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The Porsche 356 on the road to Rome

The Porsche 356 on the road to Rome

The past and present of Porsche customer racing come together at a rendezvous in Rome. Marc Lieb drives one of the most important racing versions of the Porsche 356 and Herbert Linge revisits the birth of a legend.

Piazzale Giuseppe Garibaldi. Marc Lieb raises a piping-hot espresso to his lips, savours it, and revels in the moment. Before him, the Eternal City bathes in the glowing dawn. It’s his first time in Rome, and he’s not alone. He leans against the beauty at his side: a Porsche 356 A 1600 GS Carrera GT with more than half a million kilometres on the odometer. Its official licence plate reads WN-V2 – and in the world of motor racing, this car is a legend. In its day, it started in all the important European road races and rallies, including classics such as the Mille Miglia in Italy, the 1,000 Kilometres of Nürburgring, and the Targa Florio in Sicily.

Long-awaited arrival: Marc Lieb finally brings the Porsche 356 A 1600 GS Carrera GT to Rome—sixty-two years after the city closed its doors to the Liège–Rome–Liège rally.

The car can reach speeds of more than 200 km/h. Lieb is an overall winner at Le Mans and a former WEC champion. The two make a fast couple, that’s for sure. But this story begins with a significant delay: 62 years, to be precise.

Let’s turn back the clock. In 1959, the Liège–Rome–Liège rally was one of the most formidable road races in the world. More than 5,000 km nonstop. The speed restrictions set forth by the event holder, Royal Motor Union in Belgium, were impossible to meet even on the liaison stages. Of 104 starters, only 14 reached the finish, and none did so without incurring penalty points.

The overall victors that year were Paul Ernst Strähle and Robert Buchet. They did alternating stints behind the wheel for a staggering 86 hours. It was the greatest triumph for Strähle, then one of the most prominent German private racers in a Porsche. And it was the greatest victory for this illustrious 356. The name of the rally, incidentally, was a misnomer in the 1959 running. Roman authorities no longer wanted racing cars in the city during holidays; as a result, the route was changed several times and the turnaround point was situated in what was then Yugoslavia.

Role model: born in 1928, Herbert Linge shaped customer racing at Porsche unlike anyone since.

But now the 356 A has reached the Italian capital. Lieb is in love. With the city, with the sound of the Carrera engine, and with the unpretentious handling of this gem of a car. He is well aware of the its significance. After crowning his 14-year Porsche factory driving career with an overall victory at Le Mans and the WEC title in 2016, he shifted gears and got into customer racing management. His great role model: Herbert Linge. “Undoubtedly the coolest man I ever met,” says 40-year-old Lieb with unabashed admiration. Linge was born in 1928. He dedicated his entire working life to Porsche. After starting out as an apprentice in 1943, he became a race mechanic, a racing driver, established the customer service organisation in the US, and was ultimately a guiding light in development.

Herbert Linge as Steve McQueen’s double

He was also Steve McQueen’s double in the driving scenes in the film Le Mans, found the land for the Weissach testing grounds, and received the German Federal Cross of Merit as the founder of the ONS Staffel (Oberste Nationale Sportbehörde crew) – an organisation dedicated to safety in motor racing and a part of Germany’s motorsport governing body ONS, as it was known at the time.

Linge knew all too well the importance of such efforts for greater safety in racing. “We drove Liège–Rome–Liège full bore, day and night, nothing was closed off – completely mad, and completely unimaginable today,” he says of the legendary rally. In 1954, he won it with Helmut Polensky. Later he contested this and many other road races together with his friend Paul Ernst Strähle. “You could only finish Liège–Rome–Liège as a good team,” says Linge. “We alternated about every three hours. You had to be able to sleep in the passenger seat. Strähle could do it. At control points I would sometimes put on his hat and sign for him – he never knew a thing. I, on the other hand, barely got a wink of sleep.

A historic car on an even more historic roadway: in ancient times the Via Appia was known as the Queen of the Roads. The 356 departs Rome along the former trade route, which is more than 2,000 years old.
In 1959, Paul Ernst Strähle and Robert Buchet won the Liège-Rome-Liège rally in the Porsche 356 A 1600 GS Carrera GT—without actually being allowed to enter the Italian capital. Sixty-two years later, Marc Lieb brings the V2 to the Eternal City.
After breakfast at sunrise, the journey begins at Piazzale Guiseppe Garibaldi.
Loyal companion: the decals on the side window bear witness to the racing history of the 356.
Lieb’s happy place: overall Le Mans winner and former WEC champion Marc Lieb sets a course for the Colosseum.
The 1.6-litre Carrera engine produces up to 125 PS. The famous racing car has more than half a million kilometres on the odometer.
Travelling through time across the Tiber: the Porsche 356 A 1600 GS Carrera GT explores the ancient city.

