If one is going to make the Cheshire to Islay run for a weekend, only one conveyance will do. Broadly recognized as a tidal wave on wheels, the Bentley GT continues the heritage of the legendary Bentley Boys.
Sometimes in life, it's impossible to imagine that some of the most magical moments could ever be topped. But then it happens. Dining with Princes and Pirates becomes a prelude to what would become Legendary Days and Nights amongst Kings....
It may surprise you to learn that the most beautiful Porsche ever built is not the 911. Rather its faster older sibling the 904, aka the Carrera GTS, introduced a year after the now iconic coupe.
At the Paris Motor Show Ferrari just unveiled an amazing array of cars designed in tribute to some of the most iconic Prancing Horse drivers and owners of all time, in celebration of the legendary marque’s 70th anniversary...
His Grace the 12th Duke of Marlborough is our sort of chap. Blenheim Palace, to Salon Privé, the posh concours d’elegance that’s starting to look like serious competition for Pebble Beach.
“I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered.” So said George Best, the Belfast-born professional footballer who played as a winger for Manchester United...
Its older and better-known big brother gets all the attention, but in many important ways the DB4 is the defining model that created the modern Aston Martin legend.
As pleasure craft go, the luxurious 164-ft. 1937 Camper & Nicholsons steam yacht Malahne has seen a lot of action.
The annual Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride now raises more than $5 million per annum for cancer research in the coolest way possible – gents suiting up to ride their motorbikes in outrageous splendour all around the world.
On the 4th of September, a spectacular Chateau outside Paris will be the scene of the chicest gathering of classic cars this side of Pebble Beach.
The late British entrepreneur, businessman and motorcyclist Robert White has left a rather special legacy of the sort any gentleman of taste would be proud to own.
Monaco-based Wally yachts have long been the most stylish craft at sea. Now they’re also among the fastest. The stunning Wally Wally 45m Saudade just crushed the competition at the 2016 Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta...
Enrico Piaggio, son of Piaggio founder Rinaldo Piaggio decided to address the problem with a new mode of transport: a cheap, reasonably zippy contraption much more suitable to everyday civilian life...
In 2017 Fiat plans to bring the Spider back to the U.S. after several decades absence in the form of the spiffy new 124.
Shooting brakes, the bespoke sports cars converted into the most gentlemanly of country house conveyances, have always held a special fascination for us. Aston Martin versions are the most famous...
When Mercedes-Benz showed up to the 1954 French Grand Prix with their new W196, the competition knew they were Holborned...What had them in a tizzy was the car’s new "Monza" streamlined closed-wheel aluminum body, and one look said Benz had already won.
These days people toss about the term “café racer” without really knowing what it means or where it came from. Apart from being a genre of especially cool motorbike, it comes from a very specific time and place – the iconic Ace Café in North west London...
If you’re interested in art and design but have never heard of Sir Peter Blake, we can only attribute it to a faulty education. Blake is quite simply a living legend.
A super-cool collection of motorbikes belonging to Giuseppe Visenzi, former Italian Grand Prix motorcycle racer and founder of famed moto accessories company, GIVI, will be auctioned off at Bonhams...
The BMW Performance Driving School in partnership with BMW USA Classic is literally offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a few racing enthusiasts in Virginia...
The 21st annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance just wrapped up in Florida with enough precious metal on show to rival Pebble Beach.
When it comes to the world’s coolest sailing yachts, there are Wallys, and then there’s everything else.
The 2016 Concours of Elegance at Windsor Castle this September will be the biggest, most diverse and snazziest edition of the legendary event yet.
Black Badge is an attitude to life, an aspect of the Rolls-Royce brand that appeals to those people who are elusive and defiant, the risk takers and disruptors who break the rules and laugh in the face of convention...
We like a fast (OK very fast) bike as much as the next bloke, but no matter the number of cc’s there’s always got to be a big dose of style.
Nigel Mansell, the dashing British racing driver who won both the Formula One World Championship and the CART Indy Car World Series, had no shortage of fast cars at his disposal.
Like a grand cru Bordeaux, Jacques Lafitte is something of a legend in France, and rightly so – during his epic Formula One career from 1974 – 1986 he bagged six grand prix wins...
The Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, one of the world’s top yacht races for the multimillionaire set is about to get underway in one of the most beautiful places on the planet, the British Virgin Islands...
Headed to London this month? You’ll want to swing by the Proud Gallery in Chelsea for an eyeful of our favorite racecar driver in a new exhibit called “James Hunt: Girls, Beer and Victory,” running through April 3.
“A grand prix car in touring guise” is one expert opinion on this ridiculously gorgeous 1937 Bugatti 57SC Sports Tourer with one-off coachwork by Vanden Plas coming up for auction...
There are two kinds of people who watch races, be it Ascot or Le Mans: the ones who own the horses and the racing teams, and the ones who are mere looky-loos.
Jesse Alexander's body of work remains one of the most impressive records of raw racing history, when men like Stirling Moss and Phil Hill stood the world on its ear with still-unmatched feats of speed.
There’s something about the red and blue Martini Racing livery, rivalled perhaps only by the equally gonad-grabbing blue and orange Gulf Oil colors...
Visitors to the London Classic Car Show later this month will get an eyeful of one of the sexiest and most important British race cars ever built – none other than “9PVD”, the very first of the E-Type competition cars.
CES, the annual Consumer Electronics Show staged in Las Vegas every winter, has increasingly become a forum for the more adventurous automakers to showcase high tech concept cars
If the top prize in Rolex’s rollicking Sydney to Hobart race were given to the coolest yacht to cross the finish line, Chinese Whisper would have won hands-down.
Dubbed the Purple People Eater thanks to its unique paint scheme, the fully restored 1959 racer boasts an impressive racing pedigree and could bring in a cool million bucks.
Journalists Helmut Zwickl and Michael Glöckner founded the Ennstal-Classic, a three-day classic motoring rally through the pristine Austrian Alps, delivering all challenges of the Mille Miglia with none of the distracting Italian emotions, scenery and spectators.
When it comes to sailing superyachts, there are few boatyards than can give Monaco-based Wally a run for their bees and honey. But Baltic Yachts out of Jakobstad, Finland is making a big splash with the launch of their wicked new 115-ft. Nikata...
We can think of no better way to affirm Paris’ triumph over its aggressors than for business to carry on as usual in the City of Light. So we were chuffed to hear that the famed Rétromobile show will take place as scheduled in February at the Porte de Versailles.
McLaren calls it the future of Formula 1. We’ve come to think of it as the Phantom Menace. There’s no denying the storied British marque’s MP4-X concept is gonna leave the competition shaken and stirred...
Sir Stirling’s Jaguar C-Type Set for Grand Prix Sale: With barely six months to go until the Monaco Grand Prix, we here at DQ are already getting in gear for the big event.
When it comes to the world’s finest cameras, the name Leica has long towered over the rest. With origins dating back to 1849, Leicas have been used by every legendary photographer
Heir to the Johnnie Walker distilling fortune, Rob Walker (born in 1918) could have quietly tended the family business and led a very comfortable life.
The Lancia Scorpion ‘Giselle’: Whether or not you rate Herbie the Love Bug as one of the all-time great movie cars is a matter of personal taste. But the VW’s comely co-star in the 1977 sequel Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo is without question a fierce contender.
The Cowes-Torquay-Cowes powerboat race, aka the Cowes Classic, organized by the British Powerboat Racing Club, is the longest-running offshore powerboat race in the world.
"I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars,” George Best once said in explaining the disappearance of his rather large fortune. “The rest I just squandered.”
Want to get your driving gloves on a ludicrously beautiful and important Ferrari built for the greatest driver in history? Look no further than RM Sotheby’s Driven to Disruption sale in NYC on December 10...
Les Voiles de St. Tropez: There are few more gentlemanly sporting occasions than the annual competition for the Classic Division trophy presented by Rolex at Les Voiles de St. Tropez.
The Royal Enfield Desert Relief Ride: Even whilst seeking adventure, a true gentleman always has an eye out for doing a bit of good. So news of the launch of something called the Royal Enfield Desert Relief Ride caught our eye...
