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o few things in life are as capable of producing such a visceral response in people as that of

bonds of parental reliance. Perhaps because it belongs to a best friend or a favoured relative, holding within its steel frame a lifetime of fond memories. My uncle’s Austin Allegro Estate, for instance, was a terrible car, but I still have happy recollections of my brother and I, as children, travelling to the beach sitting in its capacious boot. While we can all

Like the Noble M600: a rarity on the roads of Britain and practically mythical the world over, given

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Maserati, which last year enjoyed its 100th anniversary. To celebrate, we get behind the wheel of “Il Tridente’s” Centennial special editions in the mountains of Oman.

maestro himself, Juan Manuel Fangio.


books and big boys toys. As it says on the cover, this is a journal for the gentleman driver; a reference point for the modern motoring man, the inaugural edition of which, I admit to being very proud of. make driving dreams a reality; to a place where style, luxury and adventure all mingle with the scent of rubber and petrol, all played out against a turbo-charged soundtrack. Volante. 100 Not oUt:


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FIRST GEAR 20| Columnist - The Boss: Peter Boutwood, MD of Noble


21 | Columnist - The Rake: Jeremy Hackett on buying a suit 22 | Columnist - The Racer: Mohamed Abu Issa talks Dakar 24 | News 32 | Calendar 34 | Gear The best bits of kit for car & driver



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THE GARAGE 38 | First Drive Noble M600


44 | First Drive Maserati’s Centennial Models 50 | First Drive Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II


56 | Classic Mercedes 280SL 62 | Dream Car Bugatti Veyron Super Sport GRAND TOURISMO 68 | Route Book - Borders, Bullets & Bikes: across Lebanon on a Harley 73 | Great Driving Roads - Jebel Hafeet’s mountain road in the UAE 76 | Something For The Weekend 78 | Rev Counter - MB&F, L’Epée’s stellar clock and Chopard’s Mille Miglia 82 | Fitting Room

DRIVEN MEN 88 | The Maestro: Juan Manuel Fangio 93 | Pierre-Henry Raphanel THE CLUBHOUSE 98 | Automobilia: big boys’ toys 100 | Books: The best motoring reads EXHAUST NOTE 103 | Contributors

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Peter Boutwood, Managing Director of Noble Automotive explains the reasoning behind his “analogue” supercar.



s a low-volume British manufacturer of supercars, we have turned our lack of scale into a strength by striving to stand out as a tiny business from the loud crowd of thoroughbreds that dominate the supercar market. the exclusivity collectors yearn for, but competitors use the lure of their badges and pedigree, we have had to develop our niche in other ways. When we began work on the M600, we knew we had to offer something genuinely different to put us on the map. Not only was it to be a car that enthusiasts would love; it had to appeal to a segment outside the mainstream. Then it struck us that the tradition of the analogue supercar — something that didn’t rely on computer largely disappeared from the market. We felt that was our opportunity. We wanted to bring the car back to the driver while still delivering a wholly modern and enticing package. We yearned to go back

to basics but still make a supercar that would stand up to the most advanced models available. In doing so, we knew the big guys would not follow our route because this market is too small for them to chase for any great rewards, but for us it I penned the initial drawings of the car. In my career, which has taken me from sketching garments in the early days, to designing Formula 1 race livery, I have learnt to look at things with a craftsman’s eye. I’m not an engineer,but I am an ex-racing driver, so I know what a car should do. There’s an old saying in design that if it looks right, it probably is right; and we were spot on with the M600 right at the start. People always look at horsepower, but power doesn’t always make a car go and that’s why I designed our car to be incredibly slippery. More powerful cars might hit an air wall that stops them going faster, whereas ours slips through the air, and that’s the secret behind its remarkable top speed. It has gained quite a following.

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race with in Formula 3, isn’t a huge fan of cars these days—he doesn’t drive fast M600 because he’s an analogue man who appreciates a driver’s car with the tactility guy who would be interested in the M600. We would dearly love to grow our market in the Middle East, and we plan to attend a couple of motor shows there over the next year. To be frank, the car right now probably won’t appeal to most drivers in the region because it’s a manual, though we will be launching a new paddle-shift Peter Boutwood was talking to Richard Whitehead.

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know what

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British style icon, Jeremy Hackett, offers up some sartorial advice for buying a suit.



have said it many times before, but every chap should have a navy blue

breasted, brass-buttoned number, it just has to be some sort of blue tailored jacket. It can be cotton, unstructured, one button, two buttons, three buttons, patch pockets, as long as it is navy blue you can dress it up or down with a pair of jeans or man’s fashion equivalent of a lady’s black dress. It can take you anywhere and it’s the easiest jacket to wear. The other thing: if you are only going to have one suit, it should probably be navy blue, and buy one good suit instead of three cheap ones. Always remember that a decent suit starts with the shoulder. If the shoulder is right, everything else follows. It’s about getting the right silhouette. It’s the hardest part of a suit to construct; what sort of padding you use makes a great deal of difference, as does how you set the sleeve into the shoulder. It’s pretty skilled work. Obviously, the cloth has to be decent, but it’s also about making sure you’ve got

a lways

remember that

a decent suIt starts good buttons. Well, it’s all of the little details, really, like working buttons on the cuff of the jacket, that kind of thing. It’s mostly about going for something that’s not obviously a fashion statement. I’m pretty old-fashioned about suits, really. I grew up taught me a lot about a good suit. If you’re getting your suit tailor-made,

do on a ready-made suit. I like it, particularly on a jacket that’s quite plain, it just stops it looking like an average, off-the-peg suit. A double-cuff shirt is also a must, too, in my opinion. Men get so few opportunities to

bracelet - just looks great. But, a word of warning, you can ruin a good suit by wearing it incorrectly. Always be sure to fasten the correct buttons on the jacket. people doing the wrong buttons up on three-button suit and all three buttons are Vo l a n t e | Fe br u a r y 20 1 5

wIth the shoulder . the shoulder Is

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everythIng else follows . done up. Either that or they have a twobutton suit and both buttons, or just the bottom one, is done up. It just irritates me, and I see it so often on television with newscasters and politicians who should really know better. If it’s got three buttons, either fasten the top two, or just the middle one. With a two-button jacket, you should leave the bottom one undone. Finally, always buy good shoes. I have an expression that my father gave me, which was: “I am too poor to buy cheap shoes.” I think that is a really good line and makes an awful lot of sense. It’s also a very good excuse for buying expensive shoes. Jeremy Hackett is the founder of Hackett London, a men’s luxury clothing and accessories brand that currently operates 77 stores in 16 countries. He was talking to James McCarthy.

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Qatar’s Quad-biking Wunderkind, Mohamed Abu Issa, on the challenges of the gruelling Dakar Rally.



y the time you read this, I will probably be somewhere in the Andes, half way through

performance last year, just missing out on a podium spot, I am far happier with the preparation I have done for this race and hopefully it will be paying off as you scan the page. Last year was a test race, this year I have been training much harder and my nutritionist has been at my side every minute of the day, monitoring what I eat, what I drink and how much training I get in each day. I have been close to ten to 15 hours of training a week, I have lost eight kilos since last year; I’m eating a lot better. I have been on a very strict diet plan so I’m entering this race in much better place both mentally and physically. Obviously, the bike will play a huge had one of the best machines, I think, on more powerful engine in order to give me the extra edge that I need.

700 with completely reinforced frame. I have a bespoke steering column, seat and tyres specially made by Maxis. The rear axle is strengthened and my shocks are suspension in the world, they have a smart system that can sense if you are in the air or if you’re on the ground, so they react differently. I think that they are the best set of shocks I’ve ever tried and I don’t cooling system of the bike is completely scratch. I’ll be travelling with at least three bikes’ worth of spares as, between stages, anything but the chassis. This year there are going to be one or two challenges I’ll face that I didn’t come up against last year. Because I’ll be pushing more than I was last year (I was nursing a broken wrist), I’ll be consuming a lot more energy and cumulative fatigue throughout the stages could be an issue. I need to really calculate where I should push and where V o l a n t e | Fe br u a r y 20 1 5

I should rest, in order for me to save as much energy as I can. Also, this year we have four Andes mountain crossings, which will take me 5,000 meters above sea level, so altitude - something that I’m not used to - is going to be problem. I need to be well-rested the day before and not be tired when I make the ascent. Another challenge will be the change in temperature. It’s one I faced last year and I will face again twice as much during the additional mountain crossings. For me the heat was not an issue last year. It was an issue for other riders, but the -5°C is what hits me hardest. It’s very cold anyway, but when you’re hammering along at speeds of 130km/h, it can be painfully so. this in the comfort of your home, think of me battling windchill, altitude sickness and fatigue on the back of a quad somewhere up a mountain. But don’t worry, I’ll be enjoying every minute, just as I’ll enjoy standing on that podium at the end. Mohamed was talking to James McCarthy

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‘BACH Rappers delight as the ultimate in ostentatious luxury is set to ride again, this time as part of the Mecedes line-up.


oubtless, there were a few billionaires distraught

Maybach brand was being over-the-top rear seat luxury, base prices across the range Maybach 57 limousine and semi-convertible Landaulet. shipped 3,000 cars between

Maybach, and this time the company isn’t dressing up the emperor in a new suit, stating will be an ultra-luxury edition of the aforementioned (previously) top of the range Mercedes. Mercedes-Maybach will be subbrand of the “three-pointed-star” that it hopes will “provide both prestige and exclusivity” and it will be aimed at customers “for whom status is important.” As well as handcrafted,


sliding sunroof with “sky control” (glass that can be switched from clear to dark at the touch of a button), electric roller blinds,

While the brand found favour with rappers and ostentatious music producers, being essentially an extended

system and perfumed and ionised air circulation, Merc is also claiming it will be the world’s quietest production sedan. While we will reserve judgement on that, we have no doubt it will be one of the most spacious, with its executive seats that come with an “energising massage function,” supposedly based on hot stone massage techniques. which is slated for an April release, will employ a 6.0-litre

sprint to 60mph from a standing start. That should be enough to

packed with gimmicky tech and ridiculously expensive interior trim was not enough to enable it to compete with the likes of

rims (and the two-plus ton kerb weight of the car) from A to B. forthcoming at the LA Motor

in November last year was but as the saying goes, if you have to ask... www.mbusa.com

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LAGONDA TARAF UNVEILED IN DUBAI November also saw the resurrection of another legendary automotive brand when Aston Martin CEO, Dr Andy Palmer, unveiled a new Lagonda “super saloon” in Dubai. The Lagonda, which is being built in a strictly limited numbers,

and only for customers in the Middle East, will be known by the moniker Lagonda Taraf, a word which broadly translates from the Arabic as “opulent.” The new saloon, which, like the Maybach, will have a 6.0-litre V12 under the bonnet, draws its inspiration from the highly sought-after 1976 William Towns-designed Lagonda, which ceased production in 1990, and will be hand-made in a dedicated building at Aston’s Warwickshire factory - the same one in which the bonkers One-77 hypercar was created. Sales will be by invitation only, with precise pricing details remaining confidential. However, we have it on good authority that the base cost of the new luxo-barge be around $780,000 and will rise from there, depending on the bespoke accoutrements that will be specified by the customer. For instance, a 24-carat white gold Lagonda badge for the front of the car will empty the wallet to the tune of $55,000. With unprecedented levels of customisation available, Aston Martin expects its “Q” bespoke team to very busy. While the Lagonda will only be available to Middle Eastern customers, they will not be limited to just this region, those lucky enough to get invited to buy one can purchase it for their pad in Mayfair, too, should they so wish. Wherever it ends up being parked, the first privileged owners can expect to take delivery of their Taraf by the end of the first quarter of this year.




