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LAND ROVER × ARKONIK

A Slice of British Heritage: New Land Rover Defender Edition by Arkonik

This imposing 1991 Land Rover Defender has been revitalised with the craftsmanship and expertise that comes as standard from an Arkonik restoration. Stacked with overland accessories, and powered by an expertly refurbished V8 engine, the LOCH Edition is untroubled by anything the terrain throws at it. The formidable Epsom Green exterior honours the original Defender spirit, while signature detailing and a premium off-road pack ensures that you needn’t be landlocked if your adventurous spirit takes a hold.

1) Interior: Exmoor Trim® Brown leather trim | Modular heated front seats | Leather door cards | Front row loc-box (with 12V & USB) | 2 premium high-back heated centre row seats with loc-box (with 12V & USB) | 4 tip-up seats in load area | Black anodized alloy gear knobs & door furniture | Arkon X leather-rimmed steering wheel | Ice White LED lighting package | Alpine® premium sound system with Apple® CarPlay and reversing camera display | Air conditioning

2) Exterior: KAHN® Defend 1983 alloy wheels | BFGoodrich® AT KO2 tyres | Puma bonnet | LED headlights | WARN® Zeon 12-S winch with Plasma cord | Front bumper daytime running lights (DRLs) | Baja Designs® front spotlights | KBX® Signature grille & wing top vents | Raptor-coated A-bar and winch bumper | Satin Black chequer plate | Front Runner® roof rack with rear ladder and LED spotlights | Fire & Ice Ebony side steps | Premium off-road package inc. Terrafirma® suspension | NAS rear step (2″ receiver)

J.D. Power × Multimedia × Satisfaction Study

In-Car Multimedia Technology Still Vexes Vehicle Owners, but Some Automakers Showing Strong Improvement, J.D. Power Finds

In-car multimedia technology, perennially the leading source of complaints among new-vehicle owners, is still a sore spot for customer satisfaction, but is improving. According to the J.D. Power 2018 Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study,SM the number of reported problems with in-car audio, communication, entertainment and navigation (ACEN) technologies has decreased for a third consecutive year, with several technology standouts emerging among manufacturers.

The study measures the experiences and opinions of vehicle owners regarding the quality, design and features of their ACEN system in the first 90 days of ownership. Multimedia system quality is determined by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100), with a lower score reflecting higher quality.

Top-performing vehicles in each segment are as follows:

• Small Mass Market: Kia Rio

• Compact Mass Market: Kia Forte

• Midsize Mass Market: Ford Mustang

• Large Mass Market: Ford Taurus

• Small Premium: BMW 2 Series

• Compact Premium: Porsche 718

• Midsize Premium: Lincoln Continental

• Large Premium: BMW 7 Series

“In-car multimedia has been a problematic category for automakers for several years, as ever-more elaborate navigation, voice recognition and entertainment systems have proliferated in vehicles of every type,” said Brent Gruber, Senior Director, Automotive Quality Practice, J.D. Power. “While the area is still the leading cause of new-vehicle complaints—with voice recognition technology continuing to lead the way as the number one complaint for a sixth consecutive year—we are seeing some serious improvement across the board, with some manufacturers really raising the bar on delivering quality multimedia technology experiences for their customers.”

Data for the annual Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study is derived from each year’s J.D. Power Vehicle Quality Survey (VQS). The data is augmented with supplier sourcing information where available, which affords multimedia suppliers with a comprehensive view of the overall multimedia industry, as well as the performance of individual products and systems, and problems that owners experience.

J.D. Power is a global leader in consumer insights, advisory services and data and analytics. These capabilities enable J.D. Power to help its clients drive customer satisfaction, growth and profitability. Established in 1968, J.D. Power is headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., and has offices serving North/South America, Asia Pacific and Europe. J.D. Power is a portfolio company of XIO Group, a global alternative investments and private equity firm headquartered in London, and is led by its four founders: Athene Li, Joseph Pacini, Murphy Qiao and Carsten Geyer.

