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Driving design: Yacht designers on the cars that float their boat

Driving design: Yacht designers on the cars that float their boat

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Justin Redman

RWD

What was your first car?

A 1972 Alfa Romeo GT Junior – a gem of a car, designed by one of the world’s finest car designers, Giorgetto Giugiaro.

How many cars do you have?

A 2015 Aston Martin Rapide – it’s ex Aston Martin CEO Ulrich Bez’s car, built in a unique colour scheme of a dark inky deep blue with saddle colour interior – utterly classic and unrepeatable; a 2017 Range Rover Velar; a 2016 Land Rover Defender, which was purchased before the line stopped (we’re helping do something about that); a 1957 Aston Martin DB2/4, a truly captivating example of British automotive craftsmanship; and finally a 1967 Fiat 500, which is a perfectly designed and engineered little car.

Describe your ideal journey.

The RWD Auto Tours have all been unique. A travelling “camaraderie” of friends, immaculately looked after, travelling beautiful roads, relishing truly memorable journeys together. The annual ascent to the crest of Mont Ventoux in Provence, as the sun rises over the vineyards, takes some beating.

Do you take part in any track days or classic car shows?

Very few, but the exceptional gentlemen of Y.CO took a group of us onto the historic track at Goodwood, in a collection of classic race cars – an experience I will never better!

Which car pushes the boundaries of design in your opinion?

A car that has captivated me since I was a child, the Bugatti Royale.

Was there any particular person who inspired your love of cars?

My father, who expertly restored vintage grand prix Bugattis for a great part of his life. Brilliantly.

Which marque or car designer has or had the potential to be a stylish superyacht designer?

I should have liked to have seen what Giugiaro might have created. It would have been restrained perfection.

What has car design learnt from the superyacht world, or vice versa?

Where both disciplines do learn from each other is [in] how to celebrate the sense of travel, the search for the most perfect environment to be transported from one place to another, the creation of a bespoke journey, short or long, land based or at sea.

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