Thursday, July 31, 2014

Five unlikely epic drives

Before catwalks beckoned, British model and motoring enthusiast David Gandy worked for Auto Express magazine, delivering Porsches and Jaguars to the track for testing. Nowadays, between photo shoots, he reviews cars for British GQ, works as a Jaguar brand ambassador and races cars. He shares his ultimate road trips, from Uganda to Loch Ness, with motoring journalist Jason Barlow 

Ph. Arnaldo Anaya-Lucca (GQ Style Brazil)

 A82, Loch Lomond to Loch Ness, Scotland

I drove this road last Christmas. It’s easy to forget just how spectacular Scottish scenery is. The weather was temperamental but added to the drama, with the mist rolling in over the lochs. I like the long, sweeping roads, with clear sight lines – you can get into a wonderful rhythm.

Car of choice: Jaguar F-type

Rome to Brescia, Italy

Last year I co-drove this leg of the famous Mille Miglia road race with Yasmin Le Bon in a 1950’s Jaguar. This event couldn’t exist anywhere other than Italy. It’s utter madness at times, but as much about the passion of the locals as anything else. The weather was terrible on the first day, but there were hundreds of people lining the route, still cheering after midnight.

Car of choice: Jaguar XK120

Nürburgring, Germany

For petrolheads, this is probably the most famous road in the world, and the most challenging. The Nordschleife circuit is 13 miles long, has more than 70 corners and winds through the Eifel mountains. It has a fearsome reputation. Trying to navigate your way round this place is a real challenge, but in the right car and on the right day, it’s an unforgettable experience.

Car of choice: Porsche Cayman S

Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

This road is so named for a good reason: the journey should take a day but may take three or more. We took this route on a family holiday to Uganda tracking gorillas – we saw them through the mist when the sun came up. As kids, we were forever being bundled into the car to head off somewhere in Europe. It’s probably why I love road trips to this day.

Car of choice: Toyota Land Cruiser – not the most comfortable vehicle, but indestructible

A131 from Sudbury to Castle Hedingham

This is on the Essex-Suffolk border. As my parents live in the area, I know every millimetre and surface change on this stretch. When you have a relationship like that with a road, it really helps you appreciate a car that has been developed and set up properly. I drove it recently in a Nissan GTR (pictured), which is a car with an enormous reputation but one I’d never really understood before. After driving it along here, on a very wet day, I got it. It’s a hell of a machine.

Car of choice: Nissan GT-R


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

David Gandy covers Saville Row Style Magazine (July 2014)


 Savile Row is a much more friendly, welcoming place than in the days of yore. Up until middle of the 1990s, unless you were brought by your father, almost as a rite of passage, or came recommended by an existing customer, many houses were decidedly sniffy about accepting just any old customer who came through their doors. Now, they have opened up no end, attracting a wide variety of customers. Here a disparate group reveal their views on the Row.

Girls the world over would undoubtedly say that Mr. David Gandy is a very nice man, and indeed he is. As the male celebrity of the moment, feted and photographed wherever he goes, seen at all the best parties and in all the gossip pages, it might be expected that the had become just a touch removed, a little precious, but not a bit of it.

He managed to cause no little excitement in Savile Row recently, when being fitted for his latest suit at Henry Poole. Posing outside the tailor’s beside a rather special 1952 C-Type Jaguar sports car, he even had some other tailors, noted for being singularly unimpressed by celebrities, coming out to catch a snap of him – though admittedly, the Jag might have been the main attraction for some male passers-by.

He is that rarity – a hit with the ladies and yet very much a man’s man, a good bloke. And even rarer in the modelling world, he has the sort of physique usually associated with a boxer, broad shouldered and narrow hipped, a muscular figure that makes the stick insect shapes of other young male models look as hapless as their female counterparts. 

The Poole suit, still at the fitting stage, showed this off to advantage. The bespoke cut fits the shoulders naturally, then the jacket whittles to his enviably trim waistline, with a Norfolk pleat back giving freedom of movement for his muscular top. Ready-to-wear would never do such justice.

It was being fitted in time to be worn at the Goodwood members’ meeting this Spring, which he was attending with Simon Cundey of Poole, both passionate about cars. 

"I have lots of Savile Row suits," Gandy volunteered. "I just love the feel of them and the way they look. I am very supportive of British craftsmanship and believe it deserves more honour in its own country. Rather than letting foreign investors take over our top British firms, there should be more investment here. It makes economic sense."

In one of this many sidelines, he has written fulsomely on this theme, most recently in a Daily Telegraph article that attracted a high response. He also makes the point that British consumers can do their bit.

