Take a Tour of the Car Museum of the Richest Former Professional Athlete

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Photo: Screenshot from YouTube via Gentleman's Car
Following the end of the 2016 Gumball 3000, YouTube star and influencer Tim Burton (a.k.a. Shmee150) visited Tiriac Collection. Located in Otopeni, Romania, Tiriac Collection is the private museum of former pro tennis player Ion Tiriac.
According to the Guinness World Records Book, the 77-year-old man with the bushy mustache is the richest former professional athlete. The richest person in Romania and the 1,694th richest man in the world as of May 2016 boasts a net worth of $1.17 billion, so yeah, he’s a well-to-do old geezer. Over the years, he won 167 matches in solo mode and 22 titles as a doubles player. Tiriac also owns the Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open and BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy tennis tournaments. That's mighty impressive, right?

Not exactly. Ion Tiriac founded Banca Tiriac following the collapse of communism in Romania, the first private bank in post-communist Romania. He also owns Tiriac Auto, a division of Tiriac Holding that imports and sells cars from the following brands: Land Rover, Jaguar, Ford, Mazda, Hyundai, Jeep, Dodge, Chrysler, smart, and Mercedes-Benz. As impressive as he is, his private museum is more impressive than anything.

The Tiriac Collection website was opened in 2014 and, as of today, more than 150 exhibits can be admired inside the 23,680 square foot (2,200 square meter) private museum. The admission fee is 15 RON ($3.75 or €3.35 at current exchange rates), a small price to pay to see a collection that ranges from a Hurtu 3½ HP Quadricycle (1899) to a Ferrari LaFerrari. He also owns a Porsche 918 Spyder, as well as a McLaren, but not the P1 you were thinking of. The only McLaren he owns is a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss.

His collection is truly mesmerizing, as Shmee150 shows you in the following 15-minute video. The funniest thing about Tiriac, however, is that the 150+ cars and motorcycles in his private museum account for less than half of the vehicles that the old geezer owns. Car collector extraordinaire Jay Leno would be jealous.

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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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