Your August issue of Country & Town House magazine is hitting newsstands on Wednesday, and this month, it’s the speed issue, featuring private jet fashion, The Game Fair at Ragley Hall, the lowdown on electric cars and the esoteric world of the superyacht…
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Inside the August speed issue, you’ll find…
Charging into the Future: Almost one in five cars sold by 2025 will be battery powered. Read as Jeremy Taylor plugs into the electric revolution
Cruise Control: Rosalyn Wikeley takes you gliding through the glittering world of the superyacht
The Hotel Wizard: Where to find the UK’s darkest skies
Conversations at Scarfes Bar: Marie Guerlain tells Charlotte Metcalf about ditching perfume for pans
British Beach Houses: Five of the best from Salcombe to Polzeath
Plus: 48 Hours in Marbella; Sebastian Coe on English Test cricket; A design Q&A with Charlotte Robb from Lawson Robb; Five of the best British sculpture parks; The UK’s best Japanese food, and much, much more…
Our contributors share their views on speed…
What’s the fastest you’ve ever been? I love swimming and when I was 11, I won a swimming race for my school. It was definitely the fastest I have ever been.
Favourite mode of transport and why? The train, because it’s only 80 minutes to London from home. Not only is it fast, but I also get to do my emails and chat on the phone.
The perfect family holiday would be… Family holidays have changed now that my children are older. Recently, we went to Barcelona, which was perfect – beach, culture, good food, nightlife – something for everyone.
Summer is the best time for… Getting some much-needed rest. August is quiet work-wise, so I get to have quality time with my children.
What’s the fastest you’ve ever been? I guess transatlantic Concorde, but also on my own feet, having broken 11 world records during my time as an Olympic athlete.
Favourite mode of transport and why? Running – I have always found it mentally and physically exhilarating.
The perfect family holiday would be… Good books, good wine, good laughs.
Summer is the best time for… A long day watching Test cricket.
What’s the fastest you’ve ever been? Riding pillion on the back of a courier bike at what felt like 200mph. I had been asked to do a live interview for the BBC about some fashion event or other. They sent a bike instead of a car to collect me because the London traffic was so bad. I had on Louboutin heels and a McQueen black lace dress!
Favourite mode of transport and why? My uncle Ian’s convertible BMW 323i AC Schnitzer sports car. It’s deep aubergine with cream leather seats and a loud sound system.
The perfect family holiday would be… On the golden sands of Embleton Bay, Northumberland, lying on a rug behind a windbreak with a book, playing boules or French cricket.
Summer is the best time for… Roses and foxgloves in English gardens, Pimms and polo, and sitting on a beach looking out to sea contemplating how the year has gone so far.
What’s the fastest you’ve ever been? On land, probably a rather scary ride with my Dad in a Firebird Trans Am!
Favourite mode of transport and why? Nothing is more fun than a speedboat.
The perfect family holiday would be… We’re planning to take a West Coast US road trip with our daughter in the next couple of years. I did it as a child with my family and it was such an adventure.
Summer is the best time for… Living by the sea. I live in Brighton which is great all year round, but in summer it’s just the best place to be.