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THE SPYDER AUDI R8 V10

BENZEL-BUSCH: AMG ROAD RALLY

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AFRICAN ADVENTURES

AUDI ON THE SILVER SCREEN

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COLUMNS 8 OWNER’S MANUAL 12 STATEMENTS 18 INDULGE 26 EXPERIENCE 32 HOME 38 TECH REPORT 77 NUMBERS 78 IN THE KNOW

GRAND OPENING

80 IN THE NEWS: BENZEL-BUSCH’S NEW ORANGE COUNTY, NY LOCATION

SPECIAL INTERVIEW

86 OUR BENZEL-SELECT, JOE TORRE, TALKS BASEBALL AND HIS SAFE AT HOME FOUNDATION

FEATURES

44 AUDI SPORT: TRACK-TESTED

PERFORMANCE FOR THE STREET

50 AMG DRIVING ACADEMY AT LIME ROCK PARK

Do you have a need for speed? Thanks to Audi Sport, racecars aren’t the only track-tested vehicles available on the market anymore. Say hello to the R and RS lines. Then, get ready to start your engines.

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UNTOUCHED AFRICA Trek through the African terrain and jungle with expert Michaela Guzy. From wildlife reserves in Malawi to must-see sites in Zambia, she covers it all so you can plan your next wild adventure abroad.

Head to Lime Rock Park with BenzelBusch. With thrilling racetrack experiences, informative lessons from AMG experts and a trophy ceremony, our car expert Dom Miliano gives you a first-hand experience of the Englewood dealership’s weekend-long rally.

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DRIVING IN THE REAL WORLD It’s time to trade in your convertibles for a more seasonally appropriate vehicle: the SUV. We highlight the topof-the line models from both Audi and Mercedes-Benz.


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elcome back to Highways of Benzel-Busch, where we resume our journey through the world of luxury living, travel, technology and, of course, automobiles. After a very successful launch this spring, the feedback we received from you, our readers, was tremendous. So, the pressure is on to raise the bar and continue to engage you with compelling stories, interesting facts and intriguing vignettes of the luxury lifestyle. Performance is the theme of both our Audi R8 cover story and our recap of the unique and exciting Benzel-Busch AMG Road Rally. Audi and Mercedes-Benz are renowned for pushing the envelope of performance technology, and these stories bring that commitment to life. In the News, we are excited to announce that we will be expanding the Benzel-Busch brand with a new Mercedes-Benz dealership location opening later this year in Orange County, NY. We are looking forward to bringing

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the same drive and passion to a whole new market as we create long-lasting partnerships with clients, businesses and philanthropies. In travel, explore some of the most beautiful regions of Africa and the luxurious, sustainable experiences that await you there. You’ll encounter the endangered black rhino in Malawi and go on walking safaris in Zambia! We highlight our commitment to corporate social responsibility in our Benzel-Select article featuring former New York Yankees manager and Baseball Hall of Famer, Joe Torre, and his Safe at Home Foundation. Joe created this charity to help end the cycle of domestic violence. He also speaks to the importance of baseball and its positive impact on his life. We’re happy to have you with us on our journey along the Highways of BenzelBusch and look forward to more of your feedback.


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our home is an extension of you. So if you’re a car aficionado, why not let guests know it? These latest statement pieces from Mercedes-Benz and Audi not only subtly showcase your love for automobiles but also add a refined touch to the home. BY NICOLE FONZINO

SYMPHONY APPETIZER SERVING SET Next time you have guests over for dinner, serve up a delicious charcuterie board on this branded set. With six steel cocktail picks, four different-sized bowls and a wooden tray, this set has everything you need to execute the perfect cocktail hour. Audi won’t be the only one giving this item its stamp of approval: your guests will be too. Available at AudiMeadowlands.net, $74.95

CAROVANA NESTED BOWL SET One thing every homeowner should have is a nice set of wooden bowls. Add them to your decor and watch people appreciate them every time you use them. Crafted with acacia wood, the set includes three wooden bowls and three tempered glass bowls. Used together or separately, however you choose, they’ll always look sleek. Available at AudiMeadowlands.net, $205.95

AMG ESPRESSO CUPS CLASSIC WINE STOPPER SET Turn heads at your next dinner party with these Meredes-Benz wine stoppers. The set of four highlights classic cars and is made for red, rose or white wine or Champagne. Gift them to a friend or purchase for your own collection. This one’s a keepsake. Available at BenzelBusch. com/Boutique, $74

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Commemorate Mercedes-Benz AMG with these AMG-branded porcelain espresso cups. Equipped with matching saucers that showcase a carbon-fiber design, these AMG cups will communicate your love of cars as you sip your daily cup of joe. Available at BenzelBusch.com/ Boutique; prices may vary


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his fall, channel the hues of autumn through your wardrobe’s accent pieces. From standout wristwatches to vibrant shades, these accessories will help effortlessly transition your clothing ensemble from summer to fall.

GUCCIGHOST G-TIMELESS Add flair to your wrist with this collaboration timepiece by Gucci and GucciGhost artist Trouble Andrew. Featuring Trouble’s iconic white ghost motif on the face and pattern on the band, this limited-edition chronometer has a Ronda quartz movement system and a sapphire crystal with antireflective coating for optimum use. Whether paired with a dapper suit or casually sported on the weekend, wear it to flaunt your artistic side with pride. Available at gucci.com, $930

HERRINGBONE SILK TIE Show off your sartorial side with Ermenegildo Zegna’s silk tie. The herringbone design and black coloring will give you a classic look. The perfect men’s accessory, you’ll wish you had this tie in every color. Available at Zegna.com; price may vary

DISTRICT RECTANGLE LARGE SUNGLASSES Missing summer already? No worries. Vuarnet District Rectangle sunglasses will brighten up your day. With vibrant yellow lenses and a black acetate frame, these French-made shades pair perfectly with any ensemble. Not only will they help you achieve a bold look but Vuarnet also will donate a pair to the Shades of Love organization in your name. Available at vuarnet.com, $245

SIMPLE GRIP SPRING WALLET You will love this vibrantly colored wallet from Valextra. Crafted with textured calfskin and Valextra’s signature lacquered ink, the wallet is inspired by the “Grip Spring” trend that was popular back in 1956. With the ability to hold six cards, the leather-lined inside stands out boldly when opened. You can even step up your wallet game and have your initials monogrammed on the outside, so your cards will always be stored away in style. Available at Valextra.com, $435

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ark your calendars. It’s officially time for the changing of your wardrobe. Trade in sandals for booties and sleeveless dresses for leather jackets. While you’re at it, make sure to incorporate these must-have accessories.

KENDRA BOOTIE Look refined and ready for fall weather with these Kendra booties from Sophia Webster. While the exterior is fashioned with black suede, the embellished heels are the shining star. Sport them on your way to the office or a night out in New York City with your friends. Available at SophiaWebster. com, $750

RAINDANCE TIMEPIECE In honor of Ladies’ Day at this year’s Salon Privé, Boodles — the British-based jeweler — is launching its newest collection of timepieces, named Raindance. Featuring diamond faces on either a blue or motherof-pearl dial, the collection pays homage to Mother Nature and comes in a variety of colors such as blush, blue or gray. Add this to your collection and it will soon become one of your go-to pieces. Visit boodles.com for more information.

MICRO ALEX BLACK WIDOW PINKED FRAME BAG

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You’re bound to fall in love with this black micro bag from Les Petits Joueurs. Crafted with black leather, the Italian-made purse features Lego blocks surrounded by gold trim to form the word “love” and gold stud embellishments. It’s a subtle yet bold statement all in one. Available at NeimanMarcus.com, $1,000

Add a pop of elegance to your fall wardrobe with Oscar de la Renta’s long ombre beaded tassel earrings. Fading from magenta pink to beige to light coral, these earrings are perfect for any occasion. Wear them to a meeting or a wedding; either way they’ll turn heads. Available at NeimanMarcus.com, $450


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BY VERONIQUE DEBLOIS

Students at the International Culinary Center julienne vegetables.

T

he New Jersey/New York metro area attracts some of the best culinary talent in the world. So it comes as no surprise that the region also is rich in schools where aspiring cooks learn to cultivate and hone their skills. The following are some of the best, listed in alphabetical order.

CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA

education excellence. CIA offers bache-

and baking and pastry arts. CIA teaches

(CIA) – Hyde Park, NY

lor’s degrees in culinary science, applied

executive education, provides certificate

For more than 70 years, the Culinary In-

food studies, hospitality management

programs and offers courses for profes-

stitute of America (CIA) has been Amer-

and food business management, along

sionals and enthusiasts. For more infor-

ica’s leader in culinary innovation and

with associate degrees in culinary arts

mation, go to CIAChef.edu.

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PHOTOS BY ARIELLE FIGU RERD O FOR INTERNATIONAL CU LINARY CENTER

WHERE RECIPES AREN’T SECRET


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INSTITUTE OF CULINARY EDUCATION (ICE) – New York, NY The Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) has taught food and hospitality to more

NOTABLE CHEFS BOBBY FLAY, DAN BARBER, DAVID CHANG, WYLIE DUFRESNE AND CHRISTINA TOSI ARE ALL ALUMNI OF ICC.

than 13,000 culinary students since its

ity professionals as a stepping-stone to

students learn essential kitchen skills

founding in 1975 by Peter Kump. The

begin or advance culinary careers. For

from experienced chef-instructors who

school offers six- to 13-month training

more information, visit ICE.edu.

inspire excellence. The intensive, accel-

programs in culinary arts, culinary man-

erated programs ensure that would-be

agement, pastry and baking, and hos-

INTERNATIONAL CULINARY CENTER

chefs begin their culinary careers in just

pitality management. ICE also has con-

(ICC) – New York, NY

months. From entrepreneurial alumni

tinuing-education programs for culinary

The maximum education in the minimum

such as Bobby Flay, Dan Barber, David

professionals. With a world-renowned

amount of time: that’s the commitment

Chang, Wylie Dufresne and Christina Tosi

curriculum, devoted chef instructors,

made by International Culinary Center

to legendary deans including Jacques

excellent job-placement ratings and a

(ICC). The school’s top-notch education

Pépin and Jacques Torres, ICC culti-

clear entrepreneurial focus, ICE is rec-

is designed for real-world achievement.

vates talent. For more information, visit

ognized by premier chefs and hospital-

Through the total-immersion curriculum,

InternationalCulinaryCenter.com. PAUL SMITH’S COLLEGE – Paul Smiths, NY The accredited culinary program at Paul Smith’s College focuses on technical skills, aesthetics and management. The AAS degree program requires students to complete 400 hours of culinary work experience to reach graduation requirements. come executive chefs, pastry chefs, caterers and food-establishment managers. This program can be completed as a standalone degree or as a prerequisite toward a bachelor degree in culinary arts or service management. For more information, go to PaulSmiths.edu/Learn/Culinary-Arts. (Top) You’ll be cooking with a view at Paul Smith’s College, as it is located in the heart of the Adirondacks; (Bottom) Rowan University has a student-run restaurant called Vaulted Cuisine, where students gain hands-on experience in the food industry.

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PAUL SMITH’S COLLEG E AND TH E CULINARY ARTS CENTER AT ROWAN COLLEG E

Graduates learn the skills required to be-


PHOTOS BY ARIELLE FIGU RERD O FOR INTERNATIONAL CULINARY CENTER, HU DSON TABLE AND H EIRLOOM KITCH EN

Counterclockwise: Students who attend the award-winning ICC in New York learn how to aesthetically plate a dish; at Hudson Table, not only will you taste what you prep, but you’ll also receive the recipe to take home with you; learn everything from basic skills to prepping four-course dishes at Heirloom Kitchen.

CULINARY ARTS CENTER AT ROWAN COLLEGE – Mount Holly, NJ The Culinary Arts Center at Rowan Col-

peers and the public. Go to RCBC.edu/

advanced cake decorating. Among the

lege offers an array of programs. At the

culinary for more information.

themed classes are Italian boot camps,

19,000-square-foot educational facility,

knife skills, holiday baking, couples class-

students are taught innovative culinary

TOP COOKING SCHOOLS FOR

es, Dim Sum and seasonal grilling. Class-

skills and techniques. The AAS and AS

NONPROFESSIONALS:

es are available to all ages and include

degree programs in culinary arts can be

children’s and young-adult programs. See

completed in 24 months and include

CLASSIC THYME COOKING SCHOOL

practicum experience. Students can se-

– Westfield, NJ

cure a cooking and baking certificate. A

Opened in 1995, Classic Thyme has creat-

HEIRLOOM KITCHEN –

student-run restaurant, Vaulted Cuisine,

ed a warm and inviting atmosphere fash-

Old Bridge, NJ

operates on campus and is open during

ioned on the concept of a rustic cottage in

Heirloom Kitchen offers recreational

the school year, allowing culinary students

Tuscany. Students can select from a wide

hands-on cooking classes. Examples in-

to showcase their skills and techniques to

diversity of classes from culinary basics to

clude pasta making, healthy cooking,

listing at ClassicThyme.com.

