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How to Buy a Truck You’ll Cherish for Years

If you’re ready to finally pull the trigger and buy a new truck, it can be difficult to know where to start. On the one hand, buying a new vehicle is always exciting. However, you also need to be conscious of your budget and long-term satisfaction with the vehicle. 

Buying a new car is a big investment. Don’t rush your decision and end up making a mistake you’ll regret for years to come. We want to help.

Keep reading for our top tips on how to buy a truck you’ll love now and in the future. 

Figure Out Your Finances

One of the most important things to do before making a big investment is to take an objective look at your finances. How much can you afford to make on monthly truck payments?

Your budget needs to include other costs associated with buying a new truck. For example:

  • Sales tax
  • Auto insurance
  • Registration fees
  • Fuel costs
  • Regular maintenance and repairs

We also recommend getting pre-approved for an auto loan to make sure you’re eligible for the price range you’re shopping under. If your pre-approval comes up short, you may want to spend a few months improving your credit score.

Save for a Down Payment

One of the best ways to get approved for a larger loan with lower interest rates is by putting money down on your new truck. This is one of the most important steps of learning how to buy a truck the right way. The difference of a single percentile on your interest can account for thousands of dollars over the life of the loan.

Determine the Type of Truck You Want

When buying a new truck, you also need to take a little time to figure out what types of trucks are best for your lifestyle. For example, if you’re planning on using the truck as your primary means of transportation to and from work in the city, you’ll want something with excellent fuel efficiency. 

Alternatively, if you’re planning on using the truck for outdoor recreation activities like hunting, fishing, hiking, and camping, you’ll want something a little more rugged. You will undoubtedly need a four-wheel-drive vehicle. 

Finally, consider hauling and towing capacities. Will the truck be towing a camper, boat, or trailer?

Decide What Features Are Important to You

Learning how to buy a truck that’s perfect for you means prioritizing your wants and needs. For example, do you want all the bells and whistles of high-end luxury models? These include things like smart entertainment systems, top-notch speakers, heated and cooled seats, advanced driver features, and more.

These models are more expensive but provide much more comfort, luxury, and convenience. 

Do Your Homework

Before buying a new truck, it’s vital to do a little digging. Lookup vehicle ratings and reviews.

Look at professional safety ratings from certified organizations. However, you should also see what other drivers have to say about the vehicle. Find customer reviews and testimonials from people who have the same truck you’re considering buying. 

For reference, check out this review on the Chevy Silverado.

Decide if You Want to Buy New or Used

Another important step in the truck buying guide is deciding if you want to buy a new or used pickup. There are pros and cons to both sides of the argument. 

New

Buying a brand new pickup means you’re getting a vehicle with no previous owners. It also comes with manufacturer warranties that will last up to 60,000 miles or five years. However, brand new trucks are much more expensive and can lose as much as 30% of their value in the first year.

Used

Alternatively, buying a used truck most likely means forgoing any warranties. Additionally, you’ll need to make sure you’re buying from a credible seller to avoid buying a truck with pre-existing issues. However, buying used may save you thousands of dollars and grant you access to high-end models you may not have been able to afford new.

Certified Pre-Owned

Finally, there’s a happy medium between the two options. CPOs are slightly used vehicles that have been refurbished to like-new condition. They’re more expensive than traditional used vehicles but are given new warranties. 

Get the Vehicle History Report

Learning how to buy a truck used means getting your hands on the vehicle history report. This is especially important when buying from a private seller. The vehicle history report records vital information about the truck’s past, such as:

  • Number of previous owners
  • Locations of registration
  • Accident/repair history
  • Maintenance history
  • Factory recalls
  • Commercial history (used in a commercial fleet for rent or lease)

Technology has made tracking a vehicle’s history easier than ever. As such, it’s now virtually risk-free to buy a vehicle with s solid history report.

Take the Truck on a Test Drive

Last but not least, when buying a new truck, make sure you test drive it before you make any final decisions. For all you know, you may not even enjoy driving the model you’ve picked out. Make sure the truck feels intuitive, responsive, and easy to handle. 

Depending on the type of truck and what you’ll be using it for, you may want one that produces minimal engine noise and road noise. If the vehicle is used, make sure all the instrument panels, driver features, entertainment equipment, and other electronics work properly. 

Regardless of the temperature outside, ensure both the heating and the air conditioning work, as well. Have someone stand outside and check the brake lights, headlights, brights, turn signals, etc.

If you feel it necessary, consider taking the truck to a trusted mechanic for a full inspection. 

Looking for More Tips on How to Buy a Truck?

We hope our list helps you find the best pickup truck you’ll cherish for years to come. And remember, if you can’t afford the truck you want now, save up for a few months to make your dream a reality. Patience pays off. 

And if you’re looking for more tips on how to buy a truck and other auto-related news, be sure to check out some of our other articles before you go. We have an entire section dedicated to the auto industry for people just like you.

Rolls-Royce Holiday Gift Guide 2020

As we wind down 2020, a year that most would rather forget, Rolls-Royce would like to celebrate with a few little (& big!) luxuries that you can gift to even the most discerning Rolls-Royce enthusiast. We have curated a selection of some of the favorite accessories that you can give to compliment your favorite Dawn, Wraith or Phantom!

Gifts are available through your local Rolls-Royce dealership and additional details are available online.