Fashion Week x Petersen Auto Museum

How LA Fashion Week & Petersen Automotive Museum’s Cool Lineup of Edgy Shows Are All the Rage

Los Angeles – PRNewswire – LA Fashion Week (LAFW) will be hosting its 2019 Spring/Summer runway presentations October 6th – 10th at the Petersen Auto Museum; one of the world’s premier museums and historical landmarks in Los Angeles. In partnership with LA Weekly, over 20 award-winning designers & artists from around the world will take to the stage to showcase their latest work at LAFW.

Praised for “raising awareness of cultural diversity and creativity in the United States, “the LA Fashion Week Team were recently recognized by the honorable Office of Michelle & Barak Obama.

“LA is experiencing a cultural renaissance and being noticed the world around. We’re excited to be driving force behind its development into the premier hub fashion, art, design, and entertainment,” says Arthur Chipman; Executive Producer At LA Fashion Week.

After kicking off a successful summer pre-show event with designers Escada and Porsche Design at the beautiful Petersen Auto Museum, many have flocked to join the latest season of shows on October 6-10th. With each installment, LAFW is building a stronger network of strategic brands and partnerships aimed at increasing the profile of West Coast Fashion. Like Cross Colours, the iconic 90’s hip-hop inspired brand founded by Carl Jones & TJ Walker who created the baggy jeans are making their official runway comeback. LA pioneer Bohemian Society, by Victor Wilde known for his theatrical shows. RSVisualThing by Radka Salcmanova known for her unhinged model presentations, and Vogue Magazines latest featured label Bomme Studio by designer Bo Matthews. Fabiana Milazzo, a high fashion designer from Brazil known for her beautiful gowns & adored by celebrities like Katie Holmes & Gisele Bundchen will be making her US Runway Debut this October. Also featured country Thailand, joins LAFW again with a cool streetwear contingent with ISSUE THAILAND, Q Design and Play, Iconic Official, & LaLaLove, + Rising Star in Thai inspired jewelry, SARRAN.

With innovative designers, influential guests, and over 2.5 billion digital impressions per season, LAFW is a high-caliber fashion platform. Proclaimed by Mayor Eric Garcetti & California State Senator Ben Allen as the Official Fashion Week for the City of Los Angeles.

Millennials at L.A.’s Auction House

*This original watercolor by Sam Francis will be among the coveted art to hit the block at L.A.’s Abell Auction Company on Sunday, Sept. 16 starting at 10 a.m. For a catalog, visit www.abell.com.

Did you know that more Americans relocate between May and September than at any other time of year? And, millennials are on the move! According to rent.com, some 43 percent are leaving their college cities or hometowns to live in more urban areas – mainly for a job, significant other or to try something new. (Blog- millennial generation on the move)

Whether they’re decorating their first apartment, cultivating a taste for modern art and design, or want to own something vintage, millennials are buying at auction to express themselves and live green! You’re invited to go “behind the block” at L.A.’s original and 102-year-old auction house – Abell Auction Company – when the next lot of collectibles, memorabilia and treasured belongings go up for sale on Sunday, September 16.

The live auction action begins 10 a.m., when it’s a race in real-time to see who will place the highest bid (in-person or online) for the items they love – ranging from fine art and 20th century design to classic cars. An auction preview runs Sept. 12-15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Abell gallery, 2613 Yates Ave. Visit www.abell.com or call 800.404.2235.

Head to Auction

Abell holds live gallery auctions every Thursday featuring 800-1,200 items from up to a dozen Southern California estates, making it one of the remaining weekly auction houses in the country. It also holds high-end quarterly live and online auctions on select Sundays.

Find What’s One-of-a Kind

Auction lots include furniture, artwork, and modern and vintage design that you won’t find anywhere else. From David Hockney painting to a Vasa “nest” of hexagonal colored acrylic tables to a Frank Gehry “Easy Edges” cardboard desk, the possibilities are endless.

Go Green

Buying at auction means buying “green.” You’ll be reusing an item, and in the process reducing waste and over-production.

It’s Not His Grandfather’s Auction House Anymore

Todd Schireson, 36, represents the third generation of his family to operate Abell Auction Company and can provide auction tips and trends for the younger generation, plus describe some of the most unique items to hit the block. He sometimes holds up pop-up displays at Venice Beach for millennials to preview popular auction items.