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ethnic cooking, basic skills, making the most of the season’s fresh produce, and digging into a four-course meal you’ve made yourself (with a little help from prestigious chefs, local butcheries, fisheries and farms). A list of upcoming classes and more information can be found at HeirloomKitchen.com. HUDSON TABLE – Hoboken, NJ This popular cooking school teaches in three formats: hands-on, chef’s table and demonstration class. In hands-on classes, students get a quick kitchen intro from a chef about the plan for the night, how to use equipment and kitch(Top) Celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich is the dean of La Scuola and teaches classes throughout the year; (Bottom) learn how to create premier delicatessen items from NYC’s top pastry chefs at L’École Valrhona.

en safety, then break up into groups of

L’ÉCOLE VALRHONA BROOKLYN –

four or five to cook each dish featured

Brooklyn, NY

on the menu. The chef’s table allows

Valrhona has been producing the world’s

up to 14 students to sit back, relax and

finest chocolate in Tain L’Hermitage,

indulge as the instructor demonstrates

France since 1922. Valrhona’s interna-

recipes. Demonstration classes allow up

tionally renowned expertise is intricately

bakers and pastry chefs technical skills

to 32 students to watch a chef prepare

linked to its pastry and chocolate school,

for making pastry and bonbons. See

several dishes. Find more information at

L’École Valrhona, founded in 1989.

more information at Valrhona-Chocolate.

HudsonTable.com.

L’École Valrhona specializes in teaching

com/Lecole-Valrhona-Brooklyn. LA SCUOLA DI EATALY – Flatiron and Downtown NYC Locations Esteemed Chef Lidia Bastianich curatexpect the course content and food to be top-notch. Hands-on classes include making fresh gnocchi or Italian cheeses. Observation classes encompass topics such as the history and techniques of savory baked pasta. Students receive a 10 percent discount on Eataly purchases, making it even more affordable to recreate the recipes at home. Go to Eataly. com for more information.

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THE A PRENUP

prenup, or prenuptial agree-

“ALTHOUGH PROTECTION OF WEALTH AND ASSETS IS THE MAIN REASON COUPLES ENTER INTO PRENUPS, ASSETS AREN’T THE ONLY THINGS BEING NEGOTIATED.”

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the marriage ends in divorce.

ment, is an agreement couples

Assets aren’t the only things being

enter into before marriage that

negotiated. With outstanding student

defines their respective rights should

debt standing at $1.2 trillion and the

the marriage end in divorce. Prenup-

average household credit card balance

tial agreements have increased fivefold

at approximately $7,000, a prenup can

over the past two decades, according to

specify whether payments of these debts

Arlene G. Dubin, chair of the matrimo-

will be shared by spouses.

nial and family law practice of Moses &

Steven M. Resnick, an attorney at

Singer in New York. Although protection

family law, answers some commonly

of wealth and assets is the main reason

asked questions.

couples enter into prenups, the advent of social media has led more people to

Does getting a prenup mean that a

set out their rights before tying the knot

spouse doesn’t trust her partner?

as a way of protecting their privacy, repu-

A prenup is not about trust. It is about

tation and business interests in the event

trying to limit the financial and emotion-


al costs of a divorce should that occur. In fact, the prenup is relevant only if the marriage does not last. How much does a prenup cost? As lawyers like to say, it depends. Some

“A PRENUP IS NOT ABOUT TRUST. IT IS ABOUT TRYING TO LIMIT THE FINANCIAL AND EMOTIONAL COSTS OF A DIVORCE SHOULD THAT OCCUR.”

lawyers flat-fee them and some charge by the hour. There is no uniform cost be-

know what the future may hold. It is a

Do both parties need to hire a lawyer?

cause it depends on the issues both as to

personal preference as to what risks one

While it is not mandated, it is certainly

complications and number of issues. I

wants to take in a world where about 50

advisable for both sides to have lawyers

have been involved in prenups that are

percent of marriages end in divorce.

so that someone cannot later try to chal-

15 pages and ones that are 100 pages.

lenge the agreement because they did

Regardless of the costs, it’s a lot cheaper

Can couples change the prenup after

not have a lawyer. The flip side of this

than the cost of a divorce.

they’re married?

issue is that a party should have advice

Yes, but there is a higher standard of

as to the ramifications of the agreement

Can people do their own prenup?

scrutiny from the courts for any agree-

before signing it.

If you like doing your own surgery, then

ments entered into after the marriage.

you can prepare your own prenup. Given

An attorney who understands the nu-

and has experience in these agreements

the cost of a divorce and the risk that the

ances of these agreement modifications

should be used.

prenup will be invalidated if not prepared

is essential to proper execution.

A lawyer who specializes in family law

properly, a professional should always be used.

Is it too late to get a prenup after couples marry?

What’s usually included in a prenup?

You can still get one, but it is called a

Common terms include a person re-

mid-marriage or post-nuptial agree-

taining premarital or inherited property,

ment. As with modifications of prenups,

provisions for children from a previous

there is a higher standard of scrutiny

marriage, and waiver of spousal support.

from the courts for any agreements entered into after the marriage. Here, too,

Do people need a prenup if they’re not

an attorney who understands the nuanc-

wealthy?

es of these agreements is essential to

As we know, wealth is in the eye of the

proper execution.

beholder. Nevertheless, prenups for couples starting out with little to no wealth

What disclosure is required in order for

are designed to address future wealth

these agreements to be valid?

from not only marital efforts but if one

While you will have to check local law, usu-

wants to protect a future inheritance.

ally there is a requirement that income, assets and debts need to be disclosed

Is a prenup ever unnecessary?

for each party in order to have an agree-

For more information about Steven Resnick,

That is difficult to say since one does not

ment that is enforceable.

please visit www.stevenresnick.com.

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EXPERIENCE BY EMMA REYNOLDS

The ultimate NYC brunch experience at CATCH, a tri-level restaurant with 400 seats in the heart of the Meatpacking District.

BRUNCH IN NYC LIKE A CONNOISSEUR WHEN IT COMES TO BRUNCH, NO ONE DOES IT BETTER

out for their unique riffs on classic dishes, bottomless cocktails

than New York. Is there a finer way to celebrate Sunday scaries

and atmosphere you just can’t do without. Whether you opt for

than by dining al fresco with one (or two) glasses of mimosa?

a club-infused brunch à la Bagatelle or rubbing shoulders with

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CATCH This globally inspired seafood restaurant in the Meatpacking District is a 400-seat, tri-level venue that offers something for everyone. Despite other lo-

Counterclockwise: Farro Salmon Health Bowl; the Anytime Waffle Tower; Smashed Organic Avocado Toast; and the Quinoa-Avocado Chicken Salad, all featured on CATCH NYC's brunch menu.

cations in Los Angeles, Dubai and Playa del Carmen, there’s something iconic about CATCH NYC. Known for its night life and food scene, brunch-goers will not be disappointed by the warm and inviting atmosphere paired with fresh seafood. Choose from an impressive raw bar, featuring Seafood Towers or Oyster Shoots, or go for the Truffle Sashimi and Tartare Trio on the

CIPRIANI

restaurant’s cold menu. If you aren’t big

The more casual offspring of the iconic

into seafood, classic breakfast and lunch

Harry Cipriani, Cipriani has five venues in

options are available. The one thing ev-

New York that allow restaurant-goers to

and dinner seven days a week. The party-

eryone can agree on? Getting lost in the

experience authentic Italian dining in a

like atmosphere keeps customers coming

cocktail menu, which features cheeky cre-

sophisticated yet casual setting, including

back, as do the extensive art pieces show-

ations, wine and beer, as well as an exten-

Cipriani Club 55, Cipriani Dolci, Cipriani Le

cased throughout the restaurant.

sive whiskey list and tequila and cognac.

Specialità, Cipriani Downtown and Harry

In addition to New York, Cipriani has

Guests can choose to dine al fresco on

Cipriani. Known around New York as an

locations in Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong,

CATCH Roof or on any level for an inter-

impeccable brunch spot no matter which

Ibiza, Monte Carlo, Miami, Mexico City,

active and fun experience they’ll relish.

locale you choose, Cipriani is also notable

Moscow and Venice.

CATCH NYC, 21 9th Ave., 212-3925978, catchrestaurants.com

for its glamorous visitors such as models,

Cipriani Downtown, 376 W. Broadway

celebrities, high-level executives and so-

between Spring and Broome Sts., 212-

cialites. Cipriani’s chic Italian fare has some-

343-0999, cipriani.com

thing for everyone. And why wouldn’t you want to be seen rubbing shoulders with

BAGATELLE

some of the city’s most distinguished folk?

Bagatelle is the day club you didn’t know

Cipriani Downtown, located in the heart

you needed in your life. Located in the

of Soho, is a more casual version of Harry

heart of the Meatpacking District, Baga-

Cipriani and offers Italian classics for lunch

telle is arguably more rowdy on Saturday and Sunday mornings than it is on a Fri-

The Meatpacking Manhattan cocktail at CATCH features Woodford Rye Whiskey, Santa Teresa 1796, dry Curacao, Cynar, Ratafia cherry and Lillet Blanc.

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day night. Serving Mediterranean-style fare in a chic white setting with abstract contemporary art, Bagatelle attracts the


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EXPERIENCE

Top: Eggs Bagatelle with lobster hollandaise sauce; Bottom: French Toast with Nutella and strawberries.

world’s jet-setters, foodies and celebrities.

The modern hotel is

The 10-year-old flagship location is a New

arguably most pop-

York institution that offers an unmatchable

ular for its five food

ambiance. Opt for the Seafood Tower -

and

Prestige (oysters, 10gr caviar, king crab,

the Standard Grill,

lobster shrimp, clams and ceviche) or go

the

the landlubber route with Gnocchi Truffés

Bain, the Standard

à la Parisienne de Nicolas. You’ll enjoy

Biergarten, the Standard Plaza and Top

whatever you choose, especially when

of the Standard. When opting for a chic

paired with rosé bottle service or one of

brunch spot, the Standard Grill deserves

the restaurant’s well-conceived cocktails.

a spot at the top of your list. Blending a

drink

venues:

late-night

Le

Bagatelle also has locations in St. Tro-

traditional steakhouse with new Ameri-

pez, St. Barth, Dubai, Miami, Ibiza, Monte

can cuisine, the airy and vintage-inspired

Carlo, Rio de Janeiro, Punta del Este and

hotspot will satisfy your tastebuds and

São Paulo.

leave you wanting more. Fresh seafood,

Bagatelle NYC, 1 Little W. 12th St.,

cured meats, cheeses and organic break-

212-488-2110, bagatellenyc.com

fast dishes are mouthwateringly good.

drinks. If you want to make a day of it,

Our recommendation? The Squash Car-

the Standard Grill’s punchbowls are a

STANDARD GRILL

paccio with lemon-truffle or the Challah

no-brainer, as are the creative Bloody

You won’t have to venture too far from

French Toast with vanilla mascarpone and

Mary’s. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

the Meatpacking District when you vis-

hazelnut crumble.

it the Standard Hotel on the High Line.

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Come for the food, but stay for the

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The Vina & Dispensa by Arclinea is a half pantry, half refrigerating wine unit for maximum storage.

PERFECTING THE ULTIMATE HOME BAR: BECAUSE EVERY MAN NEEDS ONE

A

n in-home bar can be your mini personal getaway, providing escape, relaxation and, of course,

the owner and guests to gather and sip. But what makes for the ultimate home bar?

a good time. Once a luxury, it is now con-

In addition to quality spirits and li-

sidered de rigueur by many, a place for

quors, you need top-of-the-line glass-

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ware and accessories to make your bar beautiful instead of merely functional. We’ve rounded up the latest and greatest to get you started. First thing’s first: building the ulti-


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mate home bar begins with a solid and

The Dungarvan Barware collection mixes 1950s flair with contemporary style; Roche Bobois’ LIFT Sideboard/ Bar comes finished in thermoformed Daquacryl®.

sound lighting scheme to set the mood and give it a chic sophistication. “A sleek and sophisticated lighting scheme is a must,” says Marc Schlesser, senior designer at Arclinea New York, a worldrenowned luxury kitchen interior store.

half is a degustation area suitable for decanters. And to top it off? “The beauty of the Vina and Vina Epicure is having everything behind the beautiful

In addition to excellent lighting,

reflective-glass coplanar sliding doors,”

Schlesser recommends wine storage, a re-

Yarom says.

frigerator for beer, a bar sink, shelving for

The Vina comes in two sizes: 5 feet

spirits and glassware, drawers for spoons,

by 11 inches wide with a capacity of 96

brilliant glassware and an ice machine.

bottles and 7 feet by 10 inches wide

Perhaps most important is wine stor-

with a capacity of 132 bottles.

age. With so many options available,

Besides the Vina and Vina Epicure,

choosing the right kind can be over-

Daniel and Marc suggest high-end ap-

whelming. Fortunately, Arclinea exclu-

Vina, there are two columns of wine stor-

pliances by manufactures such as Gag-

sively carries what both Marc and Arc-

age on tilted stainless steel interior racks

genau, Miele and Sub-Zero for wine-stor-

linea president Daniel Yarom refer to as

intended to display as well as preserve

age columns. Metal bar accessories by

the “ultimate props” for bachelors and

one’s collection.”

Alessi are highly recommended to make

wine lovers: the Vina and Vina Epicure.

Vina keeps the wine between 54 and

“Arlinea is a world-renowned kitchen

57 degrees and at a humidity level of

Another standout is the Roche Bobo-

company and the maker of the Vina and

at least 60 percent. It’s equipped with

is LIFT Sideboard/Bar. This super-sleek,

its further evolution known as the Vina

stainless steel inclined racks, coplanar

gorgeous bar comes with a backlight

Epicure,” Yarom explains. “Both feature

doors with semireflective glass and in-

that gives off a sexy vibe as you enter-

unique award-winning designs and are

ternal LED lighting. Half of the Vina Ep-

tain your guests. The Sideboard/Bar is

available only through Arclinea. In the

icure is devoted to storage. The other

made in thermoformed Daquarcryl fin-

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your bar look sleek and sophisticated.


