Category Archives: Lifestyle

The Rake: Between Wind & Water

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Throughout its history, the lure of the America’s Cup has seduced tycoons, pioneers and moguls. As the 35th America’s Cup Match presented by Louis Vuitton unfurls this month in Bermuda, THE RAKE takes a look at the dramas on land and sea that make the world’s longest running sporting event such a compelling spectacle. By Adam Hay-Nicholls.

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City AM Bespoke: How McLaren discovered a sprinkling of stardust

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Summoning the spirit of Major Tom, we take McLaren’s most refined supercar to England’s industrial birthplace. Words: Adam Hay-Nicholls. Continue reading

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City AM Bespoke: Mexico’s Art Hotels

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Luxury boutique hotels are celebrating Mexico’s artistic heritage and architectural prowess, writes Adam Hay-Nicholls.

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City AM Bespoke: The Prancing Moose

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Driving onto a frozen lake with traction and stability control switched off, I’m starting to regret the 20-course meal of pig’s head, decomposing leaves and bird’s liver custard that’s in my belly. But that’s the price you pay for experiencing the finest and wildest that Sweden has to offer.

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City AM Bespoke: California Dreamin’

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A trip to Tuscany in a Prancing Horse shows Ferrari still evokes an almost spiritual passion in its homeland, writes Adam Hay-Nicholls. Continue reading

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Intersection: Lewis Hamilton – “There’s life after F1, don’t worry about me”

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There’s a lot more to Lewis Hamilton than being the fastest driver in the world. He talks exclusively to Adam Hay-Nicholls. Continue reading

Goodwood Road Racing Club: Maserati to Monaco

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I got a few weird looks as I unloaded my soiled wellies from the back of a Maserati as I checked into Monaco’s elegant Hermitage Hotel. Where on earth had I been, the valet must have thought.
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Intersection: The Art of Chauffeuring

14022377_10157295416215367_5151994686865818740_n.jpgOpen the door to a Rolls-Royce and you’ll spot one of its nattiest party pieces – a custom umbrella that can spring out of the side of each door. It can do more than merely shield the elements of the on-board VIPs, though. “The umbrella can be used both defensively and offensively,” says Andi McCann, as if he’s just walked off the set of Kingsman: The Secret Service. Continue reading

City AM Bespoke: Love Bite from a Spider

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The 488 Spider drove me to drink petrol. There was no warning when it ran out of fuel. OK, the gas light came on about 40 miles back but the way I was driving it, with ‘race’ mode selected on the manettino dial and some heavy application of the right pedal, that distance came and went pretty fast. The car coughed twice before the power died and the steering went heavy. Not ideal when you are up a narrow switchback somewhere in the Ligurian mountains and the nearest petrol station is far from walkable. Continue reading

City AM Bespoke: Blown-up Barbie Car

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As controversial as the EU referendum, the world’s foremost luxury Range Rover have lopped the top off their Evoque in a bid to create a new lifestyle niche; the cabrio SUV. To some, this is the best of all words. To others, it is a motorized selfie stick. Continue reading

City AM Bespoke: The Most Important Aston Ever Built

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We take the Ferrari-baiting new DB11 for a drive through prancing horse territory. Continue reading

City AM Bespoke: The A-list Invitation

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There are four bungalows situated behind the high walls of the notorious Chateau Marmont, each a source of parties and privacy for starlets and rock n’ rollers. Mine has a particularly macabre claim to fame; the master bedroom was where comedy icon John Belushi checked out permanently. Continue reading

Asia Tatler: Ghost Story

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The Rolls-Royce Ghost II is a marriage of tradition, high-tech, opulence and restraint. Adam Hay-Nicholls enjoys the ride front and back. Continue reading

City AM Bespoke: If responsibility is sexy then this Volvo is Alexander Skarsgård

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The Volvo XC90 T8 Inscription feels incredibly Swedish, in the best possible sense; classy and restrained, with a hint of noir about it. If a forensic psychologist arrived at your door in one of these, investigating the murder of your business associate, you would be very worried indeed. Continue reading

City AM Bespoke: First Love

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You may love many cars in a lifetime, but you only ever have one first love. For Adam Hay-Nicholls, it was an Aston Martin. Continue reading

City AM Bespoke: Norman Conquest

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Foreboding skies, bracing wind and incessant rain set the scene for my drive along the Normandy coast, but the rolling of thunder you hear is the gargle of my Bentley Mulsanne Speed. Continue reading

Asia Tatler: Driving It Home

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Classic cars are not only sexier than stocks and shares, they’re the ultimate high performance investment. Continue reading

City AM Bespoke: Grace Over Fire

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The subtle Maserati Quattroporte GTS may hide its light under a bushel, but make no mistake; this is a four-door Ferrari. Adam Hay-Nicholls sweeps through France in the most aristocratic of super saloons. Continue reading

Asia Tatler: Dress Code

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Luxury fashion and accessories brands stand at the gates of a new era that’s going to change the way we shop and consume. Adam Hay-Nicholls investigates 3D printing and how it’s already part of our daily lives. Continue reading

City AM Bespoke: Polo with an Italian Stalion

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Where to take a thoroughbred Ferrari for a weekend? Ascot’s Coworth Park will stable your prancing horse. Continue reading

City AM Bespoke: Modern Elegance

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The Mall, leading up to Buckingham Palace, is no stranger to pomp and circumstance. On a weekday in September, to celebrate the opening of the St James’s Concours of Elegance, 61 of the world’s rarest and most desirable motors made their way around the Victoria Memorial and into the grounds of royal residence Marlborough House. Continue reading

City AM Bespoke: Perfect Gentleman

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It’s the tail-end of dusk in Devon and silence is broken. Thundering down the twisting A382 from Exeter to Chagford, an ancient tin-mining town set on the upper reaches of southern England’s most rugged terrain, Dartmoor, the Aston Martin darts into a private road. Its V12 echoes through a dark tunnel of trees, then skimming by millimeters the edges of a stone bridge as the supercar winds its way up to Gidleigh Park. Continue reading

Lotus Magazine: Miami City Guide

For a good time out on the town stick to the experts: the local girls.

Interviews by Adam Hay-Nicholls

Photography by Marlene Marino
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Tatler: Living in the Fast Lane

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They live their lives at 200mph, but do grand prix drivers still know how to have a good time? Continue reading

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Red Bulletin: Aces High

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Nick Heidfeld has zipped his jacket up to his nose. And he’s wearing sunglasses indoors. He doesn’t want to reveal anything. But he keeps thumbing the two cards he’s been dealt, reminding himself of his hand.

 

That probably means he’s got something. A flush maybe. So I fold. Fisichella does the same, and the pot belongs to Nick.

 

This is Formula One’s secret poker club. Most weekends the drivers will get together – sometimes back at the hotel, this time in the Energy Station’s VIP room – to play Texas Hold ‘Em. Continue reading

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