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Mr. Lindsay Boyd Q×A

As the world prepares to re-open, luxury travel mastermind Mr. Lindsay Boyd is unveiling the ultimate, action-packed getaway. His incredible $80,000 travel itinerary consists of James Bond themed thrills across four countries. Sight-seeking sensations include participating in high octane races in Ferraris, completing Secret Agent mission assignments, and starring in daring chase scenes in luxury supercars, boats, and helicopters. During all of which, travelers will be filmed so that they can rewind and relive their high stakes adventures forever. Not only will travelers feel like they’re Agent 007, but they will also have the chance to see the Secret Service Agent at the London premier of “No Time to Die.” Planning such an enthralling, experiential, breath-taking trip takes time and luxury travel know-how. As such, 360 Magazine sat down with Mr. Lindsay Boyd to discuss his once-in-a-lifetime travel excursion.

When did you first come up with the concept of James Bond themed travel?

The idea was developed 5 years ago, but now is the first time we can act on it.

How long have you been a fan of the James Bond franchise?

For all 24 previous Bonds.

How long did it take to plan this ultimate bucket list of James Bond themed luxury travel experiences?

Over 4 months.

The idea of filming guests and creating an exciting home-video of their vacation is such a personal and intimate touch to this trip. What inspired you to not only bring guests to see the London Premiere of No Time to Die, but also to let them be the stars of their own stories?

Travel and especially experiential travel are extremely personal in nature, and thus, require some type of memorialization. Film makes it that much more personal.

After the trip, where can guests access their footage?

It will be delivered to them via electronic media.

Why and when did you first become involved with the travel industry?

2015, I opened my firm so that I could go to the Olympics and other events in style and with VIP treatment. I have been traveling all my life and this just seemed to be a natural growth area for me.

This incredible trip offers so many high class, five-star attractions. Is there one experience that you expect guests to be the most impressed by?

That is a hard question, as the experience will be ultra-personal. But, for me, it will be the adrenaline filled chase scenes and the firefight leading to a fast helicopter extraction.

You mentioned that additional locations and adrenaline-filled action events will be announced at a later date. Can you reveal any more information regarding the trip’s itinerary?

We have a racetrack available to us in Italy and supercars at our disposal. We will be doing some exciting activities on a fjord in Norway.

Do you envision creating any other exclusive, themed trips in the future?

Yes, we will be doing several in the coming year, including a Fashion Week in Milan trip that will be to die for. There are some movie related projects that we are looking at, and a series of continuous, international music festivals with VIP access and special activities related to the music and the international locations. We will travel to three or four [locations] in a row and add distinct activities.

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FORD V FERRARI

20th Century Fox has released a new trailer and poster for their upcoming film FORD v FERRARI, based on the remarkable true story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and the fearless British-born driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale). The film follows Shelby and Miles, who battled corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966. FORD v FERRARI also stars Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, Remo Girone and Ray McKinnon. The film will be released on November 15 by The Walt Disney Studios. 


Watch the new trailer HERE.

Pirelli P Zero Named As Best Performance Tire

PIRELLI P ZERO NAMED AS BEST PERFORMANCE TIRE BY EVO MAGAZINE

P Zero set fastest wet and dry lap times but was also judged to be safe and communicative by evo’s experienced testers, who say you can “feel the grip”

The Pirelli P Zero tire has beaten all its leading rivals in an important tire test organized by evo magazine, underlining Pirelli’s hero product as the undisputed world leader when it comes to ultra-high performance.

Evo, whose slogan is ‘the thrill of driving’, was founded in 1998 and is published in several international editions, making it the magazine of choice for performance car enthusiasts worldwide.

During its eagerly awaited summer tire test, evo compared the leading performance tires currently on sale, pitting the P Zero against seven other well-known rivals from established tire manufacturers in a series of probing challenges.

These tests were designed to assess key aspects such as handling, acceleration and braking under a variety of different circumstances, both in the wet and the dry. The test included both objective measurements – with tire performance measured in a controlled environment – as well as subjective assessments, where a variety of experienced evo road testers drove on the tires to evaluate driver feedback and feel how they interacted with the car and surface.

THE FASTEST ON WET AND DRY

The Pirelli P Zero stood out as the overall test winner by a convincing margin. “Scoring no fewer than six top results, the Pirelli was especially impressive in the wet and by far the most impressive tire subjectively,” wrote evo. “It set fastest laps in the wet and the dry and you could feel the grip.”

