• 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!

    itisourphilosophy.com


    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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  • 29th Annual Harriman Cup

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    Those who go, know. The Harriman Cup is all about the tailgate. More importantly, how you tailgate. Awards for this stuff are handed out you know (along with Best Outfit, Best Dog, Best Hat, and a few awards for actual sporting achievement). Maximillian Sinsteden knows this. In fact, he's banking on this (he was snubbed last year but still walked away with Best Outfit). Max arrives with a U-Haul carrying his beloved beat-to-hell Oriental party rug, ten box hedges he rented from a company in New York, five crates of liquor, two bartenders, and an open bar.

    Now it's a party.

    Adam Klopp of UVA picks his poison

    Swirl striped paper straws, wicker beer pitchers, and mason jars with your initials written in wax pencil were only a few of the details that made The Party Carpet Tailgate so fun

    Otis, the German Short-Haired Pointer who took Best Dog, with his owner

    Max being sprayed with Champagne at the announcement for Best Tailgate

    After blowing out his entire backside before halftime, Adam Klopp taped what he could together and kept riding

    The annual polo match between Yale and University of Virginia alumni is a bittersweet reminder summer is on its way out. Most everyone is four or five in by the divot stomp just to cope with oncoming summer separation anxiety. You don't have to be an alum to enjoy the festivities though. Harriman has always seemed to embrace "the more the merrier" ethos—just come in your Sunday best. This, of course, means not a single thread of madras, seersucker, or linen is left on a hanger within a 100 mile radius. If you're a lady, points for donning a hat. Sponsors, including JP Crickets, my friend Karen Klopp's What2WearWhere.com, Harpoon Brewery, and Frava (caffeinated juice...brilliant when you think about it), line the safety zone alongside games of ladder toss, croquet, and a grip of tailgates.

    Three hours later, Max humbly accepts the award for Best Tailgate...while being doused in Champagne.

    Aug 23, 2013 | Permalink (8) View/Leave Comments

    roux left a comment on 8/17/2014 at 6:36 AM:

    where is ‘max’s’ blazer from?


    Ize left a comment on 10/5/2013 at 4:00 PM:

    UVA!


    Tyrone left a comment on 9/19/2013 at 10:38 AM:

    Those pants are from vineyard vines


    J left a comment on 9/18/2013 at 7:37 PM:

    Any idea who made the geometric colored pants?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 9/18/2013 at 4:24 PM:

    @Bradford—Unfortunately I do not know who makes that white oxford.

    @Cam—Best Outfit went to a young man named Dean.


    Bradford left a comment on 9/18/2013 at 4:16 PM:

    http://unabashedlyprep.com/up-posts/Culture/29th Annual HarrimanCup/theharrimancup20130907_0232.jpg

    Fred, do you know who makes that oxford? Been looking for it for a while. Thanks


    scaleworm left a comment on 9/16/2013 at 1:29 PM:

    Horses.
    Polo.
    Summer.
    Drinks.
    Sun.
    What is not to love?


    cam left a comment on 9/16/2013 at 10:41 AM:

    fun event…who won best outfit?


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  • 16th Annual Mashomack International Polo Challenge

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    Millbrook, New York in the summer is God’s country. I’m convinced of it. I catch the 7:48am Metro-North Saturday morning and half-consciously witness the city fade into wide open spaces over the next three and a half hours. And then time just stands still. I meet Cooper at Smithfield Farms, Karen and John Klopp’s place. Hospitality is one of their many virtues. The two story house is buzzing with family and friends while still nudging you to get lost in a novel. It doesn’t take long for me to realize this might be the most heavenly escape from the city possible.

    Unlike the Hamptons or Nantucket, Pine Plains (and it’s surrounding towns, including Millbrook) is home to rolling farm land—and the Mashomack Polo Club. In a celebration of sport and fundraising, the club hosts the Mashomack International Polo Challenge every year. Brazil is here for the first time to take on the locals in front of the 1,000+ guests and spectators dressed up like they have somewhere better to go afterwards. And neither disappointed.

    White Levi 501s are the jeans of choice for the local players

    The use of this silk Givenchy head scarf around her hat is smart

    The best party wagon I've ever seen, custom built by a retired local polo player

    Jun 24, 2013 | Permalink (12) View/Leave Comments

    Derek left a comment on 9/28/2013 at 4:21 PM:

    JC, I’d absolutely wear madras pants and assuredly most others on this blog would too.  With a white or blue oxford, maybe a blue blazer if it’s not too warm outside, and loafers…no socks.  Wear to a summer party, cook-out, some gathering that your girlfriend drags you to, or a college football game in late August.  When September rolls around, they go back in the closet until next summer.


    jc left a comment on 7/31/2013 at 2:01 AM:

    Hi, i have been reading this blog. I have a question about madras pants, would you wear them and how or where?