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CHAMPAGNE CHEST

Enhance any occasion with the Rolls-Royce Champagne Chest, crafted by artisans to the highest standard of elegance and luxury. The chest effortlessly opens at the push of a button to reveal a perfectly appointed champagne set, worthy of the world’s finest automotive marque. The hand-polished aluminum chassis is swathed in Natural Grain leather and flanked by exquisite wood – materials most found in Rolls-Royce motor cars.

From thermal coolers cradled in leather hammocks to the four hand-blown crystal champagne flutes arranged to evoke memories of a V12 engine, this is Rolls-Royce down to the finest detail. Each item has been carefully selected to enhance your enjoyment – from the highly effective thermal flask to keep your champagne chilled, to the delicate mother of pearl caviar spoons. The Champagne Chest can also be personalized to match the interior of your Rolls-Royce motor car.

This Bespoke creation includes removable serving tray, champagne bottle thermal flask, two thermal caviar bowls and four hand-blown champagne flutes all with a leather carrying sleeve.

PICNIC HAMPER

Making entertaining as pleasurable as driving, the Rolls-Royce Picnic Hamper embodies the golden age of picnicking, when the picnic was an occasion to be savored. The Picnic Hamper welcomes and entices social delight.

Including lead crystal wine glasses, Wedgwood crockery and handmade stainless-steel cutlery, the Picnic Hamper is handcrafted from oiled teak, saddle leather and polished aluminum and features everything essential for the finest picnic for four people.

CULLINAN VIEWING SUITE

Desert sands. Mountain slopes. Rugged river valleys. No frontier is out of bounds to Cullinan. Dare to discover. To embody the essence of the past’s great adventurers. Then open out your Viewing Suite at the touch of a button, and survey just how far you have come. Sociably angled beside a cocktail table and finished in exquisite leather, the bespoke Cullinan Viewing Suite gives you the finest vantage point, anywhere and everywhere.

REPLICA MODEL CAR – PHANTOM

Just as your Rolls-Royce Phantom has a unique and iconic presence,
so too do our elegant 1:8 scale models of the range invoke an unmistakable aura. Assembled with thousands of minute components, this Rolls-Royce Phantom is the pinnacle of model reproduction.

The result of years of development – with the designers and engineers
of our motor cars assisting in its creation – it captures the perfectionism of the marque in miniature form.

Hand-finished with the same paint that adorns your own Rolls-Royce Phantom, each model undergoes a scrupulous inspection to ensure
superior standards. Only then may it qualify for the iconic Rolls-Royce badge.

Choose a replica of your bespoke Rolls-Royce Phantom – or opt for an alternative specification. Either way, the range of 1:8 scale models offers a symbolic enhancement of your Rolls-Royce collection.

REPLICA MODEL CAR – CULLINAN

An authentic 1:8 scale replica of a full-sized Cullinan, in which every detail is reproduced with absolute perfection, can now be enjoyed by clients around the world, in the comfort of their own home.

Far more than a mere model, each miniature Cullinan is individually and painstakingly crafted by hand, to the client’s specification, from over 1,000 individual components. This process can take up to 450 hours – over half of the time required to build a full-sized Cullinan at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex.

The replica is hand-painted using Rolls-Royce color-matched paint, then hand-polished to the marque’s exacting specification; the coachline is even applied using a fine brush, just as it is on the original. The fully functioning exterior lights are operated by a Cullinan-branded remote control; under the bonnet is a perfect likeness of the ‎iconic 6.75-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine. From the headrest embroidery and wood finishes to seat piping and stitching, these Bespoke creations allow clients to recreate their full-size vehicle with astonishing accuracy, or even envision a future Cullinan to add to their collection.

KINETIC LUGGAGE COLLECTION

An expression of powerful purpose. Alluring in its architecture, the collection suits those who hold an undeniable energy. Determined, yet dynamic. Travelling should be an exciting endeavor, right down to your choice of luggage. From observing the techniques of the Head Butler at a prestigious London hotel, the Goodwood Design Team have created a luggage concept for those who seek to travel in style. Innovative engineering meets exquisite craftsmanship and an elegant aesthetic.

The six-piece collection, including two Grand Tourers, three Long weekenders and a Garment Carrier, has been designed to fit perfectly into the luggage compartment of your Rolls-Royce Wraith. The striking two-tone styling of the leather and stitching can be personalized, giving you opportunity to choose from a selection of available colors, or your favorite colors if you prefer. The Spirit of Ecstasy adorns each piece as a token reminder of the Rolls-Royce tradition: taking the best that exists and making it better.

A carbon fiber and high-grade aluminum frame makes the Grand Tourer effortless to maneuver, while also providing your belongings with superior protection. The uniquely designed wheel holds true to the smooth handling of your motor car and feature a self-levelling central monogram.

Practical and lightweight, the Long Weekender is an ideal accessory for any journey. The piece features a unique magnetic zip that keeps your belongings safe and secure, as well as distinctively crafted handles to ensure maximum comfort when carried. Lastly, the Garment Carrier keeps your formal attire in pristine condition throughout your journey.

ESCAPISM LUGGAGE COLLECTION

Capturing the essence of the wandering spirit, Rolls-Royce presents the Escapism Luggage Collection. The essential luggage range for those who travel for enriching experiences and spontaneous moments of discovery.

Crafted from exquisite leather and durable canvas. This essential range of pieces is beautiful in form, yet relaxed and contemporary. Choose from several curated color ways or for the ultimate bespoke interpretation of your personality choose from ten leather colors and eleven fabric hues.

