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land rover renaissance

super trofeo races ahead

M c l a r e n at l i m e r o c k

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Lexus leads the charge in the elite luxury and performance class

A Stellar Experience in Sales & Service Awaits You at Prestige Motors.

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CONTENTS Fall/Winter 2017

FEATURES A DATE NIGHT to remember | 14 Don’t just take a look at a Lincoln—take it on a 24-hour excursion to really see what the luxurious Black Label is all about.

the big finish | 18 After racking up points in a solid season in the Super Trofeo North American Series, Prestige Performance sets its sights on the World Finals in Imola, Italy.

the perfect mix | 26 There’s no need to sacrifice comfort for performance—the new Lexus LC 500 gives drivers the best of both worlds.

DOGGED DESIGN | 32 Some homeowners may insist on a “no pets” policy, but others are happily sharing their abodes with man’s best friend.

SOOTHING SEDONA | 38 There’s balm for the spirit in this stunning Southwest setting.

rover renaissance | 52


For Prestige and its English partner, Arkonik, bringing classic Land Rovers back to life is a labor of love.

in an instant | 58 The inventor of the Polaroid camera predicted photography woud never be the same, but little did he know he’d created a hot new art form too.

mercedes old and new

While much has changed since its debut in 1954, the SL roadster continues to be a luxury ride that’s fun to drive.



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CONTENTS fall/winter 2017


DEPARTMENTS Memo | 6 Welcome to the fourth edition of Drive Prestige.

autophile | 8 Prestige BMW’s superior cars and exceptional service keep a Suffern businessman coming back again and again and again.

gadgets & gear | 10 Why settle for factory specs when are there so many ways to trick out your BMW?

music | 12 Doesn’t your next journey deserve a memorable soundtrack? These breakthrough artists belong in the queue.

prestige track days | 72 At a very special event, McLaren owners who felt the need for speed took a ‘hot lap’ or two.

happenings at prestige | 76 It’s been a busy fall, and the exciting lineup of events continues this winter.

a mini event | 78 Film, food and fun, all from the comfort of your favorite car. What could be better?

the bell lap | 80

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Within the confines of Lamborghini Paramus, Gaspare Fasulo combines imagination and expertise when restoring vehicles in ‘Gaswerks Garage.’


spirits | 66 In every compass direction, cocktail artistry is reaching new heights as young talents pour it on.



The 2018 Lexus LC 500 in Ultra White.

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LAMBORGHINI PARAMUS Authorized Dealer The Prestige Family of Fine Cars is exceedingly proud of its new Lamborghini showroom located in Paramus, NJ. Lamborghini Paramus is thrilled to carry on the almost 50-year history of excellent Prestige dealerships in the tri-state region. Lamborghini is a superlative Italian sports car brand that represents the very best in design and engineering. It takes a great deal of knowledge and experience to represent the Lamborghini name in the U.S., and the Prestige Family of Fine Cars is one of the few in the country that can easily rise to the challenge.

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From top, left to right, customers enjoying this summer’s Volkswagen Track Day; students from Susquehanna University meet with members of McLaren Bergen County, Lamborghini Paramus and the Prestige marketing team to discuss luxury marketing; MINI customers line up at the Warwick Valley Winery; customers say farewell before departing for MINI Movie Night at the Warwick Drive-In Theater.



Welcome to our fourth edition of

Drive Prestige magazine! W

elcome to the fall/winter issue of Drive Prestige magazine. It is hard to believe that we embarked on this project four issues and a year and a half ago. At the Prestige Family of Fine Cars, we have truly enjoyed bringing a variety of stories to you—ranging from racing Lamborghinis to interviews with chefs on the off-road trail to discussions of fine art. The Prestige Family of Fine Cars always looks forward to elevating and achieving the highest standards in the automotive industry for you, our customer family. A great way to keep in touch with us is though our social network pages, where you’ll be the first to know about the various community building and automotive activities we are holding. We have a lot of exciting things happening in

the upcoming months: the 12th Annual MINI Toy Drive, Lincoln’s Driven to Give, Cars & Coffee and Gaswerks Garage Vintage Car Gatherings, to name a few. Another accomplishment we are proud of is our Lamborghini Paramus Super Trofeo Race Team, which will be wrapping up its third season and chasing our second championship in Imola, Italy in mid-November. Follow us on social media as we continue to race for the championship! During this time of year and with holidays and festivities upon us, we wish everybody a joyous and peaceful season and remind you to reflect on what is most important: family and friends. Have a great fall/ winter season, and we will touch base with you again when the warm weather returns!

director of marketing & digital media NIGEL EDELSHAIN Marketing associate RICHARD IURILLI

Director of production and circulation CHRSTINE HAMEL Advertising Services Manager JACQUELYNN FISCHER Senior Art Director, Agency Services KIJOO KIM Production/Art Assistant ALANNA GIANNANTONIO Accounting AGNES ALVES, MEGAN FRANK manager, office services & information technology CATHERINE ROSARIO PUBLISHED BY Chairman CARROLL V. DOWDEN President & CEO MARK DOWDEN Senior Vice Presidents SHAE MARCUS, CARL OLSEN Vice Presidents NIGEL EDELSHAIN, RITA GUARNA, CHRISTINE HAMEL DRIVE Magazine is published by Wainscot Media, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645. Copyright

Warmest regards,

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A Customer for Life Prestige BMW’s superior cars and exceptional service keep a Suffern businessman coming back again and again and again.



hen Frank Greenberg walked into Prestige BMW in Ramsey back in 2007, he had few expectations. He had been driving other makes over the years and was just looking for a change. But,“I walked in, met Lori Asserson, and that was the end of that conversation,” he remembers. To put it simply, he was sold. “Lori was very helpful and offered me options I didn’t even know were available, and I’m fairly car savvy,” says Greenberg. “She put the right package together; it was a good number. And she never tried to push something down my throat.” Greenberg, who was a financial manager for years and now runs a home and commercial security business, estimates he had leased around 50 cars over the course of his career, but “Prestige was the most professional and easiest experience that I’d ever had.” Ten years after he started in an X3, the Suffern resident is now driving his seventh BMW, a brand-new 440Xi with Champagne Quartz metallic paint, plus leather and trim options that he chose himself as part of the BMW Individual program. “I got it as dressed up as I could,” Greenberg says.

“People comment on it because it’s a little different-looking. And it drives well. It handles well. So far, I really love it.” Greenberg says he enjoys taking his car on road trips with his daughter or down to Charlotte to see his son. His son is in a BMW 430 coupe, also purchased from Prestige, but father and son chose to pick up that car together at the BMW Performance Center in Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C. “That was a blast,” he recalls. “They put you up in hotel, you spend the day, and they teach you how to drive. And you get to use their cars, which is fun.” Greenberg likes to get a new car every few years, and he plans to stay with BMW. “I like the way the cars drive,” he explains. “I like the handling, the power, the way the powertrain feels. BMW clearly has better performance. Plus, they get good gas mileage, and I like the continuity between models and the consistency of design.” And Prestige can count on Greenberg as a long-term customer. “Prestige has earned my loyalty,” he says. “They take good care of us. My wife is also driving a BMW from there, and I’ve sent a few friends, so I think we’re responsible for 11 cars in the last 10 years. At this point, Lori is like family.”