More About Abell Auction Company

Abell Auction Company, Los Angeles’ original and premier auction house, has been entrusted with fine estates and collections for over a century. It handles the treasured belongings of high-profile clients, including many legendary figures in Hollywood. Abell’s weekly and quarterly sales attract an international audience of in-person and online buyers. For more information, visit www.abell.com or call 323.724.8102. Connect with Abell: @abellauctionco for Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.

Speed Read: Supercars

Speed Read: Supercars will guide you through every aspect of these imagination-capturing, eye-widening, land-bound speed missiles.

When Lamborghini unleashed its Miura on an unsuspecting world in 1966, it set off a high-performance arms race that continues to this day. Ferrari, Maserati, Jaguar, Porsche, and Lotus all accepted the challenge. Over the following five decades, numerous others stepped up, including stalwarts like Aston Martin, BMW, and Audi, as well as small-volume specialists such as Koenigsegg, Pagani, Noble, and Spyker. The result is a veritable smorgasbord of blazingly fast and delicious-looking land missiles available to anyone with several hundred thousand dollars to spare.

Supercars are complex subjects that interest nearly all car enthusiasts. Every part of a supercar represents myriad decisions informed by engineering, aesthetics, human interface, and emotion. Speed Read: Supercars answers the hows and whys of these fantastic cars, offering an engaging review of history, engineering, design, key concepts, and key people.

About the Author

Basem Wasef’s fascination with all things automotive spans back to his childhood in London, where he was known to sing Happy Birthday to his extensive collection of Matchbox cars. Though his enthusiasm has taken him from the Arctic Circle to Modena in pursuit of extraordinary and exotic vehicles, he can’t imagine living anywhere but car-crazed Los Angeles, California.

The Quail 2018

The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering in Carmel, California.

Thank you for visiting INFINITI at The Quail 2018. We hope you enjoyed viewing the powerful 2018 Q60 RED SPORT 400, the beauty of the Q Inspiration Concept, and learning about the inspiration behind the INFINITI Prototype 10.

Explore our entire lineup of forward thinking vehicles at infinitiusa.com.

GRAND BASEL

Global debut of the ultimate show for automotive masterpieces

 

Grand Basel is the ultimate global show for automotive masterpieces, with the vision of ‘Celebrating Excellence in Motion’. The show is not just an exhibition, but a platform for automotive culture: a forum, a market place and a space for discussion. Its debut show in Basel marks the beginning of a global tour.

 

The show focuses on collectors’ pieces from the past and present, as well as on new cars of exceptional value and impeccable quality. The exhibition brings together a limited number of carefully-selected, top-of-the-range automobiles – not just the most dignified and luxurious classic cars, but also one-off contemporary editions and technically-advanced concept cars.

What makes Grand Basel unique is that these automotive masterpieces have been carefully selected with special consideration for each car’s cultural meaning, conceptual innovation, condition, provenance, rarity and value.

Grand Basel is also the world’s first and only show to present the automobile in contexts of art, design, architecture and lifestyle; bringing together significant automobiles in an unrivalled, pioneering setting. The show is a completely new approach to exhibiting, discussing and honoring the car.

A global show for a diverse audience

“Grand Basel presents international connoisseurs, experts and collectors with the epitome of automotive culture,” explained Global Director, Mark Backé. “It will appeal to a broad enthusiast audience interested in automobile aesthetics, technological sophistication, art and culture.”

As well as showcasing exclusive and rare cars of the highest calibre, Grand Basel presents cultural highlights and – at the inaugural show – even a world premiere.

While visiting the show, guests will also be able to appreciate the tension between architecture, design, art and the automobile in a range of special exhibitions. Several of these areas have been specially curated by members of the advisory board – a unique set of cultural connoisseurs who have helped to shape the direction of the inaugural Grand Basel.

With their input and support, Grand Basel is a truly open and connected show, relevant to the contemporary and the classic, the analogue and the digital.

Grand Basel in Basel

One of the special features at the first show in Basel will be six curated frames that display individual cars and associated objects, each chosen by a member of the advisory board. While the rest of the exhibits will represent a ‘hive mind’ of consideration, these six frames will showcase very personal interpretations of automotive culture.

