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Il Sereno

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017

Whilst in Italy recently I had to make time for luncheon at what is one of Europe’s hottest new hotels. I had heard lots about it and I am glad to report it is all good. Next time you are on Lago di Como make sure you drop in to Il...

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Happy Birthday

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017

They came from far and wide to celebrate ASDEC’s 30th anniversary. Entrants from Monaco, France, England, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, the islands of Corsica and Sicily, and even Australia, as well as the local Italians, and even two dogs, arrived at Lago Maggiore for the historic boating club’s international meeting for vintage and classic motor boats. As far back as the early 1900s motor boat races and some of the most important sailing regattas were organised by the Verbano Yacht Club. It was fitting then that the Yacht Club one of Italy’s oldest, founded in 1895, hosted the event in the picturesque setting of Stresa, opposite the world famous Borromean Islands. Lake Maggiore as its name implies is a big lake, so the motorboats the youngest of which was made over 30 years ago, whilst the oldest Gwennili (meaning a swallow in ancient Breton) was built as long ago as 1930 by Chris Craft of the USA, had to be capable of maintaining a cruising speed of at least 30...

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Red, White and Blue Off-road

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017

Whoever says that Bentley cannot do off-road does not know what they are talking about. I have just been on a Bentley Bentayga Diesel Adventure Drive in the Hunter Valley, NSW. We drove and stayed at Tower Lodge (which is fabulous). The cars as expected were brilliant on-road. After a brilliant degustation dinner presented by chef Meet Tansu, the next day it was onto the mud and puddles. The Bentayga, the world’s fastest diesel SUV, does it all as the images show. You can read the whole story in a forthcoming edition of Signature Luxury Travel & Style Magazine...

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New Record

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017

And here is the 1977 Holden Torana A9X Hatchback leaving the building after being sold for a staggering Aus$715,000! A new record for the marque and a new record for an Australian muscle car at...

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Roll up, Roll up!

Posted by on May 10, 2017

This car has certainly been causing a stir, having made an appearance on Channel 7, ABC radio (http://www.abc.net.au/radio/sydney/programs/breakfast/torana/8505814), and The Australian newspaper (http://www.theaustralian.com.au/life/motoring/torana-the-bogans-ride-fit-for-a-millionaire/news-story/0219f9da1afda54e18db300cb1bc5078) in the space of 48 hours! The reason? The iconic 1977 ex-Bob Morris Holden A9x Hatchback Torana is one of the headline lots at the forthcoming auction I am running at Carriageworks in Sydney on May 28th. To find out more about this car, along with a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 (think James Bond), a 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Vantage and a host of other desirables from Porsche, Rolls-Royce, Packard, Alvis, Austin-Healey, Maserati inter alia check out...

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