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©2017 BMW of North America, LLC. The BMW name, model name and logo are registered trademarks. Special lease and finance offers available by Prestige BMW through BMW Financial Services. European model shown.

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Why settle for factory specs when are there so many ways to trick out your ride?



Thanks to its freely rotating frame, the Apple iPad Holder can be adjusted to perfectly suit any rear passenger. It also features integrated support for free-standing use outside the vehicle.

The BMW Charging Station, featuring the award-winning BMW i Design, charges the BMW i3 in approximately 3.5 hours. Full on-site installation service is available. BMW’s 360° Electric offerings are designed to meet your needs in the essential areas of home charging (including solar energy), public charging, flexible mobility and assistance services.




Derived from the world of motorsports, the BMW M Performance Drive Analyzer (an On-Board-Diagnostic stick which is plugged into the vehicle) provides key driving dynamics data. It also offers extensive and professional recording and analysis options that can be evaluated and displayed on your smartphone.

Carefully manufactured by hand, this high-quality carbon fiber spoiler enhances aerodynamics and customizes your car’s appearance. It’s clear-coated to prevent corrosion and discoloration caused by UV rays.




This dual-purpose transporter offers two ski and snowboard configurations, accommodating either two pairs of skis, two pairs of poles and two snowboards, or four pairs of skis and four pairs of poles.

This 21-inch complete performance wheel and tire set is sure to turn heads—it’s the largest technologically possible wheel/tire combination approved by BMW. Featuring a weight-optimized, cast light alloy wheel with rolled rim base, it’s clear-coated for protection against corrosion. RSC tires. Front: 285/35 R21. Rear: 325/30 R21.

Dramatic exits come standard with this accessory.

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BMW M PERFORMANCE ALCANTARA STEERING WHEEL WITH CARBON FIBER TRIM AND RACE DISPLAY Performance enthusiasts will love this steering wheel, featuring shift indicator lights, quarter-mile and lap times, lateral and longitudinal acceleration values and efficient dynamics data. It’s wrapped in Alcantara to provide excellent grip and comfort in extreme driving situations; carbon fiber adds to the racing feel.

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Doesn’t your next journey deserve a memorable soundtrack? These breakthrough artists belong in the queue. By Mark Dowden


Earl Johnson II, known by the stage name Earl St. Clair, began his musical career as a producer and writer. He claims he didn’t even know he could sing until recently. But sing he can, in a husky, gutsy voice that lingers in memory. His musical style—gritty, soulful and swaggering—is equally reminiscent of James Brown and Outkast. Of his debut album, St. Clair has said that he wanted to make something original, something that would last for more than 10 years, something that makes people feel. Give a listen, and you’ll agree that he succeeded. The album: My Name Is Earl Go-to song: “Ain’t Got It Like That” Deeper dives: “Perfect” with Bibi Bourelly and “Good Time”


I’m not sure I’m equipped to explain the retro Latino power vibe of Chicano Batman, an L.A. foursome that’s been making the rounds of Bonnaroo, Coachella and some of the other big festivals. The band has a one-of-a-kind sound that blends funk, psychedelica, Brazilian Tropicalia, pop from the 1960s and ’70s, and other genres in songs that are slightly weird and very wonderful. While their latest album displays the broadest range yet, all the tracks are unite by a common thread of grooviness. The album: Freedom Is Free Go-to song: “Friendship (Is a Small Boat in a Storm)” Deeper dives: “Jealousy” and “Angel Child”

JASON ISBELL The musical journey of Jason Isbell began in northern Alabama, where family taught him to play various instruments, beginning with the mandolin (easy for a kid to grip) at age 6. After a stint in the Driveby Truckers, Isbell set out on his own, recording a series of solo efforts and albums with his band, the 400 Unit. His 2015 album, Something More Than Free, debuted at No. 1 on three Billboard charts—rock, folk and country. His 2017 release, The Nashville Sound, which is up for CMA Album of the Year, raises the bar for articulate Americana. The album: The Nashville Sound Go-to song: “Tupelo” Deeper dives: “Codeine” and “Alabama Pines” from Here We Rest



After performing as the indie duo The Fiery Furnaces, siblings Eleanor and Matthew Friedberger embarked on solo careers in 2011. Eleanor, a songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist, creates airy, acoustic pop that occasionally deals with dark themes. Her latest album, New View, has been called “keenly observed, totally genuine and eminently listenable.” Fun fact: The Spoon song “Anything You Want” and the Franz Ferdinand song “Eleanor Put Your Boots On” are both written about her. The album: New View Go-to song: “He Didn’t Mention His Mother” Deeper dives: “Open Season” and “Because I Asked You”



OPPOSITES ATTRACT A good playlist contains small surprises, zigging

between genres to create transitions that bring a smile to the listener’s face. Can Elbow, Middle Kids and Neil Young play nicely in the sonic sandbox? Totally! Hearing is believing: “Your Balloon Is Rising” by Stone Foundation “Sit Down” by James “K2” by Elbow “New York Groove” by Hello “Blush” by Wolf Alice “The Dark End of the Street” by James Carr 12

“Your Love” by Middle Kids “Stay Alive” by Jose Gonzalez “All Wash Out” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros “Breezy” by Look Park “Jealous of the Moon” by Nickel Creek “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere,” by Neil Young

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McLaren Bergen County. Now Open.

McLaren Bergen County 995 Route 17 South, Ramsey, NJ 07446 T/ 866 989 7129

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Take a Lincoln for a full 24 hours on an excursion of your choice to really see what the luxurious Black Label is all about, and be prepared to impress your significant other.



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From top: For decades, Lincoln’s star-like emblem has been a symbol of its luxury; the Prestige Lincoln showroom; the Black Label program allows buyers to customize sumptuous interiors by picking various Venetian leather, microsuede and wood-trim options; there are perks like an upgraded maintenance program and free detailing and car washes.

incoln Black Label vehicles come with a high level of expectations: When you think of the Lincoln brand—and especially the Black Label addition of premium interior materials and colors—you think of comfortable driving and luxurious, beautifully designed automobiles. And like the cars it sells, our Prestige Lincoln dealership offers a first-class experience. We also strive to go above and beyond the competition. One example: the “Lincoln Date Night,” a 24-hour test drive that gives the customer an opportunity to enjoy a Black Label Continental, MKX, MKZ or MKC on an adventure of their choice. Whether it’s a day at the beach or a night on the town, this excursion will allow drivers the chance to really see what the Lincoln driving experience is all about. Simply put, there’s no better way to test drive any vehicle—the 24hour experience will allow prospective customers to feel and understand the vehicle and what makes it exceptional; this familiarity, in turn, will ensure they feel confident in their purchase prior to finalizing their decision. At Prestige Lincoln, we pride ourselves on unparalleled service, and the Lincoln Date Night program is another example of our dealership’s commitment to excellence. We invite all guests to visit our dealership, where they can indulge in—and experience first-hand—all the luxury that Lincoln has to offer.