he most expensive Jensen ever

With a coated bare metal shell, a low-slung dragster stance and bulging supercharger, which, in concert with the Jensen’s Chrysler 1,000bhp, the company has transformed a rust-ridden barnmost expensive Jensen ever built. Every part which could be

rescued from the neglected original matching numbers car, was saved; those which could not were replicated and manufactured by

into, arguably, one of the most ferocious four-wheel drive grand tourers on the planet.

turn what was left of the Jensen

according to the company, will need

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to be de-tuned to be made road legal. As a spokesperson for the company 1,000bhp work, but even hot-rodders need to be sensible at times.” www.bavarez.co.uk

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Engineering have been

the team has created some seriously sinister looking race cars. None, however, are as scary looking as this beast. It’s called the Extenso it’s based on the outgoing


new one is lighter, wider and (undoubtedly) faster. The car gets a serious

facelift from front to back. The aluminum side panels have been rear axle width is increased by 13cms to ensure the maximum

consumption and increase longterm reliability. At this point, you may be asking yourself “why upgrade

attuned to future performance know that they have received a proven and reliable product.” race wins and more than 400 podium results to its name, the Bavarian tuning house clearly knows what it’s doing.

increasing handling performance as a result. The massive rear wing and new front and rear splitters deliver the necessary downforce to keep this track-devouring demon on the tarmac. The drivetrain also gets a racing reboot with new camshafts

aviation industry, we build on affordable evolutionary steps in car development and forgo revolutionary changes,” he have absolute priority.

which gentleman drivers and semi-pro racers can get their mitts

claims, will also reduce fuel

customers will not only be


produce ten of these terrifying-




Fancy owning an ultra rare McLaren F1? Well Rowan Atkinson has decided it’s “the right time” to sell his 650hp daily driver. Atkinson, a renowned petrol head, bought the car new in 1997 and since then he’s put 41,000 miles on it — an astounding figure for one of only 64 road going F1s ever made. The car cost the Mr Bean and Johnny English star about $750,000 new and, despite having to be rebuilt by McLaren at a cost of $1.3m after a pretty horrific crash, London luxury car sellers, Taylor & Crawley, reckon they can get around $12m for the car.

The first Ferrari Sergio has been delivered to its new owner, the SBH Royal Auto Gallery in the UAE, at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit, which is home to the Ferrari World theme park. Designed by Pininfarina, just six of this incredibly limited edition roadster are being built. The car was created to celebrate the spirit and core values of the historic coachbuilder in the 60th anniversary year of its collaboration with the Prancing Horse. Needless to say, Sergio was the only possible choice of name for the model, in homage to great Sergio Pininfarina, who sealed the unique, longstanding partnership with Ferrari.

Aston Martin together with EON Productions, the producers of the James Bond film franchise, unveiled Bond’s stunning new car, the Aston Martin DB10, on the 007 stage at Pinewood Studios. James Bond will once again drive an Aston Martin in his 24th on-screen adventure, entitled Spectre, which will hit cinemas on November 6th. On this occasion, it will be a model developed specifically for the film and built in-house. Celebrating the brand’s half century with Bond, which started with the iconic DB5, the DB10 gives a glimpse into the future design direction for Aston Martin.


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rom movies to mobile phones, even a potato salad, crowd funding is becoming

looking to raise essential capital, so why not

senior team members and manufacturers. Privateers, gentleman drivers and hobbyists pitching in to race Bentleys at internationally-

been set up to bring the “privateer spirit” of Bentley back to Endurance racing using Brookspeed’s racing pedigree and total passion for the Bentley marque and its

more recently Caterham F1 have succeeded in raising enough money to return to F1 in

events. The tiered membership program offered by Brookspeed will provide investors with a range of options, including the type of access to the inner workings of a race team and ownership privileges normally reserved for major sponsors,

F1 TEAMS GET STRAIGHT TO WORK FOR 2015 The chequered flag had barely been returned to the cupboard in Abu Dhabi, following the season finale at the Yas Marina Circuit, before the F1 cars were back out the next day to get a head start on 2015. The official three-day, post-season test was a weird mix of winddown relief from jaded team personnel who were forced to hang back, combined with first day nerves, as it also gave potential new F1 drivers their big chance to impress. While he wasn’t allowed to jump into a car, or even wear his new

would have approved. For further information and details of how Club visit the website below. www.brookspeedbentley.com

uniform, as he was technically still employed by Red Bull Racing, fourtime world champion Sebastian Vettel took the chance to hang out with his new Ferrari buddies on pit wall, shaking hands with some of the guys who will be working with him next year as he replaces Fernando Alonso at the Scuderia. With no drive confirmed at the time, Alonso was busily preparing himself for another big race the following weekend in Dubai, a 24-hour gokart race, and he seemed quite at ease focusing on his 13.5bhp lawnmower engine while everyone else speculated on his Formula One future. One thing is for certain in 2015 however, and that’s the return of Honda to the sport with McLaren, and the new car made a brief debut lasting all of three laps, before stopping on track and being towed back to the garage. The romantics of the sport will no doubt be hoping for a return to the era of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost who were the last duo to race McLaren-Hondas a quarter of a century ago. With a provisional calendar of 21 races announced including a TBC return for Korea, teams will have their work cut out to include the extra race. However hearts were temporarily sent into a spin following rumours that Qatar may also join the F1 circus from next year, though it seemed Bernie Ecclestone – the master of divide and conquer politics – was up to his usual antics. Most agree that two rounds in the Middle East, with the fourth round in Bahrain scheduled for April 19 and the final race at Abu Dhabi in November, is enough for the region at the moment.

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title, leading the race from the second day. Along with co-driver Matthieu Baumel, the pair never relinquished their grip on the lead, posting the fastest times on six stages of the stretched their advantage over the course of the 5,600-mile, 14-day rally, to eventually win by a massive 35 minute time advantage over their

dominant performance this year echoes that

the lead until the end. “From the start of the rally I always said that I wanted to make this a special present for Matthieu and now we have succeeded,” percent perfect for us. The car, the navigation, the team and the tyres could not have been better. “This victory means a huge amount to me.

to just 34 kilometres from the planned 174, due to heavy rainfall damaging the roads. For Al-Attiyah and his co-pilot, it meant taking stage, before embarking on the extended road section back to Buenos Aires, where, at 3pm memorable win. For Baumel, it was a particularly special win, but his 39th birthday. Al-Attiyah’s latest success means that he winners in the car category, populated by


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BENTLEY FINALLY NAMES SUV CONCEPT If, in the last couple of years, there has been one subject that has divided the motoring community, it was Bentley’s SUV concept. The divisive luxury 4WD caused consternation amongst the Bentley purists, drew derision from the motoring press and gained plaudits from the GCC and China, where cash deposits dropped as thick and fast as Snowstorm Juno. After some design tweaking, the polarising people carrier is likely to be unveiled at Geneva, sporting the equally divisive moniker, The Bentayga.

MCLAREN SPECIAL OPS ADDS NEW TIER THE DUO STRETCHED THEIR ADVANTAGE OVER THE COURSE OF THE 5,600-MILE RALLY TO CLAIM A MASSIVE 35 MINUTE TIME ADVANTAGE OVER THEIR CLOSEST RIVALS From the start my feeling was that we were completely under control, but of course I could not relax for a second as we have seen in the past that anything can happen.”

McLaren Special Operations (MSO) has announced the newly-established “MSO Defined” division. This forms the first of five tiers of personalisation and support offered by MSO, catering for the customisation needs of all McLaren customers, and joins MSO Bespoke, specialising in one-off models; MSO Limited, producing limited-edition series production cars; MSO Heritage, focused on the maintenance and storage of historic cars; and MSO Programmes which includes the McLaren P1 GTR. “Every McLaren is unique,” explains Paul Mackenzie, Executive Director of McLaren Special Operations, “but now, with MSO Defined, we are enabling our customers to truly express themselves through their vehicles.”

SENNA’S FIRST F1 CAR FOR SALE Cars International is offering collectors the opportunity to buy into a significant piece of Motor-racing History by owning the very car which launched Ayrton Senna’s F1 career and in which he collected his first World Championship points. The TG183B was raced by privateer F1 team Toleman during the 1983/84 F1 season. Chassis no.5 made its debut in Brazil and was the car Senna drove at Kyalami and scored his first world championship point. Now available for sale with full documentation and exceptional provenance of its unique place in F1 history, interested parties should contact Cars International on: +44 (0) 1488 71029


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NEW FORD GT WOWS DETROIT AUTO SHOW Ford has unveiled an all-new ultra-high-performance GT, which its says is one of more than 12 new performance vehicles set to join the company’s line-up by 2020.

Slated to begin production in 2016, the GT hits the road in select global markets to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ford GT race cars’ 1-2-3 podium finish at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans. The all-new GT supercar features rear-wheel drive, a midmounted engine and a sleek, aerodynamic, two-door coupe body shell that can be accessed by two upswinging doors. It is propelled by what Ford claims is the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever – a next-generation 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 powerplant capable of producing more than 600 horsepower. The GT makes extensive use of lightweight materials, including carbon fibre and aluminium which Ford claims will not only help to deliver outstanding acceleration and handling, but will provide a proving ground for technologies and materials that will trickle down to all cars in the Ford line-up.



very best from the past and present of motoring and motor sport, will be held between Alongside the overall theme of “Fast

90th anniversary of the motor racing’s inaugural World Championship, won by Alfa maiden grand prix victory as the Japanese manufacturer returns to Formula 1 with The event will also pay tribute to the 60th

grand prix win for an all-British line-up; Tony

neither event will clash with the Formula 1 World Championship calendar.

Bruce McLaren, with a special parade of vehicles associated with his career. Tickets and hospitality packages for both events are on general sale, as are a limited number of tickets for the 73rd Members’ Meeting, which

driver, engineer and racing car constructor,


as the world’s largest and most popular motor racing and vintage culture event, will take place

wins, which came behind the wheel of a Mirage-Ford.

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1.North American International Motor Show




WHEN: 12 - 25 JANUARY WHERE: DETROIT, USA Head to Detroit, Michigan and experience the next generation of transportation though innovative design at NAIAS 2015. See more than 500 vehicles on display, representing some of the world’s most important brands at the country’s largest and most influential automotive showcase.

2.Performance Car Show 2015


WHEN: 8 - 11 JANUARY WHERE: BIRMINGHAM, UK The automotive year kicks off with the leading UK exhibition dedicated to enthusiasts of sports and performance cars taking place Birmingham NEC. Visitors can meet leading tuning companies, see the latest performance road cars, speak to club members, watch precision driving displays and take part in driving experiences at the Live Action Arena.



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3.Bonhams Grand Palais Auction WHEN: 5 FEBRUARY WHERE: PARIS, FRANCE WHAT: With some incredible vehicles already confirmed, the first major classic car auction of 2015 is likely to set a high bar for the year to come. Among the “one-of-akind” vehicles on offer is a Harley Davidson FLSTC 103 Heritage Softail Classic

signed by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Proceeds from the sale will be donated to charity.

www.bonhams.com/ auctions/22528

4.85th Geneva International Motor Show WHEN: 5 - 15 MARCH WHERE: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND Possibly the biggest and most eagerly anticipated motoring event of the year, the eyes of the motoring world will be focused on the amazing concepts, the technological innovations and the wonderful automotive curios that remain unique to this annual event. Geneva’s motor show is widely considered to be the ultimate gauge of the health of the global automotive market as well as the place where the roadmap of the car’s future is regularly re-written.