The luggage can be purchased as a full four piece set or as individual bags. Capturing the essence of the wandering spirit, Rolls-Royce presents the Escapism Luggage Collection. The essential luggage range for those who travel for enriching experiences and spontaneous moments of discovery.

Crafted from exquisite leather and durable canvas. This essential range of pieces is beautiful in form, yet relaxed and contemporary. Choose from several curated color ways or for the ultimate bespoke interpretation of your personality choose from ten leather colors and eleven fabric hues.

The luggage can be purchased as a full four piece set or as individual bags.

DAWN AERO COWLING, THE TONNEAU COVER

Dawn Aero Cowling, the Tonneau Cover, blends form with function and exquisite materials to expose another side to the character of Dawn. The elegant sweeping line of the twin leather trimmed cowls flows from the front seats into the rear deck adding dynamism and motion to the cars profile. Fitment of the unit visibly transforms this most elegant of four seat convertibles, evoking the indulgent spirit of the classic two-seater roadster.

The beauty of the Aero Cowling Tonneau Cover is not only aesthetic. Milled aluminum webbing underpins the flawless carbon fiber structure. This is then trimmed in the finest natural grain leather matching the main interior color.

The aerodynamically sculpted cowls are designed to manage airflow and ensure a calm and unruffled environment for front seat occupants at speed. The twin cowls also feature separately lockable storage compartments for quick accessibility.

The function of the soft-top is unaffected by fitment of the unit and the roof can be raised and lowered as normal with it in place. Easily removed if desired, when off the car the unit can be stored in the supplied storage bag to protect it from dirt and dust.

ROLLS-ROYCE UMBRELLAS

The iconic Rolls-Royce umbrella has been reimagined with striking colors. Finished with a polished color-tone handle and detailed with our famous Rolls-Royce monogram, it makes for the ultimate everyday accessory

PARASOLS

Comprising an ivory cotton twill canopy with contrasting taupe edging, these beautifully hand-crafted parasols protect you from the sun while offering a touch of elegance to any occasion.

ROLLS-ROYCE PURE WOOL LAP BLANKET

Whether you are sharing a cool evening sunset from your Rolls-Royce Event Seats or just out for an evening open top drive in your Roll-Royce Dawn, our pure wool lap blanket is crafted to make your experience effortless and comfortable.  Offered in a variety of designs and crafted of 100% pure wool, the blanket is a perfect accessory for any occasion

ROLLS-ROYCE LIMITED EDITION TITANIUM LICENSE PLATE FRAME

Few things are exclusive as a Rolls-Royce. This exclusivity demands accessories equally unique and well crafted. Limited to just 40 pieces, a North American exclusive, Solid Titanium Billet License Plate Frame is crafted for only our most discerning owners who demand only the best in everything. Each Limited Edition Titanium License Plate Frame is laser etched with “Rolls-Royce Motor Cars” on the bottom of the slim line frame. Its exclusive nature is further enhanced with “One of Forty” laser etched on the reverse.

DAWN WIND DEFLECTOR

Designed to perfectly complement the Dawn’s elegant silhouette, the Wind Deflector is manufactured using ultra-modern magnesium casting technology for the best possible blend of light weight and strength.

When fitted, it significantly reduces turbulence within the front passenger compartment while driving with the convertible roof open. This creates a more relaxed, unruffled experience and makes conversation easier when travelling at speed.

The wind deflector can be left in place while the convertible roof is closed, or, when not fitted the innovative smart folding mechanism allows the super lightweight unit to be packed into its rotective bag for effortless storage in the luggage compartment.

PICNIC HAMPER

CULLINAN VIEWING SUITE

CULLINAN RECREATION MODULE

Bugatti Baby II

The Bugatti Owners’ Club and The Little Car Company announced a new partnership Wednesday following the release of The Little Car Company’s Bugatti Baby II.

With this partnership, the Bugatti Owners’ Club gives its stamp of approval to the Bugatti Baby II, giving it certified status and hopefully building the foundation for a long and successful relationship.

Based at the Prescott Hill Climb in the UK, the Bugatti Owners’ Club was founded in 1929 and has more than 2,000 members.  It is the oldest club for the marque in the world.

This partnership will allow members of the two organizations to connect and share their passions for cars, design and engineering. It will also offer the chance for members to get together at events at the Bugatti Owners’ Club clubhouse.

The Bugatti Baby II is a remastering of the original Bugatti Baby. It preserves the history of Bugatti while also inspiring a new generation of Bugatti fans and enthusiasts.

Gemma Price, the general manager of the Bugatti Owners’ Club said she is delighted to work with The Little Car Company.

“We are looking forward to working with The Little Car Company closely and developing a strong partnership centered around the excellence of Ettore Bugatti’s design and engineering prowess that has proven to be visionary and timeless throughout the decades,” Price said. “This has been exceptionally captured and reimagined with the Bugatti Baby II and we look forward to celebrating this common affection through the development of the association of our two organizations.”

The first Bugatti Baby was created in 1926. Ettore Bugatti and his son decided to build a half-scale version of he Type 35 for Ettore’s youngest son’s fourth birthday. It was expected to be a one-off, but it received positive feedback, so the car went into production. 500 units were made between 1927 and 1936.

The Bugatti Baby II is based on a digital 3D scan of a Lyon GP car, so the handling is authentic. The handling can be adjusted because of adjustable dampers, which you can see an example of by clicking right here.

