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FESTIVAL OF AMG The title says it all: the Festival of AMG. It conjures up images of extravagant prestige motoring and, at Bathurst’s Mount Panorama in July, that’s what was on offer to an exclusive group of AMG customers. Taking test-driving to new levels, participants were treated to a week-long feast of hot laps and precision handling in the car company’s elite suite of AMG speed-machines to celebrate the cutting-edge world of the brand’s performance wing. Of the 63 cars, the highlights were undoubtedly the gutsy Mercedes-AMG C 63 S and the impressive new AMG GTS. For more, see page 14.



Gold Coast native and Olympic swimmer Cameron McEvoy has clocked impressive performances in the pool, but his behind-the-scenes studies in physics are equally impressive. For more, see page 26.

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36 5 INTRO Going for gold.

2 6 T H E A LC H EM I ST Meet Cameron McEvoy: swimming star and budding physicist.

8 CH E CK I N Bio-fuels, virtual reality systems, driving Corsica’s most stunning road, new-age medical prosthetics.

3 2 W H EN T WO B ECO M E O N E The GLC Coupé melds sporty lines with a muscular SUV.

14 E - PI TO M E O F LU XU RY Technological advances and stylish design truly set the E-Class apart from anything else on the road.

36 TWICE AS NICE The SL roadster is the perfect blend of luxury, performance and convenience.

22 B I G I N JAPAN Travel to Japan and step inside a treasured collection of the E-Class originator, the W124 series car.

4 2 T H E M USEUM M A R I O B UI LT Fashion photographer Mario Testino’s museum in Lima provides a new cultural aspect to his home town.

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48 S E N S O RY E XPE RI ENC E The first ever Cabriolet version of the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S is easy on the eye and thrilling for the ears. 52 CH E CK O U T Why rum is back in style, an Arctic snorkelling adventure, the Hanging Hoop Chair and a fresh eco-resort in China. 56 T H E ART O F FAS HI O N Australian designer Toni Maticevski on setting new standards and making it big on the world stage.

6 0 O N T H E TA ST I NG T R A IL How Australian and New Zealand wineries are taking cellar-door experiences to the next level. 6 6 A P O L A R VOYAG E A luxury cruise through the icy realms of the Northwest Passage uncovers a region rich in culture, wildlife and history. 7 4 I CO N S Anti-lock braking systems is one example of where adhesion plays a role in daily life.

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WR AP ARTIST Atsuko Kudo usually creates fashionable latex clothes for celebrities such as Kate Moss or Beyoncé, but here the Japanese designer has taken on an even bigger star – the Mercedes-Benz SL. Kudo set out to depict the automobile as an object of obsession, wrapping it in 130 sq.m of latex and using industrial vacuum pumps to suck out all the air. The result is a tight-fitting garment that emphasises, rather than conceals, the powerful elegance of the roadster. The ‘facelift’ has brought out the contours of the bonnet, making the diamondshaped front grille, the new headlights and the enlarged air intakes look sportier than ever. M E R C E D E S - B E N Z .C O M/S L

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Technology Mobility Research

SLEIGHT OF HAND MUSEUM STORE Classic car fans can now not only admire their favourite car in the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, but also buy it. The prices of the ‘All Time Stars’ range from a relatively affordable 1986 E-Class to a 1929 630 Kompressor at about A$1.2 million.

Activate a TV, PowerPoint presentation, games console or smartphone with just a flick of the wrist. By recognising muscle contractions and spatial distances, the Myo armband brings gesture control to the workplace and home. Rotating a fist increases the size of the presentation, spreading fingers opens an app and moving your arms enables you to control a flying object. MYO.COM


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RAISING THE ROOF Californian eatery Eatsa is a fully automated takeaway joint that aims to transform the way we eat healthy meals. While the menu features a variety of quinoa bowls, the restaurant really surprises in that customers have entirely no human interaction with staff. On arrival, customers order their food at an iPad kiosk and their meal is then delivered automatically to a wall of glass cubbies where patrons collect their dishes. The computer system then remembers every customer’s order, so whenever they return to the restaurant, the system will display their previous orders and recommend new quinoa bowls based on their preferences. E AT S A . C O M

SEE AND BE SEEN ‘Eclipse Plus’ bike lights from US manufacturer Revolights do more than just light up the road ahead. 24 LEDs on each wheel shine white at the front and red at the rear. A sensor detects when riders apply the brakes and then activates a rear brake light; and with an enabled smartwatch, riders can gesture to activate the lights on one side to show in which direction they are planning to turn. REVOLIGHTS.COM

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Professor Brück is an expert in industrial biocatalysis at the Technical University in Munich. In his institute’s state-of-the-art labs he is researching processes for manufacturing bio-fuels. His mission: to meet worldwide demand for fuel.

How do you make fuel from a plant? If you separate sugars and fats you can use heat and a catalyst, or fermentation, to convert them into fuel. A classic example is straw, which you can convert into liquid bio-ethanol using enzymes and yeast. Bio-fuels are currently made mainly from edible plants like corn, or agro-chemical residues, such as woodchips. But you are working with algae – why is that? Algae don’t compete with food supplies and are not major consumers of agricultural land. They also grow 10 times faster than landbased plants and contain 30 times more fat than, for example, rapeseed. This highenergy content, and certain physio-chemical properties, mean they are particularly suitable for making jet fuel. What does your research involve? Using modern climate control and LED technologies, we are simulating growing conditions all over the world to fi nd out where microalgae flourish and what the best processes are for producing fuel from them.

In the heart of London a new park is due for completion by 2018. Measuring 366 metres in length, the Garden Bridge will link Temple underground station with the South Bank across the Thames. Designer Thomas Heatherwick and his team plan to plant 270 trees and 100,000 flowers and bushes such as primroses, roses and magnolias in an area measuring 2300 sq.m. More than seven million visitors and commuters are expected to stroll across the pedestrian bridge and admire the views of the city every year. Construction is due to begin this year. GARDENBRIDGE.LONDON

B R AV E N E W V I R T U A L W O R L D The Oculus Rift ia a virtual reality system developed by a subsidiary of social networking giant Facebook. The first generation headset will be designed mainly for gaming but, by 2025, Facebook plans to develop a kind of teleporting system that will be capable of simulating genuine places and people. Users will be able to use the device to meet their Facebook contacts eye-to-eye in a convincingly realistic virtual environment, such as a sunny beach – but without the usual travel stress. O C U L U S . C O M

Can algae fuels be used for any type of combustion engine? Yes. Florida already has algae-derived fuel on sale at petrol stations. But algae fuels are not likely to reach the same economic efficiency as other fuels in the foreseeable future, which is why they are more interesting for aeroplanes. By 2050, up to 400,000 tons of fuel should be produced per year.

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OLD - SCHOOL COOL Want the best of both the old-school pen and notepad as well as the digital agility of a tablet or smartphone? The solution is here, in the form of the Bamboo Spark, a smart folio that melds the best of both worlds. It works with an Electro-Magnetic Resonance (EMR) board paired with a smart pen. Write with the smart pen on A5 paper over the board and, voila, the device digitally saves sketches and notes. These can be sent, shared or stored when working offline.

PIZZA ROBOT Domino’s is trialling robotic pizza delivery in Wellington, New Zealand, using a batterypowered delivery robot, described by the company as “the world’s first autonomous pizza delivery vehicle”. Known as DRU (Domino’s Robotic Unit), the four-wheel robot was developed by Australian tech start-up Marathon Robotics and is capable of completing deliveries within a 30km radius on a single charge. DRU stands at just under a metre tall and uses an array of sensors to avoid obstacles. Up to 10 pizzas can be stored in the bot’s heated compartment, which can be unlocked with a code provided to customers when they place an order.






PURE AIR is what the world’s lightest material consists of. US scientists have developed a micro-lattice of interconnecting tubes with outer walls 1000 times thinner than a human hair. Weighing one hundred times less than Styrofoam and light enough to be supported on the head of a dandelion, it is as strong as titanium – ideal for lightweight constructions.

NORTH TO THE FORE What role do renewables play? How are emissions minimised? How good are countries’ education and social security systems? And what about democratic participation? Questions like these form the basis for the international sustainability rankings drawn up by sustainable investment specialist RobecoSAM, and both Australia and New Zealand feature in the top 10 . 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10


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CORSICA Porto Piana Ajaccio








The tiny hamlet of Piana, with its 480 inhabitants, is officially one of the most beautiful villages in France and the coast around the only marginally larger village of Porto is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Running between these two villages in the western part of the French island of Corsica is a short road that is an absolute gem. It winds around the reddishbrown Calanche Cliffs, offering superb views of the Mediterranean and at sunset it becomes a feast for the eyes when the cliffs begin to glow dark red and cast eery, sharply defined shadows onto the surrounding landscape.


