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Supercar Management Services

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We recently met up with Jules, founder of Supercar Management Services in London, a car concierge,service which is currently making lots of noise in the market; buying a luxury car is just the beginning but managing and  maintaining it is where Supercar Management Services comes in

 

Jules when did you discover your passion for cars?

 

My passion started when I was 5 during a family trip to Maranello, hometown of Ferrari. It was winter, the city was quiet: I remember a fantastic treasure hunt to find some red supercars.

Thereafter, I started reading the Sport-Auto Magazine classifieds, and my passion for luxury cars was born. It kept growing the following years as I was reading all the newspapers I could, attending motor shows and races, spotting supercars in Monaco or Paris. Knowing the supercar world helped me to start my career in luxury within BMW Group’s PR team, where I learnt a lot about exclusive events management and the ultra high-net worth individuals lifestyle.

 

 

How did the idea come about for Supercar Management Services?

 

All of my adult life I have worked in the luxury industry, in the guest services team of one of the very best hotels in the world (the Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris) and in the lifestyle management team in London’s Harrods. It helped me refine my idea of highly-bespoke and discreet service and my clients loved my discrete approach which is being always available and quick. I had a very extensive understanding of their needs, and I was regularly asked to provide solutions for lifestyle management. It was the obvious next step for me to specialize my business in providing lifestyle management in the industry I master the most, luxury cars.

 

What services does your company provide?

 

Supercar Management Services is here to help our clients enjoy the ownership of their luxury car, I aim to be a luxury car concierge, a personal assistant dedicated to the client’s car.  Hence we provide services all along the ownership experience, from buying the car, to maintaining it to selling it. With our fleet services, we will take care of the maintenance planning of the car, its cleanliness with valeting and detailing on a regular basis chosen by the client, making sure it is always in a pristine condition. We take care of repairs and have a team working overnight to ensure a discrete and smooth process. For example, if a client dents a wheel or a bumper in the evening, we can collect the car at his convenience and repair it during the night. The client will have his car back the next day in a showroom condition!

It is also possible to let us know when the car is not going to be needed, and we can rent it to luxury rental agencies in the meantime and reduce the ownership costs.

We provide support to build a profitable car collection and help clients invest in classic cars – sourcing, renovation, insurance, storage and to finish, we can take care of our clients’ luxury errands and personal shopping, e.g. preparing food for a private jet trip or collecting last minute shopping before a gala.

 

What’s your best achievement to date?

 

I want to keep the service as personalised as possible, and to make sure each client is known and feels special. It means my clients have my personal number and that I am available at any time. My best achievement to date was to help a customer sort his insurances issues with the police to release his impounded car imported from the Middle East to Europe without the adequate authorisations. The customer was thrilled by our efficiency!

 

Have you had any celebrities or famous clients?

 

I have been handling the unique requests of royal families and some of the wealthiest people in the world. And my customers value my discretion.

 

Whats the future look like for Supercar Management Services and what are you most excited about?

 

The wealth and luxury industry continues its strong expansion and there is a similarly growing demand for freedom and time that luxury services offer. People want to maximise their time and make the most of it. Our services help clients live the lifestyle they desire. Hence we are planning to organise luxury experiences – track days, road trips – through Europe. I am the absolute expert on the French market, having worked 7 years in Paris most exclusive areas. I would like to like to create highly-tailored and truly magical experiences in France for clients from all around the world.

 

What car would you own if you could choose any?

 

I am currently renovating my lovely Citroë
n 2CV, which is as far as you can from a supercar! But my dream car is Ferrari 458 Speciale Aperta. You should hear its naturally-aspirated V8; this car is what dreams are made of!

 

For more information on Supercar Management Services visit http://supercarmanagementservices.com

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Supercar Classic Show at Blenheim Palace 2017

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This years Supercar Classic show was an awesome event, the turnout was once again incredible boasting some very desirable and rare supercars from around Europe. The weather none the less was typical of an unpredictable rainy September Sunday, but through the gloomy weather we saw some award winning hypercars.

 

If you love supercars make sure you attend the show in 2018, its definitely a supercar highlight for the year, see https://www.blenheimclassicsupercar.com for more info.

 

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Feature – Matteo Cressoni

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This weeks featured millionaire is Matteo Cressoni,

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Matteo Cressoni was born in Volta Mantovana (Mantua, Italy) on October 28th 1984. His father Giancarlo, a great lover of engines and karts, transmits soon this passion to his son.

Matteo cultivates the love for the four wheels since the age of 10, competing in various go-kart categories of national and international championships.