5.5th Qatar Motor Show WHEN: 6 - 10 FEBRUARY WHERE: DOHA, QATAR The landmark fifth edition of the Qatar Motor Show promises to be bigger and better than ever, with a larger space within the Qatar National Convention Centre to fit the increasing number of both visitors and exhibitors expected. According to the organisers The show will highlight the most creative car designs and the latest technology used in the automotive industry.

International motor shows, classic car meets, auctions and motor sport events that shape the industry and fuel our petrol-driven passion are happening all over the world, all of the time. Here’s Volante’s pick of the places to be this month.

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the best bits of kit FOR CAR AND DRIVER



goggles feature a leather face mask, adjustable nose bridge, polished chrome frame and 3mm clear laminated glass lenses. Ideal for a spin in your Morgan Three-Wheeler, your Bentley Blower or just watching The Battle of Britain on TV.



ashioned from hard-wearing fabric, these tAG heuer jackets are a contemporary reinterpretation of the legendary McQueen in the Le Mans perfect for achieving that sporty and stylish super-cool image at your next track day. www.tagheuer.com





hile classic cars may look fantastic, they often suffer from very analogue problems, such as unreliable gauges. This little

array of sensors, allows drivers to accurately monitor critical engine outputs at a glance, as well logging trip data and delivering service reminders. It can also act as a rally computer, making it an essential bit of classic car kit. www.gaugepilot.uk V o l a n t e | Fe br u a r y 20 1 5

THE ALL-NEW NISSAN X-TRAIL. THE ONE TO FOLLOW. Of course they will follow an exhilarating exterior design with dynamic LED lights.

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THE NOBLE ART OF SPEED Volante gets behind the wheel of Britain’s boutique supercar, The Noble M600

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he explosion mattered little to the villagers of Enderby, its deafening crash washing down the tunnel of hedgerows and white-painted cottages at the side of the lane. The hunched old

police really like us; we sometimes give them a car to take out,” he replies.

well matched with England’s answer to the exotica that traditionally hails from northern Italy, which he claims the M600 can beat by most metrics you choose.

from the jet wash; his dog didn’t even break its scamper. unholy scream of cylinders as we approached, then to the dissipating boom

under 30 seconds. Its performance and top speed, estimated at around

supper she would order from the chippy around the corner. provides the terrifying soundtrack to their days, the the villagers of Enderby in England’s east Midlands are inured to the deafening cry of the Noble M600, though its vibrations jar the foundations of their homes with regularity. It is seen, felt and heard almost daily in the hands of the test drivers and potential buyers who power it through Enderby’s picturesque and leafy lanes. By contrast, inside what is quite possibly Britain’s fastest production car, it is impossible to temper the sheer exhilaration it provides. Even Peter Boutwood, Noble’s managing director and the man who knows this savage supercar best,

“What makes this car so special, so different from the others is the way the driver can control every element of it,” explains Boutwood. “It’s analogue. While other cars might have all the bells and whistles of technology to, some might say, get in the way of the driving, the M600 gives you complete control. We don’t want it to do the driving for you.” At that moment, as if by illustration, the rear end shimmies momentarily and satisfyingly through a tight left corner as the lane rounds a copse, before a tap on the gas snaps it out with stunning precision. In the spirit rob the brakes of feel; and with near perfect balance on all four wheels, and extraordinary manners — again, just like Boutwood — there is little need

is — the one concession we make for this tiny settlement not far from Noble’s home, a small industrial unit on the outskirts of Leicester. Are there any speed traps round here, I ask Boutwood. “No, though the Noble began life in 1999 as the manufacturer of mid-engined rear-wheel who had left Ascari to develop his sports car philosophy under his own name, had departed the company and Boutwood began work on the M600 as a successor to the highly lauded M400 after its production run of just 75 units. built each year by a staff of 15. Boutwood hopes to see annual production the company has to run extremely lean.

setup will produce anything between 450 and 650bhp depending on how you feel and the position of a big red switch on the dash.

No frills, just speed The cabin may be spartan, but the Noble is about driving, not frippery.


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As with previous Nobles, the M600 uses a mid-engined space-frame steel chassis, which Boutwood says is as strong and rigid as those of his rivals, with double wishbones at each corner and coil-over dampers for its primary suspension. The engine and entire transaxle sit massively forwards on the chassis. Its steel brakes come with six-pot callipers at the front and four at the rear, and have been designed by British braking specialist Alcon. Britain has over recent years gone through something of a supercar renaissance, with the likes of Bentley and McLaren gaining the attention of enthusiasts around the world who would traditionally look no further than

poise: the engine, gearbox and entire transaxle sit so far forwards in the chassis that there’s still plenty of space for another power source. The front end, however, could best be described as tidy. While it would contemporary or futuristic; and it’s only when the face is taken in context aggression come through. Though it lacks any great visual spectacle, there is one big feature on on the rear and the gaudy yellow badge bearing the name of its maker on

This trend has continued through Noble, which along with the the soonhas become a beautifully sanitised quest to provide the latest technology and most sumptuous luxury at the fastest of speeds. It is not as if the M600 is in any way shabby and lacking of creature comforts like, say, a Caterham. While there is hot and cold running leather throughout the unexpectedly capacitive cabin, the gauges and switchgear are

the stereo is the type you could pick up on eBay. What the company has done is concentrate on performance and driving pleasure while adding just enough in the way AT A GLANCE of trim and features to maintain the interest of NOBLE M600 its well-heeled clientele. Noble has innovated Engine: 4439cc 60-degree Volvo B8444S through operational

cannot call on supremely wealthy backers like

name possesses the sort of cachet that comes with something that’s in high demand and low supply. In the Middle East, for example, there is only one M600 in the open, which was sold last year to a buyer in Bahrain. immediately helps it appeal to collectors keen to add a high-performance The villagers of Enderby certainly aren’t snobs but they still never seem to complain about the sweet, sweet roar of the M600 when it blasts past on a daily basis. Maybe instead they are harking back to a time when all cars, like their village and the Noble, were beautifully analogue.

V8 w/ twin variable boost turbochargers Power: Driver selectable, 450bhp 650bhp @ 7000rpm Transmission: 6-speed manual Weight: 1,250kg Performance: Top speed 225mph; 0-60 in 3.0 sec Price: $312,000

provide funds for the next great reveal. Whether by design or by chance, Noble has chosen to boost the strengths of existing components by using its network of suppliers and tuners to turn tried and tested technology into a wholly contemporary sum of its parts.

just feel like you’re driving how driving was meant to be — doing it for the sheer joy of it, inside one hell of an entertainer. and certainly not its looks. That isn’t to say the Noble is an ugly speedling by any means; rather it doesn’t nearly impose itself the way a Pagani would, nor does it attempt to recreate the visual drama of a Lamborghini. Just as a British soap star will often lack the glamour of her American counterpart, Blighty’s super cars do not tend towards the misty-eyed design language of It is fortuitous that the Noble is best viewed from behind, as this is the and deep, curving sill, the rear clamshell opens up to a vast expanse of space. Engineers haven’t attempted to cram an engine into a tight space here; instead the block, manifold, tubes, rods and components can stretch out over a huge area. This swathe is the secret behind the M600’s remarkable

Volante would like to thank Orenda Supercars for helping to source images for this feature. Orenda Supercars are the main dealer for Noble Automotive in the UK and can be contacted via the company’s website www.orendasupercars.com

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IN CELEBRATION of Maserati’s 100th birthday, we take its specially-produced Centennial Edition cars to Oman for speedy jaunt through the Hajar Mountains.


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long I was able to leave customs behind me and I began scouring the crowd, looking for somebody who looked like



Centennial, but which I had rather cleverly renamed the Maser-Party – the wonderful people of Modena decided to laugh in the face of custom and tradition by supplying the gifts themselves; giving its venerating public not just one, but two new offerings. Maybe they don’t understand birthdays in Italy. Or maybe they’re just lovely. Whatever the reason, I was in no mood to argue: special

part is always a bit tricky, but suddenly and seemingly from nowhere, the pretty girl tasked with accompanying me from the airport to the hotel is at my side. My morning breath didn’t appreciate her close proximity. A few seconds later, neither did her nostrils. We departed the hustle bustle of the airport and I clambered into my designated incarnation of far, so normal. picturesque whitewashed low-rise buildings and towards the downtown waterfront area - all of which were surrounded

there’d probably be some cake, so count me in. What followed, however, was not entirely what I was expecting. conscious - my tiny suitcase careering from one inanimate object to another as its driver struggled to control anything beyond an upright position - my surroundings seemed to be more-or-less in order; commonplace, typical. Before too

no, the pretty girl was there, just like she was supposed to be. This must be the right place. I batted away the ludicrous thought and turned back to the window. But as more and

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more of the stunning landscape skipped past, I couldn’t help but wonder. The reason for my incredulity lay, quite simply, in the fact that Oman was already offering far more beauty than I could have expected; than I could have imagined. I was therefore convinced that I was no longer in the the books. I’d watched the relevant documentaries. I’d even lived in Qatar. Actually, I still did live in Qatar. There is no way you could convince me that just one hour earlier. I hadn’t seen a hill for two years but here, they were a bunch of mountains by me and expect me to take it in my stride. I’m from Thinking back to my earlier trudge through the airport – my legs a little heavier than usual - everything did feel like it had taken place in a dreamlike felt like they were constantly trying to catch up with the background that seemed to be moving too fast. Even at the laborious and ridiculous-looking wedding-march pace I’d adopted, my legs were moving faster than my brain could comprehend. When halting completely, everything suddenly caught up with my consciousness; where previously it’d felt a second or two behind proceedings. About twenty minutes into the journey, and with no letup of the hilly terrain in sight, I’d made up my mind: it was a conspiracy. An enormous

Airport I’d relinquished practically all control over the situation. My luggage: taken from me. Easily redirected. The plane: never destined for Oman in

enough times to be the correct amount of paranoid. As we reach our destination, I reluctantly bid adieu to the safe-haven of the impeccable Quattroporte that had brought me here (though I now suspected my driver was probably a robot) and cautiously approached the a coincidence that the lyrics currently rolling around my head were: “On surrendering control over my belongings – where would they end up this

concealing it entirely, a dramatic backdrop is formed for this expansive, three-hotel complex. Feeling energised, refreshed and ready for action, I headed to the lobby area where I was greeted by an emergent purr of Maserati muscle. There

the other, trying to decipher which of them was the most likely to crack

accent. Clearly, she was in on it too. Probably the ring-leader, if anything. nearly took me out) my exhilaration went in to overdrive. I darted to the they didn’t disappoint. As part of the celebration, we had been promised full access to the Maserati range in its entirety; meaning an indulgent ten cars were available in total. But as we each peered through the ornate, on the same two. When I awoke the following morning, I was still convinced that I wasn’t in Oman, but I no longer cared. I’d opened my eyes and found myself submersed within what might possibly be the most elaborate mirage ever

settled into the leather sports seat. As expected, the loud pedal was very loud indeed. One depression pinned me to my seat and earned a stern telling off from our driving coordinator. myself for the subsequent 30 seconds and then my foot almost involuntarily became uncontrollably heavy the very moment the hotel was no longer a again trying desperately to catch up with the surroundings as they struggled to fathom such speeds on these slender and sinuous roads. Thankfully, this


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time, I was wide awake. And I needed to be. The

unforgiving course, would surely have punished me otherwise. This was equal part thrilling and terrifying. There was that same song again “This yet despite this dichotomy, not to mention the inescapably clunky gear-change, I couldn’t quite Eventually, with the 30 minutes I’d been allotted a long-time in the past, and with my nerves now frayed beyond recognition, I meandered back to the hotel for yet another