The evo tire test was carried out with the latest P Zero in 18-inch size, one of the most popular measurements in Pirelli’s performance range – which will also be the diameter that FIA Formula One World Championship adopts with Pirelli from 2021 onwards. Pirelli P Zero sizes start in 18-inch size and go all the way up to 22 inches, equipping some of the most desirable supercars and hypercars in the world.

CHOSEN BY MAGAZINES AND BY PRESTIGE CAR MAKERS

The evo test win backs up another important test win for Pirelli earlier this year, when the P Zero was judged to be the best of 11 summer tires by renowned German publication Auto Bild, which praised its: “excellent performance with no weak points.”

P Zero tires are now chosen by more than 50% of the world’s prestige cars as original equipment, meaning that over half the world’s most desirable cars leave their factories on Pirelli tires. Currently, there are more than 1.100 homologations of P Zero.

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O’Gara Coach

On Sunday morning (August 11th), high-end car dealership maven O’Gara Coach Beverly Hills hosted its summer edition of the Sunset Granturismo: “Road to Pebble Beach”, bringing Southern California’s car community together to enjoy a morning of cars and coffee at Sunset Plaza. To kick off the anticipated Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance drive beginning this Thursday, August 15th, O’Gara brought out the old and the new, spotlighting cars such as the Koenigsegg Agera RS1 and Agera S HH Edition alongside classics from the O’Gara family including Bugatti, Lamborghini, McLaren, Rimac, Rolls-Royce, amongst others.

Car lovers were given the opportunity to mingle and enjoy their coffee while admiring the incredible line-up of approximately 250 luxury cars, including multiple Bugatti Chiron’s, Rimac Concept One and Concept Two, Ferrari LaFerrari, Ferrari F40, Pagani Huayra BC and Roadster, and Lamborghini Miura all in extravagant color palettes. In addition, car aficionados had the chance to view the iconic 1939 Bugatti Type 57, courtesy of the Petersen Auto Museum.

Sunset GT welcomed over 3,000 spectators with a special appearance from automotive fanatic Tim Burton aka Shmee150, whose iconic “Shmee mobile” Ford GT was brought in from Miami to LA. Sunset GT additionally welcomed automotive influencers such as Supercar Blondie, Vehicle Virgins, Seen Through Glass, Effspot, Whitesse Jr, and Matt Farah.

To view the complete photo gallery, please click here. Photo credit: Robert Grubbs.

About Sunset GT

Letizia Silvestri and Giulia Acampora founded Sunset GT in March 2017, which successfully reinvented “cars and coffee”. Sunset GT brings the very best of hypercars together in a relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere. Car aficionados from across Los Angeles gather together at the iconic Sunset Plaza to experience cars, coffee, and more. Powered by O’Gara, Sunset Plaza, Obica, and Roger Dubois.

About O’Gara Coach

O’Gara Coach, established in 1976, has served Southern California for more than 42 years, with locations in Beverly Hills, La Jolla, and Westlake Village. O’Gara Coach is a factory-authorized dealer for Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti, Koenigsegg, Lamborghini, McLaren, Maserati, Rimac, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Through unparalleled performance, O’Gara Coach has become respected as one of the largest and most prestigious dealer groups in the entire world. 

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Photo credit: Robert Grubbs

Rarest Japanese Performance Cars

PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM CELEBRATES JAPANESE CULTURE WITH 19 OF THE WOLRD’S RAREST JAPANESE PERFORMANCE CARS

Placed throughout the museum, the collection includes the Infiniti Prototype 9 and Prototype 10, two Toyota 200GTs, the only 1998 Nissan R390 GT1, a 1978 Dome Zero, a 1969 Mazda Cosmo Sport 100S, two MkIV Toyota Supras, the Mazda RX-7 FD concept model and much more.

360 Magazine, 360, Vaughn Lowery, Petersen Automotive Museum

360 Magazine, 360, Vaughn Lowery, Petersen Automotive Museum Photos by Ted7

LOS ANGELES – As part of its ongoing celebration of Japanese culture and automotive tradition, the Petersen Automotive Museum has gathered the most unique and iconic Japanese performance vehicles in the world under one roof. On each of the museum, guests will find rare examples of Japanese craftsmanship that encompasses a broad range of styles including post-war classics, heavily-modified tuners, supercars and futuristic prototypes.

Beginning in the Vault presented by Hagerty, visitors will find a 1997 Toyota Supra Turbo. Continuing up the elevator to the first floor is a selection of post-war classics such as a 1968 Honda S600 Coupe, which is considered Honda’s first mass-marketed automobile.