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THE BEST ADVICE FOR BUILDING THE ULTIMATE HOME BAR IS TO TRUST YOUR GUT AND PERSONAL DESIGN PREFERENCES ish in numerous colors. It’s equipped with an electric opening con-

SinStella glasses are created with durable bases to minimize breakage.

taining its own lifting system. And have no fear: the LIFT’s interior is just as savvy as the exterior. It features a storage unit with glass rack and bottle storage on the right, and a base cast in aluminum. Also important are the smaller yet vital things such as glassware. A stellar choice is Waterford Dungarvan Carafe. Modern intersecting cuts and lin-

by Vera Pure. The base is hand made of

ishes, accessories and gear, the best ad-

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different blown crystal glass inputs. It is

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Barware’s

classic

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is to trust your gut and personal design

1950s-inspired crystal pattern for a luxu-

extensively, making for a one-of-a-kind

preferences. This is exactly what Marc

rious and elegant look.

sipping experience.

Schlesser recommends. “It’s simply a

sophisticated

and

Another winner is the SinStella glass

After all is said and done with the fin-

matter of style preference,” he says.

Must-Have Bottles In Your Bar

So now that you know what’s required to build the ultimate home bar, you’re probably wondering about which wines to buy. From reds and whites to rosés and champagnes, the varieties are seemingly endless. Luigi Tarantino, bar manager and bartender of New York’s Sofia Wine Bar & Cafe, dishes on the bottles that you must absolutely have in your ultimate home bar collection. An Italian Barolo or French Bordeaux (Château Margaux) is that special bottle of “don’t touch it unless I’m celebrating,” Tarantino says. He also recommends a big and bold Cabernet. “Plumpjack makes a delicious one and, if you like vanilla notes, Caymus Cabernet is delicious too.”

Also on his recommendation list is a Pinot Noir from California or Oregon. “I love keeping an easy drinking bottle of wine on hand,” Tarantino enthuses. And a crisp white wine or a sparkling rosé goes without saying. “I’m a huge fan of buttery-oaky California Chardonnays, and in the spring and summer I love French rosé.”

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oes anyone prefer not to travel in luxury? With these chartering services, your East Coast journey, international vacation or business trip is guaranteed to be luxurious from start to finish. Blade, Wheels Up, Magellan and VistaJet provide helicopter and jet charters to take you to

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the Hamptons, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Newport and beyond, each with a curated list of experiences, amenities and above-and-beyond service. Skip the heavy traffic in favor of arriving on these safe, sky-high flights — stress-free and in half the time.


BLADE All it takes is a few swipes on your smartphone and you’re all set for your East Coast jaunt. Blade, a premier aviation charter service, transports travelers to East Coast hotspots such as the Hamptons, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Fire Island and Newport, among others. Download the mobile app (available with Apple or Google Play) to book a private flight, or crowdsource a seat before waiting to board your flight (with champagne in hand) in one of three Blade Lounges in Manhattan. The company offers

Blade Bounce, airborne airport transfers to JFK and Newark that pick you up within 20 minutes of booking your ride and can be as short as five minutes. Customized experiences, with event-specific transportation to popular events such as the Harriman Cup, Jones Beach Concert Experience, Burning Man and Gurney’s Newport, can also be arranged. A limited number of Blade Passports are available during the summer season, allowing clients unique offerings, perks and savings for all their vacation or airport-transfer needs with any of the fleet offered through Blade. FlyBlade.com

Clockwise from bottom: Skip traffic with Blade and fly to East Coast hotspots such as the Hamptons, Fire Island and Cape Cod in style; enjoy complimentary cocktails in Blade’s lounges before takeoff; if you live on the water, select a seaplane from Blade for door-to-door service.

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Clockwise from top: Up to eight passengers can soar the skies in Wheels Up’s King Air 350i; the King Air 350i’s cabin is equipped with Wi-Fi and Gogo Talk & Text for passengers’ convenience; Wheels Up has two different membership types: one for individuals and one for businesses.

WHEELS UP Just when you thought flying private with your family or clients couldn’t get any easier, Wheels Up changed the game. The membership-based private aviation company has a pretty impressive history, starting with founder Kenny Dichter, whose first billion-dollar aviation enterprise Marquis Jet was sold to Berkshire Hathaway’s NetJets in 2010. Wheels Up differentiates itself with a modest initiation fee, low annual dues and access to private flights as needed, making this operation one of the

most readily accessible of all private travel modes. Members can resource the company’s luxury fleet of 75 aircraft with as little as 24 hours’ notice. With some of the highest safety ratings on the market, innovative technology equipped in each aircraft and two captain-rated Gama Aviation pilots on every flight, travel is a breeze. Internationally capable planes are available, and members can choose between a prepaid program or pay-as-you-go hours in the air. Wheels Down, a unique events and concierge service, keeps members up to date when they’re on the ground on all the latest happenings around the globe. WheelsUp.com MAGELLAN JETS With almost a decade of private aviation success under its belt, Magellan Jets focuses on an innovative model that offers

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and rate within eight hours notice, and complimentary chauffeured ground transfers. The company focuses on safety first with a FAA-licensed flight support team. MagellanJets.com

jet-specific memberships and on-demand charter services with a vast range of luxury fleet craft. Magellan’s Experience Team is on call 24/7, handling on-demand flights, in-flight catering and ground transportation so clients are taken care of to and from each destination. Magellan Jets recently rolled out their Bespoke PriClockwise from top: Magellan Jets’ vate Jet Membership, a highly taiGulfstream G650 cabin has room lored approach to private aviation for up to 18 passengers; VistaJet’s Challenger 605 is 23.3 feet long custom-fit to each member’s needs. and 8.2 feet wide for maximum Memberships include worldwide comfort; the Challenger 605 has access to the Magellan Jets Prefive different sleeping positions for ferred Network, 24-hour expert serovernight flights. vice, guaranteed charter availability

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TRACK-TESTED PERFORMANCE FOR THE STREET BY DOM MILIANO Audi has been known for decades as a luxury marque that combines comfort, style, safety and all-wheeldrive security in one package. However, at the 2017 NY International Auto Show, Audi added a new temptation to their R and RS lines: Audi Sport.

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The all-new Audi R8 V10 Spyder’s roof opens and closes in 20 seconds, making it easy for you to enjoy a drive with the top down.

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Starting in spring 2017 and continuing for the next 24 months, Audi announced that it would introduce eight new models, all with track-tested Audi Sport per-

That’s where the heart of the RS 7 beats with a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V8 TFSI engine that cranks out up to 605-hp and 553 lb-ft of torque.

formance in their DNA. Audi’s history of racetrack prowess goes back to the pre-

Using the expertise gained in the fi-

four passengers. The RS badge (note:

war Silver Arrows models that broke per-

ery crucible of competition, Audi will be

the R in RS stands for rennen, German

formance records wherever they ran.

offering customers vehicles that have all

for race) is your first hint at what’s under

More recently, in the 1980s, the auto-

of their traditional road-going strengths

the hood. That’s where the heart of the

maker’s competition-crushing speed was

augmented by even further-advanced

RS 7 beats with a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V8

so extraordinary that the sanctioning bod-

handling and power. Here are the cars cur-

TFSI engine that cranks out up to 605-hp

ies banned the cars because no other man-

rently available at your Audi Sport dealer

and 553 lb-ft of torque.

ufacturer could equal them! At Le Mans,

along with a sneak peek at what’s ahead.

the Audi teams have dominated with 13 overall victories since the year 2000.

While

the

horsepower

is

eye-

popping, it’s the torque that makes Audi RS 7 Performance

this Audi pull strongly from low RPMs,

Whoever said good things come in small

important for passing on hills or ac-

packages never drove an Audi RS 7

celerating out of a tight corner. Mated

Performance. This full-size luxury sedan

to an eight-speed Tiptronic automat-

combines true on-the-road sports car

ic transmission and quattro all-wheel

performance in a vehicle designed for

drive, the driver will experience racecar performance thanks to the power, the

The RS 7 Performance comes equipped with a powerful eight-speed Tiptronic® transmission, quattro® all-wheel drive and adaptive air suspension, so you feel comfortable wherever and whenever you drive.

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ultra-quick shifting and remarkable handling. A traditional measure for perfor-


mance in the United States is the zero to sixty time. The RS 7 clocked in a 3.6-second 0-60 sprint, faster than many pure two-seat sports cars. Because this is a luxury car, the suspension was not ignored in the creation of the RS 7 Performance. Standard on the A7 RS is a continuously variable RS-tuned adaptive air suspension. This computer-controlled damper

system

adjusts the body height of the vehicle based on driv-

Counterclockwise: the RS 3 Sedan features a 2.5-liter TFSI® turbocharged engine; Singleframe® grille with a gloss-black honeycomb pattern; 19-inch, 5-arm-blade design matte titanium wheels; and Nappa leather interior seats with diamond stitching.

ing circumstances. On rough roads and at low speeds, the suspension will raise the chassis slightly to improve comfort. Then, at highway speeds it will sit the chassis lower for more dynamic handling and safety. This all happens without driver intervention, another

ic brakes. If you have never experienced

safety feature of the RS 7. The RS 7 Per-

the stopping power of these “right from

As with the RS 7, the heart of the RS

formance, however, has a system called

the racetrack” brakes, prepare to be tru-

3 is the engine. The all-new Audi RS 3 Se-

DRC - Dynamic Ride Control. This system

ly amazed. Build your own at: Audiusa.

dan features a 2.5-liter TFSI turbocharged

is a purely mechanical so it’s fully lag-free.

com/models/audi-rs7/configurator.

engine known for its unique firing order

It reduces body roll and pitch around the

sion to back its impressive looks.

and incomparable sound, producing 400-

transverse and longitudinal axis. These

Audi RS 3 Sedan

hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty

diagonally opposed pairs of shock ab-

Audi’s popular A3 sedan has also received

is reached in a half-tick under 4 seconds

sorbers are computer controlled and use

a heavy dose of RS technology. From an

accompanied by a distinct engine note

hydraulic lines and a central valve so that

aggressive reworking of the exterior with

that can be controlled by opening unique

when cornering at speed, the valves reg-

distinctive fender bulges wrapped around

“flaps” of the standard RS exhaust system.

ulate the oil flow in the shock absorber of

19-inch performance wheels and tires, to

With a car this fast and powerful,

the deflected outside front wheel almost

the deeply contoured “S” bucket seats,

the brakes have to be up to the task.

immediately. This increases support and

the RS 3 looks for all the world like it just

The standard RS 3 brakes use 8-piston

reduces lateral tilt, thereby improving the

came off the track at “The Ring,” Sebring,

mono-block calipers and 370 mm ven-

RS 7 Performance’s handling dynamics.

Watkins Glen or our local favorite, Lime

tilated discs. Optional is Formula One-

As an option, Dynamic Ride Control can

Rock Park. But unlike many cars that are

style, carbon ceramic brakes that take

be supplemented by three-stage variable

“badge engineered” (dressed up with

stopping performance to levels unprec-

damping characteristics.

decals and stripes to give the impression

edented in mid-sized, road-going se-

Finally, the RS 7 Performance comes

of a track-ready car), the RS 3 has the en-

dans. Build your own at: Audiusa.com/

standard with race-proven carbon ceram-

gine, transmission, brakes and suspen-

models/audi-rs3/configurator.

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Audi TT RS Coupe Always perceived as a popular, fun, yet practical sports car, the Audi TT, for 2018, is now available with RS tuning, making

Audi declares that the R8 is the pinnacle of performance for the marque, with no other model bearing a closer tie to racing.

it an even more thrilling sports car. The same 2.5-liter TFSI turbocharged en-

legendary Audi Quattro AWD and 8-pis-

seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch trans-

gine from the RS 3 gives the TT perfor-

ton disc brakes on your side. Build your

mission. In Le Mans race-winning fash-

mance usually reserved for sports cars

own at: Audiusa.com/models/audi-tt-rs/

ion, it can shift gears in an amazing 120

costing multiples of the TT RS Coupe’s

configurator.

milliseconds. Audi drive select offers four

base price. This new engine, mated to a

modes: comfort, auto, dynamic and indi-

seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch auto-

Audi R8

vidual, and on R8 V10 plus models, an

matic transmission, powers the TT RS

In no other Audi model will you find more

additional “performance mode” with dry,

Coupe to sixty MPH from a standing start

evidence of race-proven technology be-

wet and snow programming that allows

in 3.6 seconds. That’s sure to impress

ing made available for the street than in

for enhanced performance based on the

everyone at the stoplight Grand Prix.

the new R8. For 2017, Audi offered an

selected road condition.

However, that’s not where the TT RS

R8 with a V10 Plus engine that generates

Audi declares that the R8 is the pinna-

Coupe really shines. The engine’s broad

610-hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. For the

cle of performance for the marque, with no

torque band – starting at only 1,700 RPM

curious, that combination will allow the

other model bearing a closer tie to racing.