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talk our way into the spectacular delineation our shadows elongated, making a mockery of our normally-proportioned human bodies: the perfect time to parade this head-turning open-top. With the previous lesson learned, we behaved ourselves all the way down the exit ramp, but as the saying almost goes: out of sight, out of trouble, and it wasn’t long before echo and bounce off the rocky corridors. To my delight, the man I’d commandeered

as though karma would be administering the punishment, as my over-

this Arabian Peninsula for eight or so years, meaning the lesser-known routes were ours for the taking, and even in

our access to the cars had culminated; a friend and I managed to sweet-

same 460bhp, 4.7 litre engine but, as one would expect of a convertible, it

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suffers in top-end speed (179mph) while it packs slightly less punch than the coupe, reaching 60mph after 4.9 seconds, versus the spritely 4.5 of the

The following morning and the magic of this wondrous place continued as I was compassionately spared the headache I was expecting and probably deserved (eventually locating my room and scrambling into bed may have had

not going to get too bogged down by the statistics. This car is all about After the cars were returned and they’d ticked themselves cool, our attention turned to the evenings’ entertainment which we were told, rather cryptically, would take place “on or near the beach” but that no more information could be divulged: we’d all have to basically, “wait and see.” Though, we were offered one additional hint in the form only to confuse me further. Thankfully, I wasn’t alone. The ridicule was reserved, rather harshly, for the one guy who’d turned up in shorts.

when the refreshments began to flow, and with them bad decisions that I later came to regret as I wondered aimlessly through the hotel’s labyrinth of corridors. If memory serves me correctly, it was at some point during my 75-minute search for the non-existent room out, was the almost identically I’d stumbled into a very literal version of the metaphor penned by The Eagles. Panic set in shortly after.

desk with my suitcase traipsing behind me, dread sat in my stomach like a lead ball. Walsh and Felder’s guitar interplay drew nearer and nearer within my can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.” This isn’t going to end well. Within seconds however, the receptionist had handed me my passport, thanked me for my stay and allowed me to vacate without a hitch. I was right, it hadn’t ended well: I was free to depart and suddenly, I wished I wasn’t allowed to.

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eauty is not just skin deep. Trust me, I know from my experiences in front of the bathroom mirror each morning. Equally, this statement can be

For the naysayers, who will undoubtedly dismiss this new iteration as just a cosmetic facelift, I can equivocally say it’s foolish to judge this book by its cover. While it may look like a sedate, slowfront cover, is a rip-roaring, roller coaster of erudite brilliance and superlative composition. In fact, it’s bit of a love story. meets car, boy doesn’t really hit it off with car, car goes away metropolis, boy falls in love with car and they drive off into the sunset. It’s an age old tale, and it starts among the clouds,


SPIRIT OF THE CITY Managing Editor, James McCarthy, travels to London and finally falls in love with the RollsRoyce Ghost.

The morning fog hangs wearily over the British capital’s

timbre, “Today, ladies and gentlemen, you will experience Outside, only the tips of London’s tallest spires can be seen poking through the ethereal mist that swirls around the building’s observation deck, adding an eerie sense of theatre take you to the beautiful kent countryside, where you will stop for lunch before returning, through central London, to

partner for the day, who, like me, is slightly worse for wear after a night enjoying the libatious hospitality of the world’s premiere automotive brand. Without a moment’s hesitation,


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At the foot of Europe’s tallest building, we inspect our steed. The aesthetic enhancements are subtle; a new front expression, the “waft line” sits slightly further forward to offer a visually more dynamic stance along with the re-sculpted bumpers, while a recessed “jet stream” in the

beautiful in a ‘that’s a nice mountain’ kind of way, but there has to be more to it than just that.”

exquisitely crafted gun case, though, I don’t think they have two-inch deep lambswool carpeting or picnic tables. As we cruise over Tower Bridge, I remain set in my belief that this glorious comfort past the grubby 99-percent. An oasis of

I continue to ruminate on this, long after Mr. Whitehead has taken the wheel and I am ensconced in the newlyof England.” While the ride is, as one would expect from a moving at speed. That doesn’t happen in a Phantom, and

the merits of the oft-maligned safari suit, that being on effect on the usually impeccable ride quality but, having had my encounter with the Wraith a year ago in Vienna, I sense I’m not wrong, either. After some sleuthing during lunch, front and rear suspension struts and adjusted dampers that

sitting in the back, I would have experienced the same rear-seat ride quality as before, if not better, thanks to new hydraulic rear axle bearings. Mr. Whitehead would know, as he assumes the role of a retired 1970s rock star, opting for the rear of the cabin while I take control. I wouldn’t mind so much if he didn’t insist on calling me “peasant” every time a pedestrian comes within earshot of the lowered window. The immediately obvious evolution on the driver’s side of the car is the absence of the yacht-like steering wheel. In to that of the Wraith, along with the same touch-pad rotary

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The Cosseted interior of the Ghost II: Amidst the scent of fine leather and rich wood, you find an oasis of calm.

screen. That’s not the only clever tech that has found its way


seamless eight-speed automatic gearbox by seeing the road ahead and ensuring it holds the correct gear. Coupled with the epic - and immediate - power delivery A-roads in the heart of the sunny English countryside, I am suddenly transported back to the Wraith, and the thrill

and-a-half tonne weight every time you lean into a corner; it’s still not as tactile as its fastback brother, but it is a much more engaging driving experience than its forebear. There are still un-nerving moments with the sheer scale of the

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factor; most of the road-going proletariat will, either in deference or out of respect, give way to you. Except for bus drivers. They remain a hateful, soulless bunch. hierarchical immunity as it serenely pushes its way through the throng with a contented ease. I don’t know if I would have had such an effortless experience behind the wheel crowded city street as it is swanning through the new-money suburbs at speed. By the time I pull into the hotel, I have from the driver’s seat, partly because Whitehead is insisting that I open his door for him, but mostly because it has made Like a million dollars. It has completely won me over and

fearing that one of the several horse boxes or rural buses that come careering around the corners towards me, are

than a rapper’s private jet - and since the launch of the Wraith, not as much of a driver’s car as it could have been. It is often the case with most great works that a sequel will rarely capture the imagination of its intended audience

In fact (and this where my reticence begins to wane), it

exception. It actually eclipses the original. I understand this had struggled to fully reconcile on narrow country roads, suddenly seems to shrink around me.

The Phantom is to be driven in, while the Wraith just

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Motorsport success - and most certainly its enjoyment - is reliant on the symbiosis of man and machine, performing in perfect harmony. Ian Crammond and his 1968 Merc 280SL have that sort of relationship. Here he waxes lyrical on what makes his three-pointed star such a special kind of classic rally car. 56

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wheels are all standard. We use towing air bags in the suspension to help level the car, and it does have a hefty aluminium sump-guard, but that’s it.

house engines, uprated brakes, racing clutches, all manner of low ratio gearboxes, limited slip differentials, and of

time, I patiently explain that it is, then add that it is really no great disadvantage, because the auto weighs only 13kgs more than a manual box, is stronger, and is lower geared to compensate for the weight. Not only that, but it doesn’t miss gears like a human. Oh, and it’s not an automatic in the modern sense of the word, either.

those all important handbrake turns. We have a handbrake but it’s on the wrong side of the car (Mercedes put them all on the left and didn’t convert that for rhd cars) so I can’t use it at all when wearing full harness seat belts.

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change – no “slush boxes” with smooth torque converters

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spin its wheels changing into third gear on a damp surface.


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of the right ankle when the time comes. Arrive at a tight hairpin and the technique is: push the gearlever forward through the straight gate into

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freewheel into the apex on the brakes, sense the car become loose at the rear, then apply full power. If done car and sets you off up the road at an appropriate rate of knots, changing into second as you keep your foot hard down. Now select third, wait for the revs to rise

Which, trust me, you need to wear when this car is cornering quickly, because it does roll a little. For the same reason, and to improve safety, I replaced the

Odd, perhaps, but you get used to it. Apply the power too early in that hairpin, though, and you’ll understeer into the bushes... The incredulity doesn’t stop there, because this is that rarest of rally cars; mechanically, a completely showroom-

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picture. It’s certainly comforting to know the latter is there when we run the car on a summer event without its heavy hardtop. other people say gives a clue. Pulling up at a time control on a wet day the marshal will say to your navigator today, I see.” To a point, they are right. We can hold a conversation, it’s a comfortable place to sit all day (the events I do, and most longer daylight rallies, run 9am to 6pm, roughly, with maybe a coffee and a short sandwich break at lunchtime) and the car does actually have you don’t get as tired as you do in some cars. The longer the event, the bigger the advantage this gives - perhaps it’s one reason, along with their strength, why these cars are a popular choice on marathon, continent-crushing classic car rallies. Not only this, but it has a decent amount of power and torque, is not as heavy as you would think (just over a ton and a quarter) and handles surprisingly well. It has power steering too, and the manoeuvrability surprises many people – straight six engines make for a balanced chassis and allow a very tight turning circle. 3,000rpm and puts out about 170bhp. In a straight line, choose between this and a period mid-sixties Porsche 911 on acceleration, though the Porsche with its rear-biased weight distribution has a big advantage off the line and as the lighter car, is more nimble. The Mercedes, though, has far better brakes. The result is a car that will live with most other rides on dry tarmac, yielding to more nimble rivals only on very slow, twisty tests over muddy ground. And yes, we do get some of those – these events combine a road rally based on regularity sections, where your precision as a crew is valued above sheer speed, and driving tests on private land, where speed matters. It all adds up, I have to admit, to an unusual rally car,

AT A GLANCE 1968 W113 MErCEdEs-BENz 280sL Engine: M130 2778 cc straight six cylinder. Bosch mechanical fuel injection. Power/torque: 170bhp @ 5750 rpm / 180 lbs ft @ 4500 rpm. Transmission Four-speed automatic Brakes: Dual circuit disc brakes all round, power assisted Steering: Recirculating ball, power assisted Suspension: Front: double wishbones, coil springs, anti roll bar Rear: Swing axle, radius arms, compensating spring, coil springs Weight: 1,360 kgs without hardtop (49kgs) Performance: Top Speed 124mph. 0-100 kph (0-62mph) 9.1 seconds. Value today: £50£150,000 depending on condition

to reach the clutch pedal – the W113 was not a large car and taller drivers quickly notice this. Not for us the acres of space in a Mercedes saloon of the same period, such

old friend was works Mercedes driver Tony Fowkes. Tony and went on to be a mainstay of the works Mercedes

through its paces by Tony inspired me to have a go. I had taken part in night road rallies as a navigator in the early ‘70s, before moving on to drive in sprint and

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Now, I decided, it was time to try and buy the Mercedes to try my hand at classic rallying as a driver. The car became mine in time to compete on the

road rallies annually, this series covers the length and breadth of England and Wales.

outside the top ten after a small but costly navigational

couple of top ten placings, but these successes were hard to replicate over the next few seasons. It was clear that I needed to settle with a leading navigator if we were to challenge the leading crews, who were rallying every month and could draw on a bank of experience

but such long distance events were too expensive in both money and time for me to contemplate on a regular basis, so instead I turned my attention to a national series of

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graduate who is a few years older than me, is highly respected in British rallying circles, and is a former

when I suggested we should tackle together an event

that an effective partnership could be forged. Over the next few seasons, Nigel and I did one or

of second and third place results. We regularly found

Championship. This, remember, against a host of fully rally-prepared Porsche 911s, Ford Escorts and Mini


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Coopers. Nigel has since been forced by ill health to retire, but these are good memories.

occasions caused by a bolt working loose rather than a mechanical failure. The fabled Mercedes build quality and reliability was sorely tested on the toughest Welsh event in rough section of forest with a vicious bump right at the forest, we encountered a Mini crew levering the fan off their radiator, after the engine had jumped forward, while all we had to content with was a dislocated horn. Being a Mercedes, though, the car has two, so it didn’t hamper our performance too much. in value, to the point at which I doubt I will be able to risk rallying it for much longer. We won’t be retiring her just yet, though, it’s too much fun and cars like this were made to be driven hard – even with an Automatic ‘box.