In 2001, not yet seventeenth, Matteo takes the big jump: he starts racing in Formula cars, initially in Formula Renault 2000, then in Formula 3000 and finally in Formula 3, where he wins the Italian Championship in 2004.

Winning the Italian title gives Matteo the deserved visibility and in 2005 he enters the orbit of Ferrari: here, with the team BMS Scuderia Italia he races the LMES European Championship and, on a Ferrari 550 GT1, he closes the season as Vice Champion.

The Italian driver takes part in many National and International championships with GT racing cars (not only with Ferrari but also with Porsche, Lamborghini, BMW, Jaguar) reaching very often ambitious results.

In 2007 Audi remarks his talent and convenes Cressoni for a test in Almeria (Spain) with an A4 DTM: impressed by his lap times, Audi decides to engage him at the Okayama race of the Asian Le Mans Series championship with a R10 TDI prototype, where he ends up in fourth position. Since 2012, and until today, Matteo “specializes” in endurance races with GT cars, competing in many 24 and 12 hours races in the most famous and insidious circuits in the world: Le Mans, Nurburgring, Spa, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Daytona, Brno and many others.

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See some of Matteos record below

1992/2000 Go-kart: 20 victories in the National Championships, 3rd classi ed in the International Championship
2001 Formula Renault 2000 (System Team): 19th classi ed out on 50 participants, 6th place at the International Finals
2002 Formula Renault 2000 (Bicar Racing): 18th classi ed
2003 Italian Formula 3 Championship (WRC Racing Team): 4 races, two 4th places
2003 Formula 3000 Championship (Traini Corse): 1 race in Brno, 4th place
2004 Italian Formula 3 Championship (Team Ombra): ITALIAN CHAMPION (two victories, ve 2nd places, a 3rd place)
2005 Le Mans Endurance Series(BMS Scuderia Italia–Ferrari 550 GT1): VICE CHAMPION(1st place in Spa, three 2nd places)
2006 European Formula 3000 Championship (Team Vanni Racing): a 2nd place and a 3rd place
2006 European GT Championship (Team Edil Cris – Ferrari 430 GT2): a victory and two 3rd places 2007 FIA GT Championship (Team Edil Cris – Ferrari 430 GT2): 8th classi ed (a 3rd place)
2007 Italian GT Championship (Team Edil Cris – Ferrari 430 GT2): 2 races (a victory and a 3rd place) 2008 European GT Championship (Team Edil Cris – Ferrari 430 GT2): 8th classi ed (a pole position and two 3rd places)
2008 Audi DTM Of cial Test (Almeria/Spain – Audi A4 DTM): 1st CLASSIFIED
2009 International GT Open (Team Sun Red – Sun Red SR1): 2 races
2009 Italian GT Championship (Team Edil Cris – Ferrari 430 GT2): two 2nd places and two 3rd places 2009 Italian GT Championship (Team Mik Corse – Lamborghini Gallardo GT3): one race in Monza, 1st PLACE
2009 East Europe GT Championship (Team No Stress–Ferrari 430 GT2): 3rd classi ed (three pole positions, two victories, a 2nd place)
2009 Asian Le Mans Series (Team Kolles – Audi R10 TDI): one race in Okayama (Japan), 4th place 2010 International Superstar Series (Team MRT – Chrysler and Team Ferlito – Jaguar): a 4th place 2011 International GT Sprint (Team Edil Cris – Ferrari 430 GT2): GTS2 CHAMPION, three 1st places and a 2nd place
2011 Cellular Line G50 Cup Trophy – Motor Show Bologna (Nova Race –Ginetta G50 GT4): 2nd classi ed
2011 International GT Open (Team Edil Cris – Ferrari 458 GT2): one race in Red Bull Ring (Austria), 2nd place
2011 Italian GT Championship (Nova Race – Ginetta G50 GT4): two races, two 1st places
2011 Dunlop 24H Dubai (Nova Race – Ginetta G50 GT4/SP10): 4th place
2012 ADAC Zurich 24H Nurburgring (Nova Race – Ginetta G50 GT4/SP10): 8th place
2012 VLN 4H Nurburgring (Nova Race – Ginetta G50 GT4/SP10): 3rd place
2012 Ginetta G50 Cup (Nova Race–Ginetta G50 GT4): CHAMPION, ve victories, four 2nd places, a 3rd place
2012 Swedish GT Championship (Team Autoropa – Ferrari 458 Challenge): 1 race in Anderstorp, 2nd place
2012 FIA GT1 World Championship (Sun Red – Ford GT GT2): ve races, a 6th place 2012 Bamboogie GT Challenge –MotorShow Bologna (Antonelli Motorsport –Porsche RSR GT3): 5th classi ed
2012 Gulf 12H Abu Dhabi (Nova Race – Ginetta G50 GT4/GTX): 1st CLASSIFIED
2013 Dunlop 24H Dubai (Nova Race – Ginetta G50 GT4/SP10): withdrawal (technical failure)
2013 Blancpain Endurance Series (Vita4One – BMW Z4 GT3): one race in Monza, withdrawal (technical failure)
2013 ADAC Zurich 24H Nurburgring (Nova Race – Ginetta G50 GT4/SP10): 2nd place
2013 Hankook 24H Barcelona (Nova Race – Ginetta G50 GT4/SP3): 1st CLASSIFIED
2013 International GT Open (Team X Drive – Porsche 911 GT2): one race in Monza, withdrawal (technical failure)
2013 Gulf 12H Abu Dhabi (Nova Race – Ginetta G50 GT4/GTX): 1st CLASSIFIED
2014 ELMS European Le Mans Series (Team Kessel – Ferrari 458 GT2/GTE): four races, two 2nd places 2014 Hankook 24H Barcelona (Nova Race – Ginetta G50 GT4/SP3): 1st CLASSIFIED
2014 WEC World Endurance Championship (8 Star Motorsport–Ferrari 458 GT2/AM): three races, a 3rd place
2015 Hankook 24H Dubai (Nova Race – Ginetta G50 GT4/SP10): withdrawal (technical failure)
2015 ELMS European Le Mans Series (AF Corse – Ferrari 458 GT2/GTE): a 3rd place in Red Bull Ring (Austria)
2015 WEC 24H Le Mans (AF Corse – Ferrari 458 GT2/AM): 5th classi ed
2015 TUSC Petit Le Mans USA (Scuderia Corsa – Ferrari 458 GT3/GTD): 6th classi ed
2015 Hankook 12H Brno (RPD Racing – Ferrari 458 Challenge/SP2): 1st CLASSIFIED
2015 WEC World Endurance Championship (AF Corse – Ferrari 458 GT2/AM): one race, a 4th place 2016 – 24h Daytona su Ferrari 458 GT3
– 12h Sebring su Ferrari 458 GT3
– GT3 Le Mans cup con Ferrari 458 GT3