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JOINT APPROACH A team of Australian researchers, led by biomechanical engineering expert Professor Peter Lee, is trialling technology to deliver low-cost, quality prosthetic limbs to patients in Vietnam. The new technology, called Pressure Cast, means patients can be fitted with their prosthetic limbs within one day. Conventional prosthetic limbs involve a wait of two to three days. Professor Lee is a leader in prosthetics and was part of a team that engineered a customised, 3D-printed titanium jaw implant that was successfully fitted to a patient. M E C H . U N I M E L B . E D U . A U/ P E O P L E E N N O PA R K , C Y B O R G E X P E R T:

“Compared with the development of the automobile, cyborg technology is still at the Tin Lizzie stage.” Nowadays, many people are permanently connected to the Internet, walking around glued to their smartphones, watches or other wearable technologies. If technology actually became part of their bodies, then we could call them ‘cyborgs’ – hybrid creatures who are a mixture of organic and mechanical elements. As chairman of the German Cyborg Association, Enno Park is convinced that, in the future, various kinds of cyborg technology will improve our lives. For example, a chip in your finger will open doors or an implant will enable the deaf to hear or filter loud noises.

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Just arrived. The new Mercedes-Benz Collection is now available at authorised Mercedes-Benz dealers, featuring an exclusive range of accessories, fashion, travel and gift ideas. Visit to view the range.

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DISCOVER TECHNOLOGY, CUTTING-EDGE driving functions and the latest in safety and fuel-saving innovations. WOR DS BY JACK J O N E S P HOTO S BY R A L P H R I C H T E R

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VIR TUAL SPACE The fifth-generation E-Class sedan is designed to glide elegantly through the internet age thanks to a bevvy of high-tech features.

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D The car will be offered first with a choice of four cylinder turbo petrol or diesel engines developed as part of a new-generation of modular motors.

espite being the most commonly used vowel in the English language, it wasn’t until Albert Einstein cracked the theory of relativity that the letter ‘e’ became a beacon for the future. More than 110 years after the world’s most famous physicist published his findings on the speed of light, Mercedes-Benz is set to redefine the future of the modern car with its fifthgeneration E-Class sedan. Revealed for the first time at the Detroit motor show in January, the new E-Class has taken over the long-held position of the company’s technology leader from the S-Class limousine through the introduction of cutting-edge driving functions and the latest in safety and fuel-saving innovations. The company has also taken a step-up in the luxury stakes, with a more spacious and dramatically styled cabin that is intended to appeal to a younger audience than its predecessors.

The all-new E-Class, which is due to arrive in Australia in mid 2016, features a clear resemblance to the Mercedes-Benz saloon family, with a heavily sculptured exterior that is both familiar and functional, as its swooping lines help it set a new class benchmark for aerodynamic efficiency with an overall drag co-efficiency of 0.23cd.

Sleek shutter system

Among the developments utilised to help it achieve this wind-cheating figure, to improve fuel consumption and reduce cabin noise is the Air Panel shutter system (in the exclusive line) that opens and closes a set of louvres in the front grille to smooth the air flow around the front of the car and reduce turbulence inside the engine bay at high speeds. The car is slightly larger than the previous E-Class, growing in overall length by 55mm but, with the front and rear axles positioned closer to each end of the car, there is an additional 65mm within the wheelbase that helps increase <

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SWITCHED ON Multibeam LED headlight technology means each headlight is made up of 84 LEDs.

VISUAL HIGHLIGHT The one-piece taillight unit with ‘stardust’ effect emits an attractive rear glow.

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S M O OT H O P E R AT O R A single swipe of the thumb allows the driver to control the infotainment system.

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interior space and luggage carrying capacity. Despite its bigger dimensions, the basic structure is made up of a greater mix of hot-formed steel and aluminium that brings weight savings of up to 100kg, depending on the model grade and specification.

Inside the cabin, the new E-Class offers the latest in luxury conveniences and design cues borrowed from the flagship S-Class limousine, showcased by the fully digital dashboard that consists of two 12.3-inch monitors.

(Almost) endless engine options

As before, the E-Class will be offered with a wide variety of engine options, including four cylinder and six cylinder petrol and diesel units in the mainstream models and, at either end of the spectrum, fuel-sipping plug-in hybrids and high-performance V6 and V8 models from AMG. The car will be offered first with a choice of fourcylinder turbo petrol or diesel engines, developed as part of a new-generation of modular motors. The 2.0-litre petrol unit produces 135kW and 300Nm in the E 200 while the similar capacity diesel engine, which replaces the 2.0-litre unit used in previous models, generates even more power and torque with maximum outputs of 143kW and 400Nm in the E 220 d. The all-new diesel engine uses a lighter aluminium engine block with Mercedes’ patented Nanoslide cylinder lining coating and a variable vane turbo charger to achieve a staggeringly efficient average fuel consumption figure of just 4.1L/100km (combined).

The range will expand to include more powerful models with the E 300 set to be powered by the uprated 180kW version of the 2.0-litre petrol engine while the E 400 will have a 245kW twinturbo V6.

High-tech comfort and safety

There are a range of suspension systems available – the Avantgarde model boasts a 15mm reduction in ride height and a Sport option lowers the car by another 15mm and brings more dynamic settings. Higher grade models can also be fitted with Mercedes’ AirBody Control air suspension set-up that features new developments for improved bump control and overall handling. The E-Class is set to become one of the world’s safest cars too. Not only is it fitted with nine airbags, all four outboard occupants are equipped with airbag seatbelts that help reduce injury in the event of accident while an innovative Pre Safe Sound function emits a noise through the audio system that prepares the stapedius reflex in the ear drums of those within the cabin that reduces the risk of discomfort or hearing damage caused by significant accidents. Beyond that, the E-Class has a comprehensive suite of active driving aids to prevent an accident occurring in the first place, including the <

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latest generation of the company’s Distronic cruise control system that introduces Drive Pilot. The uprated function allows for improved lanekeeping by following a vehicle in front at speeds of up to 210km/h and is able to intervene with braking or steering inputs to avoid a collision even if road markings are non-existent at speeds below 130km/h.

Sumptuous interiors

Inside the cabin, the new E-Class offers the latest in luxury conveniences and design cues borrowed from the flagship S-Class limousine, showcased by the fully digital dashboard that consists of two 12.3-inch monitors, one for the main instrument cluster and the other for the comprehensive array of multi-media, vehicle, connectivity and navigation settings. Both screens may be tailored to suit driver preferences with the instrument cluster altered through Classic, Sport and Progressive settings. Unique to the E-Class, the steering wheel has

i Mercedes-Benz E 220 d Engine/output 2.0-litre turbo-diesel; 143kW; max. torque 400Nm Transmission Nine-speed auto Drive configuration Rear-wheel drive Fuel consumption 4.1L/100km (combined) Steering the ship Laser-guided touch pads on the steering wheel allow for control of the infotainment system with the swipe of a thumb.

innovative laser-guided touch pads on the horizontal spokes of the steering wheel that, along with the touch pad on top of the rotary dial in the centre console and voice activation, allow the driver to control functions within the E-Class’s COMAND infotainment system via a swipe of their thumb. The centre console also features a wireless charging pad for mobile devices with a USB connector for Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto smartphone mirroring within the infotainment system. Like the S-Class, the new E comes with LED ambient lighting in the cabin, but improves the system with a total of 64 possible hues. It can also be equipped with a high-end 1450W Burmester 3D surround-sound audio system with 23 speakers. Just as Albert Einstein did, Mercedes has given the E an all-new definition, and one that is destined to change the laws of physics when it < comes to luxury motoring.

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TAKE A TRIP BACK TO THE 1980s in the most unexpected of places – a Japanese neighbourhood where a stunning collection of W124 series cars, the originator of the E-Class, is revealed. BY M I C H A E L S TA H L



n a street corner in suburban Kawasaki, 20km south of Tokyo, a gaggle of handsome, angular Mercedes-Benz cars is gathered. There are sedans, wagons, coupés and convertibles but the thing they have in common is the model series: the W124, produced from 1984 to 1996. It shouldn’t be surprising to see several in the one place. The W124 series, originator of the E-class, superseded the W123 mittelklasse model and came close to toppling its record as the biggest-selling model in the company’s already century-long history. But this isn’t the 1980s, it’s late-2015, and an added incongruity is that these majestic Mercedes-Benz are all in left-hand drive, perceived by Japanese customers as adding further prestige to driving behind the threepointed star. Among the collection of W124s (joined, interestingly, by a rare 190E 2.3-16) is a couple of 500Es, the virtually hand-built, ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’ which, in 1990, made a stern declaration of Mercedes-Benz’s highperformance ambitions. Nearby is a khaki-coloured, tartan-trimmed, 1991 300TE wagon. Its odometer reads 150,000km, yet the time-capsule TE looks to be two years old, at most. The W124’s advanced design and quirky details, aero-efficient wheel trims, asymmetric exterior mirrors, intuitive interior controls, are wonderful reminders of the W124’s enduring elegance and functionality. This particular car, like more than 100 others that have come through this place before it, isn’t such an ‘old-timer’ at all. For the past 15 years, this modest garage has been the headquarters of Arrows, owned by restorer, mechanic and Mercedes-Benz obsessive Tomoharu Sekine [pronounced Seck-ee-neh]. Sekine specialises in finding, restoring and maintaining W124s, a series singled out <

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I like to make them into a Back-to-the-Future car… I like that they are really tough. I can get these cars that are many years old, but they are in such good condition.


for cult status in Japan. This entails sourcing top-quality, Japanese delivered used examples and comprehensively rebuilding them, using new, reproduction or reconditioned parts from around the globe. Sekine owns a 500E – “my personal Shinkansen!” – but the Japanese passion and respect for the W124 does not depend on power outputs or price. The 39-year-old Sekine had an unlikely start, having been a specialist mechanic for classic American cars and hot rods. “I don’t especially love hot rods, but they are interesting, good for mechanical technique,” he says. Brokering cars on the side, he purchased a near-new W201 (E-class) for himself. Seeking a second car, he bought a well-used W124 and found he liked the older car more.

