no stranger to being ticked off by traffic cops. In 1988, he lost his licence for six weeks after being followed in his Ferrari by a police officer at 111mph. In 2004, he was banned from driving in France after being caught at 134mph at the wheel of his Porsche 911 Turbo.