– and the precise gearing and compe-

R8 Coupe to reach a top track speed

Embodied in the R8’s DNA is know-how

tition-quick paddle shifting transmission

of 205 MPH. This is the same natural-

acquired on the racetrack and from the

make carving up your favorite twisty

ly aspirated V10 engine found in the

legacy of Audi endurance racing. For the

two-lane roads or the occasional track

R8 LMS racecar. It’s coupled to Audi’s

first time ever, Audi co-developed the all-

day fast, fun and safe. That’s especially

completely new application of Quattro

new R8 with their GT3 race car, the Audi

true since you’ll have the TT RS Coupe’s

all-wheel drive and features an updated

R8 LMS. But be aware, unlike some super

Sleek and powerful, the Audi R8 offers a road experience like no other. High-tech perfomance features include quattro® all-wheel drive and magnetic ride adjusts.

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Clockwise from top: the R8 utilizes MMI® Navigation, a technological system that provides the driver with Google Earth™, 3D satellite imagery and a Wi-Fi hotspot; three-spoke multifunction flat bottom steering wheel; exterior featurings including LED taillights and rear fog lights; and carbon sigma high-gloss inlays for the interior.

cars that offer privation along with performance, the new R8 delivers a civilized, luxury-car level of performance. Available as a convertible  or Spyder model – Build your own at: Audiusa.com/models/ audi-r8/ configurator. Audi RS 5 Coupe Announced in spring 2017, the RS 5 Coupe will launch in the first six months of 2018. Aimed directly at BMW’s M4, this new mid-sized coupe will feature an all-new 2.9-liter TFSI V6-biturbo en-

safe, reliable and stunningly fast family

breed has never been truer than with the

gine that delivers 450-hp and 443 lb-ft

car, then you might want to go to Audi

new Audi Sport line. These vehicles com-

of torque. Audi has tested prototypes

Meadowlands and preorder this amazing

bine all of the traditional Audi values of

in Germany and claims that the RS 5

Audi. It’s the first of the new Audi Sport

safety, luxury and comfort with dramatic

will accelerate from 0 to 100 KPH (62

vehicles planned for 2018, but it won’t

racetrack driving characteristics.

mph) in just 3.9 seconds. If you’re going

be the last.

to be in the market for a comfortable,

The claim that racing improves the

Visit Audi Meadowlands to be both impressed and, we bet, severely tempted!

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AMG DRIVING ACADEMY AT LIME ROCK PARK BY DOM MILIANO

A

s if owning a Mercedes-Benz AMG weren’t thrilling enough, every buyer of a new model is now being offered a complimentary day of driving at a racetrack with professional racecar

drivers as guides. This offer is valid for one year from the date of delivery of your AMG and can be redeemed at one of four world-class racing facilities: Laguna Seca in California, Road Atlanta in Georgia, Circuit of the Americas in Texas and Lime Rock Park in nearby Connecticut. Despite the inherent goosebump-raising thrill of a day of driving fast, powerful cars at potentially triple-digit speeds, J. Agresta, principal at Benzel-Busch in Englewood, NJ, decided he and his team had to add another dose of excitement. Eligible AMG owners were invited to gather at the dealership a day ahead of their driving appointment for a unique and exclusive event: a road rally to their hotel. Of course, overnight accommodations were provided courtesy of Benzel-Busch. Very classy!

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AMG vehicles line up on the Lime Rock track for a day of racing.


BY THE END OF THE DAY, EVERY ONE OF THE PARTICIPANTS WOULD BE A BETTER, SAFER DRIVER WITH A SUPERIOR UNDERSTANDING OF THE AMG’S HANDLING POWER AND INCREDIBLE BRAKING ABILITY. RALLY-HO! – Upon arrival, the AMG

ly blocked off the street and reserved the

proximately one-hundred-mile adven-

owners were treated to a light lunch

entire block for rally parking to ensure

ture. Along the way, questions about

while their cars were “badged” with

drivers could safely convoy to the Pali-

signs, rivers, buildings and even farm

a uniquely designed vinyl rally badge

sades Interstate Parkway as they made

animals were posed so both driver and

and car number. Just prior to departure,

their way north to the rendezvous at their

navigator had to keep a sharp eye out.

Agresta’s team handed each participant

Connecticut hotel: the Interlaken.

The most interesting challenge in-

a goodie bag filled with snacks, bottled

Lime Rock Park raceway is located ap-

volved, of all things, cows! The teams were

spring water and a folder with rally route

proximately two hours from Englewood

asked to photograph any cows they saw

instructions and scavenger-hunt ques-

in

northwest

and post them to

tions. The team even provided drivers

corner of New En-

social media with

with personalized AMG polo shirts!

gland where New

the hash tag #BBral-

the

ly17. A bonus award was given to anyone who could snap a photo of a participant milking a cow. Believe it or not, a (Left): Benzel-Busch team enjoys their day at Lime Rock; (right): each car in the rally received a vinyl sticker.

couple of intrepid folks managed to meet that challenge. Of

course,

a

team could inch along the route, fastidiously looking for answers to ensure they had a perfect score. But since this was an AMG owner rally, the first three teams to arrive at the hotel were awarded bonus points. That meant that pace was as important as patience. LIVE NOT BY BREAD ALONE – For dinner, Benzel-Busch held a classic New England clambake complete with real The eager participants were told that

York, Massachusetts and Connecticut

“chow-dah” steamers, corn on the cob,

valuable prizes awaited the highest-scor-

come together. Although many paths

crab cakes, flank steak and, of course,

ing rally teams. “Don’t get lost and an-

will get you there, the rally instructions

boiled whole lobster. AMG owners must

swer the questions” were the departing

directed the more than two dozen par-

live right because the weather cooperat-

words of the rally master.

ticipants onto scenic and entertaining

ed, giving everyone a perfect late-sum-

twisty two-lane “blue roads” for the ap-

mer evening for the outdoor feast. Ral-

The Englewood police had generous-

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lying is thirsty work. Hence, there was an open bar with soft drinks, wine, beer and cocktails to wash down the food and memories of any wrong turns made on the rally. Toward the end of the evening, J. Agresta awarded valuable prizes to the highest-finishing rally participants. Along with some good-natured kidding, he advised getting a good night’s rest because the on-track escapades started the next morning at 7:30! WELCOME, WE ALL KNOW WHY

formula cars and mo-

WE’RE HERE – The early morning fog was

torcycles to Indy racers,

drifting through the valley where Lime Rock

sports cars, sprint cars

Park is situated as entrants arrived. There

and even NASCAR.

was a buzz of activity from the crew of

(Top): Drivers meet with AMG experts before hitting the track; (right): cars being prepped for the day.

What came through

technicians who were vigilantly scrutinizing

loud and clear from all of the instructors

each of the 70 AMG cars the drivers would

as they spoke about their credentials

be using for their on-track education. Win-

is the passion they have for the AMG

dows were polished, tire pressures were

brand and the Driving Academy. Their

set to within a fraction of a pound, brake-

guarantee was that by the end of the

pad wear was inspected, and oil levels

day, every one of the participants would

were checked to ensure every driver had a

be a better, safer driver with a superior

safe and problem-free experience.

understanding of the AMG’s handling,

Inside the AMG chalet — an elegant

power and incredible braking ability.

properly adjusting the seat and steering

and amazing portable building transport-

“We will edge you out of your com-

wheel. Next, he stressed the concept of

ed to and assembled at each racing venue

fort zone,” Alsup exclaimed, again

“eyes up” or “eye work”: his terminolo-

— registration was conducted, track-run

guaranteeing that if participants stayed

gy for the all-important job of looking as

groups assigned and helmets fitted along

focused, they would leave the day’s ad-

far ahead as possible.

with a balaclava (AKA head scarf) to each

venture as better, safer drivers.

Finally, Alsup presented an easy-to-

driver. A full breakfast was offered, served

FUNDAMENTALS WITH EMPHASIS

understand, very informative explanation

on real china plates complete with linen

ON FUN – Nothing the students would

of vehicle dynamics. Terms like the line,

tablecloths and napkins — of course!

be facing was left to chance. Something

oversteer, understeer, push and loose

While the participants were finishing

most people take for granted — seating

were defined and illustrated using videos.

breakfast, AMG Chief Instructor AJ Alsup

position — was graphically represent-

Having familiarity with the terms and then

introduced himself and explained his pro-

ed with logical reasons for why getting

applying the lessons on the track were

fessional credentials (racer, champion, in-

comfortable in the driver’s seat is so im-

key to shortening the learning curve.

structor). Next, he brought each instructor

portant. Alsup stressed that the ability

Before we split up into our teams, Al-

forward to do the same. The AMG team

to steer effectively, aggressively use the

sup gathered everyone outside the cha-

was a who’s who of professional racing in

brakes and clearly see the entire road so

let and conducted a short but effective

disciplines that ranged from open-wheel

you could drive the racing line starts with

set of limbering and stretching exercises.

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While the drivers were at the track,

that rode in his wake as he demonstrat-

more interested in our velocity! At the

invited guests, friends and spouses were

ed the proper racing line. Each car had

track’s famous uphill turn, we climbed at

picked up at the Interlaken and taken

a portable radio in the door pocket that

nearly 80 MPH. At the daunting downhill

by tour bus to the Millbrook Winery for

Nipper used to give instructions to his

corner, our speed was about the same.

tasting and a gourmet lunch. All, once

team. Two students were placed in each

Most impressive, just before the braking

again, courtesy of Benzel-Busch!

car. While the initial driver was learning

zone farther down the main straightaway, I saw Randy hit 119 MPH several times.

THE

CURRICULUM

Although

the line, the second got the benefit of

Lime Rock Park is the shortest track the

seeing the track firsthand before his or

AMG Driving Academy uses, it has am-

her turn behind the wheel.

Despite the serious speed and the aggressive use of our AMG’s brakes to slow

ple space to conduct every exercise in

The pace was, initially, what you could

for the first corner (called Big Bend), noth-

the program. While one team practic-

call brisk highway driving. However, with

ing untoward happened. Engine water

es “panic” braking on a paved infield

each passing lap, Nipper upped the

temperatures were normal. The brakes

paddock, another is off to the wet skid

speeds, keeping a watchful eye in his

didn’t overheat or show a hint of fade. Air

pad to learn how to sense and then cor-

rearview mirror to make sure he wasn’t

conditioning kept us cool. If you listened

rect an impending slide. Both are done

losing anyone. At different times during

carefully, the tires made little screeching

with football field–sized runoff areas for

the run, Nipper clicked on his right direc-

sounds in the corners but still gripped the

maximum safety. The main racetrack

tional and slowed his pace. This was a sig-

asphalt like Scrooge to his wallet!

was used by the other teams to practice

nal to the students to shuffle the order of

This exercise continued all morning with

eye work and learn dynamic car control,

the train of cars. The second car became

drivers swapping seats and teams switch-

plus sense and manage understeer and

the first, last second and first last. That

ing to different model AMGs. At lunchtime, the AMG technical crew went over each car, rechecking tire pressures, refueling them with premium gas and cleaning windshields. I asked a mechanic if he ever From left to right: the Benzel-Busch team; Benzel-Busch President J. Agresta congratulates the fastest finisher, Slavic Goffman

ran into any mechanical issues and he laughed. Essentially, he said that the cars are so well built and so well maintained that besides replacing

tires and brake pads nothing ever fails. LEARNING TO PANIC – The first exercise of the afternoon was learning how to “panic” brake. Here we were leveragoversteer at higher than highway speed.

way every driver had the opportunity to

ing the lessons about proper seating to

More important, they were taught what a

drive closely in the tracks of the lead car.

ensure the driver could exert maximum

racing line is and why perfecting driving it can improve safety on the street.

When I was the passenger, I occasion-

braking pressure. We were asked to accel-

ally glanced over at the digital speedom-

erate to 30 MPH (there was a radar-linked

FOLLOW THE LEADER – The first ex-

eter for my copilot, Randy. He was studi-

sign on the left to help us) and, as we

ercise for my team was follow-the-leader

ously following the “eyes up” instructions,

passed a green cone, press on the brakes

on the big track. Our coach, nicknamed

keeping his gaze out to where he had to

until we stopped.