It also has replicas of the original Type 35’s instruments but with modern practicality. The fuel pressure gauge is now a battery gauge. Also, the oil gauge has been transitioned to a power gauge, which is a nod to the Bugatti Veyron.

It is also 75% scale of the Type 35 and can go from zero to 60 kph in six seconds, depending upon the weight of the driver. It tops out at 70 kph, and only 500 will be made.

Ben Hedley, CEO of The Little Car Company, said the Bugatti Owners’ Club has been incredibly supportive in the process.

“As custodians of Ettore Bugatti’s legacy we knew their approval would always be the hardest to earn, a remarkable undertaking that we are incredibly proud to have achieved. We are honoured that with this partnership we are able to help ensure that the extraordinary craftsmanship of Ettore lives on to be enjoyed for the generations to come,” Hedley said.

For more information, you can click right here.

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Does Car Insurance Cover Hail Damage to My Car?

On average, the cost of repair for hail damage to a car is about $2,500

If you recently had a bad storm that damaged your car, you might not have the money to repair the car, especially if you weren’t expecting that extra cost. 

However, in some cases, you could turn to your insurance to help you out. But when does that work? We’ll break down everything you need to know, so make sure you keep reading!

Your Coverage

Before you can submit a claim for the insurance company to cover your hail damage, you’ll need to check your insurance policy first to figure out if you have a hail damage claim.

If you only have liability coverage, then you’re not covered for hail damage. Liability coverage will only protect you if you cause damage to someone else’s vehicle in an accident. 

However, if you have comprehensive coverage, you might be able to submit a claim. This will let you submit a claim to have any damage to your car paid for. This includes things like an animal damaging your car, a tree falling on it, glass shattering, or hail damage. 

If you know that there is a big storm coming, you may not be able to automatically sign up for comprehensive insurance. Insurance companies normally put a hold on when you can sign up so that you don’t do it just for catastrophic events. This is why you should have insurance at all times. 

The Deductible

If you have comprehensive insurance, you’ll likely also have a deductible. This is the amount you’ll have to pay out of your own pocket before the insurance steps in and covers some of it. 

If you have a higher deductible, you might also have a lower premium, so consider that if you’re new to signing up for comprehensive insurance. 

However, if you live in an area where hail storms happen often, you’ll have to figure out whether you can afford the out-of-pocket deductible if you need to submit a claim. 

In some instances, the insurance company might waive the deductible if it affects the glass of your car. 

Your Premium

Whenever you make a claim, it gets added to your insurance record. Every time you submit a claim, it could end up affecting what you pay for car insurance, but that’s only if you submit a lot of claims over a short period of time.

Deciding to file a claim will depend on how much damage you have. If the damage isn’t that bad, it might save you money, in the long run, to just pay for it yourself. However, if your car is going to have thousands of dollars in hail damage and you don’t have the money to pay for it, it might be better to risk the higher premium later on.

How to File a Claim

If you decide that you do want to file a claim for hail damage to car, you should do it as soon as possible. 

You’ll do it the same way that you’ve filed other claims for your car before. Contact the insurance company either on the phone or online. You should do it as soon as the storm is gone.

If it’s a large storm, your neighbors in the area will likely be doing the same thing, so you want to make sure you try and get in as soon as possible to avoid waiting for hours to reach someone. 

Once you actually get to file the claim, the insurance company will send a claims adjuster to look at the damage and figure out how much they will pay you to fix the hail damage. 

How to Fix the Damage

Whether the insurance company decides to help you or not, you’ll still need to then fix the damages. 

If your car is already paid for and the damage isn’t too bad, you could decide to just leave the dents. But if you still have a loan on the car, you’ll need to find someone to repair it. 

For those who did file a claim, the claim adjuster will help you find an auto body shop and get an estimate for the repair. For those who didn’t have the insurance to cover it, you can find your own auto body shop and get quotes on your own.

If you’re going to do that, make sure you shop around so that you can find the best deal possible. 

How to Protect it in the Future

To avoid all of this in the future, you’ll also have to figure out how to protect your car from future hail storms.

If you live somewhere that constantly has hail storms, you should look into preventative measures. Some of them include just buying a car cover to prevent hail damage that you can keep in the back of your trunk. If a hail storm pops up, you can easily pull over and cover your car to help reduce the impact from the hail.

Weather apps can also be useful and send you alerts when a storm is about to pop up. If you have enough time, you should try and find a garage or a covered area to help stop the hail from damaging your car. 

Learn More About Hail Damage to a Car

These are only a few things to know about hail damage to a car, but there are many more tips on how to get it fixed.

We know that dealing with car problems of any kind are a nuisance and can be stressful, especially if you don’t know how to solve it. That’s why we’re here to help you!

If you enjoyed this article, make sure that you explore our website to find more articles just like this one!

Lewis Hamilton illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 Magazine

Lewis Hamilton sets record with 92nd career win

Lewis Hamilton took pole position in career victories after securing his 92nd career win at the 2020 Portuguese Grand Prix on October 25, 2020. The record haul puts him one win above one of the sport’s all-time greats, Michael Schumacher. Data presented by Safebettingsites.com takes a look at a list of Hamilton’s major accomplishments and milestones in what is already an illustrious career.

Lewis Hamilton’s father, Anthony Hamilton, dedicated an emotional tribute to his son after Lewis Hamilton recently won the championship. The video was released by Formula 1 here.

