Vector Martini Racing has signed male supermodel David Gandy to a powerboat racing contract in the hopes of turning Gandy into world-class powerboat racer who is as fierce on the water as he is on the catwalk. Gandy is the first of six celebrities that Vector Martini Racing will recruit to its iRace Pro Team.
Part of Gandy’s training would be to learn how to drive a V40R, a powerboat that packs a walloping 2,200 horsepower on full blast. The goal, as is always the case in high-profile signings like this one, is to set a new world endurance record, which is what Gandy will eventually try to accomplish as part Vector Racing’s four-man crew. Gandy’s training exploits will also be documented for an unnamed TV documentary series. Vector Martini Racing has yet to announce the specifics of the record attempt, the TV documentary, and the identities of the five other celebrities it plans to enlist with the former Dolce & Gabbana supermodel.
While the man is mostly known for his work as a supermodel, Gandy does have a certain affinity for vehicles, specifically that of the automotive variety. In addition to having written about cars for British GQ, Gandy also caught the attention of automotive racing world when he completed the Millia Miglia in 2014 with Jodie Kidd in a Jaguar.
For now at least, Gandy will trade a race car steering wheel for a different variety. It’s a challenge that he and Vector Martini are embracing ahead, as they should considering their hope of turning this bit of news into more than just a publicity stunt.
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Russian president Vladimir Putin is a man of many things. I don’t agree with a lot of his political policies or ideological positions, but I do appreciate the fact that he is an avid underwater adventurer. Recently, dear ‘ol Vlad took some time out of his presumably busy schedule to get inside a C-Explorer 3, a mini submarine or as it’s more technically known, a luxury personal submersible.
Reports say that Putin went underwater to investigate a 10th century shipwreck off the coast of the Crimea at Sevastapol. In case the place rings any bells, it’s the same region that Russia controversially annexed from Ukraine in 2014. Oh, Vlad, ever the showman, flaunting Mother Russia’s might and rubbing it all under our noses under the guise of an “underwater exploration.”
There’s a part of me that thinks that this is just another publicity stunt orchestrated by the Kremlin to mask some real and deep-seated issues in Russia these days. But another part of me thinks that this is just Putin being Putin. After all, this is the same man who does have an affinity for diving, including similar explorations back in 2009 and 2013.
Personally, I don’t really care about Putin’s perceived sincerity with this particular dive. I just got excited seeing the C-Explorer 3 in action. I’ve never been in one, but I know that it can dive down as much as 100 to 1,000 meters, giving passengers one of the most breathtaking views of the ocean life in those depths.
I’ll admit it: riding a C-Explorer 3 is in my bucket list. Before my time comes, I’d like to experience it at least once. Then again, I’m not the president of Russia so unless I have the scratch to arrange for a ride, this might be the closest I’m going to get to one.
A 22-foot sailing boat once owned by former US president John F. Kennedy is headed to the auction block at the Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas. As you can expect, the boat doesn’t come cheap as the starting price for bids is at $100,000.
The historical boat, called the Flash II, traces its historical ties with Kennedy back in the 1930s when the assassinated former US president and his brother, Joe, raced the vessel in a number of regattas during the decade, including several victories in the Nantuckey Sound Fleet racing circuit.
Kennedy eventually took ownership of the boat in 1940 but was forced to sell it when he joined the Navy during World War II. Since then, the boat has had several owners, not to mention several encounters with law enforcement authorities, before ending up in the hands of current owner Frank Harvey, who bought the boat back in 2005.
After a decade of ownership, Harvey’s putting the boat back on the market where it will be part of Heritage Auctions’ lot during the auction on May 18, 2015 in Dallas, Texas, the same city where its one-time owner was assassinated.
According to Mark Prendergast of Heritage Auctions, the boat is not only sea-ready, but is also a unique piece of American maritime history, thanks in large part to its ties with one of the most beloved US presidents of all time.
If that connection is established ahead of the auction date, you can be sure that its starting price of $100,000 is going to get blown out of the water, no pun intended.
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