For motorcycle collectors there are few happy hunting grounds as fertile as Bonhams’ annual Stafford sale, taking place October 17-18 at The Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show in Staffordshire, UK.
Of all the incredible cars we saw at Pebble Beach this year, the Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato was the one that really had our tongue hanging out.
The Bentley boys have done it again with the introduction of Bentayga, the world’s most powerful and exclusive SUV, at the Frankfurt Motorshow. But one detail in particular caught our eye: the 187 mph vehicle’s smashing Mulliner Tourbillon Clock by Breitling, which brings haute horlogerie to the dashboard
A custom Maserati isn’t the only new toy our man Lapo Elkann has to play with – last week he launched a new bespoke yacht he’s calling the “Maserati of the seas.”
Gents’ Swag at Bonhams Goodwood Sale. The annual Goodwood Revival in the UK is an incomparable coming together of amazing cars and great vintage style. It’s also a damned fine opportunity to acquire a plethora of gent’s essentials...
Super Spy Cars Now and Then: The original TV series, while not quite as flashy in the vehicle department, did have one cool car that Ritchie and co. overlooked – the AMT Piranha Super Spy Car.
BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage R: Of all the eye-catching concept cars that we saw in Pebble Beach – and there were plenty – it was really no contest when it came to choosing the coolest.
The best Koons of all belongs to Greek billionaire Dakis Joannou. In 2013 Joannou commissioned Koons and naval architect Ivana Porfiri to build him a 115-ft. yacht. Certainly the most eye-popping vessel on the high seas....
Celebs Do Bespoke Their Own Way — Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke division frequently demonstrates its ability to perform nearly any type of customization on its cars. But certain celebs seem to be taking matters into their own hands...
This month the annual automotive orgy known as Pebble Beach gets underway, with an armada of McLarens, Bentleys, Bugattis, Ferraris, Maseratis and more descending on the bucolic burg of in Monterey, CA.
There must be something in the air in Italy this month – both Bugatti and Maserati have recently opened pop-up shops catering to their customers’ shall we say ‘DQ-esque’ lifestyles.
The largest gathering of Rolls-Royces in the world took place the other day at famed Burghley House in, Lincolnshire UK during the 56th Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club Annual Concours and Rally.
Seven L-39 C Albatros jets that can reach speeds of up to 565 mph. The world’s largest professional civilian flight team performing in jets. The Breitling Jet Team, sponsored by our favorite Swiss watchmaker, is already pretty damn impressive.
Talk about a summer road trip DQ style – a squadron of legendary Bentleys is embarking on a tour of the world’s top historical and heritage automotive events over the next few months.
Foppish Fiat heir Lapo Elkann – a DQ Man if ever we saw one – is rapidly becoming a style icon for our times in much the way his grandfather Gianni Agnelli was in his day.
I've only been to India a couple of times. Each was an assault on all the senses. Color, sound and taste bombarded by incredible contrasts and fascinating combinations.
Point it where you want it to go. And be amazed that something so seemingly big and heavy can move so deftly and so damned fast
Don't be deceived when you first set eyes on it. This is exactly what it looks like. Trouble.
Of the best variety.
Of all the circuits of Formula 1, it may be the most revered. Not necessarily for the track or the racing. And it’s not that it doesn’t have that in spades.
It’s always good to name things after memorable things. And for anyone who ever spent any time in the south of France the name of Paul Ricard will forever be associated with high octane...
Redbull may give you wings, but, in the absence of being able to fly, a Vespa may just be your best bet.
I'm sure there is too much of a good thing.
There's certainly too much of something you
think is a good thing but which others older
and wiser tell you is a bad thing.
I’m no authority on the subject, but I can
provide insight which has been imparted to me
by the guys who made it a reality.
When I was a kid I used to collect a very
glossy American car magazine. The posters
emblazoned my walls. From Vector W8’s
through Strosek and Ruf Porsches.
And then there were the Lambos.
The Panigale R has 195bhp and weighs
only 386lbs. It doesn't take a genius to imagine
how that translates in terms of performance.
Nothing short of being shot out of a canon
As I stood on the terrace with pink bubbles in
hand it was hard not to reflect upon the story
an acquaintance had once regaled me with.