On the second floor, the Bruce Meyer Family Gallery and Customization Gallery are home to “The Roots of Monozokuri” and “Fine Tuning,” which represent the interchange that has taken place between east and west for the past 60 years. Key performance vehicles on display in “The Roots of Monozokuri” include Nissan’s first V12-powered racecar, a 1969 Nissan R382, and the world’s first mass-produced two-rotor vehicle, a 1969 Mazda Cosmo Sport 100S. “Fine Tuning” presents a more avant-garde selection of tuner cars including the 1974 Mazda RX-3 built by DNA Garage and a 1993 Toyota Supra Mark IV, which famously became a pop culture icon following its appearance in the film “The Fast and the Furious.”

Offering a third perspective on Japanese design philosophy, the new “Japanese Supercars” exhibit in the Chuck Wegner Gallery gives visitors a rare glimpse of boldly styled, ultra-high performance vehicles. Cars on display include two one-of-a-kind cars straight from Japan. The 1978 Dome Zero, widely recognized from the video game “Gran Turismo,” is continuing its first-ever tour of North America as a key feature in this display. Sharing the Zero’s exclusively, the world’s only 1998 Nissan R390 GT1 has just arrived at the museum following the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, where Nissan was this year’s featured marque.

In addition to the above cars. the Petersen is showcasing two Infiniti prototypes for a limited time only outside the Mullin Design Studio. Representing Infiniti’s innovative and ambitious plans for an electrified future, the 2017 Infiniti Prototype 9 and the 2018 Prototype 10 have never before been displayed together in a public setting.

The Petersen’s third-floor Perspectives Gallery contains a broad look at automotive history including Hollywood star cars such as the 1967 Toyota 2000GT Roadster from the film “You Only Live Twice.” Driven by James Bond’s love interest, this 2000GT was one of the only two models turned into a convertible.

“In one day at the Petersen, guests can experience 60 years of Japanese culture and automotive tradition,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Our Japanese car collection not only covers the past six decades of Japanese dominance in the domestic market but truly illustrates the artfulness and shrewd attention-to-detail that is characteristic of Japanese design philosophy.”

To learn more about the individual exhibits the Petersen Automotive Museum collection, please visit www.petersen.org.

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.

2018 Camaro 2 SS

By Anthony Sovinsky + Vaughn Lowery

The 2018 Camaro 2 SS defines the modern day muscle car. It thrusts power with a new focus on aerodynamics and handling. Its overstated presence remains true, but with enhanced design features – it has the auto world watching.

The vehicle features the 1LE track package finished in a silver ice metallic coating with a prominent front grille ending at a point. It sports a sleek black mesh grille and vents that are strategically positioned on the hood to enhance the breathing and cooling mechanisms. The stance is wide and athletic, thanks to the 20” forged aluminum wheels, in combination with aggressive sized fenders for increased handling capabilities.

Let’s take our attention to the rear of the vehicle. The taillights are streamlined to accent the masculine contours and racing additions. This includes a black finished spoiler and chrome polished quad pipes that sing the sweet melody of a manually shifted 6.2 liter V8 putting down 455HP to the crank.

As of late, 360 MAGAZINE had the opportunity to pilot the Chevy on a variety of escapades around Los Angeles county. To begin, the team traveled to the first annual Brunch Life Festival in Long Beach. The fest featured a variety of different restaurants from Long Beach, Orange County and LA serving anything from gourmet burgers to delectable desserts.

At Sneaker Con LA held in Anaheim, 360 had the pleasure of interviewing the design manager for Global Chevrolet Color and Trim, Brett Goliff. Sneaker Con was the perfect location to meet Brett as his love for sneakers and street wear is unparalleled – a passion that has blossomed since 1993. Before his career at Chevrolet, Brett worked as a shoe designer for New Balance. His design philosophy is simple. “Form follows function,” said Golliff. “Successful design is nothing without a purpose and reason for being. It should always be routed in function. Once you have the function you are solving for, make it look beautiful.”

Before his current role, Golliff focused on Chevrolet performance vehicles. His most recent work can be seen on the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro and seventh-generation Corvette, including the new 2019 Corvette ZR1, the most capable Corvette made to this date.

Driving a manual car in traffic can be frustrating, however the Camaro’s smooth clutch and short shifter made the repetitive shifting in stop-and-go traffic a breeze. In addition, it is more spacious than a coupe, as a group of four can fit with ease. The versatility to function as both a pure sports vehicle and luxury vehicle make the Camaro an ideal commuter car.

