On the eve of her father’s 82nd birthday, socialite Tamara Ecclestone is attempting to reinvent herself – as a model, charity fundraiser and if we’re to believe The Official Ferrari Magazine  – a bit of a petrolhead.

In an interview with fellow GTO owner and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, Tamara speaks about her 599 GTO, which she absolutely loves, but there’s also mention of her Overfinch Range Rover, which features an uprated engine rather than the more superficial bling that most owners seem to opt for.

Mason begins the interview by teasing 28-year old Ecclestone about the ‘turntable’ outside her £45 million mews home in London’s fashionable Kensington Palace Gardens:

Of course Ecclestone grew up in the world of F1, surrounded by the likes of Ayrton Senna and Niki Lauda, and is a regular at the Italian GP where her parents first met, and she was born (in Milan).

But the F1 heiress doesn’t only sashay with exotica – in her support of BBC Children in Need, Ecclestone recently donned a race suit to launch Pudsey’s Dream Wheels, creating her very own ‘Greased Lightning’ Peugeot 208.

The competition, designed to raise over £150,000 for the BBC’s annual children’s charity, was launched on 19th October, inviting entrants to style their own cars from a wide range of fun options.

Whether this makes Ecclestone a ‘true’ petrolhead (to be fair, she’s never claimed to be), she’s certainly continuing to associate the Ecclestone name with motorsport and cars.

In the interview in The Official Ferrari Magazine, Ecclestone shares her views on some of the characters in F1:

I never like to judge people without meeting them for myself, but I remember seeing Tamara as a teenager – at the British GP – and she certainly seemed  more interested in the cars than the celebs strutting around in the paddock.

While she may be a little unpopular here in the UK, there’s no doubting her taste in cars – and as joint-heir to Bernie’s £2.5 billion fortune, she has the means to choose any car she likes. Perhaps that makes her even less likeable than other billionaire’s daughters.