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Mercedes X Class

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The new X-Class series has a domineering 1920mm x 5340mm body using an all-wheel drive (AWD) system. The vehicle has four engine offerings: two four-cylinder diesels, a four-cylinder gas engine, and a V6 diesel.

It’ll also be offered in both rear and all-wheel drive with a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed automatic, respectively. The Mercedes-Benz X-Class will be available in three variants: The PURE basic variant for classic robust use, PROGRESSIVE for a higher quality feel and comfort, and POWER as the high-end variant for urban lifestyles. The vehicle is also capable of carrying cargo up to 1.1 tons with a drag force of 3.5 tons. The X-Class has a more luxurious interior compared to its G-Class wagon, flaunting a wide and open feel, including a freestanding central 8.4-inch display, in conjunction with the command online multimedia system.

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Bentley Continental GT Galene Edition

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I can already see Bentleys latest creation parked up at the docks of Monaco, Bentley‘s bespoke Mulliner division has teamed up with Britain-based Princess Yachts to create the Bentley Continental GT Galene Edition.

Inside the cabin, seating surfaces are covered in light-colored white and taupe, contrasted with caramel stitching and a bluish-gray dash. The steering wheel with paddle-shift gear selects invites an assured grip with increased storage

An eyeglasses case is embedded into the center tunnel that is lined with “Brunel”-colored ersatz-suede microfiber which matches the passenger-side dashboard. A hand-painted yacht illustration by Spanish artist Jaume Vilardell is placed on the fascia that reminds one of the nautical vibe.

To resemble the grandness of a yacht, Mulliner division has created a special open-pore wood for the Galene, a new pinstripe walnut trim that evokes a deck-design found on a yacht. The wood can also be seen lining the door sills and the entire floor of the trunk. On the glacier white exterior that is offset by a dash of blue trim and a dark blue convertible top, the model’s iconic grille has changed from gloss black to bright chrome. Instead of the massive 6.0-liter W-12 stablemates used in typical Continental GT Convertibles, the Galene is powered by the Audi-sourced 4.0 twin-turbo V-8.

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