Rest eluded Linge not only because of the breakneck speed over narrow streets and gravel mountain passes. He was also tapped into the technical state of the 356 with every one of his senses. He knew every last screw. Linge had been a test-driver for all of the early 356 cars. “They knew that I had some previous knowledge from motorcycle races as well, which is why they entrusted me with it. In the early days, we built three or four cars a day. After the test-drive, I had to report to Ferry Porsche that evening which of them were okay and which ones had to go back into the shop.” The factory racing and rally drivers caught wind of Linge’s skills as a mechanic, and by 1954 he was a sought-after second man in long-distance races. “They said to Herr Porsche: ‘When Linge’s on board, he takes care of everything.’”

The fact that the Weissach native was himself a top driver would soon be common knowledge as well. Plus, he was known for a driving style that was easy on the material. Even from the passenger seat, he called for gentle gear changes. “The synchroniser rings were tricky!” As a matter of course, Linge changed the brake pads four to five times over more than 5,000 km. “Before the mountain trials I would change the front ones at least. The car would pull when they were half-worn. We didn’t have disc brakes back then, but drums.” The venerable 125 PS, 1.6-litre engine with four overhead, vertical shaft-driven camshafts burned though spark plugs at a rapid clip. “Before each liaison stage, if we had a few minutes’ head start, I swapped out a plug. It wasn’t possible to do more at one time or we would have lost our lead.”

Racing legend: The Porsche 356 V2 has finally reached its destination. The 1959 rally winner on the trail of its triumphal drive in Rome.

It’s instructive to consider the conditions in place back then: some road races were championship races, and the squads drove the 356 from Stuttgart to far-flung regions of Europe themselves entirely under their own steam. And then they drove back home. Those miles added up too. And the network of filling stations was by no means ubiquitous. Linge thought ahead: “On the special stages we always wanted to have as little fuel weight as possible in the car. Mechanics drove ahead in a VW bus and deposited 20-litre gas canisters on the side of the road at agreed locations. Just like that – no one stole them. We all supported each other. When others were having trouble, I helped them out.” That he himself needed help at some point was the foundation of his friendship with Paul Ernst Strähle.

Linge’s friendship with Paul Ernst Straehle

Linge always had the backing of his bosses. So it came to pass that he was able to borrow a company VW bus over a weekend in 1952. When the bus broke down, he was pointed to the shop of the Strähle family in Schorndorf, and it was a lucky stroke: the junior boss Paul Ernst helped him get the vehicle back on the road. A few weeks later came the next chance encounter. On this occasion, using his VW Beetle, Strähle pulled Linge’s and his friends’ motorcycles out of a mud pit in which the squad had gotten stuck during a rally. It goes without saying that Linge told Strähle to get in touch if he could ever be of service in Porsche matters.

Timeless: the racing car with the Carrera engine represents the early years of customer racing at Porsche. Today, Lieb takes on some of that role, embodying the Porsche philosophy of those who have gone before him.

In 1956, Paul Ernst Strähle, by then a seasoned driver behind the wheel, procured a used 356 – but was still not competitive. With his 1.3-litre engine, he didn’t stand a chance against the 356 cars that were already sporting the Carrera engine out of the Porsche 550 Spyder. The new benchmark was set by the Porsche 356 A 1500 GS Carrera with 100 PS, a total weight of 850 kilograms, a top speed of 200 km/h, and a 0 to 100 km/h time of around 12 seconds. Strähle also knew that Porsche had a GS Carrera GT in the works. The GS stood for Gran Sport, GT for Gran Turismo. The planned GT version included numerous lightweight parts, a racing exhaust and, on request, a larger tank for long-distance races.

Pre-series variant of the GS Carrera GT

Strähle was not in a position to afford any of the letters. But he knew Linge and found out that a rescue vehicle with the desired engine was for sale. The suspension and transmission were also still in working order, though the chassis had suffered irreparable fire damage. The vehicle was actually slated to be stripped for parts. But then Strähle asked Porsche for a replacement chassis, which was then ordered from Reutter with Ferry Porsche’s blessing. Thanks to the assent from the top, Strähle received a pre-series variant of the GS Carrera GT in his desired colour of Adriatic Blue. “The gestation period of the 356,” as Paul Ernst Strähle, who died at the age of 83 in 2010, once called it.

Permanence: work on Rome’s Via Appia Antica – the first and most famous of Rome’s roads – began in 312 BC. A great accelerator of trade, it brought with it success. Something the 356 is familiar with.