Hamilton Breaks Schumacher’s Unbeatable Record

When Michael Schumacher broke the record for career wins and then eventually set the bar at 91 total victories, many thought the record will never be broken, or at least not for some time. Yet, less than 15 years later Hamilton has taken the top step of the podium from Schumacher and looks well underway to breaking the once unfathomable century mark.

The setting for the milestone was Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal. The track does not normally feature in the F1 calendar with the last f1 race held in 1996. But with the COVID-19 pandemic throwing chaos in the F1 racing calendar, officials decided to add the track to maximise the number of races for the season.

Hamilton Breaking Records Since He Was A Rookie Driver

Lewis Hamilton made his debut in 2007 and showed his potential early on with what is considered to be the best rookie season in Formula 1 history. His debut season saw him break several records on his way to losing the world championship by merely a point. As of writing, Hamilton still holds the record for; most debut season victories(4), most debut season pole positions (6), and most points in a debut season (109). In setting all these records he became the youngest driver to lead the world championship at 22 years old, a record he still currently holds.

Lewis Hamilton A Career Full Of Superlatives

After a scintillating start to his F1 career, Hamilton has gone from strength to strength and has set many other records along the way to breaking Schumacher’s record. As of writing, Hamilton leads in the following categories; most pole positions (97), most podium finishes (161), most wins from pole position (57) and most podium finishes in a season (10) just to name a few.

These are just a few from a myriad of milestones Hamilton has set in his quest to become Formula 1’s  Greatest of All Time.

You can read more about the story with more statistics and information at: https://www.safebettingsites.com/blog/2020/10/28/lewis-hamilton-sets-record-with-92nd-career-win-a-breakdown-of-hamiltons-milestones/

Kaelen Felix illustrates motorcycle article for 360 magazine

Motorcycles, Mates × Memories

Author Bill Snelling is set to release a telling autobiography about his life in the world of motorcycle sports. Set to release on January 19, 2021, this is a book to add to your New Year’s reading list.

The book tells of motorcycling social history, as seen from the saddle. Snelling creates an entertaining autobiography, recounting a lifetime spent at the heart of British motorcycle sport, and living on the Isle of Man.

Throughout the book, Snelling reflects on his lifetime passion for two-wheeling in an entertaining, motorcycle-themed memoir. He recalls the decades of motorcycling mayhem, mud and madness that have characterized his 70-odd years living the dream. From his early days at Arthur Lavington’s Velo shop to pounding the long-distance trials and the many race circuits he has ridden, his new book covers it all. 

Bill admits he was better off-road than on tarmac, but he did win one race! He went on to work for Motorcycle Sport magazine, and as a dispatch rider, before moving permanently to the Isle of Man.

His book includes memories from a lifetime spent in the world of motorcycles and racing as well as a personal account of the golden years of the Tourist Trophy races. Also included are original photos from the TT archives that capture the thrill of the races. 

Author Bill Snelling is set to release a telling autobiography about his life in the world of motorcycle sports. Set to release on January 19, 2021, this is a book to add to your New Year’s reading list.

The book tells of motorcycling social history, as seen from the saddle. Snelling creates an entertaining autobiography, recounting a lifetime spent at the heart of British motorcycle sport, and living on the Isle of Man.

Throughout the book, Snelling reflects on his lifetime passion for two-wheeling in an entertaining, motorcycle-themed memoir. He recalls the decades of motorcycling mayhem, mud and madness that have characterized his 70-odd years living the dream. From his early days at Arthur Lavington’s Velo shop to pounding the long-distance trials and the many race circuits he has ridden, his new book covers it all. 

Bill admits he was better off-road than on tarmac, but he did win one race! He went on to work for Motorcycle Sport magazine, and as a dispatch rider, before moving permanently to the Isle of Man.

His book includes memories from a lifetime spent in the world of motorcycles and racing as well as a personal account of the golden years of the Tourist Trophy races. Also included are original photos from the TT archives that capture the thrill of the races. 

Read along as Snelling shares his passion and experiences as a rider and Manx Grand Prix competitor. This book is perfect for anyone interested in British motorcycle racing. 

Snelling’s book can be preordered here as well as on Amazon. The book runs for £16.99 UK, $29.95 USA and $32.95 CAN.

Rolls-Royce Apprentices

Rolls-Royce announced Monday that a brand new intake of apprentices would be welcomed into the company.

18 new minds hailing from all across the UK will join the luxury vehicle titan at its home in Goodwood, West Sussex. They will be known as the “Class of 2020” in a program that began in 2006.

More than 150 aspiring engineers have entered the apprenticeship learning high-level practical and technical skills over the course of two to four years. They learn from Rolls-Royce specialists, gaining knowledge from the best minds in the company.

Of the 18 members of the “Class of 2020,” seven are candidates for the Sir Ralph Robins Degree Apprenticeship scheme, a four-year apprenticeship that grants students a degree from the University of Chichester upon completion.

Rolls-Royce is also providing placements in the industry for over 50 students. The placements last from six to 12 months. It also has a graduate program that makes new positions available every year.

ROLLS-ROYCE GHOST

By Cassandra Yany × Vaughn Lowery

As of late, 360 was able to spend some time with the newly reimagined Rolls-Royce Ghost at the illustrious Fairmont in Austin. Prior to our arrival, the staff and media representatives all tested negative for COVID-19.