The Camaro 2SS’s 1LE track package will cost an additional $7,000USD. It highlights a variety of performance additions, including magnetic ride control, beefed up 20” wheels (Summer tires only), Recaro performance front bucket seats, electronic limited slip differential, dual mode performance exhaust, suede finished flat bottom sport steering wheel and shift knob, satin black blade spoil, satin black hood wrap, satin black front splitter and Brembo performance brakes with red calipers – talk abut bang for your buck.

With no access to a track, the trip shifted to a driving hotspot, Mulholland drive – a road which can expose the inadequacy in handling with some of the most elite vehicles in production. When put to the test, the beauty performed as intended, handling narrow twists and turns of the canyon with grace. Thanks to magnetic ride control, body roll is virtually absent staying extremely flat in back-to-back turns almost as if it was riding on rails – a feeling usually experienced in its European counterpart. Moreover, with the rev matching feature activated, the 6.2L V8 will keep power consistent when down shifting heading into a turn that provides more acceleration and traction while exiting. This is a neat feature for those who have not yet learned the intricacies of a manually shifted vehicle, making it enjoyable for even the novice enthusiast.

The interior is simple, allowing the driver to focus on what really matters – the road. It features a Chevrolet Mylink audio system with navigation ($495USD) on an 8-inch diagonal touch screen that is also compatible with Apple Car Play and Android Drive. Furthermore, one can opt for the performance data and video recorder ($1300USD) that can record several metrics and provide feedback on the driver’s performance.

Valued at $42,000USD for the base model and an additional $7,000USD for the 1LE track package plus extra features available upon request, the total comes to a modest $51,790USD for a full blown track super star. The noteworthy 2018 Camaro is a steal for anyone looking to acquire an entry level sport vehicle.

FORMULA E × voestalpine

Formula E partners with voestalpine for European Races

This takes voestalpine into a completely new sponsoring category, one with its own rankings and a trophy in the fifth and sixth (2019/20) seasons of Formula E.

Formula E has announced a new partnership with voestalpine – global leading technology and capital goods group – for select events next season in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, titled the voestalpine European races.

Starting from season five, voestalpine will put its name to the European leg of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship – where the fully-electric next generation of Formula E cars compete in iconic city-centre locations. The partnership takes voestalpine into a new sponsorship category which includes rankings and a trophy for select European races in the fifth and sixth seasons oof Formula E.

As a platform to test and develop road-relevant technologies and speed-up the mass adoption of electric vehicles on a global scale, Formula E will work closely with voestalpine to make further advancements in the field of e-mobility and assist with technology transfer between automotive suppliers, manufacturers, and customers.

Both brands have a shared strategic focus tailored towards dynamism, speed and creativity.

Accounting for around a third of Group revenue, for years the automotive industry has been a key driver of innovation and growth at voestalpine. With their comprehensive automotive expertise, the company sees huge potential to grow faster than in the traditional segments, especially in the electromobility sectorr.

PIRELLI × PORSCHE CLUB

PIRELLI JOINS PORSCHE CLUB OF AMERICA TO SPONSOR WERKS REUNION AMELIA ISLAND

Amplifying Its Prestige Sector Leadership, Pirelli Supplies Original Equipment for Porsche’s Past and Present Models

Following on from last year’s success, Pirelli is once more the title sponsor of the PCA Werks Reunion event at Amelia Island in Florida.

This is one of the most eagerly-anticipated events for Porsche owners and fans throughout the United States, organized by the Porsche Club of America: the biggest Porsche club in the world. On March 9 at Fernandina Beach, enthusiasts will be able to admire more than 650 examples of Porsche’s finest cars on display, many of which will be on Pirelli tires.

As a world leader in the prestige sector, Pirelli develops bespoke tires for both classic and contemporary Porsches: from the ultra high performance P Zero and P Zero Trofeo Rtires, including the Color Edition, to the vintage tires that form part of the Pirelli Collezione range.

These tires will star on the Pirelli stand at Werks Reunion. Porsche drivers and fans will be able to rely on the support of Pirelli technicians, who will be on hand all day to supply in-depth advice and information about Pirelli products available in North America.

“Pirelli’s presence at PCA Werks Reunion is the perfect expression of our prestige brand strategy. In particular, it shows our long-standing collaboration with Porsche and mutual affinity for the classic car world and beyond, where we have had Porsche specific products from the beginning. In our latest Pirelli Collezione range, we actually produced five Porsche-homologated N-spec CN36 and P7 sizes to honor the air-cooled Porsche community,” said Rafael Navarro, Chief Marketing Officer for Pirelli Tire North America.