“I most admire the design, but the driving feeling was so good. The handling, the steering – the car is so solid, so stable, and the feeling of the steering is unique to Mercedes, I think. The W123 before, it was a little bit slow, it makes you more tired driving. The W124 was a very big step.” In short order he bought and sold three more W124s but the more he learned about these famously ‘over-engineered’ cars, the more the inner-mechanic was compelled to restore them to new. “I like to make them into a Back-to-the-Future car,” he explains. “I like that they are really tough. I can get these cars that are many years old, but they are in such good condition.” Sekine notes that cars produced in unusual colours, like metallic reds and greens, are

almost always in better condition than the more common (and multiply owned) silver, white and black examples. The W124 was popular in Japan, as everywhere else. This especially applies to the flagship 500E, of which Sekine estimates as many as 3000 (from a total 10,500) were imported. “Twenty years ago, the Japanese economy was really good and many wealthy guys were buying them,” he smiled. “Also gangsters!” There is a 500E owners’ club in Japan, and Sekine has a long-established, 500E-specialist rival in Tokyo’s J. Auto. For all the 500E’s understated performance, Sekine finds that TE wagons are the most highly sought. The wagon’s purposeful design and spaciousness strikes a note with customers who, Sekine says, are typically aged in their

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40s and often self-employed in fashion and leisure industries. Unlike Australia, where 1980s import duties and exchange rates dictated high equipment levels, in Japan it’s not unusual to see six-cylinder W124s with manual transmissions and steel wheels with dress trims. Fourcylinder versions are uncommon. Sekine firstly replaces or reconditions worn elements of the suspension, engine and transmission. Among his many tweaks is an upgrade to the four-speed automatic transmission, substituting R129 (SL-series) clutch discs for more responsive shifting. The attention to detail extends to his replacing the temperature-indicator stickers on the interior ventilation controls. Sekine praises the abundant catalogue of Mercedes-Benz Genuine

Spare Parts, but sometimes, as with body protection strips and certain interior fabrics, turns to independent (often German) suppliers. The work requires passion, dedication and flexibility. Sekine moves effortlessly between the anaconda-like exhaust system from a 500E to an interior console, where he is replacing the cracked, delicate timber veneer. The W124’s trademark ‘pie dish’ hubcaps receive similar care. Finding them too complex to have remanufactured, Sekine scours the internet for every example he can find, “I’ve even bought them from Australia,” and laboriously reconditions and repaints them. “Every time I work on a car, I am thinking that the customer will be happy,” Sekine smiles. “That’s what I am doing. I am preparing them for that authentic Mercedes feeling.”

MASTER RESTORER Curator, mechanic and Mercedes-Benz obsessive, Tomoharu Sekine’s immaculate collection is housed in suburban Kawasaki, Japan.

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EYES ON THE PRIZE Australian swimmer and sudent physicist Cameron McEvoy is eyeing gold-medal performances in Rio.


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ALCHEMIST SWIMMING SPRINT STAR and budding physicist Cameron McEvoy is trusting in science to conjure Rio Olympic gold. WORD S IAN COCKER ILL PHOTOS CHR IS B ENNY


Nobel Prize in Physics, or three gold medals at this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro? “Three?” Yes.“Hmmm…” For the first time during a hungrily devoured pre-competition lunch at Sydney’s Olympic Park, swimming star Cameron McEvoy is stumped. Self-assured and as sharp as Occam’s Razor, our [Australia’s] latest in a long line of superfish prides himself on producing quick solutions to puzzling questions, both in the pool and the classroom. “I’d take the Nobel Prize,” he says eventually. “I was going to say three golds, but then I thought that if you win a Nobel you’ve done something that has an astounding effect on civilisation and advances life as we know it. I’ll go with that.” We shouldn’t be surprised. After all, the one-time fastest teenager in the world’s hero is not Ian Thorpe or Michael Phelps, but American

Richard Feynman, a bongo-playing, safecracking theoretical physicist who received the 1965 Nobel Prize in Physics. Nor should we be surprised that the Gold Coast native even contemplates such an unlikely scenario in the first place. Another deluded, impossible-is-nothing sloganeer of the Snapchat generation? Not if you care to study the facts. McEvoy’s performances in the pool over the past two years have catapulted him to international attention, beginning with besting 2012 Olympic champion Nathan Adrian to claim 100-metre freestyle gold at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, and continuing with a silver over the same distance at last year’s World Championships in Russia. With Brazil looming as his coming-out party, he is currently ranked world No.1 in the 100m free, No.3 in the 50m free and No.4 in the 200m free (at time of writing).

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MAKING A MARQUE In the same way that McEvoy is excited about human potential through the prism of physics, he has found himself drawn to the story of Mercedes, especially its highperformance AMG division.The association began by chance when he was 17. “I’d grown up in a 4WD family, being driven to and from training, and I was finally about to buy my first car. It was a case of what was within my price range and one day I saw a 10-year-old gold ML320 SUV. I took it for a drive and it was awesome. “It was ideal for living on the Gold Coast and being able to throw the boards in the back. Then, after two years, I switched to the car I’m now driving, a 2015 GLA 250 ( compact SUV), which was a huge leap in terms of the acceleration and speed.”

A huge leap perhaps, but, like any aspiring astronaut, McEvoy dreams of an even greater one. “My dream car would be the G 63 AMG, the best off-road car in the world. It’s used by the military and has twin V8s. Unbelievable! Plus it’s got a sexy look. “A lot of the goals of AMG are to improve on design as it affects speed and power, which is my area. It all comes down to being able to manipulate physics. I see their goal of always looking to improve as similar to my career path in physics: to expand boundaries through better theories. “In the pool I’m trying to do the same, manipulating physics to swim as fast as I can.”

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A lot of the goals of AMG are to improve on design as it affects speed and power, which is my area. It all comes down to being able to manipulate physics... CAMERON MCE VOY

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I’ve always been pretty composed. CAMERON MCE VOY

MCEVOY’S SPECS AGE 22 LIVES Gold Coast HEIGHT 1.83m WEIGHT 75kgs FAVOURITE SHOW The Big Bang Theory SUPERSTITIONS “Non-existent” DISCIPLINES 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle CAREER HIGHLIGHTS 2 x Gold 2014 Pan Pacific Championships (100m freestyle / 4x100m freestyle relay) 2 x Gold 2014 Commonwealth Games (4x200m freestyle relay/4x100m freestyle) 1 x Silver 2015 World Championships (100m freestyle) 1 x Silver 2013 World Championships (4x100m medley)

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Scientific theory

McEvoy’s credentials in the classroom are equally impressive. Having finished high school in the top two per cent in the state, the untattooed 22-year-old is studying maths and physics at Griffith University, his ultimate goal to emerge a theoretical physicist himself. The sum of all this talent is a grounded young man, notwithstanding his dream of one day becoming an astronaut. “I’ve always been pretty composed,” says McEvoy, in Sydney for the NSW State Championships. “My mum tells the story of how I was the favourite to win the under-11 state surf titles, and how I was miles ahead in the final board leg before two boys caught a wave way out back and went past me. Everybody was supposedly watching to see how I’d react and my first words to mum were, ‘How awesome was that? Such and such had an insane board leg!’.” So how does someone with a strong competitive instinct – you don’t get to the Olympics at 17, as McEvoy did as a relay team member in London, without one – explain such perspective in the heat of battle? It’s all to do with the lifelong experiment he’s conducting in human potential, apparently. That excitement is contained within an outlook that can only be described as cosmic in scale. “When I think of the Olympic 100m final I imagine what aliens observing it would deduct. They’d see a bunch of humans diving into a hole filled with 25 tonnes of water, trying to get to one end and back as fast as they can.” And yet… and yet, for all its inter-terrestrial insignificance, McEvoy freely admits that since joining his first squad at the age of seven he’s devoted much of his life to ploughing up and down watery lanes in a race against the clock. Aiding that quest, his love of maths and physics, a case in point being his response to an unusual affliction.

