On June 3, Aston Martin Works hosted a customer track day at the Silverstone race track, featuring rare, exotic models (even by Aston Martin standards) such as the One-77, V12 Zagato and DBRS9.
Aston Martin Works is celebrating its 60th year in 2015, and this anniversary event, where some customers brought their own cars, allowed fans to unleash their cars.
Other models at the event included V8 and V12 Vantages, DB9s, one Virage, and a V12 Vanquish. More than 20 cars were present, with drivers coached by Aston Martin Performance driving instructors.
Aston Martin Worksâ€™ commercial director Paul Spires said, ‘Itâ€™s great to see so many of our sports cars being driven so skilfully by such an enthusiastic group of owners.
â€˜When we proposed this idea at the beginning of the year we werenâ€™t sure how many people would want to bring along their cars, but the response today has been superb.’
Top The nine Jaguars taking place in this year’s Mille Miglia. Above Almost Bondian: the 1930 Bentley 4Â½-litre with a Vanden Plas Open Sports four-seat body and a supercharger by Amherst Villiers competing in the 2015 Mille Miglia.
British car makers are taking this year’s Mille Miglia seriously. Jaguar is taking part with a large heritage line-up, and has enlisted, once again, the help of model and motorhead David Gandy, who competes in an XK120 as he did two years ago along with Jodie Kidd, who must equal Gandy both in the modelling and motorhead stakes. Bentley will field an original 1930 4Â½-litre Blower, in an attempt to complete what it could not do back then: complete the race.
Jaguar’s fleet consists of nine, including three C-types, three D-types, an XK120, an XK140, and, the most unusual of this group, a Mark VIIâ€”although one had won the Monte Carlo Rally in 1956. One of the C-types is NDU 289, which competed in the original Mille Miglia in 1953, driven that time by Mario Tadini and Franco Cortese. Jaguar engineer Mike Cross drives the car in the 2015 event.
Other C-types are PUG 676, which was raced by Ian Appleyard, Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons’s son-in-law, this time driven by RAC motoring committee chairman Ben Cussons; and KSF 182, formerly raced by Jimmy Stewart and Jackie Stewart between 1953 and 1955, and owned now by Adam Lindemann, driven this time by five-time Le Mans winner, Derek Bell. The D-types are the ex-Ralph Lauren NCV 260, which had competed in the original Mille Miglias, driven by current owner Simon Kidston; RSF 303, the Ecurie Ecosse car that was second in Le Mans in 1957 and competed in the Mille Miglia in 1957 and 1958, driven by Jaguar design director Ian Callum and enthusiast Clive Beecham; 393 RW, the Reims winner for 1956 and the sixth-place-getter at Le Mans that year, setting the lap record, will be driven by Saturday Kitchenâ€™s James Martin.
One XK120, nicknamed Betsey, will be driven by Jodie Kidd and David Gandy, as noted: she had driven the car in the 2014 trial. The XK140, TAC 743, was once raced by David Hobbs; it will be driven by Elliot Gleave, a.k.a. Example, and his father Michael. The Mark VII will be driven by Charley Boorman.
Bentley, meanwhile, will field a 1930 British racing green 4Â½-litre Blower with a Vanden Plas Open Sports four-seat body and a supercharger by Amherst Villiersâ€”not unlike the one driven by James Bond. The Bentley Boys, the Hon Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin and Bentley chairman Woolf Barnato (right, at Le Mans in 1929), were the first British drivers to compete in the Mille Miglia, using the No. 2 Birkin Blower, a 4Â½-litre supercharged model. However, they were unable to complete the race.
Bentley is aiming to do what it could not 85 years ago, using an equivalent model and seeing if its director of royal and VIP relations, Richard Charlesworth can complete the race in the 2015 event. It is the Blower’s fifth entry.
Between May 14 and 17, 2015, racers will depart from Brescia and drive 1,000 miles, including through Roma, and return to Brescia.
Top The XK120 to be driven by Jodie Kidd and David Gandy. Above The famed 393 RW Jaguar D-type, which set the lap record at Le Mans in 1956.
Augmented reality for drivers may be here sooner than some might think, as BMW’s Mini brand reveals its prototype eyewear at Auto Shanghai.
The Mini Augmented Vision eyewear links the car and the driver, transmitting basic information such as speed and speed limits, but adds other practical features for the 2010s lifestyle.
Mini foresees that one can enter the destination when outside the car, and have the data sent there for use in the eyewear. There will be a navigation display from one’s current location to the car, or from the car to the final destination. If a message has been received, an icon will appear, and the SMS can be read out by the car. Points of interest and navigation arrows can also appear in the eyewear; the latter can show highlight available parking spaces.
The science-fiction-sounding features, which BMW believes can be realized, include “X-ray vision”, a virtual view through parts of the car, such as A-pillars and doors, rendering items that may be hidden from the driver’s seat.
Finally, the company’s augmented parking feature projects images from a camera in the passenger’s side door mirror so the driver knows how far the car is from the kerb.
All of this is in line with the BMW Group’s research, which forecast increasing urbanization and the need for associated services.
BMW cooperated with Qualcomm on the technology, while the design and colour concept of the eyewear was created by Designworks.
