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  1. London’s May Fair Hotel ( www.radissonedwardian.com ) no longer resembles the property that King George V and Queen Mary visited upon its opening in 1927. Following a two-and-a-half-year, $140...
  2. Döttling Luxury Safes ( www.doettling-safes.com ), which restores antique safes while adding such features as wet bars, humidors, and gun cabinets, now offers models for watch collectors. Prices...
  3. The new Samsung K5 digital audio player ( www.samsung.com ) is unique among MP3 devices in that it can entertain both with and without earphones. Slide the halves of the case apart, and a diminutive...
  4. The Greer, Black & Prudhomme is perhaps the most famous top-fuel front-engine dragster of all time and certainly the most successful.
  5. A full-size, airworthy replica of Charles Lindbergh’s plane, Spirit of St. Louis. The maps and charts on which Lindbergh plotted the course for his historic flight, as well as a signed first edition...
  6. David Lester’s ship has not yet come in, but it should arrive in a few more months. Lester, the cofounder and coprincipal of the SeaFair company, claims steel shortages that arose in Hurricane...
  7. Four to six years typically pass from design to delivery of a custom superyacht. But the Amels boatyard in Vlissingen, Netherlands, has reduced that time to 24 months or less. Amels builds its...
  8. A built-in parachute that provides a soft landing in an emergency, a cockpit warning system that helps keep you clear of hillsides and other obstacles, and seat belts that double as air bags all are...
  9. The 8-year-old design of the P180 Avanti from Italy’s Piaggio Aero ( www.piaggioaero.com )—a turboprop with an unconventional appearance, roomy interior, and superior fuel efficiency—has been...
  10. Like fingernails running down a chalkboard, Deep Purple’s “Highway Star” screeches from the speakers of the classroom’s plasma-screen television. Nobody gonna take my car / I’m gonna race it to the...

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