Speed / June 2018

The Best Dressed Driver at Concours D'Elegance Suisse 2018

Simon Kidston is a keen car collector, vintage aeroplane aficionado and all-round speed enthusiast who also happens to be one very fashionable chap. As our pick for Best Dressed Driver, he chats with us about all things motoring and style.

Simon Kidston receives The Rake's Best Dressed Driver award from The Rake's Associate Style Editor Benedict Browne.

If you were looking closely at our social media shenanigans over the weekend, you’ll be aware that The Rake was in Geneva as a partner of Concours D’Elegance Suisse and to present an award to the Best Dressed Driver. The recipient was Simon Kidston, who also won first place in the rear-engined sport coupés 1960 - 1977 class with his unidentifiable flying object numberplate Lamborghini Countach LP400 (1977).

As requested by many of our readers, we’re going to shed light on Simon. One thing for certain is that speed rapidly courses through his veins. It’s an insatiable urge and one he has inherited:  Simon's uncle was Glen Kidston, a key member of the infamous Bentley Boys who are mostly known for setting speed records on Europe’s foremost tracks before causing pandemonium in hotels and bars.

Simon is mainly based in Geneva, however, his work takes him far and wide. He’s an esteemed car collector and dealer, and when he’s not in the office he is learning how to fly, bespeaking the finest Italian tailoring, collecting 1980s New Wave records and keyboards and winding down with camp Roger Moore movies.

We caught up with Simon earlier this week.

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Benedict Browne

Benedict is The Rake's Associate Style Editor.