What was ultimately born was a race car that contained only the good stuff, and even that was relentlessly improved over the years by the two friends. After finishing work, Herbert Linge would head over to the Strähle workshop to tinker away. In 1957, the new 1.6-litre Carrera engine was installed in the car with his assistance. Linge still exudes childlike glee when he says: “We always had the best material! Sometimes we were able to install parts that the factory hadn’t even finished testing. Shock absorbers and stuff like that.” As a test-driver, he was well aware of the advantages of certain components. In 1957, the two scored the victory for the 356 with the class win and a 14th-place overall finish in the Mille Miglia. Many more would follow before Strähle stopped racing in 1964.

“Customer racing was always a priority”

Although Linge was not as well acquainted with every Porsche race car as with the 356 at that time, one thing is a point of emphasis: “Customer racing was always a priority. Every racing car type had to be available for sale. We immediately built 20 or 30 units – even the Porsche 917 was a customer car. That was very important to Ferry Porsche. Advertising was forbidden. He always told us: ‘Our calling card is racing’.” And racing is every bit as important for the brand today.

Rooflines: the 356 briefly passes beneath the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica.

Even in retirement, Linge followed Lieb’s career, from a standout driver in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – which Linge had once headed – and then from customer racing to the factory team and, later, as he scored wins and titles all around the world. Lieb says, “I’ve learned things from Herbert every time we’ve met – his knowledge is an endless treasure trove.”

The qualified vehicle technology engineer looks in the rear-view mirror and indicates for the Colosseum. The large steering wheel in the 356 is surrounded by special instruments installed by Linge and Strähle. The marking at 3,500 rpm is still on the tachometer. The Carrera engine doesn’t like anything less, as Lieb has already discovered. “Porsche now builds between 250 and 300 customer racing vehicles a year, but the philosophy is the same as it was then,” he says. “It’s not just about selling cars; it’s about strategic project planning. Those who take an interest in a model – from the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport to the Porsche 911 RSR, as is used by the factory team – have more than just technical questions. They want recommendations for where to use it, they want to know which factory driver is available, and they want to know what technical support exists.”

Development, motorsport and sales

The German acronym for the department, EMV, stands for development, motorsport and sales – and it is responsible for the intersection of precisely these three areas. Its reach extends into the market organisations and regional managers worldwide. It was with EMV that Lieb started his second Porsche career in 2017. “Just as it was for Herbert, it’s about a shared goal with the customers, and that is to win races.” The private racing drivers of today are, like Strähle was in his day, valuable ambassadors for the brand and have a direct line of communication with the company. Key account managers now maintain the contact, just as Linge did more than 60 years ago. And like satellites launched into the racing cosmos, Porsche engineers transmit the unfiltered customer feedback directly to Weissach. Now, as then, both sides benefit from the arrangement.

Lieb points the 356 swiftly in the direction of the southern outskirts of the city. He swims through traffic in the priceless gem, shifting gently but rapidly; and always double-clutching on the downshift. Unlike in 1959, there are few tourists in the city. Passers-by wave; two police officers give a thumbs-up as the bella macchina hums past with its inimitable sound. The buildings of the Via Appia Antica function as a sound box. Lieb inhales deeply, as if he wanted to breathe in the more than 2,000-year history of the road. “Everything we are is an evolution of the past.” The 356 has arrived in Rome, and he has arrived in it. “500,000 km under the hood, the old seats, the cockpit – everything is different and yet so familiar. You drive off and feel immediately: this is a Porsche!”

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Text first published in the Porsche magazine Christophorus, No. 399.

Author: Heike Hientzsch

Photographer: Markus Bolsinger

'Magnifica' Opera d’Arte - Discover Bvlgari's new High Jewelry Collection
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‘Magnifica’ Opera d’Arte – Discover Bvlgari’s new High Jewelry Collection

‘Magnifica’ Opera d’Arte – Discover Bvlgari’s new High Jewelry Collection

The vibrant inspiration of Rome returns to lift the hearts of the world. Shining into Italy’s fashion capital like a blinding ray of sunshine, Bvlgari presents its most exquisite High Jewelry collection to date. More than the launch of unparalleled works of jewelry craft, this is a resplendent celebration of rebirth.