Nipper, set the pace for the three cars

brake, turn and track out. I, however, was

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Press on the brakes is really not de-


scriptive enough. We were instructed to “hammer” the brakes as hard as humanly possible. This would engage the AMG’s remarkable antilock-braking system (i.e., ABS). We were told that many drivers never experience what happens when ABS gets engaged. Unfortunately, instead of using them harder, they lift, reducing the effectiveness and lengthening the stop time and distance. By slamming the brakes as instructed, we were able to feel in our foot and hear inside the car the pulsing (many, many times a

watched in the morning briefing session

slalom course. We were

second) of the system doing its job. We

explained oversteer (when the tail of the

given several chances to

learned not to lift, absorbing the lesson

car slides out) and understeer (when the

drive as quickly as pos-

to trust the remarkable stopping power

nose of the car plows off course). How-

sible through a pylon-defined obstacle

built into each AMG.

ever, using Lime Rock’s wet skid pad, we

course (car clubs call this an auto-cross)

Then, diabolically, our instructor raised

were able to experience these phenom-

with a 1/1000-of-a-second timer record-

the speed to 60 MPH and we repeat-

ena in a safe, hazard-free environment —

ing our laps. Our newly honed car-control

ed the exercise. The AMG’s race-proven

and have a lot of fun in the process.

skills, advanced braking ability and fun-

Guests enjoy a hearty breakfast before the big track run.

braking system continued to wow every

We were taught a technique called

damental competitive nature were on full

driver. The next and possibly most import-

CPR: correct, pause, recover. Of course,

display. It was driver against driver and

ant lesson of this exercise was learning to

the electronic protective systems built

team against team. Fastest time would

steer while panic braking. Simple physics

into every Mercedes-Benz to prevent

earn a prize. Best overall team average

states that a locked wheel (one unman-

skids were switched off. When left on,

time would win bragging rights. When

aged by an ABS system) will not steer the

none of us could make our AMGs do any-

the scores were tallied, my co-driver won

car. As it slides, the car goes in the last

thing exciting. Turned off, we were able

Fastest Time of Day honors, earning a

direction it was pointed. Sadly, this could

to sense the tail coming around, use fast

custom AMG driving helmet.

be off the road or into a pole, a deer or

hands and correct by turning in the di-

At the end of the event, we gathered

another vehicle.

rection of the skid. We would then pause

in the AMG chalet for closing ceremo-

We accelerated to 60 MPH toward

when the skid stopped and recover by

nies and the awarding of trophies and

a wall of rubber pylons. The instructor

turning back in the intended direction.

certificates. Every participant I spoke to

would wave his hand left or right to indi-

I’m making it sound a lot less challenging

heaped praise on the program, the AMG

cate the direction he wanted the driver to

than it really is because most of us did

cars they drove and our hosts, the folks

swerve. We had to turn, brake and then

a lot more spinning than anything else.

at Benzel-Busch.

stop without hitting any of the pylons

Bottom line: what the majority of the

Thanks to J. Agresta and his profes-

placed as obstructions. As challenging as

drivers got from this exercise was a lot of

sional, customer-focused team for spon-

that sounds, it was actually a lot of fun and

pulse-raising fun and the knowledge that

soring this exciting, world-class event. It

extremely effective in giving us the muscle

their AMG had the best skid/slide-pre-

helped everyone who took to the track

memory we could apply on the track or,

vention technology in the car business.

become a better, safer driver with a deep-

more important, on our way home! SLIP SLIDING AWAY – The video we

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER – The last exercise of the day was a challenging

er appreciation for the incredible performance built into every AMG vehicle.

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UNTOUCHED

Africa Malawi and Zambia BY MICHAELA GUZY

F

rom the African bush to the crystal blue waters of Lake Malawi and Victoria Falls, Sub-Saharan Africa is a destination many dream of visiting but find intimating

because of its geographical distance and perceived lack of comfort, safety and activities for younger family members. The reality is, it’s a big continent with plenty of offerings for everyone. For those travelers looking for a transformative experience without having to compromise on luxury, the less frequently visited Malawi and Zambia are your ticket to digital disconnection and reconnection with yourself and your loved ones. Both countries contain some of the most breathtaking and pristine regions of Africa, ranging from deep within the bush where you can view the big five (lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and cape buffalo) to the crystal blue waters of Lake Malawi and mighty Victoria Falls. Their plethora of barefoot luxury accommodations and life-changing experiences won’t break the bank. While Liwonde is one of Malawi’s smaller parks (540 square kilometers), it is the perfect introduction to Africa’s sensitive conservation ecosystem. Sadly, the park was nearly poached cially given national park status. While there were significant efforts to return endangered species, such as the black rhino, without proper governance the poaching problem rapidly increased. Even so, Liwonde boasts the highest density of elephants. Five hundred currently roam the park.

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KAFUNTA RIVER LODGE

out on a commercial scale by 1972, when Liwonde was offi-


For more than two decades, Kafunta Safaris has specialized in providing visitors to the region with extraordinary jungle adventures in Zambia. BENZELBUSCHHIGHWAYS.com FALL 2017 57


“TRAVELERS COME TO AFRICA FOR THE ANIMALS, THEY FALL IN LOVE WITH THE LANDSCAPE, BUT THEY RETURN FOR THE PEOPLE.” – ANNA TRZEBINSKI, FASHION DESIGNER Malawi’s successful restoration of Majete Wildlife Reserve, a national park

be returned to their previous popula-

80 km wide) and fourth-deepest lake (740

tions by the end of that year.

km) in the world, known as Lake Malawi.

farther south, within seven years of tak-

Travelers can stay at the rustic luxury

This spectacular body of water is bordered

ing over its management proved pivotal.

Mvuu Lodge situated on the Shire River

by three countries (Tanzania, Mozambique

In 2015, Malawi brought in Africa Parks

with ample elephant, rhino, crocodile

and Malawi) and contains the largest num-

to manage Liwonde, then described as

and bird viewing. Mvuu Lodge has some

ber of fish species of any lake on the planet.

being in “terminal decline.” Among the

of the most knowledgeable guides in the

After a few days in the safari dust, ex-

many sobering statistics shared by Craig

park for both game drives and walking

plore the resort town of Cape Maclear lo-

Reed, Manager of Africa Parks, was the

safaris. Guests can enjoy sunrise or sun-

cated on the southern shore of Lake Ma-

following: “In 2015, when we came on

set river cruises down the Shire River. In

lawi surrounded by mountains and set

board to manage the park, 26,000 wire

addition to the work being done to pro-

in Lake Malawi National Park. Although

snares were found, and only 10,000 large

tect the wildlife, Mvuu supports up to 50

five-star luxury accommodations are

mammals remained. Do the math: the

children at a time from the Mtendere Or-

lacking on the mainland, the plentitude

animals didn’t stand a chance.”

phan Care (shelter and schooling) in the

of things to see before heading over

Within two years, Africa Parks suc-

surrounding Njobvu Village. Village and

to the remote, private and sustainable

cessfully reintroduced several of the na-

school visits or donations from guests are

Mumbo Island more than compensates.

tive species into the sanctuary, including

welcome and can be arranged through

On the mainland, Cape Maclear offers

the cheetah and rhino. Now is the time

Mvuu Lodge or Malawian Style (www.Ma-

sunrise hikes overlooking the beaches

to start booking your travel to Liwonde,

lawianStyle.com). With the return of the

and Lake Malawi’s beautiful blue waters,

as Africa Parks will be reintroducing the

wild, two new lodges will be opening.

windsurfing, kayaking, swimming and

lion and leopard in early 2018 and all of

In 1859, David Livingstone first stum-

local village visits. For local immersion

the big five and other native species will

bled upon the ninth-largest (600 km long x

experiences, Malawian Style can arrange custom village jaunts to shop, meet with the local tailor, enjoy sunset visits to a fishing village and tour inspiring community-development projects. There is great economic need in the communities of Cape Maclear. Some of the stand-out projects under way that make for eye-opening experiences are by Sustainable Cape Maclear, which works to create sustainable jobs for locals authentic connection The Kaingo Camp overlooks the Luangwa River, giving guests the view of a lifetime.

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through private drumming lessons, learning to create local arts and

MICHAELA GUZY

and gives travelers the opportunity for


crafts, and dinners and cooking lessons with a family. Visitors also can learn about the Cape Maclear Recycling Center. Nine

KAFUNTA RIVER LODGE; MICHAELA GUZY

MICHAELA GUZY

locals are employed to collect rubbage from the hotels and recycle items such as

is 80 percent self-sustained by the local

wine bottles into beautiful hand-etched

community, with a goal of 100 percent

glasses for resale in shops. Additionally,

by the end of the year. Contact Malawian

Sustainable Cape Maclear supports Pa-

Style to arrange a visit with Brighten.

per for the People, training residents to

Cape Maclear might be right on the

recycle paper, create stationery and sell

shore of Lake Malawi, but droughts and

the stationery at local hotels and markets.

water are still an issue. The area has rain

To learn more about education ini-

only for a few months a year (typically

tiatives in the community, visit Sinthana

November to March), and without puri-

(the translation means exchange), start-

fication the water is unsafe for drinking.

tion on the mainland,

ed by local resident Brighten Ndawala

The Ulimi Irrigation Project is an irrigation

you

in 2006. Sinthana is a learning center for

pump built to fight the rampant famine in

the honeymoon suites

nursery-school children to adults and of-

the area by creating co-oped farmland.

at Mgoza Lodge or, a

fers a library, nursery for children ages

The goal is to provide 74 farming fam-

30-minute drive away,

three to five, a permaculture program

ilies with a plot of land, allowing for the

the five-star Pumulani.

and a computer center which teaches

introduction of nutrient-rich vegetables to

Cape Maclear is the

participants Excel, Word and Publisher.

the surrounding communities’ diets. Over

launching point to the

Sinthana has more than 120 children in

the past six months, Ulimi has had suc-

private, pristine, re-

its Keepod program who learn about re-

cess growing maize, potatoes, tomatoes,

mote and award-win-

search and the Internet. The program is

cabbage, parsley, chili, pumpkin, radish,

ning (for its commit-

in need of primary and secondary school

chard, carrots, green beans and herbs.

ment to sustainability) Mumbo Island. The

books, and although the center has

Schedule a visit through Malawian Style to

tiny spot offers some of the best freshwa-

more than 30 donated computers, these

learn how you can be part of the solution.

ter scuba diving in the world and the finest

After a full day of immersion in and

snorkeling on the lake. The eco solar-pow-

are quite old.

could

consider

Clockwise: After a day on a safari, guests can relax and take in the vast African landscape at the Kafunta River Lodge; located in Lake Malawi National Park, Mumbo Island is only one kilometer long and considered one of Africa’s top sustainable lodges; Mwamba Bush Camp, operated by Shenton Safaris, is situated under massive ebony trees.

Immersing himself in the development

learning about the local community, the

ered lodge has only five units (two twin

of the surrounding community, Brighten

most popular place for sundowners on the

tents and three reed chalets) and a family

also collects clothes for an annual sale to

mainland and kid-friendly food is hands-

unit tucked away in the forest off the main

raise money for the programs. Sinthana

down the lively Funky’s. For accommoda-

beach. Besides fisherman, guests have

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the island alll to themselves for snorkel-

Given the size of the park, it is sug-

ing, hiking, kayaking, diving and cruising

gested that travelers spend a couple of

around the island at sunset. Ample reptile

days exploring different areas and their

and bird viewing is to be had.

unique offerings. Kafunta River Lodge is a

After enjoying a few restful days on the

great option for families. It’s located away

lake, explore a bit deeper into Luangwa

from the park’s busy Mfuwe gate and has

National Park in Zambia. Bordering the

one of the most scenic views of the flood

Luangwa River, the southern part of the

plains of the South Luangwa River. Here

park contains some of the most breath-

animals, including elephants and hippo,

taking and untouched wilderness in Af-

come to drink. Great game and bird view-

rica, in large part due to the park’s suc-

ing is guaranteed. The lodge offers a spa,

cessful antipoaching campaigns. South

pool and the only natural hot-spring tub

Luangwa National Park is renowned for

in Luangwa Valley.

its walking safari, which allows visitors to

If being at one with nature while not

view elephant, hippo and even lions up

compromising on the finer things in life is

close under the supervision of profes-

more your travel style, check out the rustic

sional and knowledgeable armed guides.

and remote Nkonzi Bush Camp deep in-

SEASONAL INFORMATION (contact Malawian Style for more details): Malawi: • Mvuu Lodge: open year round • Pumulani: closed early January to mid March • Mumbo Island: closed January through March, barring a private buyout of the island

Zambia: • Kafunta River Lodge: closed January 5 to April 5 •Nkonzi Bush Camp: open late May to late October • Kaingo Camp and Mwamba: open late May to late October • Thorntree River Lodge: open year round

side South Luangwa National Park. Nkonzi is the definition of glamping with walk-in

Gavin Opie is a proper bushman with

safari tents with en-suite bathrooms set

extensive knowledge of the park’s bird

beside the dry Mushilashi River sandy bed

and wildlife. He’s also good for a story or

and surrounded by

two of his adventures living in the bush

indigenous wood-

as you relax around the camp’s open-air

lands and grassy

bush bar or campfire in the evening.

From top: Thorntree River Lodge offers guests luxurious experiences including a trip to Victoria Falls, sunset river cruises on the Zambezi River and rhino tracking; giraffes roaming the grounds at South Luangwa National Park.

plains.

Kaingo Camp overlooks the Luang-

The camp own-

wa River within the prime area of South

er and lead guide

Luangwa National Park and offers lodgestyle accommodations with a communal dinner table. Unique to Kaingo and its bush camp, Mwamba (approximately four miles deeper into the bush), features several “animal hides”: spots along the river and watering holes where guests can get out being noticed. Kaingo also has a star bed in which two lucky guests can stay overnight in a tree under the African sky, unimpeded by light pollution and culminating in sunrise over the river. South Luangwa National Park is world renowned for the walking safaris. All three camps offer them with trained and

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AFRICAN BUSH CAMP; MALAWIAN STYLE

up close and personal to the wildlife with-


armed guides. A reasonable level of fitness is required as are sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes. Believe it or not, there is some amazing shopping in and just outside South Luangwa National Park, and purchases sustainably support the local community and wildlife. Mulberry Mongoose’s motto is “Beauty from Brutality.” Founder Kate Wilson and her local team take snare wires used in the park to poach wild animals

Mosi-Oa-Tunya Na-

and create beautiful statement jewelry.

tional Park on the

In addition to the snare-wire line, they

banks of the great

use local designs and materials such as

Zambezi River and

Zambian coins and guinea fowl feathers

a

to create gorgeous pieces. If you are go-

away

ing to shop, why not also support animal

inspiring

conservation? A portion of the proceeds

Falls. You can enjoy

goes back to conservation of the park.

plenty of adventure from hikes above or

drinking water and cuisine that caters to

along the falls, crocodile cage diving and

an international audience.