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Model student

For the first seven years of his life an accident of birth meant that McEvoy walked around on tiptoes, the consequence of shortened calf muscles and Achilles tendons. He still walks with a distinctive gait. As McEvoy tells it, after filming his turns underwater, sports physiologists told him the inflexibility in his feet meant he was hitting the wall incorrectly. This was not good. He had to change. “I decided to do some direction-of-force vector modelling and concluded that, in fact, it was an advantage. It was like my feet were springloaded. They agreed with my argument in the end, so I didn’t change.” The tale is related not as an I-told-you-so moment. Rather, it comes out as an example of the enormous pleasure McEvoy derives from applying scientific rigour to extract truths. The impression of a constantly whirring mind leads to the obvious question: does he use the silent space above that black line at the bottom of the pool to think complex thoughts, to solve complicated problems? Rarely, it turns out,

although, “If I’ve come straight from a lecture and there’s something fresh on my mind, I might wrestle with it”. And then a spark of memory. Picking up his phone, McEvoy starts swiping and tapping as he recalls the time he pondered optimal training loads during one session. He turns the phone around. “I have been known to take over the (swim coach’s poolside) whiteboard occasionally,” he smiles, displaying a photo in which – clearly straight from the pool – he has filled a board with mathematical equations, amused teammates watching on.

Going for gold

McEvoy admits he later realised that his calculations were astray on that occasion; he’d forgotten to factor in one variable. There won’t be room for any such errors when it comes to Rio, where he may find himself chasing as many as six gold medals in individual events and relays. With that in mind, McEvoy has assiduously crunched the numbers to come up with a personal formula for success in Brazil. After

looking at the 10 major meets he’s been involved in since graduating from the junior ranks, he realised that he only felt full of energy at one, the 2014 Commonwealth Games. “Every other comp I’d have one or two good days, but mostly I was fatigued and having to step up in races. After that I changed my approach to training and whether I feel poor or not I always set out to hit my targets. I have accepted that I probably won’t feel good in Rio, so I’ve shifted my focus from trying to feel good to feeling horrible – and performing.” Whether there’s genius in that we’ll learn in August. Either way, it won’t be for lack of confidence. “In London I realised I was good enough to be on the Australian team. In 2013 (at the World Championships) I realised I was good enough to be in the same pool as the finalists. In 2014 I realised I could be the best in Australia. And in 2015 I realised I was good enough to be the best in the world.” That theory faces an acid test in Rio. And if he’s right? Then we can all watch and admire his alchemist’s trick of turning water into gold.

STAR PERFORMANCE McEvoy qualified for the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle events at the Rio Olympics. In doing so, he became the only Australian to win all three events at the Australian National Championships in the same year.

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A SPORTY COUPÉ MEETS a muscular SUV, resulting in the ultimate design pairing in the new GLC Coupé.



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he new GLC Coupé is remarkable in that it takes the design idiom of the Concept Coupé, which was revealed just one year earlier, into series production, virtually unchanged. The GLC Coupé has essentially taken the concept car’s distinctive basic structure and upper glassed-in section and combined it with highly advanced safety features, modern assistance systems and a particularly sporty character. It’s a combination that simply makes perfect sense. “The GLC Coupé reflects our iconic MercedesBenz coupé design while symbolising the bipolarity of our brand – it is ‘hot and cool’,” says Daimler AG’s head of design, Gorden Wagener. “With its design idiom of sensual purity, it perfectly embodies our styling philosophy while at the same time representing contemporary luxury.” A side-view of the 1.6-metre high GLC Coupé highlights how the intrinsically opposing design worlds of a coupé and an SUV have been cleverly brought together in perfect harmony. The typical stretched roofline of a sports coupé and the squat upper section blends in perfectly with the side of the vehicle. The GLC Coupé’s dynamic look is the result of the interplay between its high beltline and wide shoulders. This is further emphasised by the drawn-in waist that gives way to the lower, rearwards ascending light-catching contour.

A coupé’s DNA

The rear styling goes even further in emphasising the vehicle’s Coupé genes. GLC Coupé’s wide rear, with its pronounced shoulders, muscular bumper design, integrated exhaust tips and underguard in the form of a diffuser, underlines its athletic looks, while enabling the Coupé to hug the road. Narrow split tail lights, a centrally positioned Mercedes star and a sharp spoiler lip mirror the S-Class Coupé’s design, which all MercedesBenz coupé models follow. Further stylistic features include the number plate being relocated to the lower section of the bumper and the rear window getting a rounded upper area. Like the headlights, the LED taillights sport the typical light signature of Mercedes-Benz.

Inner sanctum

Inside the vehicle, occupants are welcomed with typical coupé flair and a special ambience. The interior design embodies the ultimate in modern luxury, with noteworthy elements being the dashboard and the centre console, with its large, one-piece console panel that sweeps elegantly below the semi-integrated media display from the centre air vents to the armrest, which produces a sense of spaciousness. < Indeed, an all-round stunning combination.

The interior design embodies the ultimate in modern luxury, with noteworthy elements being the dashboard and the centre console panel.

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E L I T E AT H L E T E While both tough and sporty on the outside, inside the GLC Coupé sports design flair and special luxury touches.

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SUBTLE DESIGN TWEAKS and advanced technology upgrades ensure the Mercedes-Benz SL continues to delight both driver and passenger alike. WO RDS BY JACK JONES

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riving a Mercedes-Benz SL has always been a special experience with the rarefied air of one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest roadsters ruffling your hair. Now that experience is getting even better thanks to a mid-life update for the sixthgeneration flagship two-seater convertible that incorporates the latest in technology, more power and subtle design changes. Due to arrive in Australia later this year, the updated SL is distinguished by its revised frontend styling that takes design cues from the latest S-Class and C-Class sedans as well as the high-performance AMG GT CoupĂŠ. Among the changes, there are reprofiled LED headlights and a more aggressive-looking front bumper with wider air intakes and chrome highlights. At the rear, the tweaks are far more subtle and include illuminated door sills, projected puddle lights and new alloy wheel designs. <

In isolation, the upgrades are relatively subtle, but the sum total incrementally adds to the luxury, performance and convenience already offered by the sumptuous Mercedes-Benz SL roadster.

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Plus, new colours have been added to the palette, helping the new model stand out from its predecessor.

Delivering enhanced power

Under the bonnet, the entry-level SL 400’s twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 has been tweaked to generate an additional 25kW and 20Nm of torque that lifts its maximum outputs to 270kW and 500Nm and lowers its ability to sprint from 0–100km/h less than five seconds. The SL 500’s 4.7-litre twin turbo V8 benefits from its peak figures of 335kW and 700Nm. Despite the power, both models feature lowered fuel consumption figures (of 7.8L/100km and 9.1L/100km respectively) thanks, in part, to the fitment of a new nine-speed automatic transmission.

Sporty AMG variants

For those who demand the ultimate in performance, the SL 63 AMG adopts the updated styling but retains the previous models’ mechanical package with a 430kW/900Nm twin-turbo 5.5-litre V8 in the flagship variant. While it is a given that the AMG model is fitted with exclusive high-performance suspension tuning, both the SL 400 and SL 500 are also fitted with Sports Suspension as standard while the pioneering Active Curve function first introduced on the S-Class Coupe is available as an option. This system uses the Active Body

i Mercedes-AMG SL 63 Engine/output 5.5-litre V8; 430kW; max. torque 900Nm Transmission AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT seven-speed sports transmission Drive configuration Rear-wheel drive Active Body Control suspension Active Curve allows the car to ‘lean’ into the bends, bringing an added level of comfort Safe and sound Steering Pilot guides the car within the lane and Active Brake Assist automatically brakes if it detects a potential collision.

Control suspension to purposely lean the vehicle into the bends like a motorcycle during heavy cornering. This is a bid to improve its dynamic qualities while bringing an added level of comfort to the occupants. Speaking of which, the driver and passenger are treated to an updated cockpit that features a new infotainment system with Apple CarPlay® that mirrors iPhone functions and apps as well as twin USB ports to connect mobile devices. The restyled instrument cluster has added functionality with the ability to display driving data, such as G-Force and torque outputs.

Safety enhancements

The most significant new electronic toys, though, have been reserved for the SL’s suite of safety systems thanks to the addition of Mercedes’ latest Steering Pilot that guides the car within the lane and Active Brake Assist, which can automatically throw out the anchors if it detects a potential collision at speeds ranging between 7km/h and 200km/h. The new features are on top of active blind spot and lane-keeping assistance functions as well as automated parking. In isolation, the upgrades are relatively subtle, but the sum total incrementally adds to the luxury, performance and convenience already offered by the sumptuous Mercedes-Benz SL roadster. < At the end of the day, the best just got better.

