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1947 – 2017

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017

To be invited to the celebrations for Ferrari’s 70th anniversary in Maranello was one thing, but then to be invited to be a member of the Jury of the Concorso d’Eleganza was something else. As we all know, Enzo Ferrari (1898 – 1988) was the man who gave his name to the production of some of the world’s fastest and most beautiful sports and racing cars ever built. The leading Italian coachbuilders, Carrozeria Touring, Pininfarina, Vignale and Ghia competed to make ever more desirable bodies for these amazing Ferrari chassis. Ferrari’s history is imbued with legendary automobiles of style and performance. It was fitting then that to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the marque established by Il Commendatore, that the automotive world gathered together in Italy to pay tribute to these magnificent masterpieces of...

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Hampton Court

Posted by on Sep 8, 2017

Henry VIII’s appetites were said to be large in many areas of his life. He would certainly have been satisfied though with the extravaganza of automobiles laid out upon the gardens of his erstwhile home, when in the first few glorious days of September, the Concours of Elegance, now in its sixth year,  returned to Hampton Court...

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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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