In 1967 British police raided Redlands, Keith Richards’ Sussex estate, finding a stash of pot and amphetamines. With a court case looming, the Rolling Stone’s guitarist decided to “do a runner,” in the words of his 2010 biography Life – that is, drive to Morocco in his 1965 Bentley S3 Continental ‘Flying Spur’, aka Blue Lena, with model Anita Pallenberg, fellow Stone Brian Jones and a couple of friends. “We decided to get out of England and not go back until it was time for the court case,” Richards recounts. Another important decision: “It would be better to find somewhere where we could get legal drugs.” They flew to Paris where Keith’s driver met them with the car and then made their tortuous way to Tangier.
- The humble pen is making a high tech comeback. Really? [Wired]
- A solid list of summer reads. [The Hand & Eye]
- Is Made in USA all hype? [Fashionista]
- RIP Christian Audigier. Let us all revel in his ridiculous GQ profile. [GQ]
- Thoughts on the Sponsorgram. [OM.co]
- Bob Seger is the Bruce Springsteen of the Midwest. Making Night Moves. [Wall Street Journal]
There’s something about the prospect of staying in a lighthouse that adds an element of rugged nautical adventure to any trip. The small rocky island that’s home to the Inn at Cuckold’s Lighthouse may not be far off the coast of Maine’s Boothbay Harbor, but arriving there feels a bit like abandoning civilization; until you see how elegant it is inside. Nearly 12 years and $3 million in the making, the Inn, which has only two spacious suites is currently celebrating its first full (and completely sold out) season. One of just a handful of lighthouses you can stay in around New England, it was originally constructed as a fog signal station in 1892. In 1907 a light tower was added, greatly aiding the development of Boothbay Harbor as a safe haven for both commercial fishermen and summer residents.
Someone who spends any significant amount of time in New York City tends to forget that a car can be about more than just getting around. In the case of the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V —which I spent a few days driving in Austin— enjoying the car’s 464 horses seems much more important than just getting where you are going.
Much has been said recently about Cadillac’s reinvention. I’ve come to know the brand well through Cadillac’s involvement in the fashion and more directly through a sponsorship with ACL. Though Cadillac didn’t direct me to post about the ATS-V or this drive, that was entirely up to me at my discretion. But by virtue of this partnership I’ve had a particularly interesting perch to see a bit of the transformation the brand has undergone. Over the past year, I’ve been to several Cadillac events which never ended up on the site. I have been interested in getting to know what is really happening with the automaker. And after my Austin experience driving the ATS-V it’s very clear that Cadillac has figured out how to make cars which are both fun to drive and not lacking in personality.
Earlier this year, Kempt declared a six-month moratorium on Steve McQueen. Amusing and all, but there’s a reason we didn’t sign on. McQueen madness comes in waves, and it’d be a dereliction of duty to ignore the one about to break. Not in fact on the style front; until you burn all your shawl collar cardigans in Tompkins Square it’s useless to debate his permanence and pre-eminence on that score. But we’re feeling more McQueen than ever this summer thanks to various happenings in the land of the King. For starters, his wicked 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo is coming up for auction in August during Monterey Car Week. A new graphic novel called Steve McQueen: Full-Throttle Cool is about to become our favorite beach read. And a documentary about his classic 1971 racing flick Le Mans which debuted at Cannes was just tapped for theatrical release this fall. And we all know that three makes a trend piece.
There are some things that could only be designed by a dad. They’re so practical, so goofy, so full of insane dad-logic that in the end they’re just these perfect, one-of-a-kind, problem-solving hacks. (Think of the tennis ball hanging in the garage, weird fishing rod holders in the shop and any other “customization” that can be found around a house where a dad has had too much time on his hands). Of all these great paternal ideas, however, the Pops Q Tool might be the apex of dad creativity and efficiency. It’s a barbecue multi tool with 6 different well designed grill-related features. It’s extremely durable, well-priced, and to top it off, made in America by a small family business.
There’s been this massive and insane run on old Toyota Land Cruisers in the past few years. Recently there have been sales of FJ40s at auction for insane amounts, which has been wild to see. As someone who has lurked in the FJ vintage market for the past five years, I can’t believe how high things have gone for a vehicle that at one time was a totally unimportant. And while I haven’t pulled the trigger on an old FJ (yet), I have become a professional online hunter of trucks I will never buy or own. Jonathan Ward from ICON probably wants to kill me at this point because I ask him his opinion on some new random classified just about everyday, or at least once a week. He probably knows I am not going to buy (unless just the right thing came along), but entertains me nonetheless. But sometimes the thrill of the chase is almost good enough.
During one my many searches I would come across an outfit in Tampa called Volcan 4×4 (which may or may not have taken inspiration from ICON), who sells some very nicely reconfigured FJs and other assorted vintage off-roaders. Most of the stock originated in Central and South America only to be bought, shipped and overhauled in the U.S. by Volcan in Florida.