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Now Open on Route 17 North in Paramus, NJ

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Aronsohn Weiner Salerno & Kaufman, P.C.

Where Success is Measured In Results

(From L to R) Patricia A. Ferraro, Barry L. Kaufman, Craig L. Levinsohn, Gerald R. Salerno, Patrick W. Harrington, Richard H. Weiner, Michael F. Lapone, Pavitra Badami (not pictured)


or over 40 years, Aronsohn Weiner Salerno & Kaufman and its predecessor firms have provided quality legal services in a wide range of legal matters. “The firm has exhibited a tradition of high-caliber leadership and extraordinary results since its inception,” says managing partner Richard H. Weiner. “We take great pride in maintaining our longstanding reputation as one of the top litigation firms in Bergen County.” The firm has served clients with innovative approaches to complex issues spanning various practice areas. The firm’s attorneys are equally adept at both litigating and mediating cases as well as providing guidance to family owned businesses and sole proprietorships. “Clients have established long-standing relationships with us because we have a history of achieving successful results

in the most cost-effective fashion,” says Gerald R. Salerno. Aronsohn Weiner Salerno & Kaufman is also known throughout the legal community for producing top-quality attorneys with outstanding leadership qualities. In fact, four of its former members have been appointed as Superior Court Judges in the State of New Jersey. Weiner is renowned for his handling of sensitive, complex divorce matters. In 2015, the Best Lawyers publication named Weiner one of the five individuals honored as “Family Lawyer of the Year” based on his particularly high level of peer recognition. In 2015, the officers, trustees and members of the Bergen County Bar Association bestowed upon Mr. Weiner the Professional Lawyer of the Year award in recognition of his conduct throughout his esteemed career. He recently completed a six-year term

as the sole representative from Bergen County to the Statewide Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee. He is also a past President of the Bergen County Bar Association (BCBA). For several years, including 2017, New Jersey Magazine has named Weiner to its list of the Top 100 Lawyers in New Jersey. Salerno, also a BCBA past President, was appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to the Committee on Character. He is regularly appointed by the Courts in the State of New Jersey to serve as Discovery Master, Arbitrator and Mediator in high profile, complex litigation matters. He is currently serving as Bergen County’s sole representative to the statewide Judicial Appointments Committee. He also handles a variety of corporate and commercial transactions and represents a number of municipalities and private clients before zoning and planning boards. Barry L. Kaufman, who joined the firm in June 2015 as a Partner, has been practicing family law for 36 years. He excels in complex divorce matters and serves as a court-appointed and privately retained mediator and arbitrator. Often appointed by courts in matters of high-conflict and difficulty, Kaufman prides himself on thorough preparation, attention to detail, a calm demeanor and unfailing courtesy to judges, clients and adversaries.

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Prestige Sprinter, Driving Your Business Forward.

The All-New Passenger & Cargo Vans Now Available at Prestige Sprinter

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The Big finish


After racking up points during a solid season in the Super Trofeo North American Series, Prestige Performance sets its sights on the World Finals in Imola, Italy. By Marisa Sandora Photography by Jamey Price


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Riccardo (pictured) is a funny guy. He’s a riot. He’s also very focused and has been quick to adapt to the tracks here in the U.S. and the way we do things.” —Trent Hindman


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t’s been a stellar season in the Super Trofeo North American Series for the Prestige Performance team and Lamborghini Paramus. After a strong showing at Circuit of the Americas and Watkins Glen, they boasted a one-two finish at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., in early August. Trent Hindman and Italian driver Riccardo “Ricky” Agostini, in car number 1, won the race, with the number 10 car, driven by Alex Popow and Michele Beretta, coming in second. “We were elated,” says Mark Laino, race program manager for Prestige Performance. “We’re fighting for the championship, and going into Road America, it was real close.” The team continued to rack up points at Virginia International Raceway at the end of August. “Trent had the absolute race of a lifetime there,” says Laino. Their car was in the lead when Agostini came into the pit 2 mph over the pit lane speed limit, causing Hindman to have to do a drive-through penalty (go through the pit lane again at the pit lane speed limit) when he took the wheel. “When he came out, he was 16 seconds behind the leader,” says Laino. “With less than 20 minutes to go in the race, he made up that entire gap and won the race. It was an astounding accomplishment.” Hindman recalls how he felt behind the wheel: “I won’t say I was driving out of anger. But I was like, ‘Okay, it’s go time. You’ve got to make it happen


Opposite page: Driver Ricky Agostini celebrates a win at Road America. This page, clockwise from top: The number 1 car is driven by Agostini and Trent Hindman, who “are at the top of their game,” says race manager Mark Laino. Crew chief Matt Brogan leads the pit crew for Prestige and Wayne Taylor Racing. From left, drivers Hindman, Agostini, Michele Beretta and Alex Popow enjoy time on the podium at Road America. Hindman and Agostini “have done so well this year,” says team manager Travis Houge.

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if you want to win.’ That was a memorable one for sure.” The cars are maintained by Wayne Taylor Racing, “the absolute best in the business,” says Laino. “They are considered to be the top of the racing world.” Team manager Travis Houge makes sure these super cars, which race at speeds up to 175 mph, are working the way they should. “The Lamborghini is just built to be fast,” he says. “Drivers like the power of it and the braking ability.” Going into Leguna Seca, held in Monterey, Calif., in September, Prestige was leading the team championship by 15 points and Hindman and Agostini were leading the driver championship by 11 points. In the first race, Hindman and Agostini led the whole time until the last lap when they suffered a mechanical issue, causing them to finish 12th. “We were so close to victory, but that’s racing,” says Laino. But Popow and Cameron Cassels came in fifth overall and third in the Pro Am class, and on day two, more valuable points were acquired when Hindman and Agostini finished second overall and first in class. Popow and Cassels finished third in class for another podium visit. And in the amateur class, Pippa Mann and Shea Holbrook finished fourth. “The points were invaluable,” says Laino. “We left that race in supersolid position going into the last race at Imola.” Prestige has a good shot at winning the driver championship, the team championship and the dealer championship (all of which they won last year) when they compete Nov. 16 and 17 in Imola, Italy. “Our commitment to this program and how we operate at the highest level translates to how we do things at the dealership level,” says Laino. “All of our stores are beautiful; our customer service goes above and beyond. Just as we want to win at racing, we want to make everyone’s experience the best that it can be.” For now, all eyes are on Imola, where the team will compete in the World Finals after the North American Series concludes. “It’s a different track for us, and in the U.S. cars are run a little different than they run in Europe,” says Houge. “But our chances are pretty good.” Hindman looks forward to leaning on his Italian teammates Agostini and Beretta, hoping they can shed light on a track they are much more familiar with, just as he’s taken them under his wing and shown them the ins and outs of racing in the U.S. “To win a world championship would be huge,” Hindman says. “As a North American team, it’s going to be challenging, but we’re going to sure try, and I think we have a good shot at it.”