The advisory board includes: contemporary artist, Sylvie Fleury; renowned creative entrepreneur and founder of Garage Italia, Lapo Elkann; founder of the Goodbrands Institute for Automotive Culture and chairman of Grand Basel’s advisory board, Prof. Paolo Tumminelli; cultural commentator and author, Stephen Bayley; design theoretician, Prof. Dr. Michael Erlhoff; and world-renowned ‘car designer of the century’ Giorgetto Giugiaro.

“It is no coincidence that for Grand Basel’s debut show in Basel, we have an advisory board made up of leading European voices on the automobile, art and architecture,” explained Mark Backé. “Each Grand Basel will be uniquely relevant to the region where it is taking place, and so for our future shows in the North America and Asia, you may see different perspectives and personalities shaping the presentation.”

The show’s exhibits are carefully selected to just 113 cars, spread over a total show space of 32,000 square metres. A separate ‘Collectors Lounge’ displays a selection of 8 vehicles, set over 7,000 square metres. Exceptional cars have travelled to the show from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, the UK, Italy and the USA, and are being exhibited not just by dealers, but by private collectors, museums, manufacturers and coachbuilders.

Exhibition inspired by architecture

Grand Basel’s show style is a bold deviation from the often-nostalgic ambience of established car events. It has a striking, homogenous design, inspired by contemporary architecture. This chosen structure allows exhibits to be presented and admired in a surrounding reminiscent of modern museums, with exceptional automobiles shown in ‘frames’, honouring these cars as the masterpieces they are.

Grand Basel’s world tour

The format of Grand Basel was conceived so that presentation of the show in various locations around the world is part of the agenda. The automobile influences – and is influenced by – society and culture in every part of the globe, and so the discussions at Grand Basel will always have relevance.

The inaugural Grand Basel show in Basel takes place from 6 to 9 September 2018. It is the prelude to a global tour, with a future show in Miami Beach already in development. Every show will have a distinct identity, with the Grand Basel team setting regional and national priorities, and continually reviewing and refining their intercultural aspirations.

 

About Grand Basel

Grand Basel is the ultimate show for automotive masterpieces. Showcasing a top-of-the-range selection of cars from the past, present and future, Grand Basel is the first and only show to present the automobile in the cultural context of art, design, architecture and lifestyle.

Grand Basel addresses a discerning audience of collectors, restoration and conservation experts, dealers, manufacturers and connoisseurs, offering a global platform for exchange. The show is being organised by the MCH Group, a leading international live-marketing company headquartered in Basel, which is also responsible for Art Basel. Following its premiere in Basel in September 2018, further shows in other parts of the world are being planned.

www.grandbasel.com

ROLEX × 1953 LANCIA AURELIA

ROLEX CIRCLE OF CHAMPIONS WELCOMES

1953 LANCIA AURELIA PF200C SPIDER

Fast Facts From The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering:

• 1953 Lancia Aurelia PF200C, owned by Anne Brockinton Lee of Nevada, won “Best of Show”.

• Brockinton Lee was awarded a Rolex steel and Everose Datejust 41.

• Throughout the show, guests were treated to a roster of programmatic events including the Fireside Chat Series headlined by road racing legend, winemaker and Rolex testimonee, Scott Pruett.

• Spirit of the Quail award went to Dean Lanzante for his 1979 Volkswagen Tamiya Sand Scorcher.

• The Octane Choice Award went to The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie for his 1958 Ferrari 250 Testarossa.

• The FIVA Award went to Eric Breslow for his 1970 Datsun 240Z.

• Awards were presented in 14 categories.

• Rolex Testimonee and three-time FIA Formula 1® Drivers’ World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart said: “While celebrating the rich history of the automobile, every year The Quail offers something new and exciting.Seeing these wonderful cars and hearing their unique stories always gives me a sense of nostalgia and allows me to reflect on my journey, especially this year as I celebrate 50 years with Rolex. Cars and watches go hand in hand and both have played – and continue to play – an incredibly important part in my life.”

• 6,000 people, 235 cars attended the annual motoring celebration.

