It Took Me 20 Years to Realize that Geri Horner (aka Ginger Spice) Loves Cars
Geri Horner (née Halliwell) is best-known as one-fifth of the ’90s British pop super group the Spice Girls. As the flirty and dolled up Ginger Spice, Geri made platform shoes and her Union Jack dress quite famous. For me, as a young American girl growing up in the decade of grunge and flannel, I was more consumed with the girl-power infused songs of the Spice Girls. Of course, as a child of that time, I didn’t have the tools or resources that kids have today (aka the internet) to learn more about my favorite pop stars. In order to learn more about them, I had to read Tiger Beat magazine or happen to catch a quick interview with them on MTV. So it makes absolute sense that I hardly knew anything about the Spice Girls outside of their cheeky personas and catchy song lyrics.
But as an adult, I found myself following all five of the Spice Girls on Twitter and I reveled in the nostalgia. Recently, Geri (Ginger Spice) announced that she had a television special premiering – Geri’s 1990s: My Drive to Freedom – and posted a promo photo of herself sitting in some sort of convertible red sports car. With “drive” in the title along with the promo photo, I became intrigued to see if the documentary would go in depth about cars at all; not to mention, it gave me an excuse to watch a documentary about the Spice Girls for work purposes. I was not disappointed.
It all started when Geri was just a kid
It turns out that as a child growing up in North Watford, Geri’s father owned a used car garage where she would frequently visit and learn about the cars. She even stated that her favorite toy growing up was a tiny red sports car, as a result of her father’s career and her general interest. Not much else was mentioned about cars during her childhood, so let’s fast forward to the mid-90s and Geri’s success with the Spice Girls.
After struggling to find fame, Geri joined the Spice Girls and the rest is history. She mentioned during the documentary that as soon as she got her first pay check from the recording contract, she only thought of one thing – that red sports car. She ended up purchasing a 1967 MGB Roadster and it was her pride and joy. She had always dreamed of owning a car like that, because to her, it symbolized freedom and success. Unfortunately, that joy only lasted a couple years.
The end of an era and losing her favorite car
In May of 1998, Geri decided to leave the Spice Girls and many were heartbroken. But alas, life goes on. A year later, in an attempt to fully “kill off” Ginger Spice from her public persona, Geri worked with the company Sotheby’s to hold an auction for some of her Spice Girls items, with the proceeds going to charity. While her Union Jack dress was the hot ticket item, selling for $69,000 to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Geri distinctly remembers the intense regret she felt after auctioning off her beloved MGB Roadster.
— Spice Girls (@SpiceGirlsNet) February 24, 2017
Geri went on with her solo career and also made appearances on some television shows. One of those shows was Top Gear in 2004, where she was interviewed by Jeremy Clarkson and took a lap in a Suzuki Liana for the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car series. In the interview, it was revealed that although she had a strong passion for cars, Geri wasn’t necessarily the best driver. Her good friend, the late George Michael, gifted her with a Mercedes 280SL after she had wrecked his Mercedes in the south of France.
Finding love and her old MGB Roadster
Years later, in 2011, she was featured on Formula 1: BBC Sport, with an additional appearance in 2015 at the Monaco Grand Prix. Geri’s love for cars is surely what drew her to her husband, Christian Horner, Team Principal of Red Bull Racing. In early August of last year, Christian managed to find her exact MGB Roadster that had sold at auction in 1998, and gave it to Geri for her birthday. Needless to say, she was elated. That same vehicle was, in fact, the car that Geri posted for the promo of her documentary.
Now, twenty years later, with the internet and social media, I’m able to simply visit Geri’s Instagram profile and easily discover her passion for cars.
Check out some of her favorite shots below:
- Promo Shot
- Birthday Surprise
- 1967 MGB Roadster
- Ride with Mom
- Lookalike MGB
- Ferrari 275 GTB
- Aston Martin DB6 Volante
- Aston Martin V8 Vantage
- Willys MB Jeep
- Camo Mystery Vehicle
- Aston Martin DB5
- Formula 1
Geri posted this promo photo to let her fans know about her upcoming documentary on BBC2. This is what sparked my intrigue to learn more about her passion for cars.
Best husband ever? Geri received a very special birthday gift from her husband Christian, in August of 2016. He managed to find the exact car that Geri purchased with her first Spice Girls check.
1967 MGB Roadster
Geri’s 1967 MGB Roadster is probably her most prized possession. After she auctioned it off in 1998, she felt immense regret.
Ride with Mom
Elated with her birthday surprise, Geri took her mother out for a spin in the MGB Roadster.
Geri shared a sneak peek of her documentary with this shot of her being filmed while driving the MGB Roadster.
Before receiving her birthday surprise, Geri shared this photo of herself with a lookalike of her beloved 1967 MGB Roadster. The MGB above was made a few years before, around 1961.
Ferrari 275 GTB
Geri and her daughter Bluebell sat in this Ferrari 275 GTB before Geri’s husband Christian took it out on a race track.
Aston Martin DB6 Volante
Another Aston Martin caught Geri’s fancy at a Bonham’s auction. She posed in this 1966 model with her daughter and posted the caption, “Like this Aston… wow!”
Camo Mystery Vehicle
Unfortunately, it’s hard to tell what type of vehicle this is (and not just because of the camouflage), but Geri seemed to like it enough to share it online.
Aston Martin DB5
During a shopping trip with her beau, Geri was snapped in front of this 1965 Aston Martin DB5.
The former Spice Girl teased that this MINI Cooper with a Union Jack on top wasn’t really her car.
Morgan currently resides in Dayton, Ohio, after living across the entire nation (seven different states, to be exact) and even in Germany for a few years. Originally a graphic design major, Morgan floated around and eventually found her calling in writing and editing after working in marketing for a few years. Her hobbies include: board games, knowing way too many song lyrics, playing video games, quoting pop culture, going to concerts, and watching sports. It is advisable to not give her coffee after 3pm. See more articles by Morgan.