Every now and then a vehicle comes along that is perfectly suited and crafted for long adventures on the open road. Last month I was lucky enough to drive one such vehicle and take it out on a short road trip to the historic Scottish town of St Andrews. It is a journey I’ve done before but never in quite so much comfort and elegance. This time I would be making said trip in the magnificent Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV.
As a self confessed petrol head, there is nothing more exciting than getting up close and personal with a car that really sets your pulse racing. Whats better still is testing that car on the wide open roads of picturesque Scotland, experiencing every twist and turn of the worlds best selling two seater sports car’s natural surroundings. A few weekends past I was lucky enough to do exactly this when I took the brand new Mazda MX-5 on a tour up through the Scottish highlands, and on the way, stopping off at the visually stunning Glen Etive, backdrop for the James Bond movie Skyfall.
Everyday, anniversaries are celebrated throughout the world, and every so often, one comes round which is truly special, worth stopping for and admiring. This year of course we celebrate automotive manufacturing perfection with 50 years of Mercedes AMG.
Music to our ears, and not just an engine note, legendary British car maker Aston Martin is branching out a little further with the opening of a beautiful boutique store on the famous Dover Street in London. The luxury store will feature some high end products new and old which have already partnered with Aston Martin. You can expect Hackett London, FPM, Silver Cross, Marma London and Quintessence Yachts in the most delicious of surroundings.
Earlier this month I was lucky enough to attend the first Ignition Festival of motoring to be held in Glasgow at the SECC, in which I must say, what a spectacle it was to see.
Another month passes and another delightful hommage to the BMW’s of yesteryears appears in which I for one will simply not get bored of seeing. They are absolutely epic and none more so than the Hommage 2002, a stunning tribute towards the 1973 20o2 turbo, displayed this year at the Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach. The original 2002 model was seen as the pioneer for many BMW’s to follow as this particular model was the first european production car to be fitted with a turbo.
Given that the majority of the Crewe based luxury car makers orders probably head out to customers in the middle east, it makes sense then to have a fresh new 75,000 square foot Bentley showroom, the largest in the company, in Dubai.
We all know Lotus produce some seriously light and seriously quick cars and as if they could do no more, the classic British car maker from North London has released the Elise Race 250. From the head honchos at Lotus, this car is described as the most track orientated car to date, with a host of track specific features coming as standard.
BMW continue to pull out some amazing pieces of auto-motive engineering, especially in most recent times with the current M series, however we would like to take a moment to sit back and admire a little bit of restoration conducted by the chaps over at Bavarian Motor Works, one BMW 507. Previous owner a certain Mr Elvis Presley and found in none other than a pumpkin factory.