    Aaron left a comment on 7/17/2013 at 6:58 PM:

    I was slightly scared when I saw the “U.S. Polo Association” patch but thankfully—this was the real thing.

    As a side comment, I attended a match @ Newport a couple weeks ago, but most attendees were not as dressed up as I predicted they might be.


    Ian left a comment on 7/10/2013 at 1:31 PM:

    Use my discount code ian2 for 10% storewide at the frat collection- also know as fraternity collection . com!


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/8/2013 at 9:47 AM:

    @Dan—The player slipped on what appeared to be a fox fur jock strap…then partiers proceeded to pet it.


    RD left a comment on 7/7/2013 at 10:52 AM:

    FYI-
    here is more on that tailgate truck: http://polo.epubxp.com/i/36777/35


    y l hollander left a comment on 7/5/2013 at 9:36 AM:

    My God, that tailgate truck! I want that thing parked in my backyard as my refuge from a home overrun by the estrogen-laced tyranny of a wife and two daughters.


    Dan left a comment on 7/4/2013 at 5:14 PM:

    Okay. I’ll bite. Why are people patting a guy’s crotch in the last picture?


    cam left a comment on 7/4/2013 at 4:40 PM:

    mr castleberry, looks like you guys had a good time. k. cooper ray looks spot on as usual. i would have enjoyed a picture of your rig.


    Tim left a comment on 7/4/2013 at 5:55 AM:

    great pics!

    Really enjoying the recent flurry of updates


    Paul left a comment on 7/4/2013 at 12:26 AM:

    Great pics. I grew up a half hour south of Pine Plains. Millbrook is a great town too. Cheers


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  • D.S.R.V. Laga

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    I'm down in Naples, Florida this week for a little bit of sun and a little bit of work. Jack Carlson and I are poring over thousands of images from over a hundred rowing clubs to make final selections for the coffee table book we are working on about rowing blazers. The past 18 months of shooting have seen me off to New England, Great Britain, and the Netherlands.

    Peter Evers rows for the Dutch club D.S.R.V. Laga in Delft. The threadbare blazers worn by Laga rowers are infamous for fitting like your ugly uncle's...because they kind of are. The blazers are inherited from alumni of the club. So when Peter quits rowing, he will pass down his jacket to another oarsman. What's more? Tradition dictates that the jacket cannot be cleaned until its wearer has won the most prestigious Dutch regatta: the Varsity.

    Apr 1, 2013 | Permalink (22) View/Leave Comments

    XOXO Little V left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 9:14 PM:

    Thanks for the preview!  Can’t wait for the big release.


    TG left a comment on 4/10/2013 at 7:45 PM:

    Looking forward to viewing the full collection when the book is done!


    Joey Dee left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 2:40 PM:

    Naples is great. Stop by Sarasota sometime!
    Can’t wait for this book, either!


    Harry left a comment on 4/9/2013 at 7:03 AM:

    Who’s publishing this book?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 4/8/2013 at 3:12 PM:

    @Bergman—My photographs of Njord turned out really nice. Great group shot of them in the book.


    Bergman left a comment on 4/8/2013 at 3:00 PM:

    If you’re already using Laga and Nereus for the book, you definitely can’t miss KSRV Njord from Leiden. It’s the first and oldest student rowing club in The Netherlands, and it hosted the first ever Varsity in 1878.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 4/8/2013 at 8:46 AM:

    @emjkmj—Oh, but he sure does try. The running joke among Dutch rowing clubs is “Our drinking club has a rowing problem.”


    Graham Benton left a comment on 4/8/2013 at 7:49 AM:

    Looking forward to seeing this book, lots of interesting history and tradition behind rowing blazers, should be a great read.


    Toomuchflystyles left a comment on 4/7/2013 at 8:01 AM:

    What a great tradition. Is Peter’s jacket allowed a little Febreze once in a while? I’ll bet that thing carries quite a pong


    EMW left a comment on 4/6/2013 at 12:35 PM:

    Can’t wait for this book!


    SICrewGtownCrew left a comment on 4/5/2013 at 11:04 PM:

    I’m at the San Diego Crew Classic right now! I think I remember a few of the more unabashedly prep rowers pulling out their blazers for Sunday finals last year. This book is gonna rule.


    JSL left a comment on 4/5/2013 at 10:47 PM:

    Holy smokes. A JLC-FEC collaboration? I’ll be picking up more than one of these.

    “Utah! Get me two!”


