Q What's the purpose of celebrities purchasing several automobiles when they can only drive one?
Destiny Fauntroy, Waldorf
A Some celebrities are learned aficionados of the automobile. (Jay Leno, owner of some 80 cars, actually knows how to rebuild an engine.)
Then there's everybody else. A celebrity needs lots of cars, each for a distinct purpose no less important than wardrobe, hair or a hot bod. These are:
A somewhat disposable car to crash -- gently -- into a palm tree in Bel Air while battling a Vicodin addiction. (Your publicist will issue a statement about the stress you've been under lately.)
The car featured in your most recent movie.
Whatever car has just been given to you by whatever sponsor of whatever charity. You don't know. But it's a Ford.
The car you consider your "ride." This is not to be confused with your pimped-out ride, which is for chillin'.
The car you think you look best in -- usually a late-'60s collectible, something huge and convertible. It's the car that Herb Ritts would have photographed you in, out in the desert, if Herb Ritts weren't dead.
An environment-friendly hybrid, in case Arianna Huffington asks if you have one.
The car you'll fabulously, shockingly die in, at high speed on a nasty turn on the Pacific Coast Highway. This is your most important car, the one that makes you forever, tragically young. At least this is what you think about, sitting in your vast garage, going nowhere.
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