If you've been busy, it's time to order tickets for August's 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the world’s premier celebration of the gasoline powered automobile and one of the few occasions when a California tuxedo (cotton drill trousers and a blazer) is reasonably appropriate.
And while we're on the subject, it was announced that HRH Prince Charles has converted his 38 year old Aston Martin to run on biofuel that he has made from wine obtained from a vineyard close to his Highgrove estate. Some wag estimated that he gets four to five bottles to the mile.
Cigar bargain of the month is the La Aroma de Cuba Cetro, a 6 1/2" long, 44 ring gauge lonsdale from Honduras that is supposed to retail for $102.50 for a box of 25. Find it online from a number of suppliers for less than $80.00, which is about as inexpensive as Cigar Aficionado's 90 rated smokes ever get and leaves more money for gas.
And Michael Drake of Drakes London writes that his software people are working to modify their shopping site so that it doesn't collect value added tax on sales to customers outside the EU. The change should reduce prices by nearly 20% to those customers. That's almost a half tank of premium with each new necktie.
The photograph is Copyright © 2007 by Molly Roberts. Used by permission of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. All rights reserved.