Honored through magnificent muses, music, and Milan, Bvlgari unveils the Magnifica High Jewelry collection at the heart of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Models: Vittoria Ceretti, Lily Aldridge, He Cong, Solange Smith and Blesnya Minher Special Guests: Andrea Bocelli, Beatrice Venezi Project by OMA Director Tommaso Ottomano DOP Marco Depa Stylist Géraldine Saglio (studio) Alice Gentilucci (Galleria) Music Marco Guazzone Production Studio April #Bvlgari #BvlgariJewelry #BvlgariHighJewelry #BvlgariMagnifica #Milan

 

 

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100 Years of the Type 13 Brescia: Quadruple Victory for Bugatti

100 Years of the Type 13 Brescia: Quadruple Victory for Bugatti

The event is the Gran Premio delle Vetturette. On the Circuito di Montichiari, race cars zip back and forth between the towns of Montichiari and Brescia. Tires screech, dust is thrown up into the air. There are 60 laps to be completed, each one 17.3 kilometers long. This is a real challenge for both man and machine, and remains a legendary race to this day. Bugatti Type 13 vehicles take the top four spots in the Grand Prix for Voiturettes cementing the French luxury brand’s motorsport expertise.

To mark the round anniversary, the Bugatti Club Italia organized a special event between September 12 and 16: 40 historic Bugatti vehicles, including the Type 13, 22 and 23 from all over the world, celebrated the historic victory on the beautiful routes around Lake Garda. The start and finish of each day’s tour was the legendary city of Brescia. For over 35 years, the Bugatti Club Italia has kept the history of the famous French luxury brand alive – long before the first super sports car of modern times was created with the EB 110 in 1991.

With the Type 13 “Brescia” Bugatti was responsible for a turning point in the history of motorsport in 1921. The first of its kind, the open-top sports car heralded the end of large and heavy race cars just a few years later. From 1921, its light bodywork, superior chassis, and powerful engine allowed the Type 13 to leave its competitors for dust.

As did Ernest Jules Friedrich. The French race car driver and mechanic had been convinced of the Type 13 for some time and had won the famous Le Mans race one year previously. Racing in the Voiturette category in the race in Brescia, he performed lap after lap with great concentration, took corners with precision and speed, and crossed the finishing line first – ahead of his teammates Pierre de Vizcaya, Michel Baccoli, and Pierre Marco.

Voiturettes are lightweight, maneuverable race cars. Bugatti’s Type 13 is just such a vehicle – a mere 490 kilograms in weight and a 1.45-liter four-cylinder engine that initially offers 40 PS, and later 50 PS. The open-top two-seater hits a top speed of 150 km/h and can take corners at a pace thanks to its lightweight construction and precise chassis. With the Type 13, which went into production in 1910, Ettore Bugatti brought together his ideas, continued to refine the technology over the subsequent years steadily, and focused systematically on lightweight construction and high-quality workmanship.

First four-valve engine in a car

From 1914, the engine boasted a displacement of 1.35 liters, and from 1919, it featured the first four-valve cylinder head for faster gas exchange, allowing the four-cylinder engine to deliver 30 PS. Bugatti also introduced white metal for the crankshaft bearings and pistons for higher revs as well as a fuel pump and a pump that sprayed oil onto specific components. Easy-shift four-speed transmission made it easier for the driver to change gears frequently.

In 1921, Bugatti increased the displacement to 1.45 liters, while new ball bearings for the crankshaft, which were even lighter and more smooth-running, were introduced for the later race car. At the same time, Bugatti increased the engine’s compression ratio and the carburetor flow rate, opting for a dual magneto ignition for two spark plugs per combustion chamber. As a result, the racing engine delivered powerful combustion at high revs of up to 4,500 rpm. Light wire-spoked wheels that replaced heavy wooden wheels reduced the unsprung masses and increase the vehicle’s agility further still. The Type 13 essentially set the benchmark in motorsport. It was powerful, fast, and sinewy, like a racy thoroughbred; a “pur sang.”

In the 1920s, the Bugatti vehicles won virtually every competition they entered. The lightweight, powerful and reliable sports cars from Molsheim were superior on tough road races and hill climbs in particular, making them close to unbeatable.

Following its quadruple victory in Brescia, the French atelier sold 711 Type 13 Brescia vehicles with a four-valve head as well as 388 vehicles with engines featuring an easy-turn crankshaft with ball bearings. All the subsequent four-valve vehicles even officially bore the name “Brescia” in memory of this unique success. Bugatti also applied the Type 13 concept with other vehicle lengths like the Type 15, Type 17, Type 22, and Type 23. The Type 13 was produced in Molsheim until 1926, with Bugatti selling a total of approximately 2,000 units of the model.

Bugatti Type 35 furthers the racing success

The staff began to assemble Type 35 vehicles in 1925. This vehicle furthered Bugatti’s run of success – in the subsequent years, it became the most successful race car of all time, having clocked up more than 2,000 wins. Among these wins were five consecutive victories in the Targa Florio in Sicily between 1925 and 1929, one of the toughest races of its time. With this impressive success story, the Type 35 therefore followed in the footsteps of its successful predecessor a few years previously in Brescia.