He lives in the penthouse next to where I was
standing. So it was difficult to caste it out of
mind as I beheld the mayhem before me.
I was more than a bit concerned. To put it mildly. An invite to visit Biserno from the legendary Marchese Ludovico Antinori. A 600km trek across Italy in limited time. And a Mercedes Benz.
It was an untypical week of exceptional
experiences and toys. And the most hooligan of
motorcycles on the market parked in the path
leading to the front door.
For the purists among us James Bond actually
drove a Bentley. But in the land of imagination
and the warped history of the victor he drives
and Aston Martin
Enzo Ferrari once said that the Jaguar XKE was the most beautiful car ever created. I wouldn't dare to disagree. But I'd be amazed to get flak for suggesting that the AC Cobra is probably the sexiest.
It had been a pretty hectic week. I'd had to put back my trip to LA for a week. Then I missed my flight. I was already exhausted and I hadn't even started. The shining light at the end of the tunnel was the grin I could already see...
Summoned to the posh St. Regis hotel on E. 55th St., he was instructed to escort a lingerie-clad beauty to a decadent fête at the Agent Provocateur boutique. At the wheel of a brand new Bentley. We promise to find him something a bit more entertaining next time.
Luckily the result of my plans going sideways was that a short while later I gently alighted from a small jet in the mid-afternoon sun of Pula, Croatia, sporting a cheeky grin and more than a little jet-lag.
Sunset and sunrise are special no matter where you are. The leaving of the old and the coming of the new. Its in the wee small hours that driving in a city you know well can become rather more fun than usual. The light is special. There's less traffic.
They describe it as Dust, Sweat, and Gears. And bloody hell it is that. But so much more.
Lunatics gallivanting through the bush with striped down, juiced up 4x4s, up hill and down dale.
Mike Tyson breeds pigeons. Always has.
Always will. What a nutter.
But he wasn't the first closet bird brain. Believe it or not James "Sex - Breakfast of Champions" Hunt was an avid budgerigar breeder. This is so hilarious I cannot even compute it.
One day I was lunching at one of my favorite New York haunts, Balthazar, when I spotted two scallywags having a rather ridiculous lunch. They appeared to be in a time warp of their own given that they were knocking...
My ears are still ringing.
I think I am just about getting my hearing back.
Years of abusing my ears have always left me wondering when they will eventually give up the ghost and just go on strike.
Is it any wonder I am somewhat
at a loss for words?
For a big girl the Continental GT is surprisingly agile on the open road. For the London to St Tropez run I'm not sure what could be better than wafting along the Route-du-Soleil in the lap of luxury with the top down. As I've said before...
You heard it here first. If you're a man about town Vespa is the new cool. Right now you're sitting there smiling knowingly about how wrong I am. And you're entitled to your opinion. But you're wrong.
In the early 1970s the British taxman decided it was time to clamp down on high earners and bring some money into the coffers. So the top rate of tax was hiked up to a brutal 93%. Not so great. And especially not so great if you had made a bundle of loot but...
Close your eyes and imagine being strapped to the engine of your favourite fighter-jet.
Complete with full afterburn.
One of my favorite restaurants is New York staple, Balthazar. I go there too much. So they are nice to me. It holds a fascination for me above and beyond the untouchable customer service I receive. And most of this stems from the genius of conception which...
There's something in the air in the south of France. Picasso knew it, Matisse knew it, and I have to say, I know it. Its been the riviera of choice for European playboys and playgirls since Roman times. And with good reason.
Its always with a sense of delighted anticipation that I get onto a Ducati. Like the little fat kid who's been given a bag of sweeties all the pleasure center lights in my brain start to go off even before the experience begins.
I have to admit I've never really been one for speed limits imposed upon me by big brother. Set using arbitrary assumptions in the dark ages they seem to have very little meaning today except as tax-collection mechanisms.
I'm not really quite sure where to start to describe this smorgasbord of vicious indulgence. Around ten years ago a rather entertaining Glaswegian who was then the maitre'd at Soho House in New York engaged in a chat with your's truly that resulted...
"I've never really been one for car and bike shows any more than I've been a fan of watching sports on TV. Its just so much more fun to get out there and do it yourself.