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categories. The “Attainable” are the likes of the Porsche Boxster or Jaguar F-type. The next step is the “Aspirational,” which include the ilk of the

Within this petrol-fuelled pantheon, the hallowed halls One-77, the McLaren F1, the LaFerrari and, of course, the record-shattering Bugatti Veyron. the obvious discussion about the, frankly, freakish statistics of the car, all that myself and respected former Motoring Editor at The National something along the lines of what would happen if it conclusion of that conversion, however, shall forever remain unpublished. But, even among the gods, there must be a hierarchy,

with Porsche and Bentley and just start ripping out seats and stereo systems. Tackling the problem pragmatically, the re-engineering of a Veyron took on a much more holistic approach. Firstly, weight had to be shed, and even though the car is

super-light material for the body shell. To improve the aerodynamics of the car, the signature bulging airscoops that fed the mammoth engine have been replaced with an engine cover featuring two “NACA” airducts. While a functional necessity, they give the car its new aesthetically sleek fastback look and, coupled with a sportier double diffuser and centrally arranged exhaust that most people will only ever see it - screaming away from them in a cloud of dust. snout of the car deliver a more aggressive and menacing “come on if you think you are man enough” stance, suggesting to those looking at the car in a rear view mirror mangled into a bubbling pot on the stove if they don’t move aside and let it pass.

the roost. A car which, quite unbelievably, is better than Molsheim managed to make the perfect car better, stronger and very much faster. It was not a task that Bugatti undertook lightly and, if the company is to be believed, not in response to the loss of the Veyron’s crown as the fastest and most powerful production

response to customer feedback - requests from owners who wanted a more raw and less cosseted supercar experience and, when your customers are shelling out in excess of two million bucks a motor, you listen to what they have to say. Vo l a n t e | Fe br u a r y 20 1 5

engine remains outwardly familiar, but inside beats a heart reinforced with four enlarged turbochargers, each one

All of that, however, was just speed farming. It was down to the men with the Apple Macs and white coats to create the ultimate driving machine by embarking on such nittygritty work as slightly raising the main-spring, developing stronger stabilisers and new shock absorbers, as well as remapping the various electronic control systems. The result was a car so powerful that it destroyed the


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under the stewardship of

Bugatti’s Pilote

up an average speed of no less than 431km/h at VW’s Ehra-Lessian test facility. And, for one day, among the rolling cordovanhued hills of Andaluçia, it was to be all mine. My ride wasn’t to be the psychotic-looking black and orange beast that catapulted itself into the record books that fateful June day, but a less ostentatious two-tone variation in clear blue lacquered carbon and aluminium.


job, the car still exuded an air of barely-veiled malevolence, chiding the onlooker to step inside and set the monster free. It is a car that, when seen in the metal, has a presence. I was contemplating this as veteran supercar test driver, Loris Bicocchi, cheerfully shook me from my reverie by explaining that he had mapped out some roads that would give the car a full workout and leave me giggling like a schoolgirl, at the same time dropping the Bugatti

BugAttI VEyroN supEr sport Engine: 8-litre quad-turbocharged W16 Power: 1,200bhp Transmission: Dual-clutch 7-Speed DSG Sequential Tourque: 1,500Nm Weight: 1,888kg Performance: Top speed 258mph; 0-62 in 2.2 sec Price: $2.7m (approx)

gesturing to the driving seat. Nothing can prepare you for the feeling you Veyron and, I am glad to report that, the heady sense of power you feel sat behind the wheel does not diminish the second time you do it either. While no different in layout to the standard car,

moniker in the headrests and the addition of Alcantara to the steering wheel, making the moment an even more tactile experience. This concerto of sight, smell and touch reaches its crashing crescendo when you turn the leather-bound key and press the smooth, round that behemoth of an engine. The initial growl, with its rumbling bass note, is complimented by the top note harmonics of the high pitched sucking in life-giving air through the massive intakes in the roof. With this wonderfully dramatic overture playing out in the background, I pull the car away from the curb (or lack thereof, as every road in crunching four-inch, rough-edged step into the If the opening credits promise a great deal, equally, the main feature does not disappoint with


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Record Breaker Somehow, the boffins at Molsheim managed to make the Veyron better, stronger and very, very much faster.


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precise control of the wheels and a greater interaction between the tyres (which, incidentally, system. The result of which is more responsive steering and a rather epiphanic driving experience. The ride is undoubtedly harder, but when careering into tight corners, there is no pitch or Invader moving from one lane to the next and is as tight in the corners as a hipster’s trousers. And, even though you can really feel the 1.4g of lateral acceleration as you enter the corner, and the 1,500 Newton metres of tourque as you exit, at no point do you ever feel that you are not fully in control.

took in sweeping mountain vistas and, with a 1,100 metre climb up narrow roads littered with With its awesome acceleration into the apex of each turn, coupled with gargantuan stopping power of the ultra responsive carbon ceramic brakes, the Bugatti stuck to the road with seemingly little effort. mountains, small whitewashed Andaluçian villages

a supercar for the everyman, coping as well with manouvrability at low-speeds, as it does at the high end of the readout. The only noticeable problem with the car, when driving slowly in built-up areas, is its propensity to attract attention. Though unlike most supercars it attracts not jealousy and spite, but admiration and joyous recognition that people are in the presence of greatness. Every time the Veyron came to a halt, as hordes of onlookers would descend, out of nowhere, upon the car from all directions, camera phones in hand, to gawp and take pictures. With the air of someone clearly used to the attention, Loris would affably chat away with the admirers, while the technicians would look on with paternal pride. Once clear of the villages, the road opened up, skirting a huge lake. The placid, glass-like surface of the water was disturbed only by ducks taking

and swinging into a long sweeping turn at speed had me grinning like a madman. For this is not an exercise in speed. The facemelting acceleration of the car is well-documented, and I am one of those lucky enough to have had the opportunity to experience the brutal forces at work in a Veyron doing in excess of 300km/h. No, about the handling of this awesome car, and what it feels like to give it the beans into a hairpin and come out screaming with joy on the other side. Fortunately, I got just that. And, while I am

They say that a star always burns brightest

embodiment of the theory. That, in itself, is tinged with a poignant touch of sadness. eco responsibility, this is probably the last time there will always be faster cars, there will always will never be another Veyron. A dream chased so relentlessly, with such demanding criteria; designed to be the most perfect automobile you can buy for

guys at Bugatti, who set the acme of automotive somehow, for one last heroic push of an era-

and affection rarely seen in this mass-produced, quantity-over-quality age of manufacturing. What’s more, they didn’t just do it once and rest

higher still. If anyone out there reading this owns one, or perhaps more, of these spectacular automobiles, I urge you to do is not to lock them away in garage to collect dust or to treat them as assets to accrue to keep the Veyron alive for the masses through the words and pictures on a page. The legend is in your hands; it is your duty to drive them as they were meant to be driven and let the world around you revel in the sound and sight of the world’s fastest production car bearing down in the rear-view mirror, opening the heavens as it roars past and leaving elation

plant my foot in the carpet and experience the Admittedly, I didn’t open the taps quite

the sunset...


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grand tourismo

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Borders & Bikes

richard Whitehead takes an epic journey across Lebanon on the back of a Harley davidson PICTURES: HARLEY DAVIDSON


quickly came to terms with turning 40 last year. In the spirit of growing old gratefully, In the few short months since the Big Four-Zero bell tolled, I realise how I have come to appreciate things better now than I did when I was younger.

I crave to be myself, to have the freedom to suit myself and the means to

have easily provoked a mild midlife crisis, but realising fortuna audaces juvat, I

had to do was turn up and enjoy the ride. This was just the ticket for a forties newbie: a kick-ass man’s ride on food, enjoying tremendous hospitality and making some good friends on the way. More than that, I was about to sample some real freedom — the sort of thing Easy Rider preaches. I’m not what you would call an able biker, not on proper machines anyway. I’ve been on umpteen scooters and spent a good few thousand

“I’ve spent time wielding a primeval Royal Enfield Bullet across India, but I’d never done anything to prepare myself for the weight, power and poise of a Harley.”

never done anything to prepare myself for the weight, power and poise of

vowed then never to take off my helmet again to reveal my true face.

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Already the atmosphere was pulsing, the syllables of ha-bi-bi hanging spanned from many years to just the night before. on the event, I realised I looked just like them, in a manner of speaking. I

hair genes. I’d never thought of myself as professional before. colleague more familiar with bikes gave me a few tips: use the bike’s wild torque to ease you around tight corners, remember the gearing is quite wide. on the thing. the time we ascended Mount Lebanon, I was starting to love the bike. The a certain age. For a start, it looks the part, especially in its optional “sand camo denim” matt colour scheme and with its “surly attitude,” according

1.7-litres in new money) picks up quickly and offers sublimely easy gearing. still has the muscle, grunt and the throbbing exhaust rant one expects from As our bodies age, and our capacity to learn new things goes south like our navels, it is important that a new bike handles this easily while looking

dear life, you sit on a Fat Bob like it’s a comfy chair, with your back straight, your legs stretched forward and your weight centred on your hips. It also you crane your neck. This is especially useful when you have to watch out for assailants, as we found later. Lebanon has never really gained a reputation for the quality of its road surfaces, and heading northeast, it quickly began to crumble and fray. some sheer-drop hairpins, while avoiding the crevasses disguised as potholes was sheer technical riding on a precision instrument; it could have been terrifying at times but the Fat Bob was really easy. In all honesty, this stage of the ride was quite emotionally uncomfortable. I felt like I was being judged by the leather fur balls behind me with every misshift marked by their disapproval, and the state and the shape of the road was just the next day that would prove much more embarrassing. name — a colossus of a motorcycle with wrap-around front, seating for two, loads of luggage room and a banging stereo that together weighs as

“When you set out to improve the most respected touring machine on earth, you don’t take shortcuts and you sure as hell don’t accept any limits,” it describes.


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“They’re shooting at the bikes!” As the call comes across on the two-way radio, the report from the gunpowder can be heard, cracking like a bullwhip.”