    Andrej left a comment on 4/5/2013 at 9:44 PM:

    Great photo as always.  Can’t wait to see the book.


    emjkmj left a comment on 4/5/2013 at 8:34 PM:

    I assume Peter hasn’t earned the opportunity to clean that jacket yet!


    Benn left a comment on 4/5/2013 at 7:24 PM:

    I live in Naples, FL. If you need another set of eyes to review things, I would be happy to cut class and come over.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 4/5/2013 at 3:20 PM:

    @Speedie—Lucky.


    Speedie left a comment on 4/5/2013 at 3:04 PM:

    I don’t have an ugly uncle.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 4/5/2013 at 2:12 PM:

    @Kevin—I did not row anywhere. Mr. Carlson is a coxswain and it is through his extensive network that we were given unprecedented access into the hallowed halls and clubs of rowing.


    Dan left a comment on 4/5/2013 at 2:08 PM:

    If the man were authoring the book, that’d be one thing, but I hardly think it’s relevant for Castleberry to have had to row in order to photograph people who have.


    Kevin left a comment on 4/5/2013 at 1:53 PM:

    Fred - where/when did you row?


    MGM left a comment on 4/5/2013 at 1:51 PM:

    Great pic.  For those who are interested—the movie “Oxford Blues” contains some beautiful scenes of how Oxford students who row crew dress.  The film stars Rob Lowe.


    Makaga left a comment on 4/5/2013 at 1:04 PM:

    Stoked to see this book when it’s finished!


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  • 28th Annual Harriman Cup

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    It's become my Labor Day, my summer's end, my last ditch effort to let it all hang out of my seersucker trousers—the annual Harriman Cup. Rain or shine, throngs descend upon the Meadowbrook Polo Club from Manhattan and surrounding bed and breakfasts. Sam, Shane, and I roll in off the LIRR in a blaze of vintage Lilly, Ralph Lauren, and Brooks Brothers—the usual suspects. Usually falling on or around the last week of summer, this alumni polo match between Yale and the University of Virginia is the tailgating event of the summer for the prep set (last year's Cup was a ball). Of course, awards are given out for such displays of leisurely grandeur. Best dressed, best hat, best tailgate, and so on. Max Sinsteden has just rolled out his generous tattered oriental rug under his champagne bucket stand and various hor d'oeuvres. It’s a nice spread. However, a neighboring goldenrod Land Rover with blonde hair, blue-eyed college alum promises to be stiff competition. Their snacks are nothing more than finger sandwiches and pretzels, standard fare. Turns out it's Sam's tailgate...and we discover we work together at Ralph Lauren. That's the nature of the Harriman Cup, you’re two degrees from anyone in a navy blazer.

    Vintage Lilly Pulitzer, patchwork madras, seersucker

    Van, Cooper, Max, and me

    Allegra stomping divots between chukkers

    Thanks to Town & Country, I spend most of my time in and out of the VIP tent this year, and frankly, I am quite spoiled with the experience. Booze, food (I go back for seconds on the pulled pork—shameless, I know), the deceptive feeling of self importance—all on the house thanks to the handful of sponsors like J.Mclaughlin, Knockaround, Vitamin Water, and many more. Seriously though, the best time to be had is mingling from tailgate to tailgate while only casually glancing at the match between cocktails.

    Sep 27, 2012 | Permalink (11) View/Leave Comments

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    Ashley left a comment on 12/8/2012 at 4:46 PM:

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    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/23/2012 at 6:53 PM:

    @Jake—We strive for diversity here.


    Jake left a comment on 11/23/2012 at 6:35 PM:

    How nice of you to have a single Black friend, trotted out at the very end.


    Gus left a comment on 11/21/2012 at 12:20 PM:

    Fred,

    As a Yale alum and frequent Harriman Cup attendee, I disagree.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/21/2012 at 11:45 AM:

    @Gus—I’d venture to guess more than half the crowd that shows up isn’t alum of either of the colleges.


    Gus left a comment on 11/21/2012 at 11:42 AM:

    Why would people who didn’t attend UVA or Yale make a Yale/UVA match a summer tradition?


    Max left a comment on 11/20/2012 at 5:08 PM:

    Max’s blazer is beyond awesome. Want.


    CHC left a comment on 11/20/2012 at 12:49 PM:

    Those Lily Pulitzer pants are sweet. How much does a pair like that cost?

    Thanks.


    Mike left a comment on 11/20/2012 at 12:14 AM:

    The gentleman in the green pants gets first prize.


    Desmond K left a comment on 11/19/2012 at 6:08 PM:

    Looks like you guys had a grand ole time. And VIP access makes an event like this that much better.

    Chinos & Cheesecake


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