What’s in a name? Would a Ferrari by any other name be as provocative? What if the Ferrari boy had been born into the Focaccia family and christened Sal?
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Convertibles get a bad rap from some diehard sports-car purists who dismiss them as semi-serious boulevard cruisers a notch down from where they should be with the rigidity of a hardtop. When the man from BMW said the M6 to be delivered for this evaluation would be a convertible, my sense of anticipation encountered a mild downdraft. Perhaps unfairly, what came to mind were rattles, body shake and the damp aroma that can blight drop-tops.
With the LS600hL, Lexus has given the hybrid propulsion system popularized by the Toyota Prius some serious muscle and cloaked it in luxury robes. The “h” stands for the hybrid V8/electric motor powerplant that drives all four wheels and the “L” is for long wheelbase, which describes the expansive but not quite Maybachian rear passenger area.
You can buy the flagship Lexus LS460–a fine blend of engineering, craftsmanship and performance–for about $80,000. How can a Rolls-Royce Phantom possibly be good enough to justify costing more than four times as much? That’s one question I pondered as a Rolls representative handed me the key to a $353,000 Phantom.
Students of scoops, badges and other muscularity enhancement on cars will recognize the Mercedes S65 AMG as the most powerful production sedan on the planet.* For the majority of those who give it a passing glance, however, it will probably register as nothing more than a big, solid imported sedan. And that is all well and good.
Jets for Vets, a new initiative sponsored by an aircraft dealers association, is arranging free flights on corporate aircraft for military personnel wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families.
Two of Signature Flight Support’s top managers in Europe will be making it to this year’s Paris Air Show on just two wheels to raise money for children’s charity Starlight Foundation. David Best (left), the FBO group’s managing director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, will be cycling from London to Paris Le Bourget Airport, along with Steve Gulvin, Signature’s regional director for Europe and the Middle East.
At the United Nations headquarters in New York City last month, supporters of Project Orbis gathered to celebrate 25 years of saving and restoring sight worldwide and to honor the leaders, doctors and donors who have made the project possible.
For a pilot, there are many ways to describe heroism; risking one’s health and possibly career to alleviate the suffering of another certainly ranks among the definitions. Dale Hofstetter, 49, a corporate pilot for St. Louis-based Monsanto, did just that in January when he donated a kidney to the son of one of the company’s flight administration staff.
The Corporate Angel Network (CAN) on January 24 arranged its 20,000th flight aboard a corporate aircraft for a cancer patient. The provider was International Paper with its Falcon 900EX, and the patient was 79-year-old Walter Latimer, a Florida resident who was returning home from Westchester County Airport, White Plains, N.Y., after emergency surgery in New York City.