October 20, 2014
A living legend, it’s a true privilege to have him participate in our exclusive “10 Questions” interview, complete with characteristic answers that are direct and succinct.
Where are you from and where do you now call home? Home is Juval Castle. (Editor: Perched above the Vinschgau Valley in South Tyrol in German-speaking northern Italy.)
June 22, 2014
This is the car that in 1954 led the pack in the legendary Mille Miglia, helped Ferrari dominate the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans, and obliterated the competition at the Silverstone Grand Prix.
Spellbound by its awesome power, the British, whose own Jaguar team – represented by human and mechanical legends Stirling Moss in a D-Type – was eaten alive by Ferrari, called the ferocious 4.9-liter car the “Fearsome Four-Nine.” The French press called it “Le Monstre” while everyone else just called it amazing!
Despite sophisticated technological advancements early that year by firms such as Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari decided to focus instead on raw, brute power and the resulting 375-Plus did not disappoint. It astounded the motoring...
May 12, 2014
Picture the scene: On a lonely English country lane in the early 1920s, a motorcycle is speeding along at 100mph, at that time a shocking velocity associated with science fiction rather than reality. The gleaming bike slows to a stop in front of its creator, George Brough. Brough (rhymes with “rough”) is pleased. He shakes the rider’s hand and both turn to admire what could be called the world’s first super bike: the Brough Superior flagship model SS-100 ("SS" for Super Sports and 100 for the speed it was guaranteed to reach).
George Brough, the son of William Brough, a respected English motorcycle manufacturer who himself produced...
April 9, 2014
The fact is while the Japanese have been at this for some time, the West – at large – is only now just realizing it. Call it recreating, replicating, resurrecting, reengineering or whatever you like, whether it’s selvedge blue jeans, aged whisky, horsehide motorcycle jackets or gourmet burgers, the Japanese are surpassing even the traditional “experts”.
Some say this eternal pursuit of excellence is ingrained in their...
March 22, 2014
So imagine our excitement when we hit the jackpot. It came in the form of James Dean’s amiable cousin Marcus, who runs the Fairmount Historical Museum in James’ hometown of Fairmount, Indiana.
Marcus and James were raised together in the same household so he’s a wealth of firsthand knowledge and just happens to have many of his cousin’s original clothes and shoes on hand. Because of Marcus, we confirmed the existence of a single hidden chest pocket and the true color of stripes in the Quarter Stripe Camera Shirt (red), and we were able to...