The technology has come a long way, and the setups on the cars are capable of doing a lot more.” —Travis Houge, team manager, Wayne Taylor Racing

The number 10 car, driven by Alex Popow and Michele Beretta, leads the pack at Road America.

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dream team It’s certainly something you don’t see every day—a female pairing at the Super Trofeo. But Pippa Mann and Shea Holbrook have more than held their own during their races this season for Prestige Performance. “It’s impressive because it’s a very male-dominated sport,” says Mark Laino, race program manager for Prestige Performance. “But they can go out and compete at as high a level as any of the drivers in the series.” Although they are competing as amateurs, not having logged a lot of time in a GT, both drivers are plenty experienced behind the wheel. Mann, a Brit who now lives in Indianapolis, is well-known for being one of the few women drivers who competes in the Indianapolis 500. This year, Mann’s pre-qualifying Fast Friday time of 230.103 mph made her the first woman to break the 230 mph barrier around Indianapolis Motor Speedway. She finished 17th in the big race. Holbrook, who lives in Orlando, has been racing Hondas in the touring car division of the Pirelli World Challenge for the past seven years and owns her own business, Shea Racing, running two cars in that series. But driving a Lamborghini Huracán is pretty different than driving a Honda. “There was a huge transition switching to the Lamborghini,” says Holbrook. “I had to learn the nuances of the car. It’s called the bull for a reason. But Prestige showed a lot of faith in me, and I was able to rely on the other drivers to help me as well. ” Mann also found her transition from open-wheel to a road car chal-

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lenging. “It’s incredibly different,” she says. “But to learn with such great equipment, with such great teammates in such great cars is an opportunity that not many people have.” The two women have been friends for years and had always wanted to race together but had never actually been able to make it happen, until now. “The reality was actually better than the vision we had,” says Mann. “We get along really well as teammates. We complement each other very well inside the car as well as outside of the car.” The duo raced together for the first time at Road America in Wisconsin in August. Despite rainy weather that severely limited their track time, the pair just missed the podium, coming in fourth in class. At Leguna Seca in California, they were in the hunt for second place when a tire went out, taking them out of the first race. In the second race, they came in fourth in class and just missed finishing in the top 10 overall. “We came very close to achieving our goals,” says Mann. “I started to really feel for the first time this year that we’re making some serious progress.” The unusual pair certainly has a lot of people rooting for them. How do they feel about being role models for little girls? “It’s very cool, but with that comes a responsibility,” says Mann. “We try to hold ourselves to the highest standard, but that being said, we tell parents not to let their girls tune into our radio frequencies as we’re driving the cars. Just because we’re women doesn’t mean we don’t also have potty mouths.”

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Clockwise from far left: Pippa Mann (left) and Shea Holbrook have the unusual distinction of being an all-female driver pairing. Holbrook (right) poses with Hali Money, assistant support engineer for Wayne Taylor Racing. “Little girls’ eyes light up when I introduce them to Hali and tell them she’s the mechanic,” says Holbrook. Mann and Holbrook raced the number 11 car at Road America and car number 57 at Leguna Seca. “Pippa is great,” says Holbrook. “We’ve known each other forever. We have two very different personalities, but we balance each other out.”

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The Perfect mix

There’s no need to sacrifice comfort for performance—the new Lexus LC 500 gives drivers the best of both worlds. Text by Peter DeLuca Photos by Garret Torres


The Lexus LC 500 is seen on the campus of Ramapo College of New Jersey. The Prestige Family of Fine Cars is a proud supporters of the college’s foundation.

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t is nearly impossible to find an automobile that combines true sports car capability with top-of-the-line luxury, comfort and design—but Lexus has created just that. The 2018 LC 500 is the company’s new flagship vehicle, and it’s nothing short of amazing. Inspired by previous models such as the SC and LFA, Lexus has drawn from the best of those cars to create this remarkable vehicle. Sitting behind the wheel of the LC 500 is a memorable experience, and you’ll feel goosebumps when you start the car and hear the roar from the 5.0-liter, V8 engine. As the vehicle comes to life, a central dashboard monitor greets you with a fantastic color display, which is featured on all the info-tainment screens and adds to the car’s stellar first impression. The LC 500 delivers tremendously in the performance category too. With

a 10-speed, naturally aspirated V8 engine, the car propels itself from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. With its rear-wheel drive, the LC 500 gives drivers the experience of a true luxury sports car as they are launched down the road. While the LC 500 performs like a great sports car, it best serves as a grand touring ride—it’s one of the few large sports coupes that you will genuinely love to drive every day. Lexus is second to none in providing drivers with a smooth, luxurious ride, and the LC 500 combines that identity with a sporty feel. With its mouthy exhaust, great visibility and powerful performance, it perfectly mixes sports car and luxury. Aesthetically, the LC 500 is nothing short of stunning. The Ultra White model shown on these pages truly stands out on the road.

The car presents itself with an athletic carriage that is simultaneously elegant and muscular. To accompany its wide stance, the LC is the first Lexus to boast the spindle grille, which stretches from the hood to the bottom of the bumper and adds an aggressive element to the car’s appearance. On both sides of the grille are triple-beam headlights, which are both visually appealing and highly functional. They’re only outdone by the dimensional rear tail lamps, which give a 3D appearance and add depth to the lights. Moving around the car, drivers and spectators will notice the two-toned, automatically folding mirrors. Additionally, the sleek door handles lay hidden within the door and release upon unlocking, similar to handles seen on a Jaguar or Lamborghini Huracán. This feature gives the car’s body added aerodynamics and is a unique touch that adds to the LC 500 experience. Just above the windows along the roof is a metallic strip that gives the car a sharp line inspired by the appearance of a Katana sword. To top it off, the roof has exposed carbon fiber, adding to its sporty look. The car sits on 21-inch silver rims, which glisten in the sunlight and are wrapped in run-flat tires. The slim tires and large rims allow for better cornering and road feel. Every detail on the vehicle, from the waterfall effect on the grille to the luxurious materials used on the interior, separates the LC 500 from its competitors. And about that luxurious interior: This LC 500 complements its Ultra White exterior with a Rioja Red leather interior. In addition to the leather, materials used on the interior of the car include suede and Alcantara with perfectly completed stitching. The soft leather creates a comfort for drivers that is unmatched in the car’s class, while the usage of the different materials adds more luxury and uniqueness to the car. To offer even more comfort, Lexus includes heated and ventilated seats and a heated steering wheel. Nestled low to the road, the driver’s seat has a cockpit feel. Along the dashboard is

The LC 500 is unique from every angle; its aggressive design is sporty yet elegant, giving drivers a new twist to their everyday drives. Simultaneously classic and innovative, both inside and out, the car is certainly a stunning sight on the road.