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RENOWNED FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER Mario Testino is giving back to his Peruvian home  town through the establishment of an art museum and extensive cultural program.

LOCAL HERO The Museo Mario Testino (MATE) in Peru’s capital Lima features a permanent exhibition of some of the photographer’s most iconic work.


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…I WAS HUMBLED when I saw lines of people queuing around the block to come in and see the show.

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ARTISTIC LEANINGS The MATE has transformed the Barranco district of Lima into a thriving cultural and artistic hub.


ashion isn’t typically viewed as the most authentic of industries. With thanks to its speed of production and commercial imperative, it has historically been perceived as lacking in artistic value and, at times, unforgiving in its environmental and social credentials. And yet within the fashion system a trend has emerged for a new kind of philanthropy in which fashion houses and individual patrons have established such initiatives as prizes for emerging design talent, foundations for the creation and collection of work, and architecturally significant museums. While traditional art museums and galleries have been engaging more frequently with fashion through blockbuster exhibitions and serious surveys of visionary designers, several of fashion’s leading economic powers, including Prada, Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Cartier, have been investing in and supporting the arts via the establishment

of their own art foundations dedicated to the collecting and presentation of contemporary art. Many of these not-for-profit foundations are housed in buildings designed by renowned architects and represent an updated version of the traditional philanthropy of the historically powerful Medici family, boasting highly regarded, significant international contemporary art collections. The establishment of an art foundation or prize is often borne out of a designer or CEO’s personal artistic interests. Miuccia Prada, for example, established Fondazione Prada in 1993 and, from its somewhat humble beginnings, it now operates across two spectacular Rem Koolhaas–designed sites in Milan and Venice, hosting and developing offsite and independent projects with artists such as Anish Kapoor, Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons. Meanwhile, head of global fashion conglomerate PPR, François Pinault, is perhaps unsurprisingly

one of the world’s most powerful art collectors. The Francois Pinault Foundation in Venice shows work from his extensive collection as well as standalone exhibitions curated by a stream of art professional staff, and operates across two historically important sites by architect Tadao Ando. These major foundations have a reputation for staging exhibitions on a scale that rivals public institutions and, importantly, with an ability to retain critical autonomy and engage leading international curators and consultants. Peruvian–born, internationally renowned fashion photographer Mario Testino, too, is part of this league, having established Museo Mario Testino [MATE, pronounced mAH-teh] in his home town of Lima in 2012, after returning initially to present a small exhibition of his own work. “I didn’t really know what to expect from the exhibition as I had been away from Peru for so many years, < Mercedes-Benz magazine 45

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C U LT U R A L E X C H A N G E Testino envisions MATE developing into an international launching pad for local Peruvian artists, while also showcasing top international artists and exhibitions.

but I was humbled when I saw lines of people queuing around the block to come in and see the show,” explains Testino of the impetus to establish something permanent in the country’s capital. “That was what got me thinking about what more I could do to give back to my home country, more than simply promoting Peru to my friends and organising shoots for Vogue – as important as that is – the best way I could contribute would be through culture.” With the aim of bringing Peruvian artists and culture to worldwide attention, and contemporaneously introducing Lima residents to a broad selection of international contemporary art, the not-for-profit foundation offers a year-round program of exhibitions, residencies and events

alongside a permanent display of Testino’s work, which includes shoots for magazines and brands including Vogue and Vanity Fair, for which he has photographed the likes of Kate Moss, Princess Diana and Madonna. Housed in a restored 19th century mansion, MATE has transformed the Barranco district of Lima, once a popular seaside resort town, into a thriving cultural hub. “I hope through everything we are doing at MATE we shine a light on Peruvian culture,” says Testino. “I want it to be a platform for us to bring works from overseas, and also to take work and culture from Peru and tour it internationally, like a cultural exchange. I think MATE is becoming a place on the international cultural map. If we can promote and support Peru through my name, then I am happy.”

The approach is evidently succeeding. Last year’s exhibition, Andy Warhol: Film Portraits, showed the film work of the iconic American Pop artist for the first time in Peru. Meanwhile, a current exhibition, Nuevas Almas Salvajes (New Savage Soul), by José Vera Matos, showed new work by the contemporary Peruvian artist in which he proposes a rereading of the great legacies of the Spanish Conquest. Vera Matos had been awarded MATE’s Delfina Foundation Residency program in 2015, for which he spent six weeks living and creating new work in London. “I do want to grow the cultural and educational program, as I believe education is so important,” Testino says. “I want to keep doing what we are doing but going even [further] and making an even greater impact on the community.

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EDITORIAL LEADER Testino traversed Sydney’s streets and beaches as special guest editor of Vogue Australia in January this year, and enjoyed his travels in a fleet of Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

I actually think Peruvian culture is becoming more and more well known…with restaurants popping up and a real spotlight on South American artists. Things are really happening.” For Testino, the community support and cultural experience offered through MATE and its initiatives comes down not to calculated marketing, but is an extension of his humble personality. “I think it’s a very human condition to want to help others and support others, so I think we all do it in whatever ways we can,” he says. “For me, I felt the best way I could really give back – and I mean make a lasting impact for the better – was through culture and the arts. It’s my area [of expertise], something I’ve spent my life doing, so I think my contribution can < be better felt that way.” Mercedes-Benz magazine 47

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SENSORY EXPERIENCE HEAR THE ROAR, FEEL THE SUN AND WIND and wow onlookers in the first ever Cabriolet version of the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S. WOR DS BY JACK JONES


ou’d be hard pressed to find a criticism about the latest-generation Mercedes-AMG C 63 S, but if pressed, it’s that everyone else, whether they be in the car next to you or on the footpath, gets to hear the full-bore roar of its twinturbo V8, something the occupants of the sedan, wagon or coupé don’t experience as they are cocooned by glass and metal from the cacophony that erupts from its cannon-sized tailpipes. Not that it isn’t already gloriously loud when you want it to be, but imagine if you could also get the same unadulterated soundtrack while on the move? Well, soon you will be able to, as the final piece of the C-Class line up has been revealed

with the first-ever Cabriolet version of the AMG C 63 S. Unveiled at the New York International Motor Show, alongside a plethora of other premieres, including the AMG GLC 43 SUV and AMG E 43 Saloon, GLC Coupé and facelifted CLA Coupé and Shooting Brake, the AMG C 63 S Cabriolet is due to arrive in Australian showrooms before the end of the year, extending the range of open-top Mercedes-Benz models to an unprecedented level. Based on the regular C-Class Cabriolet, the AMG C 63 S variant is transformed into one of the quickest drop-tops on the road thanks to a complete overhaul by the Affalterbach < performance division.

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A power player

Like the rest of the Australian AMG line-up, the Cabriolet will be offered locally in only the top-spec AMG C 63 S model, which means it gets the full 375kW/700Nm version of the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 driving the rear wheels through AMG’s exclusive Speedshift MCT seven-speed automatic transmission. Like all other C 63 S variants, the transmission can be configured in either Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus modes for quicker shift times while a Race mode activates a race-style launch control function and is tuned to extract the maximum performance on race tracks. The C 63 S Cabriolet is able to spring triple figures with a claimed ability to rocket from a standstill to 100km/h in just 4.1 seconds. To harness the power of the V8, the Cabriolet is fitted with the same mechanical hardware as other AMG C 63 S variants, including an electronically controlled limited slip differential, adaptive sports suspension, dynamic engine mounts and staggered 19-inch alloy wheels on the front and 20-inch alloys on the rear fitted with grippy tyres.

Suspension configuration

The unique suspension components are borrowed from the C 63 Coupe, including its unique five-link rear axle, and give the Cabriolet a more aggressive stance with the flared wheel arches that result in track widths that are 64mm and 66mm wider at the front and rear respectively. The AMG Ride Control suspension can be configured through three different modes, Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus, to optimise the balance between comfortable cruising or absolute corner carving. “The C-Class is a decisive factor in our company’s success. The new combination of intensive openair ambience and powerful V8 engine is unique in the segment and perfectly supplements our large C-Class range,” says Mercedes-AMG chief executive Tobias Moers.

Take the roof off

Clearly, the Cabriolet’s unique feature is its ability to expose the occupants of its four-seater cabin to the elements thanks to a folding fabric soft top that can be raised or lowered at speeds of up to 50km/h.

i AMG C 63 S Cabriolet Engine/output 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8; 375kW; max. torque 700Nm Transmission Speedshift MCT seven-speed automatic transmission Drive configuration Rear-wheel drive Speed structure An additional 125kg of structural bracing maintains the AMG’s dynamic qualities At speed The folding fabric soft top can be raised or lowered at speeds of up to 50km/h.