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tunes sound sweet and I know this is going to be a very good day. at a standstill as the stereo pumps out Saturday Night Fever in front of 500 judgemental bikers. It was a schoolboy error, and a bit of a brown-trouser moment for me, if I’m honest. In mitigation the road, rising quickly at the foot of more mountains, had turned into little more than a path, and I wasn’t used to a bike that weighs almost as much as a car. Luckily, my comrades didn’t see me hitching a ride in a support truck. There

air-cooled setup) and its sporty demeanour. And now I am purring.

gearing takes some time to get used to, but helps massively on Lebanon’s winding mountain roads. Then, while we stop for a break in the last few hundred metres of the deep south of Lebanon, we hear shots ringing out. “Tell Marwan they’re shooting at the bikes!” As the call comes across on the two-way radio, the report from the gunpowder can be heard, cracking like a bullwhip. In the near distance ahead of us is Israel, while we are in an area under

again. I was 40 and proud of my freedom and in awe of my new perspective

been allowed in recent years. Between the two sides is brown scrubland bisected by a barbed wire fence. As the shots ring out, I am posing for a photo by the side the road, then a passing local rugby-tackles me. I have been standing on the edge of a

mannered professionals during the course of the week, then they throw on the leathers to start their weekend double lives. I am now one of these beasts. I’m still just waiting for my leathers to arrive back home before I, too, can look the part.

this is why so many bankers, media types and company directors continue to

well connected in this beautiful and largely lawless country. Within a couple to a close. It’s not what you know, but who you know in the Levant, and Marwan knows them all. supremo and an army colonel, lead the way, but still their towering presence doesn’t always guarantee safety. Just the days before, as we charged out of Beirut with the police outriders, one driver refused to budge, emphasising his annoyance by waving a handgun in a cop’s face. shot at by a kid with a BB gun. Later on we took lunch in the heart of the BBC World would report afterwards, following an advance by the Al made an incursion not far away. Faced with such situations, you have to chill out and get on with things. madness. That is the charm of Lebanon, which takes you over immediately. That’s also the joy of riding a big American custom bike because it leaves you to feel free and invincible. good looks and impeccable response, it was also perfectly shaped for my reasonably tall frame, it had phenomenal pick-up and its roar was a blend of honey and rage. The water-cooled model does it for me. I have no place for traditionalist biker sentiments. V o l a n t e | Fe br u a r y 20 1 5

Staying Alive Harley-Davidson’s Ultra Glide is a colossus of a bike, that weighs as much as an A380, but feels as nimble as a BMX and looks spectacular. Except when you fall off it listening to the Bee Gees...

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Volante takes you on a twisting trip up one of the Gulf region’s most heart-palpitating parkways: Jebel Hafeet. Words: Steve Paugh


t spreads itself out at the precipice of a 4,000-foot high mountain range. shifts, slinks and slices around 60 thrilling corners and hairpin turns. This is not the world’s largest roller-coaster or its newest Olympic

most exciting driving road on the face of the planet. a rolling calligraphic verse, the serpentine shape of the road undulates in the poetic curvature of the written Arabic language. That shapely relation is

of Oman, is one of the region’s most popular natural attractions thanks to its rolling peaks and valleys, bubbling streams and placid mountain lakes, gushing hot water springs and localised eco-system, which includes a blanket of rich greenery and a menagerie of wildlife. introspectively at an art-gallery pace, but to take it in at shutter-quick speeds, has been described by many world-class drivers as the best driving road in existence and is regularly spotlighted in a diversity of media, such as famous automotive websites like Edmunds.com and on popular television programmes like Fifth Gear. Probably its greatest recent claim to fame was when it acted as a host for the globally celebrated show Top Gear, wherein its hosts, Jeremy swerves in the majestic power of three Bugatti Veyrons. That’s like tracing golden writing with a diamond-tipped pencil! or why it was actually built is still shrouded in mystery. Allegedly costing hundreds of millions of dollars to build, it was most likely laid to give local pedal-to-the-metal mettle of their newest big boy toys. Luckily, that is exactly what the road provides: a ride that is completely unique, gapingly beautiful and, because of the uncharacteristic amount of maintenance constantly being done to the road, unbelievably smooth. The road seems to know how to keep itself interesting, merging fast-paced straights with more technically interesting twists and turns. Fortunately, it is still not as well known as some other highways and course, that also means that there is a growing population of bikers (both motor and push-pedal), so be careful as you race full-throttle to conquer its sometimes perilous peaks. exploring the region. For motoring enthusiasts in particular, it is like the dancing on the summer tarmac, and are whisked away to another world of


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GROOMING GORGEOUS! A little grooming goes a long way, as does a well-manicured gent. Let Volante guide you to the essential kit for the modern man.




ith most of the Volante editorial team recently observing “Movember” in aid of various Prostate Cancer

handmade badger-hair brushes for the discerning gentleman since 1945. www.muehle-shaving.com




luxurious fragrances for men of stature. By appointment to the

same charming boutique since it’s inception in 1730. Floris’ spot on

favourite of author Ian Fleming who bestowed his love of the scent onto his most famous creation, James Bond. Of the perfume house’s more contemporary fragrances, though, our personal favourite here at Volante and lemon cut through with fresh notes of green grass and a spicy blend of black peppercorns, clove bud, green cardamom and nutmeg. The warmth of the spices merges with lavender, as the sensual woody notes of sandalwood, cedarwood, patchouli and vetiver unfold and are augmented by the oriental base notes of frankincense, musk and vanilla. It’s a striking, yet subtle fragrance and, as Floris is not yet widely available in the region, is guaranteed to garner a few admiring glances as you waft past.


On the subject of one’s whiskers, those of us who often sport heroic moustaches usually require some kind of pomade to keep them up to snuff. There is none finer than Captain Fawcett’s Exhibition Strength Moustache Wax. Guaranteed to help the folically fecund gent maintain a stiff upper lip regardless, this “firm hold” wax, with it’s spicy sandalwood scent, ensures that your tips will stay perky, even in the Gulf’s sweltering humidity. In fact, our managing editor swears by it during the month of “Movember,” employing this very product to preen his verdant lip rug (if you don’t believe us, check out his Instagram account www.instagram.com/ byjamesmccarthy). Just shave off a little of the wax with the top of your thumbnail, warm it up by rubbing it between thumb and forefinger and apply from root to tip. The good Captain also produces a range of other waxes and grooming oils for moustaches and beards, as well as shaving gift sets and combs to help tame your fine facial topiary.


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With these head turning links, you’re sure to make a bold statement of sartorial superiority every time you flash a bit of cuff.



“rubbing elbows” at high society shindigs,

Expressing one’s individuality can be difficult in the Gulf, where many of your peers have the same kind of buying power as you. However, thanks to jewellery designer, James de Givenchy and his New York-based company Taffin, you can now truly express your one-off individuality through your solid 18-carat gold cufflinks. Selling for $4,500, de Givenchy will take an impression of your fingerprints, or those of a loved one, in wax and cast them into solid gold links that will be totally unique to the wearer. Equally, de Givenchy says that as they age they become more and more elegant, as the gold acquires a patina and the grooves of the print seemingly deepen, making these the ultimate statement in subtle, elegant and sentimental sartorialism.

which, in varying collections, have taken the form of

department while many well-heeled gents can only

frame that is decorated with almost 11 carats of white brand has made quite the name for itself in asserting mastery over the beauty in complication, whether in reference to a timepiece or in the multifaceted phantasmagoria of its men’s jewellery. For society chaps that prefer to show a little cuff, some of Jacob

canary yellow diamonds. Altogether, that makes these one-of-a-kind wrist wreaths the most expensive




eeing an opportunity with birth of the horseless carriage, Alfred

motoring gentleman. As the motorcar has evolved so has the offering of

more elegant than the other links on this page, these Wireframe Mother in their simplicity. Crafted from rhodium plated brass and featuring the company’s vintage logo, you can pair these with your business suit or more formal evening attire and feel comfortable that you are looking every inch the urbane chap you think you are. Couple them with one of will notice your attention to sartorial detail when you show a little cuff whilst leaning in to light her cigarette. www.dunhill.com Vo l a n t e | Fe br u a r y 20 1 5


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MB&F, L’Epée in Bearing an uncanny resemblance to the eponymous space station in the the TV series star trek: deep space Nine, the incredibly striking MB&f-designed Starfleet Machine desk clock is engineered and crafted by L’Epée 1839, Switzerland’s only remaining specialised high-end clock manufacturer.


unique mechanics and movement, while stellar, are very much created right here on . The highly visible, features hours and minutes, double retrograde seconds and a power reserve indicator to display the clock’s exceptional 40-day run time. central black dome by hand-polished hands that follow the dome’s curved contours. Behind that, a smaller rotating dome, accompanied by a revolving radar dish, provides an intuitive the movement is fully wound; one bar means

minute dome are the double retrograde seconds in the form of turret-mounted laser cannons. The cannons start in parallel and

intervals. The red-tipped cannons provide eyecatching visual animation and the regulator has deliberately been placed in full view for all who see it to admire.

- usually equips vertically standing clocks. The escapement platform also had to be set mounted laser cannons. Naturally, the movement

anniversary) and is available in “light” or “dark” components. Whichever one you choose, we here at Volante think it’s fair to say that this spectacular timepiece will elevate any room and boldly take it to where no man-cave has been before. V o l a n t e | Fe br u a r y 20 1 5

Time warp: Long before it was creating out-of-thisworld pieces like the Starfleet Machine, L’Epée clocks were reguarly breaking the sound barrier. In 1976, when Concorde entered commercial service, L’Epée wall clocks were chosen to furnish the cabin.

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ONE in a MiLLE Every year since 1988, Chopard has marked its prestigious role as the official timekeeper of the legendary Mille Miglia by releasing a limited edition chronograph and 2014 proved to be a vintage year.


journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, at least, according to the words of Chinese philosopher,

heads, that 1,000-mile journey is the fabled Italian enduro, the Mille Miglia, while the step in question is the one they take getting into some exotically beautiful sports car from the golden

this legendary street race by becoming it’s

cars of inestimable value, constructed between

straps on the most venerable participants in the race. The red arrow-shaped Mille Miglia logo appears on the dial as well as on the sapphire crystal case-back.

often deadly, race actually ran competitively) and wearing the latest Chopard Mille Miglia Chronograph watches that are launched annually to accompany each la corsa pĂŹu bella del mondo The most beautiful race in the world.

thus dominated by vintage detailing. The slender the lugs holding the strap are soldered rather than screwed in and it is equipped with a self-

jamboree, The Mille Miglia Chronograph 2014 of its predecessors. With its red tachometric scale and hands, white dial and green minute

undeniably masculine aura, the watch is limited

That is why the usual strap, made in rubber

While the Mille Miglia race is impressive to watch in terms of the beautiful vehicles taking part, victory is also awarded on the basis of very discerning criteria involving peerless precision and technical mastery. In the same

has been replaced by a version in overstitched Barenia calfskin, reminiscent of the bonnet

its outward aesthetic appeal as by its rigorous mechanical heart.

This watch is endowed with a strong character and pays tribute to the oldest cars taking part in

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For those who are looking to up their sartorial game in 2015, but don’t know where to start looking, here are three clothiers - from bespoke to budget -that Volante recommends checking out.


S with its imposing tradition and royal warrants can be somewhat intimidating. Fortunately, for those of you looking for some bespoke gentleman’s tailoring, but without the haughty colonial-era

bespoke suits from quality Italian and English

fabrics and using traditional tailoring methods,

of City fashion for the austere times. has become the last word in contemporary tailoring, bringing landscape with an often unique take on classic suit styles and shirt designs - even to the point of stitching a client’s favourite football shirt into the lining of his jacket! www.cadandthedandy.co.uk

The Great British high-street brand may have a shaky reputation among the fashionista youth, but the fact remains that Marks & Spencer’s suit department remains sartorially ontrend. Offering a number of options to fit every budget, they usually boast better quality contruction and materials than some of the their other, trendier, high-street rivals. The collections to really look out for are the “Sartorial,” “Autograph” and “Savile Row Inspired.” Wile each offers elegant cuts and styles, Sartorial offers a slightly more rakish style, while Autograph provides a perfect professional look straight off the rack. Savile Row Inspired is the top end of the range, offering a made-to-measure service and superb quality on a budget. M&S also offers a fantastic range of accessories and essentials to equip any budding city boy, boasting an enviable range of formal shirts from the likes of Jasper Conran and Jeff Banks, as well as a plethora of wellcobbled shoes to match every possible suit cut, cloth and colour




orking on a similar principle of old-school quality with new school thinking is

to compromise, he set out to develop a platform where gentlemen could have a truly bespoke suiting experience from the comfort of their homes. Offering some of the best

Concierge will walk customers through every step of the process, from measuring to

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ACCESSORY TO MODA The suit may “maketh the man,” but often, it’s the accessories that make the whole thing work. Add a bit of suave to your wardrobe with some statement shirts and ties.



dashing splash of colour to an otherwise dull suit, get yourself some pocket squares. There’s no steadfast rule for choosing a pocket square, it should simply complement your shirt and tie. Equally, there is no right or wrong way to wear it. There are loads of tutorials online to learn how to fold some of the more complex styles, but to give off a nonchalant vibe, just push it into your breast pocket from the centre of the square.