• Featured themes for 2018 included:

◦  50th Anniversary of the Espada & Islero

◦  70 Years of the Iconic Porsche 356

◦  The Alois Ruf Reunion

◦  The Great Lancias

ABOUT ROLEX

Rolex, a Swiss watch manufacture headquartered in Geneva, is recognized the world over for its expertise and the quality of its products. Its Oyster and Cellini watches, all certified as Superlative Chronometers for their precision, performance and reliability, are symbols of excellence, elegance and prestige. Founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905, the brand pioneered the development of the wristwatch and is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism invented in 1931. Rolex has registered over 400 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces in-house all the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Through philanthropic programmes and a broad palette of sponsorship activities, Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, sports and exploration, and encourages the spirit of enterprise, as well as the conservation of natural environments.

ROLLS-ROYCE × MICHAEL FUX

Today at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars marked a very special delivery to car collector Michael Fux. With the arrival of his tenth Bespoke commission in as many years, Mr. Fux added another Bespoke color to his personal collection. His Rolls-Royce ‘Phantom in Fuxia’ was unveiled by Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars during the Monterey Car Week festivities. The Phantom Extended Wheelbase with a stunning exterior Fux Intense Fuxia Pearl, marked the seventh unique color named and reserved exclusively for Mr. Fux.

The Intense Fuxia Pearl exterior finish features a special pearl paint mixed with flakes of Fux Fuxia in seven layers, hand polished to a deep lustrous sheen with a glimmer of bright ‘Fuxia’. The interior of the Phantom Extended Wheelbase is trimmed is Fuxia and Arctic White trim making the ultra-luxurious individual seating configuration lavish and bright. The front compartment features an all-new Gallery, ‘Regatta Sails’ done in Bespoke Fuxia.

Mr. Fux’s Rolls-Royces are the highlight of his collection including over 140 of the world’s most unique and colorful motor cars. Arriving in the United States as a Cuban immigrant as a child, Mr. Fux built a series of successful businesses in the bedding and linen industry. Today, he strives to give something back to the communities he has worked in. Since establishing the Michael Fux foundation in 2006, he has donated millions of dollars to enrich the lives of children stricken with serious illnesses. In addition to building the Fux Family Center at the Miami Children’s hospital, Mr. Fux and his wife Gloria hold multiple events each year to sustain the center and entertain the children. The colorful collection of cars are used at fundraisers to raise money to benefit the needy.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has dozens of colors reserved for numerous clients around the globe. Among the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars he has commissioned, Mr. Fux ‘owns’ nine Bespoke colors, more than any other patron of the brand.  These colors can only by used by or with the permission of the client.

·       Fux Fuxia Pearl (Phantom)

·       Fux Fuxia (Dawn)

·       Fux Blue Candy (Dawn)

·       Fux Intense Jade Pearl (Phantom)

·       Fux Aequus Green Jade Pearl (Wraith)

·       Fux White (Ghost)

·       Fux Purple Candy (Phantom Drophead Coupe)

·       Fux Red Candy (Phantom Drophead Coupe)

·       Fux Yellow (Phantom Drophead Coupe)

Every day Rolls-Royce’s craftspeople and designers create unique, one-of-kind Bespoke commissions. A Bespoke color is only one of the many hundreds of features offered in Goodwood, Home of Rolls-Royce.

New Chapter of WeRace Comic

We Race Comic – Episode 1: the future of racing is here

Transformation is part of history. Mankind is looking to the future. In the race towards tomorrow, the biggest challenge is to find one’s role in an ever- changing world.

It’s 2095. The introduction of the self-driving car has revolutionised the world of racing, but the debut of a new team is fraught with difficulty as it deals with demanding circuits, extreme race conditions and cars out of the pages of a science fiction story…Formula Warp is an unforgettable experience, pushing beyond the limits of human endeavour.

About We Race Comic

Scuderia Ferrari has produced the We Race Comic in collaboration with Giulio Gualtieri, a screenwriter and editor in chief who has worked on many major projects. The We Race Comic comic strip stems from a combination of passion for racing and the world of comics.

In the possibly not too far off future, it tells the story of a passion that spans several eras, without being bound by any limits: because the world can change, but feelings remain the same.

Now you can take a look at a new episode online