‘At our own Pace’…

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Colours and tones of green are flashing by…
Landscapes are changing rapidly, while we are enjoying our own world.
Just us… with our playlist and our sing alongs… driving to new memories.

… Such a wonderful feeling …

A little note first.
You haven’t heard from us for a long time, due to private reasons.
Which really puts everything into perspective.
And makes you wonder… Searching for moments to enjoy
are suddenly more important than anything else.
And to be actually in ‘that moment’. A realisation.
Especially with #allthatmatters. My boys.

One moment of pure joy, personally (ok hard to admit…),
is driving beautiful cars. It’s making my heart race.
Still in a healthy way though. It really calms me down.
Due to total ‘freedom’!
…to drive wherever we want. Anything is possible.

Moments with granddad, who is diagnosed with dementia,
are really #allthatmatters.
An artist enjoying his own ‘simple pure’ life. Just an unexpected visit
and coffee at his tiny little terrace is giving us all joy! Because every time
he sees us he is happily surprised. You see it gives him a sparkle.
Really, when that happens I always feel like, can we please stop time!
But to be honest, it is also energy-absorbing. Afterwards I’m also tired,
because it also hurts to see (grand)dad like this.
When we drive away afterwards, we are enjoying the ride
and forget the painful part immediately.

Travelling with the boys is the best. Especially on a long trip,
like we’re in a roadmovie. A lot of scripts and stories
are popping into my head. We’re in motion and we’re together.
In our own little world. Which is pretty rare lately.
The boys have an age difference of 8 years
and the oldest is slowly getting his own life, step-by-step.
So we cherish moments like these big time.
And to get him travelling with us makes it easier
when the circumstances are very interesting.
Let’s say, the way we travel… That’s the way it works at 16.

While we were lucky enough to drive this
gorgeous Jaguar E-Pace in Borasco Grey,
it wasn’t a tough decision for him to join us this time.

So, back to this love…
Even if ‘automotive’ doesn’t make you jump of joy,
you will understand that a P200 2.0 AWD Aut. R- Dynamic S.
must be a pretty impressive version. And that’s an understatement.
This beauty looks small comparing to her big brother,
the F-Pace, but in real life it’s a compact ‘fast car’ with the same impact,
just smaller in size. Which personally is easier to handle.

When you slowly get this ‘jag’ in motion, you immediately will feel the power.
There’s a steadiness in turns while driving… You feel like you ‘hover’ the roads…
An unwind-moment. Better than yoga? Well it’s from a different perspective.
In your busy life looking for silent moments to load your battery,
this feels like one to me…

The beautiful lines…
The brilliant colour, Borasco Grey.
A ‘shark’s fin’ as a roof mounted antenna… How brilliant.
Such a cool piece integrated in these innovating car brand.
The bold gloss black honeycomb grill is a favourite part of this design
and it gives the car this sporty contemporary look.

A classic luxury car brand which we know for decades,
with their typical elegant styles,
coming up with new versions is sometimes not the design we hope for.
Because it’s hard to find a balance in the contemporary design,
without losing the sophistication of the well-known versions.
But this one… I fell a bit in love… to be honest.

Technical wizardry, we enjoy big time;
*automatic button to open the boot-lid. It is your personal assistant.
You will be happy when you arrive with too many groceries.
*loading the batteries of all the devices while driving… We can’t live without it…
It makes our driving life easy, comfortable and safe.
The whole dashboard-panel is one bright friend.
And we’re already used to all this brilliance, like for example
a camera scanning danger for you. But for us it is still a lot of joy.

Another example of technology which made our heart jump a bit,
is this… When standing in the dark or even the dim,
this brilliant car is giving you a light. Like (yes yes) an assistant again.
And that’s not just it… In this light you will see the outline
of a jaguar and her little baby… It is all about the details and details only!
Everything is incredibly stylish and sophisticated and yet so contemporary.