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a large monitor that serves as the display for media, radio and navigation. It’s all controlled by a touchpad on the center console that works similar to most touchscreen monitors. The craftsmanship that was put into every part of the interior of this vehicle is worth noting; the classic analog clock and the soft-closing center console compartment are a testament to

Lexus’ attention to detail. Along with all the amazing features of the vehicle, the comfort, functionality and appearance of the interior make it light years ahead of the comptition. Having just been released (and with Lexus claiming to only want to sell 400 of them a month), the Lexus LC 500 is a rare sight. Any driver who has one will surely



THE SPECS ENGINE: 5.0-liter V8 HORSEPOWER: 471 TORQUE: 398 @ 4,800 RPM

enjoy an element of exclusivity along with the many aspects that make this car nothing short of amazing. There are few vehicles that combine luxury, performance and comfort, but there are even fewer that come close to doing it as well as the LC 500 does.

0 – 60 MPH: 4.4 sec. TOP SPEED: 168 mph TRANSMISSION: 10-speed automatic

The Lexus 500’s 5.0 V8 engine enables the car to go from 0–60 mph in just 4.4 seconds; a spindle grille stretches from the hood to the bumper, giving the vehicle a strong and aggressive look.

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dogged design Some fussy homeowners may insist on a “no pets” policy, but others are happily sharing their abodes with man’s best friend—including some who create flawless spaces for a living. In her new book, At Home with Dogs and Their Designers, Susanna Salk presents several top interior decorators who have no fear of fur-dotted furniture—and, unapologetically, let their homes go to the dogs.


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Mary McDonald shares her Los Angeles abode with five roommates—Jack, Lulu, Boris, Eva and Violet. When the pugs aren’t frolicking outside, they can be found relaxing indoors on anything cozy, from a plain overstuffed pillow to an ornate ottoman, complete with paw-like feet.

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This page: FoxyLady—aka Jonathan Adler’s pup—splits her time between NYC and Shelter Island (in between occasional retreats to Palm Beach). And while the pooch has a fancy Lucite dog bed, she often can be found lounging on some of Alder’s mod furniture and blending in with the carefully curated artwork and decor. Opposite page: Betsy Burnham says her dogs—Lola, Nina Garcia and Felix— are “totally spoiled.” And, apparently, they enjoy entertaining: When visitors arrive, Nina and Felix are always first to run to the front door, traipsing across the home’s dark hardwood floors and a vintage zebra hide, which Burnham describes as the perfect entry rug.


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This page: Carolyne Roehm’s pack of pups has taught her the art of amnesty: She’s learned to forgive them when they gnaw on her belongings—even the carved stretcher of a signed piece of 18th-century furniture. When the precious pooches aren’t chewing up Roehm’s Sharon, Conn. home—which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has a name itself, the Weatherstone— some can be be found taking up space in the reading/television room in front of a giant fireplace. And, as you can see, at least one likes to cuddle with a 19-century bust of a Roman emperor. Opposite page: Steven Gambrel’s Labradoodle, named Sailor Anderson Gambrel, favors the library of his NYC townhouse as a hangout but is shown here on the abode’s orginal staircase. Covered in red sisal, it’s good for traction and readily forgives muddy paws.


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There’s balm for the spirit in this stunning southwest setting.

Soothing Sedona | DRIVE PRESTIGE

Without a doubt, the best travel experiences are transformative, healing mind, body and spirit alike. We come home not merely refreshed and recharged, but somehow rejuvenated and changed for the better.


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The gorgeous red hue of Sedona rocks comes from iron that has accumulated in sandstone over the millennia.

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In Sedona, rather than looking down on the striated sandstone cliffs and monoliths, you’re surrounded by them. That’s part of the power of the place.



f ever a destination dealt in transformation, it’s Sedona, Arizona. You needn’t believe what they say about the spiritual energy of the place to see that there’s something powerful about Sedona. Nor do you have to visit an alternative healer, take a walk with a “coyote talker” or experience the sublime at one of Sedona’s spas (though you can do all these things). The setting alone—with its soaring red rock buttes, sculpted spires and stunning cliffs—is enough to work magic. Even down-to-earth, grounded-in-reality types say they feel a special energy in Sedona. Reports one recent visitor: “Something there really spoke to me.” Over the past few decades, this once sleepy town and longtime magnet for artists has evolved into a first-class resort community. Besides fine lodging, dining and shopping, Sedona offers activities and attractions that promise to soothe the souls not only of spiritual seekers and nature lovers, but also of art and culture buffs, history and archaeology fans, active adventurers and anyone else in need of renewal. You can reach Sedona by flying into Phoenix, renting a car and driving about two hours north. When you arrive, you’ll be in a bowl-shaped valley that sits about 4,500 feet above sea level. First-time visitors expecting a sandy desert landscape are surprised by the broad swaths of pine forest surrounding Sedona. The green trees create a striking contrast to red sandstone monoliths with names such as Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, Two Nuns and Elephant Rock. If you’ve been to the Grand Canyon, Sedona’s red rock formations will feel familiar. That’s because the rock layers of Sedona’s half-mile-high cliffs are nearly identical to those found in the upper half of the Grand Canyon. There is one key difference: In Sedona, rather than looking down on the striated sandstone cliffs and monoliths, you’re surrounded by them. That’s part of the power of the place. Most days, the backdrop for this beauty is a vast, intensely blue sky and a bright

desert sun whose long rays cast a fiery orange glow on the cliffs at sunrise and sunset. (Desert sun notwithstanding, Sedona’s climate is comfortable year-round; it’s only in July and August that the mercury regularly soars into the 90s, and even then nights are cool.) Depending on where you stay in Sedona, you can step outside your door, keep on walking and within 15 minutes find yourself high up on one of those magnificent cliffs. But the best news is that you don’t have to be especially fit to hit the hills, since there’s a wide choice of hiking trails, from easy to difficult. Even avid hikers will want to put aside their hiking gear for a Jeep tour of Sedona’s backcountry. These off-road tours bounce along through rugged territory, exploring area canyons, following old stagecoach routes, visiting ancient ruins and climbing to the top of the 2,000-foot-high Mogollon Rim. The great outdoors in Sedona is so alluring that you may feel you can never get enough. Fortunately, there are plenty of options for exploring it, including guided horseback excursions, mountain biking and sightseeing aloft by hot air balloon, helicopter or plane. Or just hop in a car and drive. Among nearby sights worth a visit are Chapel of the Holy Cross, an inspiring modern shrine built right into the red rocks, scenic Boynton Canyon and Red Rock Crossing, whose views of Oak Creek and Cathedral Rock have been photographed so often they’ll seem familiar. You can even drive or take a tour from Sedona to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, just two and a half hours away. Or stay closer to home and visit the former hillside mining town of Jerome. One drive not to miss is Highway 89A as it winds up 16-mile long Oak Creek Canyon. With sheer walls and unusual rock formations, this stretch of road has been named one of the nation’s most scenic drives. In summer, the creek is stocked


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Opposite, Cathedral Rock, whose spires stand 1,000 feet over the road below, is known as a vortex center and a place for blissful meditation. This page, the Chapel at Tlaquepaque evokes the feel of a quaint Mexican village with its Spanish tiled roof, hand-carved leather pews and stunning mural over the altar. It’s located in an arts and crafts village with unique galleries, shops and restaurants.

