Unique Machines

Saleen's all-American S7. Also, the new Mini: an economy car for the automotive elite. Plus, the new Bugatti Veyron, a Y2K turbine superbike, a grand touring hovercraft, & the SEAmobile personal sub.

Do not, implores Tom DeVesto, call it retro. The Model One table radio may harken back to the 1950s...
Whenever cigar smokers gather, a frequent debate is whether the United States can grow cigar...
Imagine what it’s like to bob through the canals of Venice and drink in the sights, sounds, and...
For over 60 years, the Bugatti brand has been riddled with false starts: In 1939, World War II...
If the notion of riding a 460-pound motorcycle powered by a turbine engine that lifts 10,000-pound...
The offerings of brand-name exotic carmakers disappoint Xeno III designer Nick Pugh. To be precise...
On the gray water of Venice’s Grand Canal, gondolas bob, speedboats slash, and a lone 1953 Mercedes...
The 21st century has arrived, and science has yet to deliver the personal jet packs that have for...
The Hindenburg disaster notwithstanding, the zeppelin was not an ill-conceived airship. Though...
Recently, several Disney executives took a ride off Catalina Island in a SEAmobile, a two-person,...
Today, most manufacturers of sports and luxury automobiles offer a host of options aimed at buyers...
In March 2000, a consultant invested in a Silicon Valley Internet venture fund, lured by the...
Brioni is best known for its impeccably tailored suits, but it’s possible to go from the boardroom...
Although Mark Holowesko’s new boat has yet to be delivered, he already can picture an October blue-...
For the past three years, Bob Hannah has been selling million-dollar vintage planes, including a P-...
The unmarked, tan-colored brick building housing Athletes’ Performance, a $10 million high-tech...
Two hours and 30-some dishes into the lavish meal, the kitchen door opens and the chef emerges. His...
Given the choice, I’ll take a mountain trail over a StairMaster any day, and when it comes to...
“Shiny gold is for peasants!” declares Roman jeweler Massimo Maria Melis. To illustrate his point,...
Only one name is always mentioned in the same breath as “best” when discussing West In-dian...
Italian kitchens are joining the ranks of Italian sports cars, with sleek designs that incorporate...
In the courtyard of the elegant Bacara resort 15 miles north of Santa Barbara, three new Saleen S7s...
At first, Carl Dietz didn’t notice his pursuer. Dietz had recently purchased a 2002 Indian Chief,...
A business card can say more about you than just your name, title, and contact information. “People...
Proving that good things do indeed come in small packages, BMW’s Q6.S mountain bike ( www.bmwusa...
Lotus Arts de Vivre ( www.lotusartsdevivre.com ) blends ancient Far Eastern and Asian art with...
Barbara Butler may understand more than most about the likes and dislikes of children. However, you...
Doug Mccain’s frustration with his wine cellar’s traditional storage racks threatened to grow as...
Although it’s easy to imagine agent 007, trapped on a remote mountaintop, unscrewing the cap of...
In the world of Michelin three-star restaurants, there is much distinction, but little surprise...
Streets filled with pantomimists, clarinet players, and bead-draped women give credence to the...
In 1986 I was asked to do a book on the Queen Mother’s various gardens, in the course of which I...
This past year, BMW 7 Series owners were introduced to iDrive, which, by means of a dial on the...
Like many owners of this car, Frank Eimont didn’t take a test-drive before purchasing it. In fact,...
Few living artists are as much in demand as Suzanne Rohr, a Swiss painter whose works are sold long...