Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin is a brand of premium champagne. Founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot-Muiron, Veuve Clicquot played an important role in establishing champagne as a favored drink of haute bourgeoisie and nobility throughout Europe. The 1811 comet vintage of Veuve Clicquot is theorized to have been the first truly modern Champagne due to the advancements in the méthode champenoise which Veuve Clicquot pioneered through the technique of remuage.
Logical step that follows is the partnership of this esteemed brand and most appreciated brand in the automotive industry, Ferrari. Many don’t know that the Duchess d’Uzès, successor and great-granddaughter of Madame Clicquot Ponsardin, was the first licensed racing driver in France. Of course in Monte Carlo you will find both brand in abundance.
In Monte Carlo they announced a new global partnership. They have planed to collaborate on classic car events, racing spectacles, new model launches for Ferrari, and a variety of lifestyle events to follow. The design teams at Ferrari and Veuve also plan on innovating extraordinary and celebratory new creations.
“Veuve Clicquot is proud to become the event partner of Ferrari and is looking forwardto share its excellence and ‘Art de Vivre’ throughout worldwide events,” said Jean-Marc Lacave, President of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin. Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo, added that “Ferrari chooses its partners exclusively among leading companies, and Veuve Clicquot is with certainty a brand of excellence in the special Champagne World.”
2013 Cadillac ATS has been proclaimed as the top car in the class of 2013 entry-level luxury sedans by Total Car Score ( www.totalcarscore.com ), the most comprehensive automotive ranking and comparison website. Compared to BMW 3-Series and Infiniti G during the Total Car Score’s road test, 2013 Cadillac ATS came out as the winner in category luxury sedans. The complete review is now available on the Total Car Score site.
“After getting hands-on driving experience during the 2013 Cadillac ATS road test, and then driving it back-to-back against the BMW 335i and Infiniti G37 Sport, we find it to be the most compelling compact luxury sedan on the market right now, and one of the automotive stories to watch in the new class of vehicles coming to market,” said Karl Brauer, editor in chief of Total Car Score. “The [Cadillac] ATS has an overall edge versus the BMW 3-Series, and there is yet more distance between itself and other cars in the entry luxury segment.”
Brauer explained that the BMW 3-series still has a slight advantage over competitors in pure driving dynamics, including a capable suspension and highly intuitive steering feedback, while the Infiniti G is still very compelling in terms of performance, but it is dated with regard to interior design, styling and drivetrain refinement.
“However, the fact that the ATS has essentially matched the 3 Series dynamically, and is more compelling in terms of interior design, overall layout and technological interface, makes it feel like a more advanced car,” said Brauer. “The ATS’s 3.6-liter V-6 is attached to a brilliant transmission. It is exceptionally capable in its ability to downshift and upshift at precisely the right moment, even without driver input.”
The 2013 Cadillac ATS, which was unveiled on 27th July, during the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics, is now available for sale in the U.S.
Bentley is delighted to announce that its pen partner Tibaldi has recently won the Most Exciting Motorsport Pen at Pen World’s 17th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards.
(Press Release – Crewe, 21st July 2011) The Tibaldi for Bentley Mulsanne pen was chosen by readers because it was inspired by the roaring engines which are associated with the legendary straight and corner at the Le Mans circuit. The Readers’ Choice awards were presented in New York City and the complete list published in Pen World.
The Bentley Mulsanne embodies the challenges that honed the marque’s reputation. The flagship model reflects the masterpiece 1930 8-litre vehicle owned by W.O. Bentley himself. The 8-litre defines the heart and soul of the Mulsanne, which was designed, engineered and built entirely in the company’s headquarters in Crewe in a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. The Mulsanne is the pinnacle of Bentley motoring – like its ancestor, a true grand tourer.
As interpreted by Tibaldi, the Tibaldi for Bentley Mulsanne pens marry two traditions, two aesthetics. Now an established family of writing instruments for connoisseurs, the pens fashioned by the Italian maker for the world’s leading maker of luxury cars employ the proportions and patented technologies of Tibaldi, with the forms and details prescribed by the cars they honour.
Giuseppe Aquila, Tibaldi CEO, says: The greatest challenge when developing these extraordinary pens has been the production of the wood components, which were designed to match the interior of this outstanding new car.
To capture the essence of the Bentley Mulsanne, Tibaldi has fashioned a series of writing instruments that communicate the feel of the car in a piece of functional, hand-held sculpture. Fingers holding the Mulsanne will make contact with knurled bands, the surface matched on the pocket clip, echoing the design of Bentley switchgear. The pen is topped with a Bentley emblem which recalls the vehicle’s starter button. And every pen adheres to Tibaldi’s respect for the Divine Proportion, the ratio between the pen’s cap and the visible portion of the barrel when the pen is closed, equalling the ratio of 1.618.