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Hiking in Sedona is an exhilarating experience, with trails for every fitness level. Visitors can hire a spiritual guide to lead them to vortex areas. Opposite, low-slung adobe casitas sit amid cottonwood trees at the Enchantment Resort; pan-seared veal chop with Morel sauce from the menu of the resort’s Yavapai restaurant.


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with trout and swimming holes beckon. Between late September and mid-October, you’ll be treated to blazing autumn foliage. And no matter when you visit, you can stop along the way for a hike or a creek-side picnic. Leave time to drive all the way to Oak Creek Vista for a dramatic bird’s-eye view of the area. While there, you can pick up locally crafted wares on sale by Native American artisans. If you’re traveling with children—or you’re kid-minded yourself—you’ll want to stop at Slide Rock State Park, don your bathing suit and splash your way down a natural water slide. Nature is not Sedona’s only attraction. The region’s human history is just as compelling. Numerous ruins and rock art sites tell of ancient peoples who were skilled in pottery, weaving and agriculture and who traded with peoples throughout the Americas long before Europeans came. The most impressive of the sights is Montezuma Castle, about 25 miles south of Sedona. Constructed in the 12th century by the Sinaguan people, this five-story, 20room dwelling is built into the sides of a high cliff. A few miles away is Montezuma Well, a huge sinkhole that’s fed by underground springs that support a verdant oasis. You can take tours of these and other sites that focus on the archaeological, cultural and geological history. Artistic types have long found that Sedona’s beauty fuels the muse. In the 1920s, Hollywood discovered that red rock country makes a dramatic film set, and numerous Westerns have been filmed here since. The first well-known visual artist to “discover” Sedona was surrealist painter and sculptor Max Ernst, who lived here in

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the 1950s, initiating an influx of artists that continues today. Today, Sedona has a thriving art scene. Art lovers can spend days perusing collections of Native American, Southwestern and Western arts and crafts in more than 40 galleries, and the Sedona Arts Center offers a full calendar of exhibitions, plays and workshops. At Sedona Cultural Park, concerts are held in an outdoor amphitheater. As if nature didn’t provide enough in the way of spectacular settings, visitors can also book a stay at the luxurious Mii Amo spa, which takes its name from the Native American word for journey. A world-class destination in itself, it’s set within the grounds of the luxurious 70-acre Enchantment Resort in secluded Boynton Canyon. Lodgings here have unmatched views of undulating red rock walls and formations, contrasting with the deep green of trees. For some, however, what makes Sedona most compelling are not the visual delights, but a handful of energy fields called vortexes that are said to elicit profound healing and spiritual experiences. Never scientifically proven, the vortexes are nonetheless the reason so many seekers, mystics and healers find their way to this spot. Perhaps they’re also why this area has long been considered sacred by native peoples. Find out for yourself by taking a vortex tour, or strike out on your own for the vortex sites, many of which are located at Sedona’s most dramatic rock formations. One way or the other, you’re bound to find it a powerful—perhaps even transformative—experience.

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mercedes old and new


While much has changed since its debut in 1954, the SL roadster continues to be a luxury ride that’s fun to drive. By Marisa Sandora


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A modern and vintage 1960 190 SL look perfectly at home in front of this gorgeous estate, which is currently for sale. For more information about the home, contact Sheerlee Mischel at Keller Williams at or 201.851.1781.


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Above: Today’s SL features LED as a “pagoda top” thanks to its distinctive roofline. Durothing makes you feel quite as good as cruising headlamps that sweep back from ing the next decade, the SL continued to modernize, through town or hitting the open road in a Mercedes- a shapely grille. Opposite, top to bottom: This classic 1960 190 SL is Benz SL convertible. The super-luxury roadster has been a perfect example of the European increasing engine displacement and tweaking switches design of the era, with its heavy and nobs. Then in 1971, Merecedes introduced the R107, turning heads since 1954 when it first debuted at the black steel body and chrome easily recognizable for its big bumpers and featuring a New York Auto Show. Back then, the 190 SL was a more bumper. The interior features sophisticated tan leather, a colosV8 engine and a fuel injection system. The 107 was one afforable alternative to the exclusive Mercedes-Benz 300 sal steering wheel and a rear-view mirror low-mounted on the dash. of the longest-running series for Mercedes, ending in SL, notable for being the first production car to use fuel 1989. The final car, painted Signal red, currently resides injection and boasting the world’s fastest top speed. But in the Merecedes-Benz museum in Stuttgart, Germany. even with a smaller 1.9-liter, four-cylinder, inline, front-mounted enBut the SL endured, with the new R129 featuring modern specs like gine, the 190 SL still appealed to performance enthusiasts, producing 120 gross horsepower, a top speed of 106 mph and 0­– 62 mph accelera- electric windows, mirrors, seats and roof. It was also the first convertible to offer automatic rollbar deployment in the event of rollover. In tion in 11 seconds. Buyers were given the choice of either a soft-top the late ’90s, six-cylinder SLs were phased out, leaving powerful V8 convertible or a removeable hardtop, and the car featured eyecatchand V12 options for drivers. ing gullwing doors, leather-covered bucket seats and a small perspex The 2000s brought the fifth generation of the SL, including a windscreen. retractable hardtop (called the Vario Roof) that had been available on Both the 190 SL and the 300 SL were replaced by the 230 SL in the SLK since 1997. This fifth generation featured a 5.0-liter, 302-hp 1963, making the earlier cars highly collectible. The record price for V8 engine, with a 5.4-liter, AMG-supercharged V8 in 2002’s SL 55 a 190 SL sold at auction is $209,000 (it was sold in 2015), and a good AMG (AMG being the high-performance division of the company.) condition 300 SL can fetch in excess of $1 million. In 2008, the R230 SL was revised yet again, with a new engine and a The 230 SL featured a detachable hard top, which became known

