Rory FH Smith

By Rory FH Smith | 14 Jun 2022

Living with the Range Rover Velar Hybrid pt. II: North Wales

In the second instalment of this ongoing in-depth series on the Range Rover Velar Hybrid, writer Rory FH Smith hits the road in rugged, windswept North Wales. The car: Range Rover Velar P400e Nam... Read More

By Rory FH Smith | 11 Apr 2022

Damsels of Design

Picture this: it’s 1955 in motor city, Detroit, USA. Memories of the Second World War are starting to fade and give way to optimism, prosperity and technological advancement. The streets are ali... Read More

By Rory FH Smith | 10 Mar 2022

Rolex World Service: ticking for eternity

When Hans Wilsdorf established his watchmaking business in London in 1905, he did so with the intention that his creations would live on – and on, and on. Wilsdorf was born in Bavaria, Germany, ... Read More

By Rory FH Smith | 09 Feb 2022

Head for the horizon

When Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organisation declared Covid-19 to be a global pandemic on 11 March 2020, the world stood still. Gone were any hopes that the di... Read More

By Rory FH Smith | 12 Jan 2022

Driving the future: a look at Rimac’s new all-electric hypercar

“If you’re a luxury car company, you could have more from the entertainment system or, if you’re in a sports car like a McLaren you could go to a track and let the car drive you,&rdq... Read More

By Rory FH Smith | 15 Oct 2021

Bond behind the wheel: a look at 007's relationship with Aston Martin

Let’s face it; James Bond wasn’t originally an Aston Martin kind of guy. While Hollywood would have us believe otherwise, 007’s car of choice was, originally, something a little less... Read More

By Rory FH Smith | 30 Sep 2021

INTERVIEW: 007 stunt driver on Bond's most thrilling car chase yet - featuring the new Land Rover Defender

Very few cars can compare to the Land Rover Defender. What started life as a curious post-war project by Rover bosses and brothers Maurice and Spencer Wilks, developed into an automotive landmark over... Read More

By Rory FH Smith | 04 Sep 2021

INTERVIEW: IndyCar driver Sam Schmidt on the long road to recovery

When IndyCar driver Sam Schmidt, driving 200mph, crashed into the barrier during pre-season testing at the Walt Disney World Speedway on 6 January 2000, his doctors thought he wouldn’t... Read More

By Rory FH Smith | 02 Sep 2021

Sir Jackie Stewart on his love for F1 and his lasting legacy

While Formula One may be enjoying a much-awaited return to form, with racing rivalries and friendship reminiscent of the glory days of the 1960s and ’70s, today’s racing championship is mi... Read More

By Rory FH Smith | 26 Aug 2021

Return to form: an in-depth look at the British Grand Prix

For the past few years, Formula One has been lacking a certain something. While the Netflix series Drive to Survive kept the F1 flame burning bright by bringing to life the persona... Read More

By Rory FH Smith | 12 Jul 2021

Rocket man: celebrating 60 years since the first manned space flight

When Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin was born on 9 March 1934, in the Russian village of Klushino, 160km west of Moscow, it’s unlikely any of his family would have predicted his meteoric rise to stard... Read More

By Rory FH Smith | 03 Jul 2021

Driving vision: the meticulous world of custom cars

Bespoke is an overused term in the automotive world. Sift through the sales literature of any high-end carmaker and you’ll find the word peppered about like it’s going out of fashion. In r... Read More

By Rory FH Smith | 29 May 2021

REVIEW: the new Mercedes-Benz AMG GT-S four-door coupe

Few companies can claim to have roots quite like AMG. Founded in the 1960s by two engineers, Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher (that's where the A and the M come from in the name), the duo w... Read More

By Rory FH Smith | 22 May 2021

REVIEW: the new Bentley Continental GT Speed

In the 1930s, racing was relatively simple. One (usually very wealthy) individual would purchase a chassis - complete with an engine - from a car manufacturer, find a coachbuilder to add the bodywork ... Read More

By Rory FH Smith | 06 May 2021

The High Life: why private jet travel is taking off once more

Ever since Elvis Presley popularised private flight in the early 1960s with his Lockheed JetStar known as Hound Dog II, flying private has become synonymous with power, exclusivity and fame. Noth... Read More

By Rory FH Smith | 03 Mar 2021

Inside the ever-expanding world of expedition yachts

When Ferdinand Magellan set sail from Spain on the first expedition to circumnavigate the world on 20 September 1519, he did so in bleak surroundings. His fleet consisted of five vessels, carrying sup... Read More

By Rory FH Smith | 01 Mar 2021

Sweden's Polestar 2 squares up to Silicon Valley

Until now, Elon Musk has had it easy. When the electric car baron launched the Model S in 2013, Musk enjoyed a good five years occupying the luxury electric car market without even a sniff of competit... Read More

By Rory FH Smith | 23 Feb 2021

Detours and fine dining: the history of the Michelin Guide

In 1900, brothers André and Édouard Michelin were scratching their heads trying to think up a solution to a familiar business problem. Their fledgling eponymous tyre company had been running for 11 ... Read More