Managing editor, 2011-2013
Rolls-royce invited me to travel to the Côte d’azur to test-drive the new Phantom II before it was released, and I stayed at the Cap Estel, where the Kennedys and Hollywood stars would stay when they came to visit Princess Grace of Monaco.
The hotel is on a peninsula below a small cliff, and on the day of the test drive I found myself driving the lead car of a 12-strong convoy of new Phantom II’S up the tightest, steepest, zigzaggiest driveway you can imagine, from the hotel to the coastal road. Given that each car was worth HK$6 million, I thought it best not to mention that the last time I had been behind the wheel I had driven a rental car into a ditch in Tuscany (it wasn’t my fault, but that’s another story.) My driving must have made the grade, however, as the test drive went off without a hitch and later that evening they gave me a go behind the wheel of a onemillion-euro J Craft speedboat, which I gunned through the coastal waters at top speed as the sun set. Not a bad day at the office...