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Opposite, clockwise from left: sponse, it makes for a very fun ride. (Two AMG models, new front end. The car now featured a large grille with The 1960 SL featured a threethe SL 63 and SL 65, add even more power, with the SL a more prominent three-pointed star and twin “power pointed star logo on the hood 65 going from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 3.9 seconds.) domes” on the hood. It also sported new headlights with as well as on the grill. The cockpit of the modern SL puts But as sporty as the new SL is, the car continues to an optional “Intelligent Light System” and an innovative everything drivers could want at the touch of a button. It’s almost be a comfortable luxury ride that attracts attention. new speed-sensitive steering system. For AMG models, impossible to say which SL is more appealing, the classic 190 The inside can be customized with a rich palette of the SL 63 replaced the SL 55, and an ultra-high-perforor modern model. This page: full-grain, smooth Nappa leather upholstery colors to mance SL 65 AMG was made available in 2011. Vintage SL models like this one fetch top dollar at auction. complement hand-finished matte or high-gloss wood, Mercedes introduced an all-new SL class at the North textured aluminum or genuine carbon fiber trim. American International Auto Show in January 2012. For the first time, the new R231 was made almost entirely from aluminum AIRSCARF, an innovative neck-level heating system, keeps drivers warmer, extending the top-down season. And speaking of that top, the and weighed significantly less than its steel predecessor. The new SL’s signature retractable hardtop now features a see-through panel generation of the SL was longer and wider than the last, adding 1.5 and sliding sunshade and can be activated while moving at up to 25 inches of shoulder room and 1.1 inches of elbow room. The R231 was also notable for offering two different suspension systems. Semi-active mph. Exclusive Magic Sky Control lets drivers darken the overhead glass at the touch of a button too. adjustable damping was standard, with ABC (active body control) The new SL is technologically top-of-the-line, featuring mbrace available as an option. A powerful V6 option was introduced again in Connect (putting emergency and diagnostic services at drivers’ finthe SL 350 (and later the SL 400). gertips) and available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A network The all-new 2017 SL features sleek front-end styling and sportier of cameras, radar and other sensors keep danger at bay, all these years handling, attracting a whole new generation of fans. The SL 400 was renamed the SL 450 and sports a more powerful base engine (3.0 liter, after the SL made history with the first pop-up roll bar. The car has clearly come a long way from its early years in the twin-turbo V6), while the SL 550 boasts a 449-hp V8. Both cars have a 1950s, but the SL continues to be the luxury roadster of choice among new nine-speed automatic transmission and a new curve-tilting funcdiscerning drivers. tion that helps the car lean into corners. With the quick throttle re-


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Rover renaissance


Prestige teams up with English firm Arkonik to bring classic Land Rovers back to life. By DJ Buckley


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Prestige Land Rover sells Defenders that have been restored by Arkonik, a firm based in the U.K. that specializes in bringing classic Land Rovers back to their original form.


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hat’s better than a classic Land Rover Defender? One that has been restored and customized into a European super truck. What’s better than that? One that can be found in the United States. Normally, a Land Rover Defender in the U.S. would be a rare sight, but thanks to English-based firm Arkonik, these vintage beauties have made their way across the Atlantic. Arkonik, hailing from England’s West Country, acquires old Defenders and upgrades them with modern technology while also preserving their original allure. Through the vision of CEO Andy Hayes, Arkonik has spent the longer half of the past decade scouring through Europe to locate and purchase Land Rover Defenders. The lucky few that are selected are appraised and brought to the company’s factory in Somerset, England; they then go through a five-step workshop and painting process before being photographed and shipped around the world. Since arriving in the U.S., three have found homes within the Prestige Family

The Arkonik vehicles stay true to the Defender’s distinctive styling while having modern twists that separate them from the originals. With meticulous attention to detail, these vehicles are a fantastic celebration of a classic Land Rover.

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seats and a deluxe custom sound system that acts as the perfect of Fine Cars. The Vortex, Sunseeker and Prestige III editions all come companion for any road trip. equipped with their own unique features ranging from Sawooth 18Rounding off the inventory is the highly-coveted Prestige III, showinch rims to Apple CarPlay, and they most definitely do not disappoint. casing its classic style with an eccentric Aries Blue exterior and Elite The Vortex Edition in Oslo Blue is a stunning automobile with an gray leather seats. Equipped with BF Goodrich AT tires, White Steel urban personality. This Defender 90 has been fully restored and loaded wheels, and Fire and Ice side steps, the luxury and exclusivity of this with a Puma bonnet, the aforementioned Sawtooth 18-inch rims, a Defender 110 cannot be matched. The Premium Alpine sound system front bumper with DRLs and KBX grille and beautiful silver wingtop and Apple Carplay only add to the tenacious attitude this wagon exudes. vents. The interior is just as articulate, featuring a gray leather trim From the shores of England to the heart of the Bergen County, these along with Apple CarPlay and an Alpine premium sound system. The Arkonik vehicles express the power and individuality that the Prestige full LED lighting package also doesn’t hurt. Whether you’re driving Family strives to offer. With rugged design and sharp detail, they are through the city or taking a trip to the mountains, the D90 Vortex can sure to be an excellent addition to any automotive lineup. handle it all. Somewhere across the Pond, your own Defender is waiting. For More tailored for coastal getaways, the adrenaline-fueled Sunseeker inquiries, please contact Jeff Drajin, general sales is just that. It comes in a vibrant Beluga Yellow and The beautiful SUVs honor the legacy of the manager of Lamborghini Paramus and McLaren grabs the eye immediately. This D90 soft top draws Land Rover Defender while being fully preBergen County, 201.639.7750 or its power from a 200TDi engine and is equipped with pared to create one of their own. These fully capable off-roaders are built for all terrains Mach 5 wheels, General Grabber AT2 tires, modular and exciting on and off the streets.


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From the shores of England to the heart of Bergen County, these Arkonik vehicles express the power and individuality that the Prestige Family strives to offer.

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“Photography will never be the same,” predicted the inventor of the Polaroid camera. But little did he know he’d created a hot new art form too.



hink what it meant! Suddenly there was no more waiting days to pick up developed pictures at the drugstore. Instead, you waved a whitebordered square as an image you’d just snapped magically took shape in your hand. Artists, of course, picked up the new toy and went quietly wild, as you’ll see in these images from a new art book named for an era that has ended: The Polaroid Years.


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In 5C (Self-Portrait), 1979, artist Chuck Close found that Polaroid Polacolor prints suited him to a “T.” The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie; © Chuck Close



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In the SX-70 print titled October 24, 1979, photographer André Kertész achieved a suggestive mystery. The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College,


Poughkeepsie; © Estate of André Kertész/Higher Pictures


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When a friend asked artist Ellen Carey to do her Polaroid portrait, Nancy D. Grover (1995) was the inspired, large-format result. Collection of Nancy D. Grover, Š Ellen Carey



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In the irreverent series Untitled Newswomen (1983), Robert Heinecken made Polaroids of Joan Lunden, Diane Sawyer and Jane Pauley —then created a composite of the three.


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Untitled (Pearl), 1983, taken by Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., photographer John Maggiotto with an SX-70 camera, has an intimate charm. Courtesy of the artist, Š John Maggiotto



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In every compass direction, cocktail artistry is reaching new heights as young talents like these four pour it on. By Timothy Kelley


hether or not it’s the place where—as Cheers had it—“everybody knows your name,” the cocktail bar is a venerable institution. It’s where many of us recuperate from a tough day, follow our sports teams, make new friends or argue trivia with old ones. There we’re at our most convivial, and sometimes our fanciest—or grungiest—or loudest. But in recent years there’s been something new on the bar: the cocktails themselves. Oh, today’s drinks still taste good and give you a buzz. But a new generation of innovative bartenders is making them more interesting than ever. These often competitive pros are concocting new combinations, searching out novel ingredients, squeezing fresh juices from exotic fruits and making their own syrups, all in the name of your glorious good time. Meet four of them—with a cocktail recipe from each—on these pages.

