With the new Formula One season beginning this weekend just passed in Bahrain, it was wonderful to see the return of Aston Martin after 60 years away from the sport. What is equally as exciting however is that with Aston now joining Mercedes as an F1 safety car, they have also very kindly decided to give us a road going version as well. The Vantage Formula 1 Edition.
As the hugely popular SUV market continues to grow, so does the wonderful range of vehicles South Korean manufacturer Kia has to offer. This month here at The Gentleman Select I was lucky enough to test drive Kia’s newest addition, the XCeed, around the very cool streets of Berlin.
The Porsche 911. A car which has always been a dream for many but sadly at times, financially out of reach. Perhaps not though come next year as Stuttgart’s finest will be delivering new entry-level Carrera models that are both under six figures and still deliver that thrill we all know of and love.
Tarraco is the Latin name of the Catalonian port city of Tarragona in Spain. Fast forward a year or two and it is now the name of a stylish new SEAT SUV to hit the market. A few weeks back with The Everyday Man, I attended the UK media launch of the SEAT Tarraco at Amber Lakes in Wraysbury and got behind the wheel of this new model within the range.
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.