 

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Goodwood Revival 17 – 19 September 2021

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Sharon Stone y Amanda Gorman con joyas de chopard en la Gala Met 2021

SHARON STONE Y AMANDA GORMAN

CON JOYAS DE CHOPARD

EN LA GALA MET 2021

Lunes, 13 de Septiembre, 2021

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 13: Sharon Stone attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 13: Amanda Gorman attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Sharon Stone: Eligió unos pendientes de oro blanco ético de 18k certificado Fair Mined engastados con esmeraldas talla cojín por un total de 13.41 quilates y diamantes de la colección  “Precious Lace” .

 

 

Amanda Gorman: Pendientes de oro blanco ético de 18k engastados de zafiros talla cojín y diamantes y un anillo a juego  piezas únicas de la colección de Alta Joyería.

PETERSEN Automotive Museum - The California automotive museum celebrates 60 years of the Bond film franchise.
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PETERSEN – The California automotive museum celebrates 60 years of the Bond film franchise.

PETERSEN Automotive Museum – The California automotive museum celebrates 60 years of the Bond film franchise.

THE LARGEST OFFICIAL BOND VEHICLE EXHIBIT IN THE UNITED STATES LOCATED IN THE MULLIN FAMILY GRAND SALON

OPEN September 25, 2021 THROUGH October 22, 2022

SPECIAL EVENT TICKETS

EXHIBITION ABSTRACT

Produced in collaboration with EON Productions and The Ian Fleming® Foundation, Bond in Motion is the first official exhibition in the United States to feature original vehicles from the James Bond film franchise. The exhibit celebrates the 60th anniversary of the 007 films, since Dr. No was released in 1962.

With the publication of his first spy novel, Casino Royale (1953), author and former naval intelligence officer Ian Fleming introduced the world to the enchanting exploits of James Bond, a British officer in the Secret Intelligence Service, also known as MI6. In all, Fleming would produce twelve novels and two short stories, laying the foundation for what would become a global literary and cinematic legacy.

Beginning in 1962, with the movie adaptation of Fleming’s sixth title, Dr. No, the exciting and dangerous world of James Bond was translated to screen, setting the tone for Bond films to come. Much like the novels on which they are based, Bond films combine the adventure of exotic locations and scheming villains with the action of death-defying stunts, and heart-pounding chases in nearly every type of vehicle imaginable. Often modified by quartermaster “Q,” these vehicles, much like Bond himself, conceal their true nature until their weapons and gadgetry become important plot devices.

The Bond in Motion exhibit offers visitors a rare up-close experience of the most iconic vehicles associated with the world’s most famous secret agent, 007.

// EXHIBITION INCLUDED WITH THE PURCHASE OF A GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET OR WITH YOUR MEMBERSHIP | VEHICLES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE //

DR. NO © 1962 Danjaq, LLC and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.
CASINO ROYALE © 2006 Danjaq, LLC and United Artists Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
007 and related James Bond Indicia © 1962-2021 Danjaq, LLC and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. 007 and related James Bond Trademarks are trademarks of Danjaq, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Adriana Lima and Jessica Chastain con joyas de Chopard  en la 78 Edición del Festival de Venecia
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Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Adriana Lima and Jessica Chastain con joyas de Chopard  en la 78 Edición del Festival de Venecia

Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Adriana Lima and Jessica Chastain con joyas de Chopard  en la 78 Edición del Festival de Venecia

 

 

Sharon: Pendientes de oro blanco ético de 18k engastados de esmeraldas y diamantes de la colección  Precious Lace y anillo de oro blanco de 18k engastado con una esmeralda octagonal de 5 quilates, 2 diamantes media luna y diamantes.

 

Adriana: Pendientes de oro blanco ético de 18k engastados de diamantes y rubies de la colección   Precious Lace  y un anillo de oro blanco ético de 18 k engastado de diamantes de la colección L’Heure du Diamant

 

 

Jessica: Collar de oro blanco de 18k engastado con diamantes amarillos fancy, diamantes talla pera, marquesa y brillante ; y un anillo de oro blanco ético de 18k engastado con un cuarzo rosa talla pera, rubelitas y diamantes.

 

EXPO 2020 DUBAI
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EXPO 2020 Dubai: Amazing Pavilions Design

Expo 2020 Dubai will be held from October 2021 to April 2022 and it will showcase amazing pavilions designed by architects from all around the world. Be inspired by these architectural and design masterpieces that will certainly leave all its visitors in awe.

Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion

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Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion – EXPO 2020 DUBAI

The Terra Pavilion will certainly make an impact on Expo 2020 Dubai. Designed by the British firm Grimshaw Architects, the pavilion invites visitors to explore humankind’s relationship with nature, the human’s obsession with excessive consumerism, and how we can change our everyday choices to reduce our carbon footprint and environmental impact.