Fashioned from precious metals, including versions in sterling silver and 18K rose gold, the Tibaldi for Bentley Mulsanne is unmistakably an accessory to a car handcrafted from the finest materials. The pen will be limited to 90 fountain pens and 90 roller balls per finish in the sterling silver version and 9 fountain pens and 9 roller balls per finish in the solid 18K rose gold version. This represents a significant anniversary for Bentley: 2009 marked 90 years since Walter Owen Bentley founded the company that bears his name.
There are three finishes with their caps and barrels accented in one of the three woods found in the cars themselves: Dark Stained Vavona, Burr Oak and Burr Walnut.
Tibaldi for Bentley Supersports: Stilo
Supersports Pen Joins the Continental Collection
Every Bentley car is a statement. With the Continental Supersports, Bentley shows that limitless performance, peerless comfort, and sublime elegance are compatible with a changing world. To define a supercar for the 21st century, embodying all of Bentley’s traditional values but honed to accommodate modern needs, the Continental Supersports’ designers exploited the limits of aerodynamics, employed radical new materials, banished excess weight, and adapted the powertrain to work with FlexFuel. The result has been described as the most extreme Bentley ever.
The Tibaldi for Bentley Supersports collection has its own tradition to follow, with every fountain pen and roller ball sharing materials and aesthetic details consistent with the vehicles they symbolise. Giuseppe Aquila, CEO of Tibaldi, says: The close collaboration between our engineers and Bentley’s design team of Robin Page, head of Interior Design, and Jonathan Punter, resulted in the creation of an outstanding pen, which encapsulates the features of Bentley’s most powerful car ever.
As interpreted by Tibaldi, the Tibaldi for Bentley Supersports pens lose nothing in translation. The series of writing instruments speaks in the design language of the vehicle itself. Each pen features Tibaldi’s unique pocket clip terminated in a rolling ball and, to extol its extreme functionality and purpose, Tibaldi’s designers turned to carbon fibre – the material most evocative of modern technology – with solid titanium trims. Materials such as these enable the Supersports to be both lighter and stronger.
Addressing the exclusivity of the actual car, the Tibaldi for Bentley Supersports will be limited to 630 fountain pens and 630 roller balls. The number of pieces manufactured corresponds with the horsepower of the actual Supersports car.
Tibaldi for Bentley Supersports: Roller
Tibaldi for Bentley: Mulsanne - Burr Oak Rose Gold Roller
Tibaldi for Bentley Mulsanne: Burr Oak Sterling Silver Stilo
Tibaldi for Bentley Mulsanne: Burr Oak Sterling Silver Roller
1964 Low Drag Lightweight E Type Jaguar
One of the most famous and enviable cars in automotive history, the Jaguar E-Type, this year celebrates the 50th anniversary. Back in 1964, a Low Drag lightweight Jaguar E-Type met with a crash at the Montlhery circuit in France. The crash took lives of the driver Peter Lindner, along with another driver and two marshals. When it crashed, the unique 1964 E-type Jaguar was so badly damaged that a complete restoration was thought to be impossible.
But, it has actually happened now, thanks to Peter Neumark, owner of Classic Motor Car business (CMC) in Bridgnorth. After 7,000 hours of restoration in Shropshire the covers have off what is probably the most valuable Jaguar E-Type ever, worth a cool £5 million ($8.2 million). The said Jaguar E-Type has now been restored to its former glory by using more than 90 per cent of the original parts. Neumark started the restoration process four years ago. This is one of the most major restorations ever to take place in the world. Many said that it could not be done but we have proved them wrong, he said.
Jeffery Deaver with Bentley Continental GT in Dubai(Press Release) – Bond is back, and as ever he is sporting the best in luxury cars. In the pages of Carte Blanche, the new James Bond book by international best-selling author Jeffery Deaver, the fictional British spy has continued with his classic preference of luxury sports car by selecting the breathtaking new Bentley Continental GT as his transport of choice.
Carte Blanche is due to be published by Hodder and Stoughton in the UK on May 26, a few days before the anniversary of Fleming’s birthday. It has been commissioned by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.
The book is partly set in Dubai, which is where the author and the new Bond car have been spotted, outside the InterContinental Hotel in Dubai Festival City. Bond’s new Continental GT certainly suits his character, with a fabled 6.0-litre, W12, twin-turbo engine capable of producing 567 bhp and 516 lb-ft of torque.
The new owner of a long-running classic car auction in northern Indiana considers its first edition of the traditional Labor Day weekend sale a success, a company spokeswoman said. Auctions America by RM bought the former Kruse Auction Park in Auburn in July and said more than 25,000 people attended the weekend event, during which sales topped $13 million.
Kerrey Kerr-Enskat, director of public relations for RM Auctions, said the company spent $1 million on improvements to the park. This year’s auction had a 51.5-percent sell-through rate, according to a news release. The top car was a rare 1934 Duesenberg Model JN that sold at auction for $962,500 to an anonymous telephone bidder. Second place went to a 1929 Duesenberg Model J 7-Passenger that sold for about $357,500.