• Porsche Sport Driving School

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    It was five years ago that I consciously decided to be a "Yes Man." Since that time I've jumped into some crazy experiences, formed lifelong friendships, and have laughed all along the way. I'm constantly asking myself, "Am I living an interesting story?"

    When the storied Italian tire maker Pirelli invites you to the Porsche Sport Driving School for a day, that's a knee-jerk "yes." I first fell in love with Porsche when I test drove one at the young age of 15. For good reason my parents cut that idea off at the knees...but the encounter stuck with me. Porsche's Sport Driving School is housed on a track in Birmingham, Alabama in what, for all intents and purposes, is considered to be the middle of nowhere. But that's its charm. It's man, machine, and God's creation. As if to acknowledge this is where we came from, now where can we go (and how fast)? If it sounds romantic, that's because it is.

    "Your most powerful weapon is your brakes. Racing is all about your braking. They are 4-5 times more powerful than your engine."

    Let's just call the driving school what it really is, "The sensual seduction by a 911 Turbo." The lines of her body move like a woman...curving, rolling, sloping ever so gently down her back. Opening up the throttle to 97...99...103...111...117 (and I'm only in third gear at this point), the engine's roar rattles among the pines, blood pumping through my chest as my heart rate rises with the needle.

    Easily the single most fun day I've ever experienced, I'm excited to share that Pirelli is feeling generous. They are sending one lucky driver (and a friend) to experience two days behind a Porsche 911. Not only will you get your fix for your need for speed but you'll receive first class driving instruction from experienced race car drivers. I experienced this firsthand as I rode shotgun for a hot lap. By the end of it, I was ready to lose my lunch...not as romantic.

    Feb 24, 2014 | Permalink (11) View/Leave Comments

    julia left a comment on 3/17/2014 at 1:26 PM:

    2 years ago my husband bought a 911, then took this course last summer, and now we’re going again this year….#hooked. your photos are superb!


    Stefanee left a comment on 3/6/2014 at 5:33 PM:

    I just recently wrote about wanting to start agreeing to any and all adventure on a blog that my sister and I started up. It was a New Years resolution of mine, and seeing this definitely made me want to keep following through with that!
    Great blog, you have some awesome stuff!

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    Corey Young left a comment on 3/5/2014 at 11:49 PM:

    Thanks for this posting! I have always been a Porsche man! They were a “dime a dozen” when I was a kid living in “Silicon Valley” back in the very early 1980’s-late 1970’s. I can remember one summer day counting 50 of them on the way to Half Moon Bay from Fremont! My father had a choice back in the day between a Lancia and a 911. He chose the Lancia. He did repent and later bought a Mercedes 280 D. Not exactly a Porsche but German and classy no less. Myself…still dreaming. Maybe in 5 more years when the kids are older and the wife will let me look beyond SUV’s!

    This is the best post you’ve had in a long time…and just when I was about to give up. You peaked my interest yet again! This really brought back alot of great memories for me. Thanks!


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/5/2014 at 8:05 PM:

    @Hillary—Thank you. And the base price on a 911 Turbo S (which I also had the pleasure of driving) is $180,000.


    Hillary left a comment on 3/5/2014 at 7:15 PM:

    A Cayman S lists for under $66k….not $100k.


    Dan left a comment on 3/5/2014 at 11:31 AM:

    Wonder what the dress code for a Veyron is.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/5/2014 at 10:19 AM:

    @CC—If I’m driving a $100K sports car, I’m wearing a tie. The car deserves at least that much respect.


    CC left a comment on 3/5/2014 at 10:13 AM:

    One of those necktie-required racetracks?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/5/2014 at 10:03 AM:

    @Barbara—It was 7 degrees in Birmingham that day. You bet I wore a parka. Of course we shed them once inside the cars…but there were periods of standing outside while receiving instruction.


    Barbara left a comment on 3/5/2014 at 9:46 AM:

    That’s not what you wore to drive cars, is it?


    George left a comment on 3/4/2014 at 11:30 PM:

    Porsche = YES! Nice story, nice shots.


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  • Farewell Philip

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    1967—2014

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  • Rowing Blazers News

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    Rowing Blazers, the coffee table book I have been working on for just over three years with author Jack Carlson, will officially be available next fall. As a coxswain, Jack won the Henley Royal Regatta, the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, and the Head of the Charles Regatta this year alone. He’s also coxed the U.S. at the world championships and Oxford in the Oxford-Cambridge boat races.

    Many of you have been asking when you can get your hands on Rowing Blazers. As one would assume, I had to keep mum until the book deal was inked. Well consider it inked. The release date is set for September 2014 and will be published by Vendome Press and Thames & Hudson. A pre-order could be available as soon as February. In the meantime, follow Rowing Blazers on Twitter and Facebook for teasers, launch parties, and opportunities to win signed copies of the book.

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    JULIE left a comment on 11/10/2014 at 11:45 AM:

    SO HANDSOME!


    Ben left a comment on 1/5/2014 at 4:56 PM:

    Looks amazing, keep us posted about pre-ordering!


    Chatham Ivy left a comment on 1/4/2014 at 4:11 PM:

    As a Division 1 rower in college and lover of all things prep, I will certainly be putting this on my Christmas list! Hope to carry this type of blazer at Chatham Ivy: A New England Lifestyle Company. Coming 2014.


    SS left a comment on 12/31/2013 at 10:30 AM:

    Well I know what I’m getting all my friends/family for Christmas 2014!


    Nic left a comment on 12/31/2013 at 9:22 AM:

    As a long-time rower, I will absolutely be preordering this!


    Tommy left a comment on 12/30/2013 at 6:16 PM:

    I cannot wait for this book!


    Charlotte left a comment on 12/30/2013 at 5:50 PM:

    So exciting!


    Victoria left a comment on 12/30/2013 at 4:28 PM:

    Great stuff! Any news on who will make the cover?!


    C left a comment on 12/28/2013 at 6:20 PM:

    those georgetown boys are looking good!


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  • Barbour Meets Barber

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    Beautiful New Yorkers, swing by Barbour in SoHo this Thursday at 123 Wooster Street from 6:00pm-9:00pm for a Barbour and John Allan's TriBeCa holiday party. Enjoy complimentary shaves, shoe shines, and fine scotch with me, Garrett McCarthy, and Sarah Solomon (your gracious hosts). It'll be a fine night in each others' company. Did I mention the scotch is on the house? Please bring chocolate.

    I'm serious about the chocolate.

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  • Featured in Free & Easy, January 2014

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    While in Los Angeles last month, I was flattered to be asked for my photograph for Free & Easy magazine. There's a street style feature of real guys accompanied by a grip of Japanese text highlighting what (or rather, who) they are wearing. Haven't heard of it? That's because it is a Japanese men's lifestyle magazine serving as an encyclopedia of sorts of what made the 20th Century American male so captivating.

    The whole affair is very preppy. And while the peppered English copy-writing and humorous photographs come off as awkwardly endearing at times, this little periodical sits in the design offices of most every American menswear brand. You can pick up copies at a few magazine shops around New York for about $20 a pop.

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