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Its exterior and interior design are breathtaking. The roof is a huge canopy covered with 1,055 photovoltaic panels that supply the pavilion with 4GWh of alternative energy per year, enough electricity to charge more than 900,000 mobile phones. In addition, huge “energy trees” shaped like giant flowers rotate throughout the day to track and store sunlight’s energy. This pavilion certainly gives a powerful message and exceptional design to Expo 2020 Dubai.

Japan Pavilion

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Japan Pavilion EXPO 2020 Dubai By Yuko Nagayama

Designed by Yuko Nagayama, the Japan pavilions symbolizes harmony and diversity and it is a marvelous addition to Expo 2020.

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Japan Pavilion EXPO 2020 Dubai

A combination of traditional Arabesque and Asanoha patterns, the Japan Pavilion was inspired by architect Yuko Nagayama’s depiction of connectivity. The pavilion’s incredible architecture revolves around the cultural and technological connection between Japan and the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia Pavilion

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Saudi Arabia Pavilion Expo Dubai 2020 By Boris Micka Associates

Designed by Boris Micka Associates, Saudi Arabia’s pavilion is amongst the largest featured at the Expo 2020 Dubai, second only to that of the United Arab Emirates. With its imposing architecture, it certainly stands out with its unique and creative design.

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Saudi Arabia Pavilion Expo Dubai 2020

Imagined as a “window to the future“, this Expo 2020 pavilion, with its now-iconic tilted structure, speaks of the Kingdom’s fast-unfurling progressive vision and a drive towards modernity that still keeps traditions and local heritage close to its heart.


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New Zealand Pavilion

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New Zealand Pavilion Expo 2020 By Jasmax architects

Created by Jasmax architects, the Expo 2020 New Zealand Pavilion presents the connection and responsibility between people and nature through its immersive experiences and innovative architectural design.

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New Zealand Pavilion Expo 2020

The exterior design of the building has a life-like quality, appearing to have a pulse and it stands out for its uniqueness and creative architecture.

United Arab Emirates Pavilion

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United Arab Emirates Pavilion By  Santiago Calatrava

Like a falcon in flight, this pavilion design tells the story of the UAE as a global hub and the vision of a peaceful and progressive society with ambitious plans for the future. This amazing Pavilion shows perfectly the greatness of the Expo 2020 host.

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United Arab Emirates Pavilion By  Santiago Calatrava

The falcon design will symbolize how we are connecting the UAE to the minds of the world and how as a global community we can soar to new heights through partnership and cooperation.” By UAE Minister of State and National Media Council Chairman H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber.

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United Arab Emirates Pavilion By  Santiago Calatrava

This amazing pavilion will be seen by the roughly 25 million visitors and participants who are expected to visit Expo 2020 Dubai from October 2021 to April 2022.


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Drive2Extremes: the Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo between ice and desert

Drive2Extremes: the Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo between ice and desert

In the clip “Drive2Extremes. Taycan Cross Turismo x Johnny FPV”, the CUV demonstrates its typically Porsche sportiness on unpaved roads in the desert and on ice. The precision of the drone pilot Johnny FPV transports the viewer from one world to the other in seamless motion.

A hot-air balloon glides over seemingly endless forests of pine. A sports car is drifting in the snow. Between the two, a drone slices through the air, before it swoops down dramatically and captures the car at breakneck speed. A winter landscape? The eye can scarcely apprehend how the flight manuever suddenly transitions to a desert. The music underscores the dynamic acts of cinematography and driving like a symphony of contrasts. The locations provide the extremes in this action film: snow in Finland, desert sands in the United Arab Emirates. The protagonist is the Porsche Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo.

“It’s important to fly in a unique way, to establish a trademark style.”Johnny FPV

The second hero is somewhat in the background. Johnny FPV has both feet on the frozen ground, about 60 miles north of the Arctic Circle, as he works his magic from the bird’s-eye view above. One of the best drone pilots in the world, he is wearing black video glasses and holding a controller. Gloves protect his hands from the icy air – the filmmaker’s biggest challenge today, as he films against the stunning backdrop of the Porsche Driving Area – a closed course with prepared ice tracks.

The long view: with the camera eye of his drone, Johnny FPV tracks the Porsche Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo on two identical course layouts on two continents.

Born Johnny Schaer, the three initials in his professional handle stand for “first-person view” – the camera perspective of the films that have turned his passion into a career. Thanks to instantaneous transmission speeds, the drone pilot sees the world through the eye of his camera. Later, the viewer experiences the spectacular flights with sensory directness. The 25-year-old from Chicago loves speed, cars and flying, and is known for exceptionally dexterous maneuvers. Few can match his skill in making the viewer a part of the action. He opens up new horizons, offering surprising dimensions in technical perfection. Watching him and his drone at work, one senses how the virtual and real worlds meld into one.