Blaqua is a temple for men who appreciate good clothing design. It specialises in high-quality, colourful shirts, ties, and accessories, with a very 1960s “Mod” feel to them. The shirts themselves are designed in-house, and Blaqua usually produces a new shirt design every few weeks. Typically, only fifty shirts are made, across all sizes, making each of the limited editions quite unique. Sometimes, given the vivid nature of some of the creations, the company pairs its shirts with a matching or suitable tie. The designs are bold and colourful - a lot of floral prints appear - and are ideal for adding a splash of dandy style to an otherwise conservative outfit. For the more introvert among you, Blaqua does produce plain-colour shirts, too, but with signature design elements added to the underside of the collar and cuffs to add that little hint of louche. The shirts are quite pricey, but well worth it for the workmanship, quality and the sartorial statement they make.


Okay, here at Volante, we’re not too sure about this one; some of us think it’s really cool, the rest are having flashbacks to lowbudget 1990’s Sci-Fi series’ like Quantum Leap. Whatever we may think, the HexTie by Enrique Alejandro Peral is making a bit of a splash on Social Media, garnering many fans of this bold new look. According to the company, the Hex has been inspired by the architecture and attitude of New York, and combines old fashioned elegance with an eclectic, outspoken design. The ties are constructed using a complex marriage of two rigid polymers joined together by a flexible fabric and is currently awaiting a design and utility patent. It is fair to say that the HexTie is definitely redefining what a dress tie should look like and, as every one is assembled by hand to create a unique experience for every HexTie owner, it will certainly ensure your iconoclastic status.


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ver wondered what the difference is between an

demystify the world of shoes with a simple step-bystep (pardon the pun) guide to men’s footwear.

All shoes shown here are available at www.MrPorter.com

While you might not consider your shoe choice as important as your collar or tie, what shoes you wear says a lot about your style. Take it from the man himself, Mr. Christian Louboutin: “A shoe is not only a design, but it’s a part of your body

language and the way you walk,” he explains. “The way you’re going to move is dictated by your shoes.” There are also some serious do’s and don’ts to acquaint yourself with, so gents, put your feet up and read on.



Not just any old lace-up smart shoes, Oxfords are the most formal of dress shoes and characterised by their closed lacing – the lace flaps are stitched closed at the bottom. They can be plain with a toecap, or detailed with perforations known as brogueing. As a rule of thumb, the sleeker the design, the more dressy the shoe. DO: Wear with a suit to the office, a wedding or to an afterdark soiree. DON’T: Wear with jeans. STYLE CHOICE: John Lobb’s slick black leather Oxfords.


Easy to spot, Monk Straps are defined by the buckled strap that replaces the shoelaces. They come with one or two straps (on occasions three) and in a variety of colours, with or without the cap-toe and wingtips. The strap can be functional or not. DO: Wear with sharp tailoring for a striking finish. DON’T: Mismatch your buckles. Make sure your watch and belt buckle match that of the shoe’s. STYLE CHOICE: John Lobb hand-made, two strap Monk Straps.



Similar to Oxfords, but less formal with an open lace, Derbys have a more rugged appeal and are more of an everyday shoe, suitable for both smart and casual. They come in various colours and styles of leather and material, brogued or not, cap-toed and wing-tipped. DO: Wear with jeans or chinos when your style calls for smart not stuffy. DON’T: Wear with black tie; only with less formal suits. STYLE CHOICE: Paul Smith soft brown leather Derbys.



Brogues are simply leather shoes with perforation details – usually an Oxford or Derby style. The more detailed the brogueing, the less formal the shoe. Wingtips, a stitched "W" pattern on the top of the shoe, are a common brogue detail. DO: Wear with light tailoring or chinos for a preppy finish. DON’T: Wear with black tie. STYLE CHOICE: Tod’s brown suede Brogues.

The least formal of the shoe gang, Loafers are slip-ons and often feature visible stitching around the toe similar to a moccasin. The sleeker and simpler the design and darker the colour, the more formal the shoe. DO: Wear with jeans or cropped trousers for a cool off-duty style. DON’T: Wear with a suit unless you go tie free. STYLE CHOICE: Gucci grey brushed leather horsebit Loafers.

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IL MAESTRO Ask the average spectator who is the greatest racing driver of all time and you’ll get a mixture of Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and Stirling Moss. Ask Ayrton, Michael or Stirling the same question and they don’t hesitate for a second; Juan Manuel fangio.


open neck shirt, white chinos and a cream sports jacket. An immaculately folded handkerchief protruded from his top pocket, matching the cravat neatly tied around his neck and tucked into the top of his shirt.


and broad shoulders contradicted a surprisingly humble personality that

Watson’s restaurant in Adelaide, Australia. The food was great, but the reason I remember sitting at the corner table on that third day of November in 1990 had less to do with the menu and everything to do with my hosts. To the casual observer, an elderly couple sitting opposite a teenager was an odd match, but I was there to interview a man his peers simply referred to as “il maestro.” Forget that generations of fans idolised Juan Manuel Fangio as the

stories without needing words, while his softly-spoken, even mousy, voice regaled me with. “In ten years of racing, 30 drivers, most of whom were my friends, were killed behind the wheel,” Fangio said. they talk of friends that will stay forever young and, in some ways, you can almost see a resentment in their eyes when you talk about the safety and

The well dressed, elderly man sitting opposite was none other than J.M. Fangio, a quietly spoken gent who not only survived the most dangerous era of racing, but debuted at an age when many other would have been

“I have very little contact with current drivers, but when I do talk to them, it is not about racing. Modern drivers can retire after winning one world

Fifty-four years after his last race, Fangio maintains the greatest winning percentage in Formula One history. I remember he was well dressed, in a casual way, with a tailored blue,

and picked up the Argentine Mercedes concession before being appointed One of six children, Fangio’s parents were hard working Italian

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“I have very little contact with current drivers, but when I do talk to them, it is not about racing. Modern drivers can retire after winning one world championship, I won five championships and I still had to go to work.� _ Juan Manuel Fangio

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was in these formative years that he gained the vital skills he would use to all over Europe.

weeks at a time. Overcoming astonishing hardships and the death of a close friend in a roll-over accident, Fangio scored many victories before moving “Most of us who drove quickly were bastards,” his rival and Mercedes Fangio’s character which you wouldn’t like to have in your own,” he added. Moss, who coined nickname “the maestro,” said he loved Fangio like a father.

his mechanics and was never shy to pick up a spanner to help out, that some times those mechanics repaid the favour in a less than scrupulous manner. powerful car which was extremely fast but it was shaking badly at 7,000rpm,”

in time. They said ‘Fangio, go to sleep, tomorrow your car will be ready without problems.’

and Ascari in Ferraris, and my team mate Marimon, I won. Later, Marimon came over and asked how was my car because his had been shaking badly all day. “It was then that I realised why the paint on the numbers of our cars were wet when we went to the start line.

1956, Fangio’s Ferrari team mate, Peter Collins, had just 15 laps to complete before being crowned World Champion, but in an act of sportsmanship not fathomable in today’s commercially-driven iteration of the sport, Collins handed over his car to Fangio, who had retired earlier with mechanical troubles, and they shared the six points won for second place. This robbed Collins of his title and gave Fangio a fourth world crown, such was the admiration Collins held for The Maestro. Fangio’s record number of championship wins was not broken until

“What he did stands alone and I have such respect for what he achieved. There’s not even the slightest comparison.” It’s no surprise that in the post-war period, Fangio’s fame had made him one of the most recognisable faces and names on the planet, and it was a point which was not lost on those who wanted to make their own headlines.


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in Cuba preparing for his race the next day when his room was stormed by two unmasked gunmen. Bundled into a car, Fangio was kidnapped by pro-Fidel Castro forces and taken to a nondescript house deep in the suburbs. Local police set up roadblocks and were stationed at hospitals and airports, while the other drivers were each assigned a bodyguard. a number of houses, he remained blindfolded but was allowed to listen to the race on a radio. “They were nice boys and treated me well,” he said as we made our way through breakfast. “It was a point they were making and they never meant any harm. It’s true that I still send them Christmas cards every year and they keep in touch with me,” he added. their revolutionary plans, “but I didn’t offer much advice as I didn’t want to get involved in the politics.” The captors’ motives were to force the cancellation of the race in an attempt to embarrass the regime of Fulgencio Batista. Fangio was

being 50 seconds behind, won by just over three seconds. “I felt like I was looking down on myself, watching the race from above, willing my way to what should have been an impossible win. It was a magic feeling,” he reminisced.

history. At the age of 47 “The Maestro” called it a day and returned to his birthplace of Balcarce to establish his motor museum. at home, because I would have to clean them myself. In the museum there is someone who spends all his time cleaning them for me. A much

FANGIO AND FERRARI Italian squad after Ascari was killed and, despite winning his fourth title

out as the defending World Champion, which he won in what he

today still regard as the greatest drive in F1 history following a botched pitstop by his crew. needed to win but lost nearly a minute – and his lead - to the Ferraris

with every lap and clocking times 11 seconds a lap quicker than his Ferrari rivals. With one lap remaining, Fangio stormed into the lead and, from

won the title. Fangio was forced to use his team-mate’s car after his suffered mechanical problems in Argentina, Monaco and Italy, yet Ferrari quipped after his star driver moved to arch rival, Maserati; “Fangio did not remain loyal to any marque and used every endeavour to ensure that he would always drive the best car.”

was the best bloody driver! was to sign up Fangio.”

