Britain’s most successful basketball player John Amaechi is currently living the life of luxury. Amaechi’s 6ft 10in frame is taking advantage of the world’s most advanced luxury sports saloon by slotting behind the wheel of the long, but lightweight, Audi A8 4.2 quattro.
Massachusetts-born Amaechi (32) was raised by his mother in Manchester and attended Stockport Grammar School. He became the first British player ever to start an NBA game in the USA as well as the only Briton to play in an NBA play-off match. He has also played for European champions Panathinaikos and the Sheffield Sharks but currently competes for the Utah Jazz.
Amaechi has run the most successful "basketball camps" in both England and the US. His greatest contribution to date for young people in the UK has been the construction of the Amaechi Basketball Centre in Manchester which opened 12 months ago.
John’s vehicle, whilst here in Britain, is the striking new Audi A8 which boasts a weight-saving but ultra-strong aluminium Audi Space Frame (ASF) body and puts innovative technology at your fingertips. This is the largest Audi in the range with exceptionally sporting character thanks to its advanced driver-adjustable suspension system.
The Audi A8 features the legendary permanent four-wheel-drive "quattro" transmission that took the sport of World Rallying by storm back in the early 80’s. Appropriately enough for an American, John is powered by a powerful 4.2-litre, V8 engine producing 335bhp, capable of up to 155mph (electronically controlled).
John attended a string of engagements in the UK this month aboard his sleek Audi from the people who made the phrase ‘Vorsprung Durch Technik’ famous.Published 31 August 2003