"Not just in clothes but in other areas, consumers can help British businesses and support traditional crafts like Savile Row simply by buying British."

He has been a customer at Henry Poole for two and half years, and likes a certain fairly traditional style. For this latest outfit, he chose a cloth from the new Hardy Minnis range, in the Worsted Alsport collection, designed especially for town and country wear. 

Since winning a modelling competition on TV in 2001, Gandy has modelled for all kinds of top international brands. But he sent a million female hearts a flutter when he appeared in the memorable Dolce & Gabbana campaign in 2007, modelling underwear, and since then has chalked up a raft of industry awards, magazine covers, fashion projects and writing assignments, and managed to find time to support various good causes. 

One of these is as patron and foster carer for the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. "I’d love to have a dog but it just hasn’t been right up till now, with all the travelling I’ve been doing. But I’ve not got a nice old Victorian house with a garden, and the dog I’m fostering at present is so special, the time may just be right…"

David Gandy’s suit is in a brown herringbone with a double brown window check, a 12 oz weight, with the jacket showing Norfolk-style shooting pleats at the back to allow him ease of movement when driving.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Last years BDCH auction winner enjoyed a one-on-one dogwalk with David Gandy

Lisa Rosenberger, winner of the last years BDCH auction in support of the Battersea Collars & Coats Gala Ball, enjoyed a one-on-one dogwalk with Battersea Ambassador and model David Gandy.

David Gandy, the world’s most in-demand male model, joined Lisa Rosenberger at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Center in London last Monday, July 21st to make this long awaited dog walk come true.

Gandy, a well know dog lover, walked a beautiful Staffie named Maisie and Lisa a delightful mutt named Fragel across Battersea Park on a warm morning in London. In addition to the walk, Lisa also enjoyed a guided tour of the new kennels that are still under construction, 56 new individual kennels with dedicated sleeping, eating and play areas, complete with under-floor heating and outdoor exercise pens.

The auction was held last november and helped raise money and awareness about the daily work at the Battersea's centers in London, Berkshire and Kent, looking after 9000 animals each year, including nearly 6000 dogs and over 3000 cats. Lisa said about this award: "I waited nine months for this day. The last time I waited nine months for something, I gave birth to my son. But this time, it was a different kind of dream I was waiting for. This dream included a chance to help BDCH, two adorable dogs, a beautiful day in the park, one male super model and... me. But in the end, this dream was a reality."

In addition, we are glad to announce that Lisa will be a guest author at the end of next month on the blog and she will bring you the detailed story of her experience.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

David Gandy will be a contributor to The Classic Car Show

Jodie Kidd with David Gandy and his
1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL
This vehicle was originally owned by R H Johnson, 
the founder of the Mercedes-Benz Club UK and it has been restored by Hilton & Moss
David Gandy has been announced alongside Bruno Senna, David Coulthard and Sir Stirling Moss as a contributor to prime-time global TV series capturing the passion, glamour, history and remarkable individuals in a multi-billion dollar world 'The Classic Car Show'
Other celebrity contributions will come from Tinie Tempah, Daisy Lowe, Graham Norton, Jessie J, Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon and Peter Jones.

Hitting screens in January 2015, the all new 13 x one-hour episodes will be hosted by international supermodel and racing driver, Jodie Kidd, and founding member of Top Gear and Britain’s most renowned classic car journalist, Quentin Willson.

The Classic Car Show is currently on location filming some of the world’s most prestigious and glamorous cars. Recent films include Jodie Kidd in a Jaguar XK120 at the Mille Miglia, Quentin Willson driving Keith Richards’ Ferrari 246 GT Dino on the French Riviera, Derek Bell in a Porsche 962 at Le Mans, a 1964 Brabham BT11 at the Monaco Historique and Bruno Senna putting 10 classics through their paces on the racetrack.

Globally distributed by Sony Pictures Television, The Classic Car Show is produced by Jim Wiseman and Stephanie Fox and will be formally launched at MIPCOM* in Cannes in October.

David Gandy, model and classic car enthusiast, commented:This is the car show I have always wanted. I think I was born in the wrong era – my style and the way I like to drive are far more suited to these classics.  You just don’t get that character and class with modern motors.

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M&S Fall/Winter 2014 Collection

David Gandy is once again behind the lens of the London-based photograher Tomo Brejc for M&ampS F/W 2014 Campaign in San Francisco. For this occasion, the English model wears different suits and jackets with timeless colors of fall alongside some brilliant greys and muted yellows.