Our room at the Fairmont was spacious and we had a gorgeous view of the city. The hotel was filled with modern art and had a number of amenities available for our enjoyment, including an outdoor pool which was fitted with chaise lounges alongside large cabanas which illuminated at night. The hotel compliments Austin’s identity as a city on the rise, and the Rolls Royce New Ghost is similarly ascendant. Both have been reimagined for an elevated, excellent future. Full of innovation and prosperity.
During this event, we were ecstatic to be in the presence of friends, colleagues and advanced automotive architecture, and to be doing so safely. It was gratifying to come together and experience the Ghost’s artistry during this prolonged time of uncertainty.



Design

The Rolls Royce New Ghost was designed with a client-centered approach and with technological advancements to drive with ease. It has been termed “future-focused with a minimal aesthetic.” CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös describes this model as “the most technologically advanced Rolls-Royce yet.” It is offered in a variety of colors including Arctic White, Salamanca Blue, Tempest Gray and Gunmetal Gray. 360 had the experience driving Artic White, an electrifying yet brilliant shade certain to capture the attention of all.

360 Magazine President, Vaughn Lowery, said, “This vehicle is for an obsessive perfectionist, it’s a driver’s car – ergonomically fabricated for those who enjoy to drive or be driven.”

A team of specialists, engineers and craftsmen researched Ghost clients’ interests, opinions and taste patterns to meet drivers’ preferences. The style of the Ghost was created using the ‘Post Opulence’ philosophy, which designer Henry Cloke said is “about simplicity. [It’s] about something that doesn’t shout at you, but it whispers.”

Starting in the front, the bonnet has been lowered and tested for aerodynamics, which gives it a new look. The Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament can be lowered or raised using controls from the driver’s seat, perfect for that personalized touch. The New Ghost’s dashboard is lighter than that of the first model, giving the vehicle an overall more spacious feeling. It features hundreds of illuminated lights that resemble a constellation surrounding the Ghost nameplate, lighting up an evening like stars do a night sky.



The interior contains open-pore wood accents, which create a relaxing and serene experience. The headliner is adorned with celestial fiber optic lights, which can be dimmed or brightened from the driver and passenger seats. Occasionally, you might catch a streak of light that mimics a meteor. It is truly a one of a kind visual experience.



The trunk is power-operated, completely carpeted (even under the lid) and provides ample space to store any and all belongings.



Technology

The 2021 Ghost is a new and improved style of its 2010 predecessor. Engineers combined dynamic highlights from the portfolios of numerous types of cars into this edition. It was formulated to remove as much energy transfer as possible from the road into the body with the goal of creating a smooth ride.

The Ghost was built with sound absorbing materials which reduced the level of noise inside. Touch enabled media screens fold in and out automatically from behind the driver’s and passenger’s seats, providing entertainment for those sitting in the back. Wooden trays emerge as well, ones that can be used with or without screens.

A bespoke audio design allows passengers to use dials on the rear doors to control the stereo volume to their preference. Beyond this, the back seats have headrest pillows and individual controls that allow you to move forward or backward, and design the back of the seat to your desired level of comfort. There is also a refrigerator located behind the center console in the rear seats, perfect for storing beverages on the go and the definition of opulence behind the wheel.

The inclusion of USB-C ports is another phenomenal addition, as well as the wireless charger in the arm rest. Though there is no AI system such as Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri, the tech was on-demand and had a hands-free bluetooth function, a wireless hotspot, and Rolls-Royce Assist at your beck and call. Rolls-Royce Assist connects to an emergency services call center if necessary.These are the standard technical features for the New Ghost, but each Rolls Royce can be configured to its unique driver to make it “a motor car that is yours, and yours alone.”

Performance

The New Ghost’s all-wheel drive and all-wheel steering makes driving easy, regardless of road conditions. The car is planted firmly to the ground and corners very well. It was built on Rolls-Royce aluminum spaceframe architecture, which has been adapted to make way for advancements. The steering is much stiffer and more precise than that of the first Ghost, and the braking is more powerful.



The Planar system increases agility through the Wishbone Damper unit above the front suspension assembly, which creates a secure and effortless ride; the Flagbearer system, which uses cameras to read the road and prepare the suspension system for any upcoming changes in the road surface; and the Satellite Aided Transmission, which uses GPS data to pre-select the optimum gear for approaching corners.



Furthermore, the New Ghost is equipped with a 6.75-litre, twin-turbo V12 engine. The doors open and close electrically, which made for an easy entrance and exit. Engineering Lead Jonathan Simms, said the team “pushed [their] architecture even further and created a car even more dynamic, even more luxurious and, most of all, even more effortlessly usable.”



Additional Features

The iconic Rolls-Royce logo on the wheels is weighted so that it is always facing upright. Also, the key color is customized to match the accents of the car, a note that will be appreciated by any driver looking for a personal touch. Other notes in the interior include the inside of the doors being completely leather and having an embossment of the Spirit of Ecstasy. A button on the rear doors allows passengers to shut them automatically from the inside, and a tap of the door handle will close them from the outside. There is also a hidden umbrella that pops out from the rear doors when needed.




With so many refined and client-centered designs, it is no wonder celebrities like Beyoncé and Floyd Mayweather have strong connections to the moniker. Beyoncé has her own 1959 Silver Cloud Rolls Royce convertible. In her most recent project, Black Is King — the musical film available on Disney+ for her 2019 album “The Lion King: The Gift” — the artist sits atop the hood of a cheetah print Rolls Royce to match the catsuit she is wearing in the scene. The boxing legend similarly showed off his automobile collection earlier this year, which includes at least six Rolls Royce’s. The Rolls-Royce is undoubtedly the most iconic brand in pop culture, including being the most mentioned brand in top-charting songs. The Ghost edition is particularly bold amongst Rolls-Royce’s many stars, and anyone seeking to solidify their luxurious lifestyle need look no further for their ride.

