Country star Lyle Lovett once bought late author Hunter S Thompson's Cadillac for $2,000 (GBP1,110).

The former husband of Julia Roberts admits he was a longtime fan of eccentric Thompson when the Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas writer offered him the chance to buy his car.

Lovett recalls, "We were backstage and we found out our next show was in Salt Lake City and he said, 'Well, you'll need a pace car for that. You ought to buy my Cadillac.'

"I figured if Hunter S Thompson offers to sell you his car, the only thing you can do is ask him how much.

"He said, 'Two thousand dollars,' and I paid him right there. There was a case of beer in the trunk and he threw that in too."