Just outside the perimeter, visitors can learn how Tribal Textiles sustainably

stone’s

throw

from

awe-

Victoria

Located in Malawi, Lake Maclear (top) is deemed a UNESCO Heritage Site and is one of Africa’s most popular travel desitinations; Kafunta River Lodge (right) is home to Luangwa Valley’s only natural hot tub, the perfect spot to unwind and take in the wildlife scenery.

even a swing right off the top.

employs the local community through

Please note that all lodges and camps

jobs supporting traditional Zambian art

mentioned in this article provide safe

For more information on how to book your trip to Malawi or Zambia, contact Malawian Style at www.MalawianStyle.com

and design with a modern twist, as well as shop many local Zambian designers. Also nearby is Project Luangwa. This

ABOUT MICHAELA GUZY

might look like merely a colorful shop,

Michaela Guzy, a former publishing exec, left her

but inquire within to learn about how the

career behind to begin a journey that has since

crafts sold inside support the community

changed her life and touched others. She is the

through education, gender-equality ini-

executive producer, director, lead writer and on-

tiatives and employment of local women

air talent for two original editorial video series,

to teach business skills and crafts.

Michaela’s Map and OhThePeopleYouMeet (an

KAFUNTA RIVER LODGE; MICHAELA GUZY

AFRICAN BUSH CAMP; MALAWIAN STYLE

No trip to Zambia is complete without

extended interview series), as well as the Sustain-

exploring the mighty Victoria Falls on the

able Travel Editor-in-Chief for TripSavvy (previously

Zambezi along the border of Zambia and

About.com). Recently featured on BravoTV’s Tour

Zimbabwe. Victoria Falls is the world’s

Group three-part talking head travel series, Mi-

largest sheet of falling water, with a width

chaela is often asked to appear as an industry

of 5,604 feet  and a height of 354  feet.

expert, from curating conversations, moderating panels and conducting interactive

The newest luxury accommodation is

workshops to giving inspiring keynote presentations for industry partners, such as In-

Thorntree

ternational Luxury Travel Market, WeWork, Africa Travel Association and Soho House’s

River

Lodge.

Environmen-

tally friendly, it is set in the heart of the

IMPACT series, Adventure Travel Trade Association and Social Media Week.

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BY DOM MILIAN0

DRIVING IN THE REAL WORLD

AUDI / MERCEDES-BENZ SUVS / CROSSOVERS

W

hile sportscars and Autobahn-capable sedans and coupes may make our pulses quicken, they may not be ideal for driving in our NY metro world.

We live in a four-season climate — sometimes we get all four in one day — so

having a reliable, safe and capable vehicle is wisest, no matter what the weather gods throw at us. Plus, we have shopping to do and kids to take to camp and afterschool sporting activities. Of course, we take our families on long weekend vacations too — luggage, bikes, skis and all. So, while we love our luxury sports cars, sedans and coupes, we need another option. Enter the modern solution to the 1950s station wagon: the SUV and crossover.

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Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 in Canyon Beige Metallic


Mercedes-Benz and Audi make wonderful sports cars, sedans and coupes that are as comfortable on the highway as they are on the racetrack. However, if you have a large family to transport, are a driver in a carpool or carry your golf buddies and their gear to the country club, your particular vehicle needs have to be addressed. Of course, you also

three models: the GLA

need a sure-footed, higher-ground clear-

250, GLA 250 4MAT-

ance vehicle to go camping or skiing or

IC and AMG GLA 45.

to a beach cookout.

These compact SUVs

It so happens that Audi and Mercedes-

possess all of the qual-

Benz have an SUV or crossover that will

ities that define Mer-

get the job done in style and comfort —

cedes-Benz

safely. Here are a few worth considering

in a safe, comfortable

the next time you’re looking for some-

and versatile package.

thing to match your lifestyle.

Five-passenger seating

vehicles

From top to bottom: the Q3 features an MMI® navigation system, so you can arrive on time and in style; the GLA 250’s Dynamic Select’s four modes allow for smooth riding; the Q5 offers plenty of cargo space, as the backseats fold down, optimal for any road trip.

is standard, and cargo space with the

AUDI Q3/MERCEDES-BENZ GLA

backseat folded is nearly identical to the

The sportiest and most compact offerings

Q3’s. Standard features also compare

are Audi’s Q3 and Mercedes-Benz’s GLA.

with the power tailgate and panoramic

Audi’s Q3 uses “compact crossover”

sunroof that are standard on the GLA

to describe its versatile SUV. Available

and the Q3. Horsepower for both GLA

in front-wheel drive or quattro all-wheel

250 models is comparable to the Q3’s,

drive, the Q3 boasts carlike handling

but thanks to sleeker aerodynamics and a

and agility combined with the best SUV

seven-speed transmission, acceleration is

features such as nearly 50 cubic feet of

a tick faster and EPA estimated fuel mile-

cargo space, power tailgate and seating

age a few MPG thriftier. Prices start at

for five. Because it has an aerodynamic

$33,400 for the GLA 250 and $35,400 for

AUDI Q5/MERCEDES-BENZ GLC

shape, six-speed automatic transmission

the GLA 250 4Matic excluding destina-

Moving up in size and value, Audi and

and gas-sipping turbocharged engine,

tion charges, options and tax. The AMG

Mercedes-Benz go head to head in the

the Q3 gets an EPA combined 23 MPG.

GLA 45 is similar in performance and de-

midsize crossover/SUV category. The Audi

Pricing for the Q3 is $31,800 for the

sirability to the planned Audi RS Q3 and,

Q5 is the brand’s strongest-selling vehicle,

FWD and $33,900 for the Quattro. Audi,

like all AMG vehicles, is fast and exciting.

and when you go to the dealer and test-

through the Audi Sport line, also has an

So if you want or need a compact,

drive one, you’ll quickly find out why. Re-

RS Q3 in the works. It will combine all of

luxurious and safe SUV (AKA, crossover),

designed for the 2018 model year, it has

the compact utility of the Q3 with race-

make an appointment to test both a GLA

room, luxury and comfort to go along with

track-tested performance. Stay tuned!

and a Q3. Both are aimed at the heart

strong interior and exterior styling and an

Mercedes-Benz’s closest competitor

of the market with subtle differences

impressive list of standard features.

to the Q3 is its GLA line. Redesigned

that will become apparent once you’re

for the 2018 model year, it’s available in

behind the wheel.

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Power from the 252-hp turbocharged engine propels it a second faster in the


0-60 benchmark than the model it replaces. Quattro all-wheel drive is standard and the rigid chassis rides on a redesigned front five-link suspension

DESPITE THE IMPRESSIVE SIZE AND CARRYING CAPACITY, THE Q7 STILL DELIVERS A SEDAN-LIKE DRIVING EXPERIENCE.

that provides a comfortable yet agile ride. Optional on the 2018 Q5 is the

size SUV/crossover, why not do your

325 lb-ft of torque powers the Q7. Audi

comfort adaptive damping suspension.

own SUV test at Audi Meadowlands and

says it can now tow up to 7,700 pounds. As

This wheel-selective suspension sys-

Benzel-Busch? You’ll be the real winner,

for Motor Trend, the Q7 was selected as a

tem uses continuous electronic damper

regardless of which marque you select.

finalist in its SUV of the Year judging. Re-

control to enable various suspension

viewers were quoted as saying: “Elegant.

and damping combinations that make

AUDI Q7/MERCEDES-BENZ GLE

up the Audi drive-select modes. Prices

The flagship of the Audi SUV line is the

Any SUV driven on our local mean

start at $41,500 for the Premium model,

Q7 and it was redesigned for 2017. De-

streets has to be tough as well as aes-

$45,500 for Premium Plus and $50,800

spite the impressive size and carrying ca-

thetically pleasing. Here is where the Q7

for the Prestige.

Clean. Quality materials throughout.”

pacity, it still delivers a sedanlike driving

really impressed the Motor Trend team.

As good as the Q5 is (and in our

experience. The redesign effort focused

They gushed about the Q7’s handling and

conversations with owners we know, it

on significant enhancements to the in-

rugged build quality as they thrashed it

is very good), the Mercedes-Benz GLC

terior. Audi boasts that the all-new Q7

on their desert off-road course: “The Audi

line compares very favorably and in the

features an improved interior with more

was spectacular. It did full-throttle four-

eyes of Motor Trend magazine is the

headroom, legroom and shoulder room

wheel drifts…and landed softly even after

2017 SUV of the year. It took top hon-

in the second and third rows and seating

the jump, ahem, speed hump. But other

ors based on opinions such as this one

for seven standard on all models. Audi

SUVs did not comport themselves so ef-

in the November 2016 review: “Overall,

describes the interior design as repre-

fortlessly, instead bashing into their bump

this is a great vehicle. You know you’re

senting its ever-higher standards for pre-

stops as they rattled around the course.

getting into a Mercedes as soon as you

mium comfort and technology. And, of

Why is this comparison important when

open the door to the GLC. The quality

course, the automaker is proud that this

most of these vehicles

of the materials and the elegance of the

redesign effort is matched by the brand’s

spend little real-world

design are very consistent with the Mer-

signature fit and finish.

time off-road? Because

cedes-Benz brand proposition and repu-

Up front, a 333-hp 3.0-liter engine with

we now know how they

With all-new technologies, more leg space and a new design, the Q7 is a head-turner.

tation.” I think you could call that a rave! When it came to the interior, they couldn’t stop with the superlatives: “Looks rich and upscale, like a mini S-Class. It sets the benchmark for a small luxury SUV.” They ended with this: “The GLC isn’t the sexiest choice for SUV of the Year, but it’s without hesitation the smartest.” Prices start at $40,050 for the GLC 300 with front-wheel drive and $42,050 for the GLC 4Matic. As always, destination, tax and license fees are extra. If you’re thinking about a great mid-

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would do driving through midtown Manhattan. If you’ve driven in NYC, you know its roads are only slightly less smooth than the motocross course.” The

Q7

Premium

model starts at $54,800, the Premium Plus at $58,800 and the Pres-

No need for taking two cars on a road trip any longer: the GLS can comfortably fit up to seven adultsized passengers.

tige at $64,300. The Mercedes-Benz vehicles that most closely match the Q7’s size, performance and value are in the GLE-Class. The standard GLE-Class can stow more than 38 cubic feet behind the split-folding rear seats. This can be expanded to more than 80 cubic feet with the proper rearrangement of the rear-passenger accommodations. The GLE Coupe sacrifices some cargo area for style but comes with a more powerful 385-hp motor. The Car Connection website did a road test on the GLE and said: “The GLE-Class is handsome, top to bottom, with some daring ‘coupe’ options that stretch the definition of the word, but are standouts

ratings from both U.S. agencies. There are

a few SUV models which are, practical-

on the road.” Adding, “[In the GLE, Mer-

also a few more active-safety features in

ly speaking, singular examples of the

cedes offers] base V-6 power, all the way

the Mercedes-Benz, including a drowsy-

marque’s engineering expertise. Let’s

up to fire-breathing twin-turbo V-8s, [offer-

driving detection system, active lane con-

take a quick look!

ing] GLE buyers opportunities for flexibili-

trol, night vision and forward collision warn-

ty, fuel-efficiency, or outright go-fast.”

ing with automatic emergency braking.

MERCEDES-BENZ GLS

When directly compared to the Audi

Bottom line: the GLE 350 touches

The GLS is a full-sized SUV. It’s engi-

Q7, the GLE 350 is standard with a 302-

the safety, luxury and ruggedness bases

neered and equipped by Mercedes-Benz

hp engine rated at 273 lb-ft of torque.

and is a tempting option when shop-

to set the bar for seven-passenger luxury

The GLE 350 towing specification is rat-

ping for a full-size SUV. The rear-wheel-

SUVs. It takes its legacy from the class

ed at 6,600 pounds. So the towing and

drive variant (minus tax, delivery and li-

leadership demonstrated by the bench-

horsepower scales tip toward Audi.

censing) starts at $52,200, the 4Matic at

mark S-Class sedans. If you’re aiming to

However, the GLE 350 has quite a few

$54,700. There is even a plug-in hybrid

be the SUV benchmark, you had better

features that tip the scale back in its favor.

with higher performance (436-hp) and

dig deeply into your design expertise,

For instance, in the area of safety, GLE-

more economy.

and here the GLS excels in every area that counts.

Class carries over the underlying struc-

That’s where the head-to-head Audi/

ture of the M-Class that it replaced. That

Mercedes-Benz SUV comparisons stand

In one of these — driver and passen-

model achieved stellar occupant-safety

right now. Still, Mercedes-Benz offers

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through a Mercedes-Benz system called

Because the GLS is designed to carry

category ever since I rode in one back in

Intelligent Drive. It provides virtual eyes

friends, family or guests in comfort, safe-

the day when it was forbidden fruit: leg-

on the road and can take real action

ty and luxury, the second-row passengers

islated out of the USA by government

on your behalf. That’s because a team

are not neglected. A super-sharp flat

regulations. In 2002, Mercedes-Benz

of advanced technologies is constantly

screen is positioned behind each front

was able to comply with all of the rules

working on your behalf to boost safety,

head restraint so your second-row pas-

and started to bring the G-Class SUV to

reduce stress and help to take the hassle

sengers have an entertainment platform

America’s shores.

out of every move. Technologies such as

for DVD movies, game play and more.