Experiencing this sophisticated and sleek model awoken all of our senses during this challenging time of introspection. The presence of beauty and craftsmanship gave us a feeling of hope as well as pride. Rolls-Royce has long set the bar on lavish vehicles, and the 2021 edition of the Rolls Royce Ghost is no exception. For those interested in a slice of the high life, the Ghost is the very definition of it.

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Rolls-Royce Phantom illustration for 360 Magazine

Muse x Rolls-Royce

Muse, the Rolls-Royce Art Programme will announce four shortlisted artists for its inaugural flagship initiative — the Dream Commission, on 21 October 2020. The Dream Commission is a biennial prize awarded to inspire greatness and foster creativity in the media of moving-image.

  • Muse, the Rolls-Royce Art Programme, to announce shortlisted artists for flagship Dream Commission initiative on 21 October 2020
  • Dream Commission Jury held virtual assembly to determine shortlist for inaugural moving-image commission
  • Short-form moving image artworks will be exhibited on the Rolls-Royce website
  • Dream Commission supports moving-image art by emerging and mid-career artists
  • Commission developed and presented in partnership with Fondation Beyeler, Switzerland and Serpentine Galleries, UK
  • Final recipient of Dream Commission to be announced in Spring 2021

Torsten Müller – Ötvös , Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, commented, “It gives me great pleasure that Muse¸ the Rolls-Royce Art Programme, is able to support the world of moving-image art at this critical time for the industry. Never more so than today have we needed the escapism of art with its ability to inspire greatness and foster creativity. As the Dream Commission moves into the next stage of the commissioning journey, we would like to thank the jurors and nominators for their time, expertise and commitment.”

Muse, the Rolls-Royce Art Programme will announce four shortlisted artists for its inaugural flagship initiative — the Dream Commission, on 21 October 2020. The Dream Commission is a biennial prize awarded to inspire greatness and foster creativity in the media of moving-image.

The Dream Commission’s Jury, which consists of leading figures of the international art scene, selected four emerging and mid-career artists to contend for the prestigious moving-image commission. The Jury comprises: Isaac Julien CBE RA, a leading moving-image artist; Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries in London; Katrina Sedgwick, Museum Director of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne; Terrie Sultan, former Museum Director of the Parrish Art Museum in New York; and Theodora Vischer, Senior Curator at Fondation Beyeler in Basel.

Each of the four selected artists have been requested to create a short-form moving-image piece detailing their concept, for consideration by the Jury, following which, one artist will be awarded the honour of creating a full-length digital artwork in 2021.

After five years of supporting international artists in creating new works, the Rolls-Royce Art Programme relaunched in 2019 to become Muse¸ a platform with two biennial initiatives, the Dream Commission and the Spirit of Ecstasy Challenge. The work produced for the Dream Commission will investigate a particular aesthetic territory – “Dreams” – which aim to conjure an alternative sensory universe and take viewers on a journey into the world of the subconscious.

In June 2020, the Jury convened for the first time to discuss a long-list of 23 nominated artists selected by a panel of experts from the art world, comprising artists, curators and museum directors. The nominators included: Daniel Birnbaum, Director of Acute Art in London; Beijing-based artist Cao Fei; Executive Director of Rhizome in New York, Zachary Kaplan; New York & Rio de Janeiro-based Curator Pablo León de la Barra; and Director of M+ in Hong Kong, Suhanya Raffel. Each nominator proposed emerging and mid-career artists that they felt were leading the way in the field of moving-image art.

Following an extensive process of deliberation and debate, the Jury unanimously agreed upon a shortlist of four artists, which will be announced on 21 October 2020.

Rolls-Royce’s ambition for the Dream Commission is to establish the marque as a relevant platform for advancing the medium of moving-image. Celebrating the latest innovations in the field of moving-image art, Dream Commission works can be from any medium within that category including experimental film, video, animation, immersive and participatory installations, and content presented in non-screen formats, such as augmented and virtual reality.

As the two-year process concludes, the cycle will begin again, yielding a group of landmark works of moving-image art.

Nicole Salazar illustrates the Lexus LC 500 for 360 Magazine

A Lesson in Style

By Elle Grant × Vaughn Lowery

For those interested in upgrading their wheels, look no further than investing in the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible for the ultimate combination of style, speed, design, and performance. The fastback option, executed in a manner of seconds and with the press of a button, makes it the perfect vehicle to be adaptable to all seasons. 360 Magazine had the opportunity to take this car for a luxurious test ride to Terranea Resort in California, cruising in opulence along coastal bluffs and natural beauty. For a picturesque beach day, with the top down, our own Vaughn Lowery and Anthony Sovinsky were able to fully embrace both the precision and fun of the LC 500. With the sun shining, roof down, and the open California road, it proved an unforgettable experience.

Design

Traditional to the quality expected of the timeless Japanese brand, the interior of the vehicle reflects clean craftsmanship all around. With the retractable hardtop, the car is still sleek and elegant. With the notchback down, it becomes even more sporty and chic, perfect for driving on a day with nice weather.