The multi-layered roof incorporates a host of innovative insulation materials to effectively reduce ambient wind and road noise when in place, while frameless doors, fully retractable side windows and the absence of a central B-pillar provides an expansive and uninterrupted view when the roof is stowed. Apart from the roof, and its wider wheel arches, the C 63 Cabriolet is visually distinguished from regular C-Class Cabriolet models through its AMG body enhancements that includes a unique bonnet with power domes, a more aggressive front bumper with wide air intakes to feed air into the engine and its cooling systems, wider side wills and an exclusive rear bumper and boot-lid spoiler. The four-seater cabin has also been upgraded by AMG with figure-hugging front pews, a three-spoke steering wheel as standard, lashings of carbon fibre highlights and the full suite of multi-media and connectivity functions within the tablet-style screen on top of the centre console is also standard. If all that sounds like an ideal combination, < wait until you hear it from the driver’s seat. Mercedes-Benz magazine 51

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CHECK OUT Design Art Indulgence


OH, SO SWEET! Sydney chocolate maker Michelle Morgan has a band of loyal followers thanks to her much-loved Zokoko brand. In fact, Zokoko’s Tranquilidad 72 per cent was awarded Best Dark Chocolate Bar at the 2014 International Chocolate Salon and it has been described as an “exquisite Bolivian chocolate dotted with dried fruit and the perfect bittersweet balance”. This is also chocolate with a conscience: Zokoko’s Gaudalcanal 78 per cent uses beans sourced from the Solomon Islands, where Zokoko helped local growers build a solar dryer for better quality beans. Z O K O K O . C O M


embodies the American Dream. He achieved stardom after arriving in the US as an immigrant and his art expresses the idea of a country of unlimited opportunities. For the past 30 years he has been based in Miami, where, since the late 1980s, he has drawn on a range of different cultural influences. Creative icons such as Julian Schnabel, Gianni Versace and Bruce Weber have been regular visitors to his ‘Imperfect Utopia’ studio. With his robust technique based on mixing, juxtaposing and layering, he is, to this day, a formative influence on the art scene around South Beach. His paintings, photographs and installations illustrate the American principle of the melting pot and a good example is Portrait of a Garden. A 238-page illustrated volume, Carlos Betancourt Imperfect Utopia takes readers on a trip through the 50-year-old’s colourful world. R I Z Z O L I U S A . C O M

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E David Roche, the late renowned South Australian antique collector, acquired his first antique at the age of 17 and went on to curate a world-class collection that spans centuries. Now, more than 3000 pieces of his decorative and fine art have come together in its entirety for the first time at Adelaide’s David Roche Foundation House Museum. The building project, fronted by Adelaide firm Williams Burton Leopardi Architects and Interior Design, joins David Roche’s former home Fermoy House with a new, contemporary $5 million exhibition space to house the exceptional private art collection. R O C H E F O U N DAT I O N . C O M . AU

CROWNING GLORY The first person to climb all the world’s mountains over 8000 metres without oxygen, 71-year-old Reinhold Messner is also a successful exhibition organiser with six museums in Italy’s Dolomite Mountains. The Messner Mountain Museum is a futuristic building designed by Zaha Hadid on the summit of the 2275 metre Mount Kronplatz. Devoted to famous personalities from Alpine history, including sportspeople, philosophers, and pioneers, this exhibit is a spectacular combination of nature and culture.


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Times have never been better for rum connoisseurs, according to Londoner Edgar Harden, CEO of the Old Spirits Company. And he should know – he spends his life seeking out rare spirits for his customers.

Why this sudden new interest in rum? Importers are introducing types of rum to the market that were previously hard to come by, for example, Flor de Caña from Nicaragua or El Dorado from Guyana, both superb products from relatively unknown rum regions. People are intrigued by that sort of thing. How do you recognise a good rum? The sugar must come to the fore. And storage is important: rum matured in old sweet bourbon or sherry casks is softer than less interesting ones, such as Havana Club or Bacardi. What are collectors particularly interested in? Distilleries that no longer exist, such as Caroni in Trinidad, where production stopped in 1993. Another valuable one is Royal Navy Imperial, which, until 1970, was served daily on British naval vessels. Where should one begin? Start with Flor de Caña, 4 Year Extra Seco, which has vanilla and chocolate notes. Or, by way of contrast: Pusser’s British Navy from the British Virgin Islands, which is strong, sweet and creamy. What’s your preference? If I could drink rum daily, I would go for the mild Myers’, a Jamaican rum with a touch of molasses. But my favourite is Lemon Hart, made with demerara sugar and fi rst produced in 1804. If you know of anyone who wants to get rid of a bottle, please let me know! O L D S P I R I T S C O M PA N Y. C O M

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“Sometimes I think I really ought to have more artistic answers up my sleeve. But the truth is that I’d like to be Bridget Jones and I am interested in Hulk Hogan.” 25, names a fictitious heroine and a professional wrestling star as her role models. She is fully aware that she could provide a more impressive answer in the form of a French philosopher or some other genius but intellectual posing is not her style. She prefers to remain true to her real self. Fans and critics alike admire her for being so down to earth.



HANGING OUT IN ST YLE If you don’t like hammocks and find Hollywood swings, well, a bit passé, Lee Broom’s ‘Hanging Hoop Chair’ could be the answer. The frame is made of matte brushed brass, and the upholstery is produced by textile manufacturer Kvadrat, which was responsible for furnishing the Guangzhou opera house. Take a seat, chill out, and relax your body and soul. Get one from Melbourne’s Café Culture + Insitu or Auckland’s Bob and Friends or ECC Lighting. LEEBROOM.COM

GREEN ESCAPE The recently opened Alila Anji resort is setting new standards in eco-luxury getaways in China. The private retreat is located in Zhejiang province in an area of outstanding natural beauty, famous for its bamboo groves and tea plantations. The resort is designed to resemble a traditional Chinese village, with its 74 villas and rooms featuring native woods, bamboo and stone, while Spa Alila offers an extensive range of health and restorative treatments. A L I L A H O T E L S . C O M /A N J I

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The perfect book for cyclists everywhere, Velochef is a beautiful package of nourishing, delicious recipes for those who love to get out on the open road and cycle, from the man who cooks for professional cyclists around the world. Henrik Orre, chef for the Norwegian National Roadcycling Team and Team Sky Procycling, has assembled 80 recipes that are ideal fuel for before the race, recovery and even during the ride. THEGUIDE .WE B SITE/ VE LO CHE F

In-the-know adventurers can take their Arctic travels to the next level with polar snorkelling expeditions. There’s plenty of colourful life to see, from sea anemones and sea urchins to nudibranch crabs and the occasional polar cod. The highlights, however, are being able to swim to the edge of the Arctic pack ice and seeing the fascinating ice formations that exist below the surface. Aurora Expeditions’ 2016 small-ship cruises to Spitsbergen and Greenland feature polar snorkelling, with voyages departing between July and September.

FOODIE TRIP Luxury train travel meets the heady taste and smells of Asia like never before on board the luxury Eastern & Oriental Express. Operator Belmond has teamed up with Australian celebrity chef Luke Mangan on a series of hosted itineraries, which sees the culinary guru host foodie tours and onboard cooking experiences in select Asian destinations. Join Mangan for a tour of Singapore’s exotic food market before travelling onwards to Malaysia and Thailand in the most luxurious manner. Two and three-night itineraries depart from October 2016. B E L M O N D . C O M PHOTOS ACTION PRESS (1), ANANTAR A HOTELS, RESORTS & SPAS (3), FIAMMA PIACENTINI (2)


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THE ART OF FASHION WITH A BODY OF WORK THAT SPANS the stylistic spectrum from textural to sculptural, Toni Maticevski has asserted himself as one of the most important fashion designers of his time. WORDS BY MITCHELL OA KLEY SMITH


or a designer’s work to carry artistic weight outside of the wardrobe and out of context of time, it must, like an artwork, represent a cultural chasm in the way that it redefines its own form, communicating complex ideas and ideologies through fabric. It’s testament to the artistic worth of Toni Maticevski’s output that this year he has been chosen as Mercedes-Benz Presents Designer of the Year, as well as being celebrated in two forms beyond the traditional shop floor. Bendigo Art Gallery in Victoria will present a major single-subject survey exhibition, appropriately titled Toni Maticevski, with a vast selection of pieces and objects from the designer’s archive. It marks the first time the gallery has dedicated an exhibition to a single designer – its previous forays into fashion have been built around a theme or technique, such as lace and romance. Maticevski joins a small band of designers to have been afforded such significant programming by a major state institution, which includes Akira Isogawa, <

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THE AMG C 63 S COUPÉ EDITION 1 is a desirable object and I wanted the dress to have that as the underlying aesthetic….alluring and sensual. Martin Grant (both shown at the NGV), Collette Dinnigan (Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum) and Easton Pearson (GOMA, Brisbane). Contemporaneously, global arts publisher Thames & Hudson will release a major monograph. Tracing the concepts that inform and inspire his collections, and the techniques and processes that underpin them, Maticevski: The Elegant Rebel draws connections between the Australian designer’s collections and

projects, demonstrating the unique nature of his practice. But what is it that so defines Maticevski’s work?

