The king of pimping your ride: Meet the man who customises cars for stars from Harry Styles to Gordon Ramsay and can boast a million YouTube followers
- Custom king Yianni Charalambous has pimped the rides of a host of celebrities
- The 41-year-old counts Harry Styles and Sergio Aguero among his client list
- He's now set to appear on TV show which explores how he manages the garage
Meet the legendary car-pimper who counts a string of Premier League stars, pop singers and celebrity chefs among his clients.
The 41-year-old, from Barnet, kits out celebrities' cars with top-of-the-range interiors and changes the bodywork colours with hi-tech vinyl 'wraps'.
'A car is something else', he said. 'It really defines a person.'
He's now set to appear on a new TV show 'Yianni: Supercar Customiser' which premieres on Dave at 8pm tonight.
Yianni Charalambous has a client list that includes some of the biggest names in the world of sport and entertainment
Yianni is the man the celebrities turn to when they want their supercars pimped out
Yianni now set to appear on a new TV show 'Yianni: Supercar Customiser' which premieres on Dave at 8pm tonight
The 41-year-old counts Harry Styles (pictured together) among his personal friends
Yianni pimped out the 1D tour bus, which was a copy of the Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine
The Arsenal fan's first client was ex-Gunners defender Bacary Sagna and the job involved customising his Range Rover and wrapping it in gloss white.
He recalled: 'He asked me to deliver it to the training ground and the reaction he got from his teammates was incredible, they all thought his car looked awesome.'
From there he pimped out William Gallas' £350,000 Mercedes SLR convertible, before being introduced to Chelsea stars John Terry and Didier Drogba.
He said: 'For John Terry I did a Mercedes Viano conversion for him. It had a custom interior, two big reclining seats, it had a PlayStation in there, it had a big screen in there.
'He would be chauffeured everywhere and he'd just sit at the back and play PlayStation and be driven around. What a life!'
'Didier Drogba wanted a lavish design – I wrapped his SLR in carbon white. That's like a £300k-£400k car.
'But it looked amazing when I'd finished with it.'
Yianni then became a household name and has since adapted Sergio Aguero's Lamborghini Aventador, Theo Walcott's Audi A5 and ex Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse's Cadillac which he wrapped in snakeskin.
Yianni has pimped out the cars of stars such as Sergio Aguero (pictured standing in front of the the footballer's black Lamborghini Aventador)
Yianni's first celebrity client was former Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna (pictured together)
Away from footballers Yianni has pimped out the One Direction tour bus, which was a copy of the Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine, as well as Harry Styles' Audi RS5 and Range Rover.
He counts Harry as a personal friend and holds no grudges despite the singer scratching his Porsche when he took it out for a spin.
Yianni recalled: 'Harry Styles borrowed a Porsche from me and when he came back all the alloys had been kerbed (scratched) and he was so apologetic.
'I said listen don't worry, you are Harry.'
The 41-year-old father-of-two has also adapted Tinie Tempah's Lamborghini Huracan with satin black and gloss wheels tinted windows and Marvin Humes' Mercedes G Wagon.
The new TV series will explore how business has boomed for his firm 'Yiannimize' in Enfield, in north London.
Yianni's garage Yiannimize is the place where the rich and famous get their cars pimped out
The father-of-two in his Yiannimize Garage where he pimps out the rich and famous' wheels
Speaking ahead of the airing of the show, Yianni said: 'People in the public eye are trendsetters, whether that is the clothes and aftershave they wear or their cars.
'I do everyone's cars. People see celebrities' cars and they want the same.
'The standard job is to wrap the car, tint the windows, paint the wheels, smoke the lights and put in a sound system and costs £5,000 to £15,000.
'Footballers used to want bright colours but now the majority have matt grey or satin black.
'In the UK people don't embrace wealth like the US and if you have got too blinged up a car you are seen as a flash b*****d.
'I think the players have learned from that and toned down.
'But they still want me to put in a monster sound system. Their cars come with good ones but they always want to upgrade and you cannot see that from the outside.'
The 41-year-old added: 'I was originally known as famous amongst famous people.
'If you were a celebrity you'd know who I was but Joe Public wouldn't know me. Over the years because of my social media it's grown and grown.'
The 41-year-old, from Barnet, pictured with flamboyant former footballer Djibril Cisse
The show takes a closer look into Yianni's world showing how he manages a busy garage to make sure all the cars are successfully wrapped and converted to perfection
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