Two-tone: the striking red and blue foiling symbolises heat and cold. The script adds further extremes.
Dancing on ice: there is a spirit of adventure in every detail of the Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo. The snow mutes almost every sound coming from the tyres. A silent drift is all but unimaginable, yet possible.
Dancing on ice: there is a spirit of adventure in every detail of the Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo. The snow mutes almost every sound coming from the tyres. A silent drift is all but unimaginable, yet possible.

The film – Drive2Extremes. Taycan Cross Turismo x Johnny FPV – is set in the Lapland town of Levi and the Liwa Oasis on the northern edge of the Rub al Khali desert. More than 3,100 miles as the crow flies and roughly 1400 degrees Fahrenheit separate the two filming locations but in both places the Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo, the first all-electric Cross Utility Vehicle (CUV) from Porsche, conquers identically set courses. The aerial precision of the drone pilot is what allows the gripping splicing of the shots between ice and desert. The film was directed by Los Angeles-based Nicholas Schrunk, who won an Emmy for the documentary Blood Road. He’s a master of the craft of accentuating emotional stories with spectacular stunts.

Teamwork: director Nicholas Schrunk, racing car driver Jukka Honkavuori, and drone pilot Johnny FPV (from left) collaborated on the video spot.

Schaer bought his first drone at the age of 15, followed days later by a second, and shortly thereafter by a third. He practiced relentlessly. He got good. And then he became a pro. “Hand-eye coordination is crucial to being a good pilot. Otherwise it’s just a mix of hard work, good ideas and talent,” he says. In Drive2Extremes, the shots are dynamic in multiple ways. The car moves forward – the drone in all directions. Schaer has developed his own style and it is one that captivates the viewer. “It’s important to fly in a unique way, to establish a trademark style. My videos bear my signature. They’re not jerky, they’re precise and they’re very fluid.”

In just seven years, he’s ascended into the upper echelons of FPV pilots. “It’s indescribable to see and feel how strongly the Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo performs on different surfaces. I knew that electric cars accelerate very quickly, but the fact that the power can be called up like that on ice and sand is something I find incredible.” For him, electric cars are the future. “I’m quite sure I’ll own one too,” says Schaer. With his film, one ‘wow’ moment follows another, punctuated by breathtakingly beautiful slow-motion sequences. The Cross Turismo and its filmmaker – two masters in two different worlds.

Chef Diego Gallegos
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Sollo, un restaurante de estrella michelín con gastroacuaponía que ofrece el primer caviar ecológico del mundo

Sollo, un restaurante de estrella michelín con gastroacuaponía que ofrece el primer caviar ecológico del mundo

Sollo, del Chef Diego Gallegos, cuenta con un sistema propio de acuaponía que permite que el 90% de lo que se puede degustar en el restaurante proceda de sus propios recursos y sea completamente sostenible.


Con un menú sostenible y creativo, entre sus platos estrella se encuentra el Caviar de Riofrío, el primer caviar del mundo certificado como ecológico.
A tan solo unos pasos de Sollo, Diego Gallegos también toma las riendas de Arara Bistro Bar, un restaurante donde fusiona el sabor de sus raíces brasileñas con Perú

Fuengirola, 25 de agosto de 2021. – Tamal de plantas acuapónicas, sobrasada de pescado con crema de cebolla o pisillo de Segre o Esturión confitado, tubérculos y jugo de cebolla son solo ejemplos del amplio y exquisito menú elaborado por Diego Gallegos para el restaurante Sollo, ubicado en el Higuerón Hotel 5* CURIO Collection by Hilton de Fuengirola (Málaga). Su peculiar y diferente forma de entender la cocina y la gastronomía ha permitido a este chef conseguir una estrella Michelín, dos Sol Repsol y una estrella verde Michelín. Principalmente por su labor de investigación en sostenibilidad, que le ha permitido conocer e integrar en su cocina técnicas innovadoras como la acuaponía, gracias a la que actualmente el chef ofrece en todas sus recetas la materia prima de máxima calidad.

UNA REVOLUCIÓN CULINARIA SOSTENIBLE

La gastroacuaponía es una forma revolucionaria de entender la cocina que convierte a Sollo en un restaurante innovador y completamente sostenible. Consiste en unir la gastronomía al concepto de acuaponía, que combina de forma integrada, la producción de vegetales y pAescado en un circuito de recirculación cerrada. Este nuevo concepto “foodie” hace que el 90% de lo que se puede degustar en Sollo proceda de sus propios recursos y, de esta manera, se logra que el cliente tenga una trazabilidad completa del producto, desde la siembra y la cría hasta el plato.