Early artistic stirrings

Maticevski doesn’t remember when he first became interested in fashion. At least, he didn’t know that what he was interested in – free-hand drawing dress shapes when he was as young as four years old – was fashion.

“I guess that attraction has always been there, even if I didn’t understand what I was doing at the time,” he says. “I don’t have much memory of being a child but I look back at these sketches, these little squiggles of puffy shoulders – I was obsessed with Dynasty – and A-line skirts. I’ve realised just how young I was when I became attracted to fashion.” At that time the designer equated his fashion sketches with art and during his formative years at high school considered becoming an artist. Following high school, Maticevski was accepted into RMIT University’s Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design program. While Maticevski’s family home in Laverton is not far from Melbourne’s central business district, high fashion wasn’t a common subject of discussion in the working class suburb. “Fashion definitely wasn’t present, it wasn’t a thing,” he says of those earlier years. “For my family, no one really questioned my interest

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C H LO É Showcasing sporty designs, the collection channelled the no-fuss 90s and Kate Moss-like creations and style.

in it because they didn’t really understand it, more than anything else. They sort of thought, ‘Well, that’s Toni, we’ll just leave him to it’. Even now, some of my family don’t understand what I’m doing or why I do it, or don’t really understand the scale of it.” In fact, most Australian designers would never dream of building their brand to the success that Maticevski has achieved. Since returning to the seasonal ready-to-wear cycle in 2012, after some time focusing on haute couture commissions, the designer has built a stockist base that includes the likes of Lane Crawford, Harrods and Selfridges, where he sits alongside the world’s leading designers, such as Valentino and Oscar de la Renta.

Expanding creative output

Producing three collections per year, as well as special collaborations – recent projects have included capsule ranges with Dinosaur

C R E AT I V E OUTPUT Toni Maticevski designed a dress, which was revealed at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, to especially reflect the AMG C 63 Coupé Edition 1.

Designs jewellery and Antler luggage – the rapid growth of his profile and, subsequently, business, hasn’t put a strain on Maticevski’s creative output but rather enabled it. “In a way, I feel more inspired than ever,” says the designer, who occupied the coveted opening timeslot at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2016. “I think when you’re busy you are forced to shut yourself off a little bit and focus on what’s in front of you, whether that’s just getting into the studio an hour earlier and draping, or taking time out to see things and be inspired.” For his autumn/winter 2016 collection, Maticevski found that inspiration in women – his customers – and “that there is more beauty in strength [rather] than the other way around. I was imagining an empowering force … the perfect synthesis of beauty and valour.” The resultant garments bring together the fundamental styles for which the

designer is known, such as his modernising of mid-century silhouettes in innovative fabrics, or the contrasting of easy-to-wear pieces with those with an electric sense of glamour. A mini cocktail dress, for example, eschews the typical with pleated ruffles that thwart the classic shape to create a new form that wraps and moulds to the wearer’s body, while cocoon-shaped tops are cinched at the waist and elbows with draw-cords, lending the piece a sporty finish. Tellingly, it’s these sorts of designs that saw the front row of his fashion week show filled with museum curators as much as fashion editors, each seeking to fill their collections with a piece of his design magic. For Maticevski, though, the customer is most important. “I love seeing a woman walk past me dressed in one of my pieces [and] I can’t help but think they are the most attractive and alluring in the room.” <

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TASTING TRAIL There’s never been a better time to visit the world-class wine regions of Australia and New Zealand, as wineries enhance the cellar-door experience with bespoke tastings, personal blending sessions, exciting experiences and gourmet offerings. BY SAR AH GAMBONI

as spittoon stands. Our best wineries offer personalised, interactive experiences, from plush private tasting rooms to masterclasses that allow you to blend your own bottle. And if money is no object, the sky is, quite literally, the limit.

Tailored tastings

We’ve all been there: three-deep at the tasting counter, struggling to hear the cellar door staff over the din of another bus load or buck’s party. That’s fine if you’re simply there to drink and

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ou simply can’t deny it: enjoying wine is as much about the time, people and place as it is about the quality of what’s in your glass. And when you’re sipping that wine in the place it was created, with a backdrop of oak barrels and rolling vineyards, well, it doesn’t get much better than that. Or does it? The cellar door experience in Australia and New Zealand has come of age. These days, wine enthusiasts can expect more than a view-blessed vantage point and barrels acting


dash, but if you’re keen to learn about vintage vagaries, the winemaker’s input and the vineyard’s terroir, you may be left wanting. Today, top cellar doors offer a seated tasting experience, where wines are presented as a flight for comparison, rather than a quick splash into the glass. In this way, you can appreciate the difference between two shiraz grown on different sites, say, or savour a pair of semillons produced five years apart. In NSW’s Hunter Valley, Keith Tulloch champions this civilised approach, offering

tutored tastings in private rooms, cosy fireside couches and dining tables on the broad verandah. Leather couches and roaring fireplaces also elevate the tasting experience at Vasse Felix, in WA’s Margaret River, where you can enjoy a self-styled tasting flight and gourmet platters in the stylish Wine Lounge. Resembling a sleek inner-city restaurant, the Crittenden Wine Centre on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula hosts tastings at comfortable, well-spaced tables. Up to 26 wines of Rollo Crittenden’s traditional and

alternative varietals are available to try in specially crafted flights.

Make your own wine tastings

For those of us who’ve dreamed of owning a winery, there’s now a far more cost-effective way to craft your own wine. Find a cellar door that offers bespoke blending sessions, giving you the chance to play winemaker for the day. Not only will you walk away with a bottle, or a barrel, of your personal blend, you’ll also gain insights into the high-tech winemaking < Mercedes-Benz magazine 61

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process, and may even learn a thing or two about your own drinking preferences. Penfolds in South Australia’s Barossa Valley encourages you to tinker with grenache, shiraz and mourvedre, the components of its Bin 138 wine, in the Winemaker’s Laboratory. At Wynns Coonawarra, perfect your own ‘Red Stripe’ blend of cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and merlot, presented in a personalised bottle. On the Mornington Peninsula, craft sparkling wine at Foxeys Hangout under the guidance of winemaker of Michael Lee. Sample a range of Foxeys’ own sparklings before settling on your base wine (chardonnay or pinot noir) and desired level of sweetness, known as dosage. In New Zealand, Wither Hills in Marlborough kicks things off with an informative viticulture lesson, covering grape clones, terroir and oak treatment, before guests fashion their own sauvignon blanc or pinot noir.

High-end experiences

Premium cellar door tours have ditched the minibus in favour of helicopters and private planes. At Cloudy Bay, enjoy a tour of the Marlborough vineyard via helicopter, charter a yacht for an afternoon of sparkling wine on Marlborough Sounds, or, sign up for a two-day forage itinerary, encompassing seafood

masterclasses, wine tasting and blending sessions, and behind-the-scenes winery tours. In McLaren Vale, take to the skies in a 1930s Waco biplane for a bird’s eye view of d’Arenberg’s vines and the nearby coastline, followed by a winemaking session at the Blending Bench, and a degustation lunch with matched wines. When it opens later this year, the St Hugo Estate in the Barossa Valley will tempt high-end wine lovers with a $150,000 package that includes first-class flights, helicopter transfers, the naming of your own grape vine, and a barrel of your personalised wine. While you’ll have to wait for that barrel to mature at St Hugo, nearby at Seppeltsfield you can step back in time, sampling Tawny from your birth year in the historic Centennial Cellar. As these luscious wines come into their own after 40+ years, this is one of those times when it pays to have a few decades under your belt. Plump for the Centenary Tour and you’ll also receive a private tasting of premium Seppeltsfield fortifieds, and the ethereal 100-Year-Old Para Vintage Tawny. Whether you walk away from your next cellar-door visit with a mixed dozen or your own grapevine, it’s an exciting time to be a < lover of wine.

For those of us who’ve dreamed of owning a winery, there’s now a far more cost-effective way to craft your own wine. Find a cellar door that offers bespoke blending sessions, giving you the chance to play winemaker for the day.

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A POLAR VOYAGE This luxury expedition cruise through the Northwest Passage from Canada to Greenland follows the same route the early Arctic explorers took, showcasing magical landscapes and special cultural encounters. BY T R I C I A W E LSH P H OTO S I CO N I C AU ST R A L I A & T R I C I A WE LSH

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VILL AGE LIFE Remote Inuit communities are otherwise near impossible to reach, other than by sea.

