Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Jaguar F-type Coupe




It was my birthday recently, so I had to give myself a proper present. I liked the convertible when it came out (but I’m not so fond of convertibles in general), but I absolutely love the coupe. So I had to get out one. I’m talking of the Jaguar F-type of course.

As this is the spiritual successor of the classic E-type, I chose the F-type S (380 bhp) because it has the same sort of exhaust as the original one. What a mesmerizing beautiful car. I couldn’t stop looking at it at the dealership.

Now the agonizing pain of waiting till it gets delivered has started. But as I need a proper place to store my cars I guess that’s a good thing. I’m working on that though, but that will be the subject of another post.

Friday, March 28, 2014

El Clasico (part 2)




Last year, at the end of my round the world trip, I made a final stop in Spain to witness El Clasico; one of the most exciting games of football between arch rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid. 

Last weekend they had another go, this time at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid. With a relatively quiet calendar (as you might have noticed), I decided to drive to Madrid in my Porsche for that match and make it a bit of a long weekend away.

I could mention the nice drive through France & Spain, the wonderful hotels I stayed at, the lovely Restaurants on the way there and in Mardrid, but that wouldn’t do justice to the game of football I saw….

WHAT A CRACKER !!

Everyone who likes the sport knows by now Barcelona beat Madrid by 4 goals (with 3 of them by Lionel Messi) to 3, but it was more than just 7 goals. The speed of the game, the progress of score, the quality of the football, the atmosphere, all were simply unbelievable.  Madrid so shocked by it all they lost their midweek game as well, which makes the end of the competition very exciting and makes me long for more….

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Mardi Gras




Good day from New Orleans, Bourbon Street to be exact, where I just celebrated fat Tuesday, better known as Mardi Gras.

After my coast to coast trip through the US last year, I knew I had to return to New Orleans for this occasion. I liked the city already, now I love it! Despite the weather, it was a fantastic day, another tick off my bucket list.

The parades, the crazy people in the crazy outfits, boy do they know how to party down there.
Just a couple more nights in Fritzel’s and I’ll be on my way again.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Bentley on Ice




Hardly back from my trip in the Arctic circle and already back there again (or almost), but this time: Bentley-style. The Bentley Motors Events office had this crazy plan to do some sliding with Bentleys on frozen lakes. Of course I was up for it…..

Location was one of the 1000 lakes of Finland; instructor was a mate of Juha Kankkunen and most importantly, the car: a Bentley Continental GT.

The driving, or more precisely the sliding, was of course the best bit, but it wouldn’t be right not to mention the luxury accommodation (with sauna obviously), the rest of the program (including dog sled adventures, snowmobiles) and the breathtaking sceneries.

Another place I didn’t want to leave…. and not only because I don’t own a Bentley myself.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Nordkapp




Another week, another dream come true. Together with a couple of friends I drove over 3000 km last week, all the way to the edge of northern Europe: Nordkapp.

This time, I didn’t bring my Mercedes or Porsche (although I noticed an old 911 making the same trip) but we managed to get our hands on a Volkswagen Touareg and a BMW X5. 

With 20 hours of darkness of the 24 each day gives you, our little convoy often seemed quite lost in the vastness of Lapland. The temperature however was relatively mild which made the whole enterprise less harsh than expected.

We were lucky to witness some shimmering northern lights, a breathtaking sight.  A truly wonderful experience therefore, making the whole trip, with most of the way home still to go, absolutely worth it.