The interior is rendered for an all-around lavish adventure featuring a drape-like surface design and ambient illumination on the door panels. The enduring style of an all-black leather-trimmed interior feels straight out of movie, perhaps similar to the high-tech world of Black Panther, as this vehicle was featured in the film. With the Touring Package, the LC 500 is upgraded beyond imagination including a heated, leather-trimmed steering wheel and embossed headrests.

Technology

The Lexus LC 500 Convertible is infused with all the latest technology, promising nothing less than an utterly advanced ride. A navigation system paired with a 10.3-inch-high resolution split screen ensures you will always get where you need to go, especially paired with the new dynamic navigation system which is complimentary for up to three years. The 8-inch LCD TFT multi-information display compounds the user experience for a state-of-the-art drive. The steering wheel offers integrated cruise control buttons and magnesium paddle shifters, the drive mode select knob is located near the multi-information display, and two USB ports as well as a 12V socket offer convenience. Siri Eyes Free and a SmartAccess keyless entry with a push button start pledge a simplified but elevated driving encounter. Surround Mark Levinson 13-speaker, 915-watt Reference Surround Sound Audio System encourages to turn up your music and drive along to the soundtrack of your own life.

The star attraction to the LC 500 Convertible is in the name, as this ride is a top of the line droptop. It is sure to turn heads and its curb appeal is unparalleled. In just fifteen seconds, the drophead can collapse, even while the vehicle is in motion (up to 31 mph). It proved to be one of the most enjoyable cloth drop tops besides the Jaguar F-Type R.

Performance

“Sports Plus mode allows you to feel how precise and well quipped the model is,” said President of 360 Magazine, Vaughn Lowery. Said testimonial is in tune with the model’s design and execution of an all-star vehicle.

The engine is a 5.0-liter V8 with aluminum blocks and cylinder heads, DOHC, 32-valve, Dual VVT-i while the transmission features the aforementioned 10-speed sport direct shift automatic with paddle shift and manual mode. The customizable aspects certify adaptation to any driver and any terrain assures performance in any scenario. The fuel economy is estimated at 15/25/18 EPA making it a more effective version than in previous years. She also features 15 city/ 25 highway miles per gallon. Beyond this, the Lexus LC 500 features a horsepower of 471 hp and 398 lb-ft torque. Both work to assure whoever is in the driver’s seat feels the full speed, power, and control of the LC 500.

Safety

The LC 500 comes with all the safety one would expect of a Lexus vehicle. For instance, the vehicle is equipped with the Lexus Safety System + as a standard feature. Furthermore, the LC 500 is well-equipped with air bags in various spots within the vehicle, ensuring the most secure journey possible. It is equipped for almost all terrains and conditions, ensuring wherever you are on the globe, the LC 500 can be a fit for you.

Driving, especially in areas like Los Angeles dense with traffic, can come with complications. The LC 500 works to ensure that accidents are a thing of the past. With features like pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, cruise control, lane keep assist, and standard blind spot monitors, it works to keep both you and pedestrians safe as possible. Style doesn’t sacrifice safety, and the LC 500 provides the opportune combination of prudence and sophistication.

Ergonomics

The combination of all the aspects of the Lexus LC 500 provides an overall driving experience that is one to remember. The comfort and effectiveness of the driver is always in mind. An adjustable steering wheel customizes the car’s drive to each individual consumer. Features that are standards of lavish driving are of course included, including temperature-controlled seating and reclination abilities. Even those living the high-life may be besieged by allergy season, but the LC 500 features a deodorizing and dust/pollen-removing interior air filter to certify you’re breathing clean.

At first glance, it appears that the backseats of the LC 500 are nonexistent, but for a beach day they worked perfectly. Their companions, around a height of 5’4, were able to fit comfortably for the ride. There is also the common misconception that trunk space in typical ragtop sports cars is abysmal, but the LC 500 proves otherwise. Lowery, Sovinksy, alongside of their counterparts were able to fit all the essentials for a beach day, top down: a beach umbrella, tent, towels, and three backpacks loaded with snacks. Storage, in the case of the LC 500, is not a sacrifice.

Legacy

Few automobiles have the opportunity to truly make an impact beyond the auto-world, but the LC 500 will be one remembered beyond 2020. Iconic actor Chadwick Boseman, who died earlier this year after a several yearlong battle with colon cancer, drove this particularly convertible. In his revolutionary film Black Panther, where Boseman starred as the titular character T’Challa, a version of the LC 500 was tricked out for the movie’s most exhilarating chase sequence, filmed in South Korea. Boseman’s incredible charisma, the scenery of South Korea, and the excellence of this blue version of the vehicle all came together for a sublime cinematic experience.

Though he is best known for his work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Boseman was an accomplished actor in a variety of genres. Not only did he play the first black superhero on the super-stage that is the world of Marvel films, but he has played historical black icons such as Jackie Robinson, James Brown, and Thurgood Marshall. He is indeed a role model for all. His final film, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, has received major buzz and will be released posthumously. Boseman is survived by his family including his wife, Taylor Simone Ledward. Chadwick Boseman and his terrific accomplishments demonstrate that the LC 500 is a car fit for a genuine hero.

In sum, the Lexus LC 500 Convertible is the perfect choice for those who are driven and enjoy driving; one who appreciates the finer things in life, an impeccable performance, and a classic style need look no further for their next car purchase. Perfect for any season, and at an estimated price of $112,000 this vehicle makes for a year-round luxurious experience. Its technology affirms it to be one of the best vehicles of its kind. Be bold and make a statement with the Lexus LC 500 Convertible.