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team rises enticingly as I step into the hot tub onboard the Ocean Endeavour in its icy moorings alongside Fort Ross in the Canadian Arctic. It’s literally freezing outside and, following an onshore excursion, I need to thaw out. Located at 72.5deg north, just six degrees from the Arctic Circle, this former outpost of the Hudson’s Bay Company (from 1937 to 1948) once stocked basic food staples as well as guns, ammunition, traps and fishing needs for the local Inuit people who traded these for fox furs, seal skins, muskox hides and more. I’m on a 16-night Out of the Northwest Passage expedition cruise of the Canadian Arctic Provinces and the west coast of Greenland with Adventure Canada on one of its two signature voyages that take place each September. We had departed Kugluktuk (formerly Coppermine) in southwest Nunavut several days earlier and, yesterday, negotiated picturesque Bellot Strait where we had our first real sighting of polar bears and muskox grazing on a high plateau, all the while keeping an eye out for elusive narwhal, a cousin to the dolphin, whose up-to-three-metre long tusks were once thought to belong to the mythical unicorn. Our route closely follows the paths taken by early Arctic explorers, such as Sir John Franklin, Dr John Rae, John and James Clark Ross, Roald Amundsen (who went on to discover the South Pole in 1911) and Robert Peary, to name a few. They were looking either to discover the North Pole (which Peary did in 1909) or to find the elusive Northwest Passage that would potentially open a sea route linking the North Atlantic Ocean with the North Pacific Ocean through the Canadian Arctic archipelago, extending from Baffin Bay near Greenland to the Bering Strait between Alaska and Siberia. Our cruise style couldn’t be in more contrast with that of the early explorers. Catering for up to 198 passengers, with excellent buffet and < Mercedes-Benz magazine 69

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ALSO ONBOARD IS CANADIAN AUTHOR MARGARET ATWOOD and American astronaut Charlie Duke, who, when not giving presentations, make lively dinner companions. a la carte meals, there are 10 categories of most comfortable cabins from single to four-berth, family style accommodation and spacious suites complete with bathtub. Our company of 169 passengers comprises mostly Canadians, with some 20 Americans, a handful of English, Australians and New Zealanders, a crew of 125 and an expedition staff of 38. Also onboard is Canadian author Margaret Atwood and American astronaut Charlie Duke, who, when not giving presentations, make lively dinner companions. A small family operation, Adventure Canada endeavours to have a family member on each cruise. We score Matthew James (MJ) Bradley Swan, son of co-founder Matthew Swan. He’s been working for the company since he was a lad and, on this cruise, is being groomed to take over from retiring expedition leader Stefan Kindberg, an Arctic veteran who knows the waters and icy conditions like his own backyard. Together, with Captain Peter Gluske, they plot our progress a few days in advance. “We’re concentrating on four major areas,” explains Swan. “We want to

have a good look at the culture, the history, the wildlife and the natural history. It’s the flexibility that is the essence of a real expedition – it’s the openness to change that makes it an expedition.” Each night, satellite maps show progress of the sea ice as it moves south from the Polar Sea. According to Kindberg, sea ice is the most critical element on any Arctic cruise. It would be touch and go if we could safely make our way into Grise Fiord (meaning “place that never thaws” in Inuit). If the ice moves in while we are moored, we might be stuck here for the winter – well, at least for days. But the ice abates and it’s full steam ahead for this Inuit community of just 130, the most northerly civilian community in Canada. Once ashore, 17-year-old Olaf Christiensen acts as guide and proudly shows us his town: the quaint Christian church, the co-op where items are not priced – “if you need it, you just pay up,” – and to his storage sheds from which he emerges, arms draped with caribou and muskox hides. Later, the town gathers in the community hall to demonstrate Arctic sports and women

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UNIQUE LANDSCAPE The influence of the Hudsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bay Company still looms large in this beautifully isolated part of the world; expect to see polar bears, muscox and if you are lucky, an elusive narwhal.

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and young girls parade traditional dresses of beautifully embroidered and beaded homemade clothes from sealskin, Arctic fox and rabbit. The next day is at sea as we head south for our first Greenland landing at Qaanaaq, population 600. Ice-encrusted puddles crunch underfoot as we explore the colourful township with its excellent hilltop museum, Danish–inspired blue church and well-stocked general store. A team of sled dogs howls as camera-toting passengers capture the iceberg-dotted seascape for onboard photography workshops by noted professionals Freeman Patterson and André Gallant. We quickly learn that Greenland, the largest island in the world, isn’t green at all, with 80 per cent covered by an ice cap that can be three kilometres deep. Among many highlights is our sunrise arrival into Karrat Fjord, with constantly changing vistas as mist sweeps low over the water, almost enveloping the ship, while being surrounded by a sea of icebergs and lorded over by magnificent 2000 metre-high snowcapped mountain peaks. The 60 metre-long fjord is mesmerising as we go ashore to hike up a steep incline for even better views. Some passengers sit quietly to contemplate the scene and listen to icebergs calving, their sharp cracking echoing through the rocky terrain. Next morning, Zodiacs inch their way through small icebergs and ice floes for our highly anticipated visit to Ilulissat, where fishing boats

COOL BLUE (Above) Natural colour emerges from the snowscapes during the warmer months of the year, while Ocean Endeavour offers a luxurious way to discover the region.

Beechy Island

Beechy Island

Devon Island

Ikpiarjuk (Arctic Bay)

and small craft are ice-locked in the pretty harbour. Home of explorer Knud Rasmussen, the town with its attractive white-trimmed gabled houses is best known for the fast-flowing Jakobshaven Icefjord nearby. Flowing some 35 metres each day, it produces more icebergs than any other Arctic glacier – some as big as city buildings. A leisurely Zodiac cruise through the vast sea of icebergs is an eerie experience as the current drives them further north up the coastline. Our last day encapsulates the entire adventure with untold beauty, community spirit and an inevitable surprise. We visit the tiny village of Itilleq with its rainbow-coloured houses – some with strips of dried meat drying on lines like washing, others with fresh reindeer antlers and remnants of a recent hunt. We contemplate moving epitaphs in a small graveyard before rallying in the town’s centre where local lads practise soccer for a game against a team cobbled from our ship. It’s a fun, bonding experience, with the locals the undisputed winners. But the highlight occurs just after most passengers have gone to bed when the Northern Lights put on one of the best shows staff and crew say they have ever seen. Curtains of green with flashes of pink cavort across the inky sky between snow-clad mountain peaks. It is a fitting natural finale to one of the most extraordinary expedition cruises in the world. C R U I S E T R AV E L L E R . C O M . A U

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Northeast Baffin Fjords

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Niqinganiq (Isabelle Bay)

Davis Strait

MAPPING THE ROUTE Onboard historians, geologists, archeologists, ornithologists, Inuit culturalists and specialist authors add ample flesh to the bones of the trip with their profound expert knowledge and obvious deep passion for the region.

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As much as the voyage is about the icy landscapes, shore excursions allow guests to discover more about the Inuit way of life and local cultures.

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H I G H F LY E R Look out, Spiderman: the US military has developed Geckskin, a fabric that mimics the microscopic adhesive structures on geckos’ feet. The material can support three kilograms per square centimetre. In an experiment, an 110-kilogram man scaled an eight-metre wall with a Geckskin pad on each hand.

RECORD -HOLDER 3M’s Scotch-Weld DP 760 is a commercial adhesive that is very clingy by nature: in 2012, it was used to glue a 10-ton Mercedes truck to a crane. The contact area of that bond was a mere seven centimetres in diameter. In 2013, the German Aerospace Centre used a special adhesive to set a new record of 16 tonnes.

DEEP FROZEN Black ice appears without warning. But there’s also clear ice, which occurs when super-cooled raindrops fall through crystal clear air. With no dust particles to cling to, the droplets remain in liquid form, freezing the instant they hit the ground. Equally devilish: hard rime, which forms when a surface is so cold that any rain hitting it instantly turns to ice.

ONE SLIPPERY LIZARD The sandfish, Scincus scincus, literally swims through the desert sands. Its scaly skin is so smooth that not even a single grain of sand can stick to it. If the animal gets too hot on the surface of a soft sand dune, it simply dives inside it, encountering barely any resistance. Nylon, glass, even Teflon: this lizard is more slippery than any of them.



SLICK SURFACE Friend of cooks everywhere, Teflon is considered the most slippery man-made material. Also known as PTFE, it has an extremely low surface tension, comparable to that of wet ice. It is a myth that Teflon was a product of the space age – it was, in fact, invented by chemist Roy Plunkett in 1938. However, this misconception continues to stick in the popular imagination, just like a scorched omelette in an uncoated frying pan.


HAIR-RAISING Tokay geckos weigh up to 300 grams, yet they can effortlessly walk up walls and across ceilings due to billions of microscopic hairs (setae) on the soles of their feet that make this feat possible. The grip of each individual seta on a given surface is relatively weak, but their combined adhesive force easily supports the creature’s own weight.

ANTI - LOCK BR AKING SYSTEMS Mercedes-Benz cars have had ABS since 1978. These constantly improving systems still do what they did back then: stop wheels from locking up during braking and prevent vehicles from skidding uncontrollably. But adhesion also plays a key role in all other areas of life, as these six examples above show.

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