Project manager for Mini Augmented Vision, Dr JÃ¶rg PreiÃŸinger, said in a release, ‘This prototype with its customised, interactive functions succeeds in fusing augmented reality with the brandâ€™s trademark sense of lifestyle.’
â€˜We are proud to have helped develop a breakthrough augmented reality interface between eyewear and the automobile,’ said Jay Wright, vice-president of Qualcomm Connected Experiences, Inc. ‘Mini Augmented Vision offers a compelling example of whatâ€™s possible today, and what we can expect in the future.’
Menswear designer Murray Crane (above) joins a select group of celebrities such as Sir Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba and Stella McCartney as he becomes Jaguar’s latest brand ambassador.
Crane is the first specifically appointed for the New Zealand market and, to commemorate the announcement, he has designed a Jaguar Ã— Crane Brothers suit.
The suit uses a fine worsted wool in navy pinstripe sourced from Dugdale Bros. & Co. in Yorkshire, with a British racing green lining, an intentional nod to the Jaguar Villains campaign.
The icing on the cake for New Zealand customers who buy a new XF from April 1 will be their own tailored Crane Brothers suit, personally fitted by Crane himself at a Crane Brothers store, or a location of their choice, as a perk of the purchase.
Jaguar says the partnership with Crane Brothers is a natural one. James McKee, Jaguar New Zealand’s marketing manager, said, ‘We approached Crane Brothers as we feel the brand truly embodies the spirit of Jaguar and weâ€™re delighted to announce Murray Crane as Jaguarâ€™s first New Zealand ambassador. The strong brand synergy means together we can offer customers an even more exceptional Jaguar experience.’
The company sees Crane’s flair for style, luxury and innovation as natural fits for its own brand, which, since the second-generation XK sports car, it has pursued, resulting in the new F-type and XE, which arrives in New Zealand this year.
Crane said, ‘For Crane Brothers as a business, this partnership represents an enormous opportunity to work with an international brand in such a significant way. Personally it inspires me to continue to raise the standard of what we do and reward our clients by continuing to improve and develop.’
Above Lie Sangbong’s autumnâ€“winter 2015â€“16 looks, which also feature in Lola Cristall’s forthcoming New York report.
Our final clips before Lola Cristall’s Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week report for the fallâ€“winter 2015â€“16 collections are below, with videos from Michael Kors, Jenny Packham, Zang Toi, Lupe Gajardo, the Art Institutes, Bibhu Mohapatra, Lie Sangbong, Francesca Liberatore, Leanne Marshall, Thomas Wylde, Anna Sui, Erin Fetherston, Iijin, Malan Breton, Tokyo Runway, Sergio Davila, Dorin Negrau and AmFAR.
Our London Fashion Week live player is currently on our home page. On the main part of the site, NYC beauty editor Jamie Dorman has her picks for skin-like foundations, while publisher Jack Yan samples the Peugeot 308 Allure Blue HDi in our ‘Living’ section.
Nicole Warne attends the Calvin Klein Watches & Jewelry booth at Baselworld 2015 on March 19, 2015 in Basel, Switzerland. Photo by Clemens Bilan/Getty Images.
Dita von Teese visits the Avakian suite during the 68th Cannes Film Festival at the Carlton Hotel on May 23, 2015 in Cannes, France.
Taylor Swift poses in the press room during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photographed by Jason Merritt.
Tilda Swinton at Chanel cruise 2015â€“16 in Seoul, photographed by Aldo Castoldi. Full story at http://lucire.com/insider/20150505/chanel-shows-cruise-2015-16-in-seoul-with-gisele-bundchen-kristen-stewart-razane-jammal-shin-hye-park-alma-jodorowsky/
Blake Lively at her Allure magazine cover party, New York, NY, April 22, 2015, wearing look 16 from the Ralph & Russo springâ€“summer 2015 couture collection. The white, off-the-shoulder creation features monochrome and cornflower blue silk flowers, meticulously handcrafted by the maisonâ€™s expert couturiers. Photographed by Startraks Photo/Rex Shutterstock (4700425a).
Birdy during a private dinner hosted by Calvin Klein Watches & Jewelry at Brasilea Foundation on March 19, 2015 in Basel, Switzerland. Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images.
Fan Bingbing wears Ralph & Russo springâ€“summer 2015 couture to the Chopard Trophy Party at the 2015 Festival de Cannes, on May 16, 2015. The white silk crÃ¨pe off-the-shoulder fishtail gown features cascading silk organza and gazar ruffles.
Gillian Anderson on the red carpet at the Olivier Awards, April 2015. Photograph courtesy the Olivier Awards.
Izabel Goulart in Georges Hobeika, at the premiÃ¨re of Ice and the Sky, on May 24, 2015. Jewellery by de Grisogono.
Taeyang at Chanel cruise 2015â€“16 in Seoul, photographed by Aldo Castoldi. Full story at http://lucire.com/insider/20150505/chanel-shows-cruise-2015-16-in-seoul-with-gisele-bundchen-kristen-stewart-razane-jammal-shin-hye-park-alma-jodorowsky/
Alma Jodorowsky at Chanel cruise 2015â€“16 in Seoul, photographed by Aldo Castoldi. Full story at http://lucire.com/insider/20150505/chanel-shows-cruise-2015-16-in-seoul-with-gisele-bundchen-kristen-stewart-razane-jammal-shin-hye-park-alma-jodorowsky/