How did you first get into road trips?
In 2000, my wife Assia and I came across a 1959 Ford Thunderbird for sale beside the road near Newport Harbour in California. Because 1959 is the year of my birth, we stopped and peered in and my wife said: “Buy it”. After six years and $60,000 of restoration, my friend Jeff Feero, who lives in New York and loves old stuff, called me to say the car was ready for a drive. I wanted my first journey to be a road trip across America. Ten days, 35 litres of oil and numerous breakdowns later, we limped in to a welcoming party at Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood.
To what kind of places do you like to travel?
All over the US and east and west Canada. We love big cities, but also the great outdoors. America literally has it all; the extremes are what make it. At a truck stop in Virginia, I ordered sparkling water and the waitress asked if that was a Coke product because that’s all they sold. Another time, we had a Michelin-star lunch among the vines at the Opus One winery, Napa Valley.
How many road trips have you taken?
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the first road trip. One year we decided on a European vacation across France and Switzerland, including the iconic route of the 1969 film The Italian Job. I drove with my brother in his 1959 Ford Zephyr, while my friend drove his 1973 Ferrari Dino. We ended on that friend’s yacht, sailing from Antibes to Monaco to watch the first Monaco ePrix — it’s like a regular GP, without the noise or high speed.
What must-haves do you pack before each trip?
Almost anything that is possible to break or wear out on an old car, which means the boot is full before we even get to the luggage. Light clothing, as it almost always runs hot in old cars. A variety of shades and plenty of liquids…