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NORTH Aaron Pollack The Dawson, Chicago It isn’t just the Cubs that make Chicago cool. “The city is now at the forefront of the culinary and hospitality industry,” says Aaron Pollack, bar manager at The Dawson, located in an old fireplace-mantel factory in the West Town neighborhood. “We’re no longer just doing what New York or San Francisco was doing.” Pollack, 34, grew up in nearby Wheaton, Ill., and started his bar career as a University of Iowa mechanical engineering major, discus thrower and shotputter. Today he puts shots in a glass. A bartender, he believes, is one of society’s last true generalists, someone who must know a little about many things and be able to talk to anyone.

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He draws on Chicago’s rich cultural mix. “One of my favorite things to do when I’m developing a new seasonal cocktail,” says Pollack, “is go to the little bodegas and Mexican grocerias in my neighborhood, Humboldt Park, and look at fruits I didn’t grow up with as an Italian-American kid. That’s how I push my boundaries.” Indeed, this genial Midwest jock is an innovative craftsman who enters worldwide cocktail competitions—in Morocco this September, for example. “I took a pay cut to come to The Dawson and really explore my cocktail game,” he says. “You make more money crankin’ beers and pourin’ shots.” Still, Pollack’s no cocktail snob. “Six or seven years ago our industry got a little pretentious,” he admits. “It was, ‘Oh, you don’t know what I’m making? Then you can’t have one!’” Today he sees—and embodies— a more welcoming approach: “I’ll tell you about it and let you try it. And if you don’t like it, I’ll make something you do like.”

Smoking Pistol n ¾ oz. Compass Box Great King Street Glasgow Scotch n ¾ oz. Carpano Antica n ½ oz. Rittenhouse rye n ¼ oz. Tariquet Armagnac n barspoon of Benedictine n 2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters n 2 dashes Dead Rabbit’s Orinoco bitters Combine and stir ingredients, then strain into an old-fashioned glass with a big cube of ice. Finally, squeeze a peeled lemon over the drink. (For an optional olfactory plus, add a spray mist of Compass Box Peat Monster Scotch, using an atomizer.)

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EAST Harrison Ginsberg The Dead Rabbit, New York What’s this—a bartender who worked gratis? Harrison Ginsberg grew up in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., and attended Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I. When a Providence restaurant called The Dorrance opened with an ambitious cocktail program, he labored there free for six months to learn his craft. It paid off. Today, at 27, after a stint at The Dawson in Chicago, he tends bar at two downtown Manhattan spots, The Dead Rabbit and BlackTail. And he collects not just paychecks, but prizes in cocktail competitions—last fall Drinks International magazine named the Rabbit the world’s best bar.

Ginsberg started out to be a chef, but his detour to libations wasn’t so unlikely. After all, it’s the recent revolution in cuisine—insisting on fresh ingredients and doing things right even if it takes longer—that inspired a similar renaissance behind the bar. Today, he says, you’ll see surprising savory ingredients in cocktails—mushrooms, dill and miso, for example. “When I’m out I like to find a drink on the menu that doesn’t sound like it’s up my alley at all, and order that,” he says. But when Ginsberg and his girlfriend entertain in their home in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill neighborhood, his mainstay is a batch of gin martinis made with a liter of a London dry gin such as Tanqueray, 500 milliliters of vermouth and 10 ounces of water, stirred and stored in bottles in the freezer. “The texture changes slightly in the freezer,” he says, “so that the gin has a rich, creamy, velvety feel.”

Ballerina n ¾ oz. fresh lemon juice n ½ oz. fresh pineapple juice n ¼ oz. cane syrup (2:1, cane sugar to water) n ¼ oz. ginger syrup n ¼ oz. apricot liqueur n 1 oz. Rainwater Madeira n 1½ oz. vodka Shake cocktail and strain into a punch glass or wine goblet; garnish with grated nutmeg.

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SOUTH Curtis Carrillo Sweet Liberty, Miami Beach Truly “elevated” cocktail craftsmanship is practiced in perhaps eight or 10 markets around the country by 30 or 40 with-it mixology mavens, says Curtis Carrillo, 31, of Miami Beach’s Sweet Liberty. “We all kind of travel in the same circles, you know?” he says. “It’s a lot smaller world than people think.” Young bartenders today draw inspiration, he explains, from pioneers who helped revive the classic pre-Prohibition cocktail art, including three who won fame in New York starting in the late 1980s and early ’90s: Dale DeGroff at the Rainbow Room, the late Sasha Petraske at Milk & Honey

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and Jim Meacham at Please Don’t Tell. Carrillo grew up in southern California, tending bar through college, and worked in Las Vegas before landing in South Florida. He says his style was influenced by the “high-volume” places he’s been employed, but bartending has always required more than putting drinks—even creative ones—on the bar. “People think bartenders just listen,” he says. “But a really good bartender gives you back something better than you give him or her.” Seems something’s going right. Sweet Liberty was chosen last year as the Best New American Cocktail Bar in the Spirited Awards at the 15-year-old annual New Orleans cocktail festival “Tales of the Cocktail.” “The cocktail scene here is still being defined,” says Carrillo. “I like that about Miami Beach. We take things a little less seriously here.”

Daiq Nuke ’em n 1½ oz. Wray and Nephew white overproof rum n ½ oz. Plantation pineapple rum n ¾ oz. lime juice n ¾ oz. simple syrup Combine ingredients in shaker and agitate. Strain and serve.

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WEST Yael Vengroff The Spare Room, Los Angeles Can you have exacting standards and still be fun? You can if you’re Yael Vengroff, beverage director at The Spare Room, which combines a bar with bowling and gaming in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. “Everyone’s very supportive in L.A., which is great,” says the 30-year-old. “But we also need to be critical and have the guts to say, ‘We can do better.’” Part of it is simply that broad-based cocktail culture is relatively new here— even though the Roosevelt itself opened six days before Lindbergh’s flight in 1927 and for two years was Marilyn Monroe’s home. “In terms of technique,” says Vengroff,

“L.A. still has a lot of growing to do.” Yet she estimates that 70 percent of her customers are cocktail connoisseurs who value her insistence on using fresh juices and homemade syrups. And this perfectionist is anything but uptight. “I’m a ‘have fun at the bar’ type,” she says. “I try to be as unprecious as possible. It’s about the guest having a good time.” The Houston native attended NYU and started as a cocktail waitress in an East Village sports bar. She first tended bar at 19 at the Tailor under Eben Freeman. After moving to L.A., she was named “Fastest Hands in the West” in 2014 and took over the beverage program at The Spare Room the next year, helping it snag Time Out Los Angeles’ 2016 “Bar of the Year” honors. “Be adventurous,” she advises. “Branch out from that one brand you’re always drinking. You may open yourself to a whole new world of flavor.”

Barracuda n 2 oz Caña Brava white rum n ¾ oz. lime n ¾ oz. pineapple n ¾ oz. simple syrup (1:1) n ¼ oz. Clear Creek pear brandy n 2 shiso leaves Muddle shiso leaves by lightly pressing with a muddler. Shake with ice. Double-strain over fresh ice. Use double old-fashioned glass with cubes; garnish with 1 shiso leaf standing upright in glass.

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