These days, the G-Class is a far cry

radar-based Active Brake Assist can help

There are multiple inputs, two remotes

from its military ancestors. Despite the

you avoid a collision.

and two DVD players! This lets passen-

no-nonsense exterior, inside it’s blessed

The GLS’s technical innovations can

gers enjoy themselves individually or to-

with surprising levels of luxury. For exam-

even help fend off crosswinds. An option

gether, with audio played via two wireless

ple, it comes standard with heated and

worth considering is the Distance Pilot

headsets or the GLS very musical sound-

ventilated leather seating, 12-speaker

DISTRONIC adaptive cruise control. It includes advanced Steering Pilot and not only can reduce driver fatigue, but also add a higher level of accident avoidance. We like that option because we think safety is the highest level of luxury.

THE GLS TAKES YOU TO A PLACE WHERE CLASS, LUXURY LEADERSHIP, ROOMINESS AND REFINEMENT ARE EVER PRESENT.

The GLS comes standard with heated power front seats, a second row

ing sound system. Prices for the GLS start

surround sound, Sat/Nav and even Ap-

of seating that reclines and a power-

at $69,500 plus tax and other fees.

ple Car Play!

folding third row with adult-sized com-

The final Mercedes-Benz SUV to con-

But don’t let that fool you into think-

fort. A feature that should be especially

sider started as a vehicle designed for

ing that Mercedes-Benz has taken the

exciting to your passengers are the GLS’s

the military. The Mercedes-Benz G-Class,

soul out of the G-Class. It has a V8 (or

large side doors and something they call

sometimes

called G-Wagon (short

V12!) lurking under the hood. It has

EASY-ENTRY 2nd-row seats. So, not only

for Geländewagen, “cross-country vehi-

permanent four-wheel-drive and a two-

can the GLS accommodate up to seven

cle”), was created to conquer challeng-

speed transfer case with three sequen-

adults, it does so in three rows of luxury

es on six continents. The current highly

tially lockable differentials. That’s seri-

seating that include a very spacious third

refined edition represents the 38-year

ous off-road kit and it’s been tested and

row. That means, no matter where you

evolution of the G-Class and, as befits a

proven unbeatable on virtually every se-

sit, the GLS takes you to a place where

legend, Mercedes-Benz keeps elevating

rious off-road rally on the planet. Bottom

class, luxury leadership, roominess and

the level of refinement. Like single malt

line: every surface of the G-Class reflects

refinement are ever present.

scotch and scungilli salad, the G-Wagon

its confident capability on any road (or

or, more properly, the G-Class is an ac-

non-road) on earth. Prices for the G550

quired taste.

start at $122,400 and can reach more

We particularly like the available massaging front seats and vast panorama roof. The standard power liftgate,

From its slab sides and bolt upright

power-folding third row and 60/40-split

posture to plasma-TV-flat windscreen,

No matter which SUV itch you want to

second row accommodate almost 94 cu-

you either love it and wish you had one

scratch, your friendly Audi Meadowlands

bic feet of cargo. In any configuration,

in your garage or you shrug your shoul-

and Benzel-Busch account reps can work

Mercedes-Benz boasts that the GLS has

ders and wonder what the fuss is all

with you to find the perfect one for your

an extraordinary capacity to satisfy.

about. I fell into the “wish I had one”

needs and budget.

than $220,000 for the AMG G65.

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HIGHWAYS PREMIERE BENEFITING LAUREUS SPORT FOR GOOD On April 18, Benzel-Busch launched its first-ever publication, Highways of Benzel-Busch, at the Waterside in North Bergen. More than 200 VIP guests came to celebrate northen New Jersey’s newest luxury magazine, which allows readers to embark upon a sophisticated journey that extends beyond pursuing the finer things in life. Guests were welcomed by red carpet host Cara Di Falco and included celebrities Benita Fitzgerald Mosely, 1984 Olympic gold medalist and current CEO of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation; Vikki Ziegler of Bravo TV’s Untying the Knot; the Amazing Kreskin, celebrity mentalist; Quartetto Tomassini, New York City’s most dynamic string quartet; Fredrick Hahn,

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celebrity personal trainer; and actor, singer and writer, Huling Foster. Guests were able to enjoy a photobooth provided by Tap Snap, dance music by Eye 2 Eye Entertainment, views of the Manhattan skyline with outdoor furniture provided by JM Lifestyle, and drinks provided by VDKA 6100, Julia James Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Ă‚me du Vin RosĂŠ and CAMUS. A silent auction benefiting the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation was also held and included items such as an AMG driving academy experience and tickets to the Laureus Legends dinner. As the evening ended, guests left with a Highways-branded swag bag filled with various luxury items.

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ROCK THE RIVER PALISADES PARKS CONSERVANCY On May 7, people throughout New Jersey joined to support the Palisades Parks Conservancy at the Rock the River event. The annual half marathon, 5k and trail 6k were held in Fort Lee and raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Palisades Interstate Park system. The contests all began on the Hudson River and passed scenic views of the George Washington Bridge and ended at Ross Dock. Benzel-Busch was onsite as the presenting sponsor and set up vehicles at the finish line for people to view afterward as well as provided a smart car, which served as the pace car for the race.

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ENGLEWOOD NIGHT MARKET BLOCK PARTY LIKE NO OTHER Guests came out to East Palisade Avenue in Englewood on July 12 to celebrate a "block party like no other" where Benzel-Busch was one of the key sponsors. The Englewood Night Market featured food from numerous restaurants in Bergen County, a beer and sangria bar provided by Blue Moon Mexican Cafe, music by bergenPAC and entertainment by DJ Alex. Adults and children enjoyed the beautiful summer weather while experiencing the lineup of exceptionally fun events. Children partook in activities that supported the Bergen Family Center, Center for Food Action, Women's Rights Information Center, Bergen CASA, Pet RESQ and Center for Hope & Safety.

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HUDSONMOD’S 5TH ANNIVERSARY BENEFITING ANIMAL AID USA On June 22, Benzel-Busch and more than 300 VIP guests celebrated HudsonMOD's 5th Annviersary at Maritime Parc in support of Animal Aid USA. Upon arrival, guests viewed various luxury vehicles provided by Benzel-Busch and Audi Meadowlands. Celebrity guests walked the red carpet, including Orange Is The New Black's Francesca Curran, Fox Business Network anchor Lauren Simonetti, actor Emrhys Cooper and Maya the Dox. Luxurious happenings included cocktails, a photobooth, VIP lounges by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, a JR Cigars station, cognac tasting by CAMUS, touchup booth by Bangz Salon and Wellness Spa and aura readings by Robin Mansfield. The night ended with a fireworks display over Liberty State Park.

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AUDI PREMIERE EVENT SPIDERMAN: HOMECOMING This summer, Audi Meadowlands hosted a private 3D advanced screening of the Hollywood blockbuster Spiderman: Homecoming at Kerasotes Showplace 14 in Secaucus. Guests joined in on the superhero fun and received a snack, beverage and movie poster along with their movie tickets. Besides seeing one of the summer's hottest films, guests viewed the new Audi R8 Spyder and the new S5 Sportback parked outside the theater.

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WOMEN’S RIGHTS AND INFORMATION CENTER CELEBRATING COMMUNITY CHANGEMAKERS On May 2, Benzel-Busch joined the Women's Rights and Information Center at Morton's The Steakhouse in Hackensack as a Golden Key Sponsor for the group's annual spring fundraising event. This year's theme was "Empowering Women to Empower Themselves" and was emceed by Nina Pineda of WABCTV. Women honored during the evening included Lauren Hersh, Maxine Frampton, Angelae Wilkerson, Lucy Feaster and Modiani Kitchens, while Susan Del Rio and Dawn Diaz were presented with the Phoebe Seham Award. A silent auction was held, which included a chance to win a table for six at Rao's in New York City, tickets to Live with Kelly and the Ellen Show, and a signed baseball by New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia.

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“OUR FINEST HOUR” 2017 GALA

ENGLEWOOD HOSPITAL & MEDICAL CENTER FOUNDATION Benzel-Busch was proud to be the presenting sponsor at Englewood Hospital's annual gala, "Our Finest Hour." The event, held on June 17 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, attracted more than 800 guests and raised $1.5 million for programs at the hospital. James Klein, MD and Thomas C. Senter, Esq. were recognized for their outstanding philanthropic efforts and both received the foundation's Touchstone Award. To top the night off, singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw treated the audience to a live performance.

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Tell us about your favorite roadtrip taken in a Benzel-Busch automobile. Gio Savinovich It was a warm and dry August day with a high of 80 degrees. She was upset with me and roared when I said hello. I had been occupied with other things this summer. Her eyes lit up when I took her to get ready for our rendezvous. We cruised Route 9W in New Jersey together and admired the full green foliage, listened to our favorite '70s group Hall and Oates and enjoyed the smooth journey. We arrived at one of our favorite restaurants Confetti, which is nestled in the quaint town of Piermont, New York. The Hudson was calm that day and the town was picturesque. We savored the ambiance, our Aperol spritz and every bite of the delicious spaghetti allá bottagra. After lunch we walked around and returned to her, my beautiful Suzaka Gray 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus purchased at Benzel-Busch Audi Meadowlands in Secaucus, New Jersey. She made my entire experience that day and makes every day I take her out exhilarating and spontaneous. She’s luxurious, comfortable and has an amazing handle on the road. Every successful businessman should own one. 

What stood out most in your experience of purchasing a car at Benzel-Busch? Michael Schwartz For me it is not about a single experience. It’s about the continued experience. What stands out the most is the family culture at Benzel-Busch. It doesn’t matter who your sales rep is, what car you’ve bought or what car you’re buying, everyone is always willing to help. Nobody ever says “I don’t know” or “I can’t help you” and walks away. They’ll help you find your sales rep, help you with something if your rep is not around, take you on a test drive if your rep is busy, etc. They are also very respectful and courteous. They greet you with Mr./Mrs. I’ve been buying cars from them since I was 28, and even as a 28 year old, they greeted me as Mr. Schwartz in sales and service. Not because they were being formal, but out of respect for me as a customer.  A Mercedes is a Mercedes. An E-class is an E-class. The car doesn’t change because of where I buy it. I go back to Benzel because of the people and culture at the dealership. 

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Eugene Morimoto Tsai I don’t do many longdistance drives, but my daily drives are that much better. Rain, shine, traffic, roadblock, doesn’t matter.  

Paul Danforth My favorite road trip this summer was driving my Audi A8 L up the New York State Thruway to Montreal for the Formula 1 race. Once we were north of Albany, we were able to enjoy the great scenery while enjoying the powerful smooth ride.


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Oktoberfest NYC

Oktoberfest NYC For many, a trip to Munich in fall can be a reach, so join in the New York City Oktoberfest fun! From steins of authentic German beer to great food and music, Oktoberfest can be fun for everyone. Set in downtown NYC, the pier offers beautiful views of the Brooklyn skyline. WHEN: Until October 2 WHERE: Various beer gardens across the five boroughs VISIT: Oktober-Fest.NYC

things: eating and charity. The Food Network and Cooking Channel’s New York City Wine and Food Festival gives 100 percent of the proceeds to Food Bank for New York City and No Kid Hungry. With more than 80 events, this is the city’s largest food and wine festival. Events range from intimate dinners with famous chefs to wine tastings, classes and parties. WHEN: October 12-October 15 WHERE: Various locations TIME: Depending on the event VISIT: NYCwff.org/Events

New Yorker Festival The New Yorker Festival brings together today’s most prominent figures for lively discussion, screenings, and live performances. The prestigious lineup of authors, actors, thinkers, artists and everyone in between has been a major draw for cultural leaders and icons. WHEN: October 6-8 WHERE: Venues in and around NYC TIME: Find the schedule online VISIT: Festival.NewYorker.com

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New York Coffee Festival A coffee addict’s mecca, the New York Coffee Festival is an unmissable event with endless coffee tastings and cocktails, interactive workshops and demonstrations from world-class baristas. The festival will feature live experiences from more than 85 coffee, food and equipment suppliers. WHEN: October 13-15 WHERE: Metropolitan Pavilion in New York, NY TIME: Morning, afternoon and late sessions available VISIT: NewYorkCoffeeFestival.com

Chris Hardwick – New York Comedy Festival

New York Wine & Chocolate Expo Delectable in every sense, the New York Wine & Chocolate Expo is all about indulgence (and you totally deserve it). An unlimited number of wine samples are complemented by an equally large selection of chocolate samples that attendees can taste-test to their hearts’ content. (As great as feasting on chocolate and other sweet treats sounds, other food is available, too.) For those who prefer to pass on the wine, there are ciders and craft beers, also perfect companions to the rich taste of meltin-your-mouth chocolate. WHEN: October 21, 2-5 pm, 6-9 pm WHERE: Westchester County Civic Center, Westchester, NY VISIT: WineAndChocolateFestivals. com/Events/Westchester

NYC Marathon Make this the year you finally check NYC Marathon off your bucket list! Over its 45-year history, the race has grown into the world’s biggest and most popular marathon with nearly 50,000 finishers annually. WHEN: November 5


NYC Marathon

WHERE: 26.2 miles along all five of

New York’s boroughs TIME: Start times to be assigned VISIT: TCSNYCMarathon.org

A Tasteful Experience Few tasteful experiences rival an evening of delicious food and a Save the Date

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glass of wine. Clara Maass Medical Center, a nonprofit organization that keeps NJ’s families healthy and well, invites you to join them for such an evening. A number of local generous restaurateurs, caterers and beverage suppliers come together, showing off some of the Garden State’s most splendid eateries. A Tasteful Experience supports Clara Maass Medical Center’s Child Life Program, an initiative that both emotionally and socially supports children faced with trauma and hospitalization. WHEN: November 13, 6-9:30 pm WHERE: Pleasantdale Chateau, West Orange, NJ VISIT: claratasteful.org

BLONDIE Oct. 14

MICHAEL MCDONALD Oct. 19

ITZHAK PERLMAN Oct. 21

KRISTEN CHENOWETH Dec. 10

TOM JONES May 4, 2018

New York Comedy Festival The 14th annual festival (arguably the funniest in New York) features a lineup of some of the biggest names in comedy and podcasting, including Chris Hardwick, Kevin Smith, Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson of 2 Dope Queens, Nick Offerman and Iliza Shlesinger. WHEN: November 7-12 WHERE: Various venues

New York Coffee Festival

TIME: Find the schedule online VISIT: NYComedyFestival.com

2017 Art Party at the Whitney Museum Art enthusiasts and partygoers, the Whitney Museum is ready for you! The 2017 Art Party is a night filled with excellent live music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, plus fascinating exhibits. All proceeds go to the museum’s Independent Study Program, which encourages students to pursue critical and theoretical studies in their chosen field, such as curatorial work, critical writing and art practice. Save the date: this is a party you won’t want to miss. WHEN: November 14, 9 pm-12:30 am WHERE: Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY VISIT: Whitney.org/Events/

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IN THE NEWS BY NICOLE FONZINO

AUDI CUP

Atlético de Madrid is the second Spanish team to win the Audi Cup after FC Barcelona‘s victory in 2011.

