Driving: maneuver towards comfort and style

Whether you’re a passionate classic car driver or simply in need of a few added driving comforts, The Rake has you covered with artisanal garments and accessories made by recently established labels and brands with a long-standing motoring heritage.

Gardner McKay speeding along in his Chevrolet convertible as his shaggy dog enjoys the ride (Photo by Allan Grant/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

If you think about the high-octane world of F1, it is a circuit of glitz and glamour. So synonymous with style, there is rarely a racing icon that hasn’t inspired us to take the quality of our driving accoutrements up a few notches. British legends, Sir Jackie Stewart, James Hunt and Sir Stirling Moss were all custodians of a rakish aesthete behind the wheel. Even before Formula One was invented, the study of the gentlemanly racers (think the Bentley Boys of the 1920s) will have you in complete rapture on the sheer elegance and sophistication that both car and driver percolated. “Nothing is too beautiful, nothing is too expensive” is a quote from Ettore Bugatti. Admittedly, this was the view of a sui generis automobile designer in an unparalleled era of classic style, but the point is – as the 11th Duke of Richmond has shown by founding the Festival of Speed (1993) and Goodwood Revival Meeting (1998), there is still a palpable relationship between the beauty of car and driver. Celebrated at the aforementioned events, and the Concours of Elegance amongst others, it is a relationship that not only pertains to expensive vehicles, but applies to the casual Sunday afternoon driver in their Morris Minor.

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Freddie Anderson

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September 2021

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