We know we didn’t talked about the detailed driving performance,
engine and pk’s, pretty important we know…
But you know what. We leave that to the experts themselves.
JAGUAR.
It must be already much to see us ‘over the moon’ about this,
so we just stay close to ourselves and talk about the experience,
the design, innovative details and stuff, something we really felt for…

That’s what we will remember.
#oursecretcarcrush

The whole experience is one to love.

Photography and words: the cool heads / Kiki Kouthoofd

p.s. Many many many thanks to
Aldo van Troost (Jaguar Nederland),
for trusting us with this beauty!
Very very much appreciated!

The Jaguar E-PACE D150 2.0 is available from €53.250,00
The version we drove is € 80.669,00.

Brilliance no. 11

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This photograph from the serie
ARE WE THERE YET?
for Kinfolk magazine,
is what we want on our wall!
Big time! It is contemporary and will be for ever…

Three boys , brothers, enjoying traveling together…
in an amazing Jaguar XJ
(ok, not themselves obviously),
acting incredibly funny…
brilliantly shot in black & white…

Smiles, memories and stories…
FOREVER!

By the talented team:
Photography: Neil Bedford
Styling: Rachel Caulfield
for: KINFOLK

Our Secret Car Crush

tumblr_oi4muc8BQh1rn1cuzo1_1280Growing up in a contemporary artistic family had many positive sides.
My parents were open minded, our big house had room for a swing
in the livingroom, a climbing wall, we could cycle through the house.
Not too many strict rules.

The girl and her brothers, at that age, had not many complains

Then the girl, me, became a teenager.
Besides by being embarrassed by my artist dad,
which I think is quite normal for a teenager…
I was embarrassed as well about some car choices
my parents made.
Can you imagine…

Volvo Amazon, 245 GL
Citröen HY, DS, 2CV
Rover  P5B 3.5 litre
Landrover Defender

Obviously not a very objective vision,
because they were cool
and later happen to be stunning wannahave-cars.
The main reason for this:
quite some time the car broke down while touring.
With that in the back of my mind
I’ve created an aversion against vintage cars.
Just wanted them to do the job,
by getting me somewhere.
Thanks dad!

But if you think my only wish is to just drive any car
which for sure would bring me from A to B,
then you’re wrong…
The interest in innovation, design
and the exterior looks is extremely big!
Much bigger. I have to admit.

So… OUR SECRET CAR CRUSH was born!

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Secret because I also grew up with values like
‘be kind to our planet’,
‘don’t be too greedy’… Share…
How can you admire a machine
which polutes the planet?
Car crush because I can really admire
a particular car design or car brand.
And then a little devil in my head says…
No, all no good for the planet.
Owwwwww….

You can understand I’m extremely happy
and thankful for the rise and shine of electric cars
at most of the car brands…
For sure for the heart we have for our planet…
but it also…
… makes me feel less guilty.

Even without the electric cars (being common yet),
the best of both worlds is
just writing about cars, test-driving
and writing reviews in my own way!
And not be the owner.
I can be objective in a good way.
Give a visual opinion.
Get input from the technical sides,
without boring you…
And photograph it in our own way too,
to make the story complete.

Cars which are just cool, beautiful, wannahaves
for yes ‘an independent woman with kids’, haha!
In contemporary pantone-colours. Hallelujah!

No, this is not shallow…
This is heart for design,
and innovation.
And… Freedom!

You have to drive them to football
or swimming lessons, to birthday parties
or to the grandparents anyway.
Eighter way I want to make quite sure
it is fast and getting me there,
looking contemporary beautiful.
And is just comfortable enough.

Comfortable as in
an automatic…
+
The luxury of a button or sensor
which opens the backdoor automatically
when you’re arriving with all the groceries…
Heavenly cool!

So, soon you can expect our first review ever
of such a COOL WANNAHAVE CAR
(we were able to test last november);
The MINI Cooper S ALL4 Clubman

#iwantmyminiclubmanback

Have a lovely weekend!
Driving or something ; )

Source:
Green Jaguar
Me & My Bentley

 
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