“The cheapest method of becoming a successful Grand Prix team was to sign up Fangio.” - Stirling Moss

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JUST FOR THE RECORD Despite the car being stripped of its title, fighting off pretenders from Shelby Supercars and Hennessy and then having its title re-instated, four-and-ahalf years on, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport remains officially the fastest production car in the world. It’s record-breaking driver and Pilote Officiel for Bugatti, pierre-Henri raphanel, tells VOLANTE just what it felt like to take the Veyron Super Sport to the top of the world. Vo l a n t e | Fe br u a r y 20 1 5


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V: What was going through your mind as you lined up on the track to start the world record run? PHR: “I could die today.” It is always a risk when working at such high speeds. well as the hours of preparation we had done. I reconciled my worries by thinking of my late Father, who was a car enthusiast and, if anything did go wrong, that I would join him again. But I came back to earth and remembered what I was supposed to be doing and focused my attention on the run and the car. V: What were you most concerned about? PHR: Because of my background in racing I know what it is like to lose control of a car at immense speed and, in some ways, how to deal with that. I once lost control of a car at Le Mans at around 340km/h. A wing fell off and that car started spinning, at that speed the car needs 400 metres to stop. I was very grateful when I walked away without injury, but it plays on your mind. If the same had happened in the Bugatti at the speeds we were to come to a halt. That is space we didn’t have. There isn’t always a guard

V: How much of the actual run do you remember through the speed and adrenaline? PHR:

am in control of the situation and that I am able to adjust important factors

about how the car moves and reacts to braking at such speeds. Again it

you are, in fact, just a passenger. If the car has a strange reaction, you don’t want to interfere because it can only make things worse. For instance, one millimetre on the steering can translate in two centimetres on the road, or one centimetre on steering can translate to maybe metres on the road, so even if you want to do something you can’t. It is too fast to control so, basically, you have to rely on your engineers and on your sense as a racing


to the brakes, but pressing the pedal by a fraction too far can make the car unstable. The car is steady as a rock up to 415km/h which is the limit for the customer models, but after that, in the world record car, as you continue to accelerate it has the very real danger of changing from a car into an

I could not sleep because I was so stressed. When I woke up, I looked at the

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speed.” I went back to sleep and when I woke again, the clock said 4:44 and

the pits was that the system had not recorded the speed and I would have to go out and do it again! Then, I could not sleep for two nights after breaking the record because of all the adrenaline still coursing through my body. It comes to a point when your body is so sapped by it, that you say to yourself “I have had enough of speed. I just want to stop now and have some quiet.” V: Did everything go as smoothly as we have all seen on Top Gear, or were there problems? Did the car do anything you didn’t expect it to? PHR: For the world record you have to do two straight lines in both directions. At Ehra-Lessien, nobody has been driving on the tarmac in the anti-clockwise direction, so when we tried it the day before, I am glad we did. The tarmac was reacting differently because after years and years of going around the track in one direction, the surface has become conditioned and all of the stones are worn in that way. It is like when you shave; when you pull the blade downwards it is smooth, but when you go against the grain

through the car. As the speed increased it got worse. While there was no real danger, just discomfort from the road, I was glad we discovered the issue


run, which was slower, in the wrong direction than it was to make the second run, which was faster, but in the normal direction of road use. Also, when we were going the reverse way, we were facing a little bit of wind, which is why we couldn’t achieve the same speed as the clockwise direction. At the end of the straight I found that if I was braking later, I would be protected later, like 300 metres, just to arrive in this area of forest cover and, protected

looking at the forest and, because we travelling in the opposite direction around the track, there is no guard rail, so I am thinking: “If anything goes wrong here, I am going to create a new road through the trees.” Fortunately I made it and the car got the extra bit of speed we needed. I am quite proud of that. V: What are the chances of an attempt at 480km/h (300mph)? PHR: I am not someone who has the desire to go chasing such things over and over again until I get it right. It was an opportunity that arrives once in a lifetime. I needed to do it. I did it once and I was happy. Bugatti will probably not try it again, that is not their style. Breaking records is obviously a challenge for any company producing products at the limits of performance, but the main thing was always to give the customer a good, reliable and easily drivable everyday car. It just happens to be an everyday car you can break a world record in.

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AUTOMOBILIA Curios and collectibles that every deserving man-cave should have...



e like video games and gadgets as

Wheels track and some sugar, and we’ll be keyed-up for the rest of the week! That’s why 917 replica, which has something a bit more “fun” concealed beneath its hood; namely, wooden slot car track of the legendary inspired in both presence and colour by the Le Mans starring king of cool,

prototype tires on aluminium three-piece rims and working headlights and taillights. The fun continues on the inside as a button opens the 917 like a treasure chest, revealing a painstakingly articulated reverence for the iconic raceway, representing everything from the Marchal sign on the three-level

love will further excite your childlike sense of wonder with its detail, from realistic landscaping and working streetlights to hand-wrought aluminium Armco guardrails with weathered wooden posts. The entire cars meticulously designed after the models from 1970-71, including a Porsche 917, of which can be controlled by dual analogue Mum... we’re gonna need some energy. www.hammacher.com

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There is no point having a great set of B&W Maserati speakers if you aren’t delivering face-melting audio clarity from your stereo system, which is where this exquisitely made Momentum stereo amplifier from D’Agostino comes in. While it comes highly regarded by audiophiles and industrial design critics, this is definitely a music system for the upscale man-pad. In fact, it brings a whole new meaning to “rich audio” as it costs the same amount as a 2.2-litre diesel Range Rover Evoque. Or three VW Golf GTIs, if you buy the black version. Using ultraefficient copper heat sinks with venturi cooling, 1% metal-film

resistors, 69MHz output transistors, the Momentum consumes less than one watt of power at standby. Which is good if you are struggling to pay your electricity bill after buying one. It’s distinctive power meter, with a separate indicator needle for each channel, makes the device resemble a steampunk steampunk clock. Each Momentum is hand-built and individually tested in D’Agostino’s Arizona facility, and for $43,000, you would expect it to still be delivering spectacular aural pleasure decades after the Evoque has been towed to the scrapyard.




luxury black Maserati leather, each loudspeaker evokes volume even when at rest, much

the promise of “stunningly realistic sound quality” more than just an idle boast. Armed of diamond tweeters, the revolutionary crispness offered by its Nautilus heart and its recognisable tweeter-on-top technology, these are some of the most arresting speakers, lot. This may well be the shape of the sound that drives you.



more often than not, be steered well clear of.

at Volante covet to an almost who has been making hand-crafted one-off instruments for decades can boast The

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WORD UP... Being well-read is the mark of a truly cultured gent, so here are a few worthwhile tomes to add to your library of automotive literature.

MCLAREN - THE CARS 1964 - 2008






he second in a series of three books detailing the history of McLaren, The


Tremayne, enables you to truly appreciate the breadth and depth of McLaren’s footprint in motorsport. No other racing team can lay claim to successes across such a vast spectrum,

remember the man who created James Bond. Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale captured the imaginations of post-war readers upon its release in 1953, and still does today. Why, you may ask, are we


ith news that the world’s most famous spy is to get an Aston all of his own for

n these days of the internet and mobile apps,

concept to younger generations of petrol head, however, I spent hours as a child poring over

Formula A5000, Indy cars, Can-Am and at Le Mans. These books are a must for fans of Formula One and fans of the F1, alike.

owned for their respective cars, marvelling at the intricacy of the technical drawings within. This one is no different, when you see past the knowingly ironic “Owners Workshop Manual” in the title, of course. This experienced author has produced an excellent biographical and technical work which covers the entire career

was a dyed in the wool petrolhead and covered Le Mans for The Daily Express several times, which is probably why Bond drives a four-and-a-half litre supercharged Bentley in many of his books. The Blower is used in the epic chase sequence in Royale after Vespa is kidnapped, and again in pursuit of Moonraker. After the Bentley comes to a sticky

1965 movie, and thus the partnership was born. Solo, by William Boyd, is one of the few posthumous Bond titles to really capture the essence of Fleming, albeit without the latent sexism that litters the pre-women’s lib originals.

Juan Manuel Fangio) from F1 Championships to it’s days as a classic racer. A narrative history 1954 kicks off the book and there is a wealth of compelling photographs and information about the iconic Maserati racer contained within the book’s 154 pages, as well as plenty

cons of either a buying a Jensen Interceptor or the Jensen FF, before embarking on a dangerous mission to Africa. The pace, style and characterisation of Solo is so well done, you’ll forget you’re not reading Fleming himself, and there is no greater compliment than that.

of owning one.



One challenger, including all of the road cars, competition vehicles and one-offs in between. Every car described, specced and lavishly photographed in this beautifully presented coffee table book. For motorsport fans, particularly, Taylor’s other book in the series,

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he large format of this tome covering the colourful history of “Il Tridente” lends itself very well to some great photography, in lieu of some of the poorly translated prose, and there are some absolute pictorial gems nestled among the pages. The book opens, and closes, with the company’s racing pedigree and

In celebration of the centenary of the Spirit of Ecstasy - the legendary motorcar figurine - Rolls-Royce engaged the photographer Rankin to re-imagine the “flying lady” in a contemporary way. Over the course of a year, Rankin captured 100 images, one for every year of the Spirit of Ecstasy's history. Taking inspiration from the original story, which is shrouded in mystery and romance, Rankin incorporated a variety of themes associated with the mascot into his stunning portraits: the beauty of age, power and confidence of femininity. The book offers a series of studies exploring different facets of the ethereal little sculpture, examining the metal, the material, the flow, and the airy elegance of that form to create a timeless and collectable coffee-table book that Rolls-Royce aficionados will love.


run down of every great victory enjoyed by


which there is little “meat” and a lot of stuff titbits to hold the reader’s interest. A Majority of the book, though, is given up to a modelby-model account of the marque’s road-going legacy. With Maserati boasting some of the most beautiful Italian road cars ever made (as well as some real goppers, too, we might add), this is where the real value of this book lays; things like the design sketches of the Bora are a joy, as are the comparisions of the different

hile he became a universal symbol of rebellion in his later years, the young

when he was a promising young medical student hailing from a privileged Argentine family, he decided to up sticks and go gambolling about the

1939 Norton 500cc motorcycle. This is his personal journal of that formative nine-month odyssey, which provides a wonderful insight into the man behind the myth of the enigmatic colour and rich observation of the country they

worth putting on the coffee table.

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Images , one for every year of the

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is transformed by witnessing the social injustices of exploited mine workers, ostracised lepers and the tattered descendants of a once-great Incan civilisation. Travelling 5,000 miles by motorcycle, steamship, raft, horse, bus and hitchhiking across

or not, this is an engaging and entertaining record of a truly epic journey. Vo l a n t e | Fe br u a r y 20 1 5


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CONTRIBUTORS “They had holes to fill on every page and jammed in any vaguely newsworthy string of words provided it did not include expletives, which they were apparently saving for their own use around the office.” - Tom Rachman, The Imperfectionists

IAN CRAMMOND Ian runs a London-based creative consultancy serving the drinks industry. In his spare time, however, he is a fully paid-up petrol head, organising the Three Castles Welsh Classic Trial, which, in its twelve year history, has grown to be one of the most highly regarded


ith at least half a century’s worth of writing experience between them, we

mind, we encourage you to raise a glass in salute to this league of extraordinary wordsmiths, without whom, this issue of Volante would not have been possible.

tall, he’s fortunate it has a detachable roof.



producing movie quality facial hair and photoshopped images of Freddie Mercury

further really needs to be said, but it is worth noting that he began writing motorsport columns and assisting with car tests for

versed in delivering creative lifestyle editorial even before he left school at the age of 15.

as Dana Jewels and The National

and F1 correspondent of a national broadsheet newspaper - News Corp’s, The Australian world covering motoring and motor racing at all levels, spearheading the Middle East editions of Autocar and F1 Racing freelance contributor to radio, TV, print media and various websites across

to test drive the Batmobile, though not necessarily in that order.

Most importantly, though, he interviewed Fangio.



hedonist, with a penchant for waxing

Lee is an engineer by trade, but when he isn’t involved in building the region’s iconic structures, he likes to dip his toe into more

Sur la Terre Arabia, where he coined the

has driven most things on four wheels, a lot of things with two wheels and some that teeth at News International in London, where The Sun

he is not watching cricket or modelling safari suits, he plies his trade as contributor to The National.

and features pertaining to his expertise in the construction sector for regional business titles such as TheEdge and Qatar Construction News sports fan also has a love of luxury cars and has often been called into service to attend international and regional press launches of the likes of Porsche, Bentley and Maserati in the name of our sister title, Sur la Terre Arabia Volante’s readers with his quick-witted and poetic prose.

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Volante Launch Issue - Feb 2015  

A journal for the gentleman driver. Featuring cars, bikes, boats, style, grooming, epic journeys and big boys' toys, Volante is conceived...

Volante Launch Issue - Feb 2015  

A journal for the gentleman driver. Featuring cars, bikes, boats, style, grooming, epic journeys and big boys' toys, Volante is conceived...