We were 21 and they threw us the keys to this $500,000 Rolls Royce. That was the moment we knew our idea had worked. We started Mind Over Motor largely as a way to get access in the automotive world, and just 2 months after we launched the site, we somehow landed press passes to Pebble Beach.
A few weeks later we were doing 100mph up a beautiful stretch of coastline on 17 Mile Drive in this Phantom Drophead Coupe with the wind in our hair and huge grins on our faces.
My own mindset at the time was far too juvenile for a Rolls, but there I was with my right foot connected to a V12 and I wanted to see what it could do. Obviously, I realized the Phantom wasn’t a sports car at all, more a luxury super-yacht for the road. But it was capable, and the whole experience was immensely satisfying.
We knew we had a very ambitious idea going in, and as we pulled out past the gate in this Rolls, it hit us, this was reality. 🤘😎
This was the first Radwood event on the east coast, and it was surely one of my favorite events of this year. Radwood is a car-based celebration of 1980s and 90s culture and the stuff that showed up was extremely interesting. I’ll let the highlights do the rest of the talking for now. There’s much more to come. Enjoy!
Rolls-Royce held on to its ideals hard and fast in the end of the Nineties. BMW was finishing up the Silver Seraph, and the Spur and its ilk were fast on their way out. However, here in America, the new Seraph, with its newfangled V12 engine and swoopy styling, god a tepid reception. Rolls Royce luckily had some Spur parts left, and cobbled up the final series of the Silver Spur, known as the Series V. Very few were made, and very few are left. In fact, this white Silver Spur IV is one of a scant 70 made in 1999, the final model year of the Spur. While it’s certainly not the finest car they ever made, or the most elegant, or the fastest, this is the end of an era for Rolls–the last car they ever built with the traditional 6.75L V8, and one of a select few sold with the twin turbo setup. It’s cool, calm, collected, and definitely my sort of car. Enjoy the photos. Continue reading 1999 Rolls Royce Silver Spur IV at Scarsdale→
Driven By Purpose hosted their New York Harbor Iconic Event this past weekend, benefitting Make-A-Wish New Jersey. This capped off a wonderful weekend my girlfriend had in Jersey City / NYC. She works for Make-A-Wish and I volunteer at many of the larger events, which (obviously) can have some perks.
Some really incredible cars showed up, and the scenery of Manhattan at Liberty State Park was totally breathtaking. I’m really looking forward to next year’s event, which is supposed to be even bigger and even better.
Enjoy this highlight gallery, there’s a lot more where this came from.
I knew this unbelievable 1914 Rolls Royce Alpine Model would win Best in Show the moment it pulled up to the preview for the Misselwood Concours. There were tons of stunning cars there, but this thing had that “pop” that separates the royalty from the mere aristocracy.
This Rolls is pre-war, but we’re talking pre-World War 1. That’s right, this magnificent automobile existed when men were still riding into battle on horseback. It’s one of just 4 Rolls Royces assembled in the US before the onset of The Great War, and it remains as grand a Rolls as any since.
This car’s body and chassis, separated in 1983, were just reunited in 2015, and a lot of work was put in to bring it to the beautiful condition you see here. It totally took my breath away, and I shot literally hundreds of photos of it. What’s even better is the owner told me he drives the car around 5,000 miles per year on various rallies. He said concours events are a secondary concern to actually using and enjoying the car. You gotta love that, it’s a concours winner and it’s not a trailer queen.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is how it’s supposed to be done. Enjoy the gallery of this immaculate Rolls Royce, and you can find a little more info on it at the bottom.
After the Concours on Saturday, we spent the evening walking around Greenwich having some cigars, getting dinner and some coffee. We made our way over the check out Miller Motorcars’ strip of insane highest-of-high-end dealerships. When we reached the Rolls Royce dealer, this Dawn with an unbelievable spec was lit up in the showroom.
It’s looks black in the photo, but it was actually dark midnight blue, and yes that is an orange leather interior with a matching pinstripe. I couldn’t get enough of it, and I hope I didn’t leave too much drool on the window.
Stay tuned for more of our fantastic weekend at Greenwich to come!
You can buy many very nice things for half-a-million dollars. Most people think of that as a comfortable house, but in Greenwich, CT they think of it as just another car.
We spotted this Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead in traffic, and it was like a parade unto itself. We love seeing all those massive and majestic pre-war luxury cars at concours events, and Rolls Royce is the only company who still builds such cars today.
Amongst normal cars in traffic, this Phantom Drophead is quite a sight.
The Geneva Motor Show happened this week, and every year it’s like Christmas has come for the car industry.
Here are the highlights for me, and my thoughts on each…
Ferrari 812 Superfast
The front-engine V12 Ferraris are by far my favorite Ferraris. They have always been the ultimate expression of what a grand touring car can be, and their lineage goes all the way back to the beginning of Ferrari road cars in the early 1950s.
The 812 Superfast takes the insanity of the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, and takes it up yet another notch. With damn near 800hp on tap from its still-naturally-aspirated-V12 engine, the 812 Superfast is now the ultimate GT car (really more of a supercar) that money can buy. I also think it looks absolutely manic, yet somehow still in an elegant sort of way.
Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid
Do you think anyone ever imagined this when the Toyota Prius first came out? Hybrids were once pathetic little econo-boxes, but here is a 680hp Porsche Panamera with a hybrid system developed from the 918 hypercar. This is exactly how hybrid technology should be used. I want a 680hp bullet that can still get decent MPG when I’m not thrashing it. If nothing else, isn’t technology all about having your cake and eating it too?