Sollo cuenta un sistema de acuaponía propio con instalaciones sostenibles situadas junto al restaurante. De esta manera logra mantener un suministro permanente y preciso, controlando los tiempos, las tallas y la calidad de las especies, según la temporada del año. El circuito de Sollo tiene más de 12.000 litros de agua y combina la producción de 2.000 vegetales de todo tipo con especies singulares de pescado de río, entre las que destaca el esturión, muy presente en los sabores de Sollo. Todo ello, gestionando siempre los recursos de la zona de forma respetuosa y ecológica.

EL PRIMER CAVIAR ECOLÓGICO DEL MUNDO

Entre sus platos estrella se encuentra un producto único en la gastronomía: el primer caviar del mundo certificado como ecológico. Se trata del Caviar de Riofrío, un producto proveniente de la Sierra de Loja (Granada) que se elabora sin conservantes y que permite al gran público disfrutar del caviar fresco, un producto que antes solo estaba al alcance de unos pocos. Es considerado como uno de los mejores caviares de

l mundo por grandes chefs, y Diego Gallegos no es una excepción; por ello, ha decidido incorporarlo a su cuidado menú degustación de Sollo.

Así, Sollo tiene como resultado un concepto de cocina natural y creativa con variedad de alimentos frescos de la dieta mediterránea basando su menú principalmente en pescados de agua dulce. Además, Sollo ofrece una completa experiencia gastronómica con la visita al laboratorio I+D, en el que Diego Gallegos desarrolla toda su creatividad y su labor de investigación con los peces de río.

ARARA, OTRO PROYECTO SINGULAR CON EL SELLO DE DIEGO GALLEGOS

También en el Higuerón Hotel CURIO Collection by Hilton, Diego Gallegos ha querido tomar las riendas de Arara Bistro Bar. Un restaurante donde fusiona y conjuga el sabor de sus raíces brasileñas con las sensaciones culinarias de su vecina Perú. ¿El resultado? Un concepto de cocina con colores, ingredientes y sabores inigualables y explosivos que se plasman en platos divertidos e informales y que completan el espíritu experiencial de este centro culinario.

En Arara Bistro Bar podemos encontrar desde buques insignia de la cocina peruana y brasileña como ceviche o causa andina de pollo hasta platos propios del resto de América del Sur como tacos Michoacán, pasando por elaboraciones más cercanas a la dieta y cocina que se practica en España (patatas bravas, bacalao confitado o chuletón añejo) hasta llegar a sabores propios de Asia como el steak tartar o los rollitos vietnamitas Nem’s Ara.
Un excelente viaje sensorial y culinario que podemos realizar sin movernos de las sillas del restaurante.

Sobre Higuerón Resort

Higuerón Resort es una empresa española especializada en desarrollos urbanísticos exclusivos, donde el entorno natural es tan importante como el espacio en sí. En crecimiento constante en sus casi cuatro décadas de vida, Higuerón Resort ofrece a sus clientes experiencias únicas y exquisitas, a través de la gestión de espacios hoteleros y de ocio de lujo, así como de desarrollos urbanísticos exquisitos, responsables con el entorno, con una subrayada diferenciación. **La compañía opera el reconocido Higuerón Hotel 5* CURIO Collection by Hilton, Higuerón Resort Residences & Collections, todos ellos situados en pleno corazón de la Costa del Sol. Además, dispone de instalaciones como Higuerón Sport Club, Higuerón Spa, el nuevo The Beach Club y Higuerón Yachts es el único concesionario De Antonio Yachts en Andalucía que también dispone de la opción de alquiler.

Sobre Higuerón Hotel 5* CURIO Collection by Hilton

Higuerón Hotel 5* CURIO Collection by Hilton es un espacio de creación artística, cultural y gastronómica que condensa lo esencial de Málaga. En un entorno privilegiado en pleno corazón de la Costa del Sol, situado en la falda de la montaña de Benalmádena y con vistas a la playa, dispone de elegantes suites y habitaciones, cuidadas hasta el más mínimo detalle para crear experiencias inolvidables. Además, Higuerón Hotel 5* CURIO Collection by Hilton, cuenta con una amplia oferta gastronómica para deleitar a los paladares más exigentes. Entre ellos, destaca Sollo, el primer restaurante con Estrella Michelin 100% sostenible de España, del chef Diego Gallegos. Los huéspedes del hotel pueden disfrutar de dos innovadores centros de bienestar, el Higuerón Spa y el Sport Club, para cuidar la mente, el cuerpo y el alma, además del nuevo The Beach Club y el Higuerón Yachts es el único concesionario De Antonio Yachts en Andalucía que también dispone de la opción de alquiler.