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The Rake: The proud father

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David Gandy grew up in what he calls a ‘Jag family’. Now he has a baby of his own: an XK120 Lightweight roadster, remade into the car of his dreams. Adam Hay-Nicholls joined him for a test-drive on the French Riviera.

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City A.M. Magazine: Dive and conquer

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In 2011, the US Navy sunk its own vessel off the coast of Grand Cayman to form an artificial reef. Adam Hay-Nicholls grabs his camera and descends into the depths in search of it.

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GQ: We drove a Superformance GT40 replica… and it was even better than the real thing

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Ahead of the release of Le Mans ’66, the tale of Ford versus Ferrari, GQ takes Christian Bale’s place aboard a ‘continuation’ GT40.

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Country Life: Flirting with danger

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Jumping off a bridge attached to untested elastic, riding down a mountain on a grand piano and crossing the English Channel suspended from a helium-filled kangaroo all sound like insane pastimes, but they’re all in a day’s work for the Dangerous Sports Club, reports Adam Hay-Nicholls Continue reading

Boisdale Life: The continuing classics

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At its old workshops in Newport Pagnell, Aston Martin has begun building new versions of a 1960s legend. Lucky blighter Adam Hay-Nicholls pays a visit, while taking a trio of vintage Aston beauties for a spin. Continue reading

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Tempus: Racing Red

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As Ferrari continues to dominate the luxury sports car arena, head of design Flavio Manzoni opens the doors to its spectacular dream factory in northern Italy. Words: Adam Hay-Nicholls Continue reading

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GQ: McLaren GT review – ‘We tried to imagine a McLaren for James Bond’

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McLaren’s GT is unique: a mid-engined supercar with space for skis, a set of golf clubs and a tuxedo. By Adam Hay-Nicholls

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City A.M. Magazine: By land and sea

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How a Lexus mid-life crises led to a £3m yacht and a car that outshines both Jaguar and Porsche. Words: Adam Hay-Nicholls. Continue reading

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City A.M. Magazine: Fill your Phukets

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It’s increasingly fashionable to hunt down your own ingredients, but as Adam Hay-Nicholls discovers in Thailand, foraging needed come at the expense of comfort. Continue reading

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City A.M. Magazine: Living La Dolce Vita

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Beachcombing Puglia in a retro-mod rental car, Adam Hay-Nicholls discovers La Dolce Vita for 300 Euros a day.

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City A.M. Magazine: German design, meets French roads

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From Calais to Paris to Provence, Adam Hay-Nicholls puts the new Audi R8 through its paces on some hair-raising ribbons of tarmac.

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City A.M.: Safari in Style

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Adam Hay-Nicholls takes a tour of South Africa’s finest luxury nature reserves. Continue reading

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The Official Ferrari Magazine: Speeding London

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From the early 1960s through to the mid-’70s a style revolution swept London. It was not restricted to fashion and the boutiques of the King’s Road – places like Mary Quant’s seminal shop ‘Bazaar’ – but also the tarmac itself. The automobile became a talisman of freedom, style and rebellion. And it was not limited to British cars – Ferrari also played a key role. Words: Adam Hay-Nicholls

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City A.M. Magazine: Merc’s Barmy Army

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In search of truffles, brandy, and a Roman Amphitheatre, Adam Hay-Nicholls takes the magnificent Mercedes G-Class on a winding road trip across Central Europe.

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Boisdale Life: Over Hill, Overfinch

IMG_7055.jpgIn darkest Exmoor, Adam Hay-Nicholls finds a pimped, £210,000 SUV to be the perfect ice-breaker with a publican yet to embrace electricity.

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The Sunday Telegraph: ‘A car this handsome needs a destination of aristocratic virtue’

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The Chilterns and Cotswolds give Adam Hay-Nicholls an ideal platform for the Bentley Continental GT, a car with all the qualities of a quintessentially British grand tourer.

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City A.M. Magazine: A Stallion in the Snow

29472081_10160179330525367_7512627387448540390_n.jpgThe Ferrari GTC4Lusso is a four-seater, all-wheel drive statesman that can still shred just about anything from the traffic lights. Adam Hay-Nicholls drives it through the Swiss Alps.

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City A.M. Magazine: Going to Ibiza?

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Once a renowned party island, Ibiza is enjoying a reputation overhaul. Nobu’s latest hotel opening is leading the charge. By Adam Hay-Nicholls.

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Country Life: On Duty At The Arcade

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On 20th March, London’s Burlington Arcade turns 200. Adam Hay-Nicholls goes undercover with its private police force, the Beadles.

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Country Life: Pole Cats

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Adam Hay-Nicholls goes sideways at speed in the sub-zero Swedish wilderness. Continue reading

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The Sunday Telegraph: Jurassic Parking

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I’m bombing across the chartreuse-coloured hills behind East Devon’s Jurassic Coast. My destination is the dining table of top chef Michael Caines and, as I like to match my vehicles with whatever’s in store for the knife and fork, I have chosen the Range Rover Velar for the journey: A luxurious status symbol steeped in country cred, but one which is silkily contemporary and reductionist from every angle.

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Pell-Mell & Woodcote: The Joy of the Journey

 

This year’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run again lived up to high expectations; broadcaster Alan Titchmarsh and writer Adam Hay-Nicholls – both Royal Automobile Club members – travelled with the Motoring Committee chairman in a 1903 Daimler.

Words by Adam Hay-Nicholls

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City A.M. Magazine: Boy Racer

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You can compete in a season of motor racing for the price of a golf club membership. Adam Hay-Nicholls gets behind the wheel of a Ginetta and realises a childhood dream.

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Country Life: Get Your Motor Running

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Cigars and brandy during pitstops may be a distant memory, but there are still those who pay for the privilege of being behind the wheel. Adam Hay-Nicholls joins the indulgent and hedonistic ranks of the gentleman racer.

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