I

n August, Atlético de Madrid

brate the 5th Annual Audi Cup.

sonal. The winning family arrived

battled three soccer teams —

In honor of the event’s anni-

Liverpool FC, SSC Napoli and

versary, the automaker partnered

FC Bayern München — to take

with Airbnb to create an unfor-

Guests also could experience

home the Audi Cup. Atlético

gettable experience for one lucky

the Audi Intelligence Court, a

de Madrid, which made its Audi

family: a night under the stars in

piece of technology that allows

Cup debut this year, won the

Allianz Arena. Airbnb not only

teams of two to play against

competition against Liverpool

transformed a section of the sta-

each other in a game of soccer,

FC during a penalty shootout.

dium into a comfy “hotel room,”

and the Audi #SuperQ, which

Held at the Allianz Arena in

but also set up a sideline lounge

virtually let guests race World

Munich, Germany, more than

area for the family to watch the

Rallycross winner Mattias Ek-

123,000 fans came out to cele-

soccer games up close and per-

ström around the arena.

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to the arena in style: in an Audi A7 piloted self-driving concept.


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IN THE NEWS

Spiderman fans caught a first glimpse of the Audi A8 L and new technological features like the Audi AI traffic-jam pilot.

CAR STARS

V

room, vroom! Audi

cased on the silver screen?

Loren Angelo, Vice Pres-

that next-generation audience

is speeding into an-

Read more about Audi’s cam-

ident of Marketing at Audi

that will be behind the wheel

other

eos below.

of America, announced in a

of our next-generation mod-

press release: “At Audi, we

els.”

industry

be-

sides automobiles… movies! This summer, the German

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING –

are constantly redefining what

The new luxury sedan has

car manufacturer starred in

Moviegoers who bought tick-

superpowers are through our

many high-quality features,

not just one, but two Holly-

ets to the new Spiderman

vehicles, and this partnership

including rear-wheel steering

wood blockbusters: Spider-

movie saw more than a su-

and platform provide an or-

and a traffic-jam pilot feature.

man: Homecoming and Alien:

perhero showdown. They also

ganic way for us to showcase

During the movie, viewers get

Covenant. Who doesn’t enjoy

caught a glimpse of Audi’s

select current and future Audi

to experience how the new

seeing their favorite car show-

newest vehicle, the A8 L.

Intelligent

traffic-jam pilot feature works

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IN THE NEWS

during a scene with Tom Hol-

By spotlighting the Lunar

land and Jon Favreau. The A8

Quattro in this summer block-

wasn’t the only vehicle fea-

buster, Audi hopes to make

tured in the movie, either. The

viewers aware of the strides

audience also saw cameos by

made by the company in de-

the Audi R8 V10 Spyder and

veloping intelligent technol-

the Audi TTS Roadster.

ogy as well as its foothold in space exploration.

ALIEN: COVENANT – As the Lu-

“The Alien franchise is

nar Quattro preps to embark

the best way for us to gar-

on its mission to the moon

ner suitable attention for the

in the near future, the Audi-

moon rover developed by

developed space rover took

Audi and to showcase Au-

As mentioned in the pre-

Lunar XPrize competition by

a pitstop in Hollywood. The

di’s intelligent technologies

miere issue of Highways, the

completing a series of tasks on

Lunar Quattro made its big-

in a visionary environment,”

Audi Lunar Quattro is a tech-

the moon’s surface. A concrete

screen debut in Alien: Cov-

says Giovanni Perosino, Vice

nology the company devel-

date for the rover’s launch has

enant and helped the crew

President

International

oped in collaboration with the

yet to be determined, but you

of the eponymous space-

Marketing

Communication

Part-Time Scientists, who are

can check for updates by visit-

ship explore a new planet.

at Audi, in a press release.

attempting to win Google’s

ing audi.com.

of

The Lunar Quattro made its big- screen debut this summer.

A MAJOR TOURNAMENT As the only major tennis tournament in the United States, the US Open always makes headlines, and rightfully so. Some of the best tennis players around the globe gather at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center to compete against one another for the top spot. This year, top veterans including Roger Federer, the Mercedes-Benz Brand

Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

Ambassador, participated in the tournament. Mercedes-Benz was on site as a presenting sponsor as well as the official vehicle sponsor of the US Open. The

inside the stadium’s Brand Center and learned more about

global brand transported players and VIP guests to and

the sophisticated technological features of each vehicle.

from the stadium through the entire run of the tournament.

Additionally, guests who arrived to the games in a Mercedes-

Attendees who were interested in seeing Mercedes-Benz’s

Benz were in for a treat: complimentary parking at all general

latest releases had the opportunity to view a fleet of vehicles

lots. Game. Set. Match. 

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Benzel-Busch’s new Orange County location will open later this year.

ORANGE COUNTY HERE WE COME

B

THE PHILOSOPHY IS NOT THE ONLY ELEMENT THAT WILL BE CARRIED OVER TO THE NEW LOCATION.

enzel-Busch, the award

cation. To get into this mindset

-winning

Jer-

in the dealership’s early stages,

sey dealer of Mer-

veteran Benzel-Busch employ-

cedes-Benz, Audi and smart,

ees will be training the new

is venturing into the New

staff to instill the main princi-

cause of its luxury clientele

York market. The brand-new

ples into their daily routine.

and remarkable retail pres-

Mercedes-Benz corporate

The philosophy is not the

ence. Woodbury Commons

has already established a

Woodbury Commons shop-

only element that will be car-

is home to many premier

strong partnership with West

ping center in Orange County,

ried over to the new location.

shops, including Allen Ed-

Point, and Benzel-Busch will

will open its doors in late No-

The new storefront will incorpo-

monds, Balenciaga, Bottega

further that relationship as

vember or early December.

rate the same design elements

Veneta, Furla, Loro Piana and

well as develop event part-

Oscar de la Renta.

nerships with local vineyards,

New

dealership, located near the

Mercedes-Benz

Busch Motor Corp.

awarded

as the Englewood location. Al-

Benzel-Busch an opportunity

though Mercedes-Benz’s archi-

Orange County also borders

agricultural farms and various

to present a business plan for

tecture and structure standards

several vineyards such as the

charities located in the sur-

the new location due to the

will be rigorously adhered to,

Palaia Winery as well as the U.S.

rounding area.

company’s successful track

Benzel-Busch also will include a

Military Academy at West Point.

“We don’t just want to

record. The new location will

lounge, cafe and boutique area.

“There are some great part-

move up there to sell cars,”

mirror the same successful phi-

Benzel-Busch mapped out

nering opportunities,” says J.

says Agresta. “We want to be

losophy of the Englewood lo-

the Orange County area be-

Agresta, President of Benzel-

part of the new community.”

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BY NICOLE FONZINO

A NEW YORK LEGEND WANTS KIDS TO FEEL SAFE AT HOME

J

oe Torre, known to most New Yorkers as one of the greatest Yankee managers of all time, was not always the confident man he is today. As a freshman in high school, he didn’t try

out for the baseball team for fear that he wouldn’t be good enough. Little did he know that one day he would become a Hall of Famer. “I grew up in a home where my dad abused my mom,” Torre explains as we talk about why he established the Safe at Home Foundation. He co-founded the organization with his wife Ali in 2002 to help children

This year, Joe Torre will be celebrating 15 years of the Safe at Home Foundation.

overcome domestic violence. The main program, Margaret’s Place (named after his mother), is a safe haven in schools where children can go, relax and talk with one another or a counselor about their home life. “I never got physically abused by him,” Torre remembers, “but he created a lot of fear in the house. I’m the youngest of five

What is the mission of the Safe at Home Foundation?

children and I was a very nervous kid. I had really no confidence

It was really Ali’s idea to do it using education. Instead of being

in myself. I thought I was born this way. I thought I was born with

only a care provider, which we actually are with our Safe at

that low self-esteem and nervous condition.”

Home Foundation, we also provide a connection for people who

It wasn’t until Torre and his wife attended a four-day seminar

need care providers. We’re basically an intervention/prevention

in Cincinnati, designed to help people come to terms with a

organization. We have safe rooms in schools for kids dealing

life situation, that he opened up about his childhood. A speaker

with abuse. We have a counselor in each of the rooms, and the

moved Torre to realize that what he felt as a child had been created

results we’ve seen have been very satisfying and rewarding.

and wasn’t something he was born with. “It gave me the freedom to want to talk about it,” he recalls. “I

How many children benefit from Margaret’s Place?

thought it was important, and I felt that there were probably kids

We’ve had 60,000 kids come through our program. We know it

out there who were my age who were dealing with the same thing.

works. This one boy was looking to join a street gang and after

At the time, I was 8, 9, 10 years old and thought we were the only

several sessions in Margaret’s Place was looking at applications

family in the neighborhood that had these issues.”

for college.

When Torre came to New York to manage the Yankees, Ali asked what charity he wanted to get involved with. His response:

How do you work with schools to install Margaret’s Place?

one that addressed domestic violence. The Safe at Home

We usually have a waiting list of schools that feel they have some

Foundation was born.

issues in their area and then we send around researchers. We

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obviously need everybody on board. We need the principal to know it’s important. The program is offered as part of the curriculum. It’s a classroom but not shaped like a classroom. We don’t have desks. We have couches and pictures on the wall, literature for the kids to read. Nobody forces them to talk. They start conversations with each other, and if they want to talk to the counselor, she’s there. If you ever get a chance to visit one, you would see how hopeful the kids are. How will you be expanding the program? We have nine programs in the New York area and four more Joe and his wife Ali celebrate the Foundation’s annual gala at Chelsea Piers in 2013.

on the West Coast in Southern California. We’re in the process

What’s your fondest memory of

of opening three more in the Bronx. We also have a program

your career?

where some of the kids come back and are our peer leaders.

I had a pretty good playing career, but

We give kids the tools to help deal with domestic abuse and let

it’s really tough to duplicate coming

them know two things: they’re not alone and it’s not their fault.

to the Yankees and winning a World Series in 1996. It was a very emotional year for me. I’ve never been to the World

What can we expect to see at this year’s Foundation gala?

Series as a player or a manager. My oldest brother Rocco had

This year, it’s November 8. We’re honoring Tino Martinez. We

passed away in June. My brother Frank the night before we

usually have a good number of my former players — Yankees

won Game 6 of the World Series got a heart transplant. My

and some Mets. We have a baseball panel and the people

daughter was born the previous December. A lot that went

seem to love that. The players are really entertaining for about

on in that 10- or 11-month period was very emotional for me.

40 minutes. We’ve had musical guests in the past. We’ve had

Then to win my first World Series in New York, my hometown.

so many celebrities come to our dinner, and we have a celebrity

I have four World Series rings, but I wear my ‘96 because that

at each table. We’ll have 400-500 people; we try to keep it as

first one was so special to me.

intimate as possible. We want people to enjoy themselves. You’re a long-time client of Benzel-Busch. What sets their You’ve said before that the baseball field was one of

dealership apart?

the only places that gave you comfort. What is it about

Their service is top-shelf. Even though you’ve already bought

the game that made you feel that way?

the car and you’re out the door, that doesn’t mean they forget

Baseball gave me a chance to keep myself occupied in a very

about you. You walk around the showroom — and keep in mind,

positive way without having to think about what was going on

I’ve been pretty much all over the country and then some —

at home.

and when you go to a place of business and see a lot of people who are very cordial and have smiles on their face, that’s an

How has managing the Yankees changed your life?

indication that they like working there and what they’re doing

Little did I know how much it was going to change my

and who they answer to.

professional life. Despite playing for 16-17 years and managing for about a dozen years before getting to the Yankees, having

Benzel-Busch has been a long-time, proud supporter of the Safe

the opportunity to manage the Yankees — even though I was

at Home Foundation and its mission.

never a Yankee fan growing up — I knew what they represented. They were basically the Mercedes-Benz of baseball.

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