Pirelli will also sponsor the Porsche Judged Field prize, with 150 PCA member cars competing for awards in 20 different categories.

“We had a great result at our inaugural Werks Reunion Amelia Island event with Pirelli last year. We are hoping to build on this success even more and create a memorable experience both for the public and our valued PCA members,” said Vu Nguyen, Executive Director of Porsche Club of America.

Pirelli’s presence at the PCA Werks Reunion underlines once more the close relationship it enjoys with Porsche. In 2013, Pirelli was recognized as a “Porsche Best Supplier”. At the heart of this historic collaboration are N-marked tires, which identify tires made specifically for Porsche: all developed and tested by Pirelli engineers working hand in hand with their Stuttgart counterparts.

These N-marked tires span P Zero, P Zero Corsa and Scorpion Verde, plus All Season variants; as well as bespoke Porsche Scorpion Winter, Winter Sottozero 3 and Series II winter tires. These tires exemplify Pirelli’s perfect fit strategy: tailor made tires for the world’s most powerful, exclusive cars.

In total, there are more than 250 Pirelli homologations for Porsche covering most of its car line-up, from the 718 Boxster and Cayman to the Panamera as well as classic Porsches, thanks to the Collezione range, which combines classic design with modern performance and technology.

For more information, please visit the Pirelli or Werks Reunion websites.

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Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce tops the list, featured in 11 different tunes by such artists as Future, The Weeknd, and Kodak Black. Ferrari is a close second. Chevrolet, Lamborghini, Bentley, Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche each get touts in several songs. Among non-car shout-outs, old standbys Hennessy cognac and Nike’s Air Jordan sneaker label got the most. We also found that it’s not just alcohol, guns, clothing, and super luxury making it into songs anymore—software, cookware, and even Band-Aids are making the grade.

As far as the song including the most name-checks, the crown goes to “Bad and Boujee” by hip-hop group Migos, which climbed all the way to the No. 1 spot on the charts early this year. It includes 19 brand mentions, from Instagram and Klout to Segway scooters and, um, Crock-Pot slow cookers. Car references are sprinkled throughout the song, too. They rap about a “lamb” and a “frog,” nods to Lamborghini and Porsche. There’s also a reference to the Ferrari 458 Spider, a drop-top convertible that costs more than a quarter-million dollars. The Rolls-Royce Ghost gets some attention as well.

The obvious question when musicians mention obscure brands is, are they getting paid? Sometimes they do. As with television shows and feature films, brands like to insert themselves into pop culture, and music is no different. Dozens of music videos show off stuff from Beats, the Jimmy Iovine/Dr. Dre headphones brand owned by Apple Inc. The item appears in several of Lady Gaga’s music videos, from her breakout hit “Just Dance” to “Poker Face” and “Telephone.” Beats Pill speakers, meanwhile, are clearly visible in videos from Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, and Nicki Minaj.

It’s often unclear what’s a paid placement and what’s not, however, since artists generally don’t disclose the deals. No, Drake wasn’t paid by Rolls-Royce to include the Wraith in “Portland,” or its bigger and pricier cousin, the Phantom, in “Jumpman,” according to the manufacturer. But Chris Brown’s 2008 hit “Forever,” which featured the line “double your pleasure,” turned out to be an extended version of a chewing gum jingle for Wrigley’s Doublemint. 

(Photo Cred: Rebecca Smeyne —Billboard)

There’s a middle ground, however. Rolls-Royce, for example, will sometimes provide cars to be featured in music videos, said company spokesman Gerry Spahn. When someone uses the car as a shorthand for luxury, it helps the brand, he said. And besides, celebrities and musicians make up about 20 percent of the automaker’s customers, so it has the potential to be a sales strategy, too. 

The $400,000 Phantom is Rolls-Royce’s signature vehicle, but the company has attracted much hype for three other models it’s released since 2009: the Ghost, Wraith, and Dawn. All have garnered song mentions, with the Wraith topping the tally with four.
While parent company BMW AG keeps close tabs on the Rolls-Royce brand, Spahn said they’re more than happy for the exposure. Last year, Rolls-Royce had its second-highest sales numbers ever, delivering more than 4,000 cars to wealthy customers around the world. Even if the car’s desirability increased, production constraints limit the company to a maximum of 6,000 cars a year, said a person with knowledge of its operations.

(Source: BloombergPursuits)