Rolls-Royce ‘Sweptail’

Villa d’Este Italy–When Rolls-Royce presented the 103EX Vision Vehicle to the world, it invoked its coachbuilding heritage to inspire its future clientele. This Vision Vehicle envisaged a world of completely personal luxury mobility where new technologies would allow every Rolls-Royce to be designed in their owners’ image, should they wish. Such a Rolls-Royce would represent the truest meaning of luxury – a personal, Bespoke motor car like no other for each individual commissioning patron.

The idea of a future coachbuilt Rolls-Royce was not enough for one Rolls-Royce connoisseur however. This individual approached the marque with his own idea of a two-seat Rolls-Royce that he wanted to be created in the here and now. That motor car is here, now, and is christened ‘ Sweptail’. In a nod to the swept-tail of certain Rolls-Royces from the 1920s, admired by the client so much, he asked Rolls-Royce to reimagine this feature on his one-off motor car.

Presenting the car to the media at the Concorso d’ Eleganza at Villa d’ Este on Saturday 27th May 2017, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars said, “Sweptail is a truly magnificent car. It exudes the romance of travel for its own sake, and immediately places ‘Sweptail’ in the pantheon of the world’s great intercontinental tourers. Rolls-Royce’s history as the world’s leading coachbuilder is at the very core of its identity as the world’ s leading luxury brand. The arrival of 103EX shone a light on the future of Rolls-Royce in this field, and ‘Sweptail’ is proof, today, that Rolls-Royce is at the pinnacle of coachbuilding. We are listening carefully to our most special customers and assessing their interest in investing in similar, completely exclusive coachbuilt masterpieces.At the same time we are looking into the resources which will allow us to offer this unique service to these discerning patrons of luxury.”

‘Sweptail’–how the vision became the reality

“Sweptail is the automotive equivalent of Haute Couture,” comments Giles Taylor, Director of Design at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “It is a Rolls-Royce designed and hand-tailored to fit a specific customer. This customer came to the House of Rolls-Royce with an idea, shared in the creative process where we advised him on his cloth, and then we tailored that cloth to him. You might say we cut the cloth for the suit of clothes that he will be judged by.

”Inspired by the beautiful coachbuilt Rolls-Royces of the 1920s and 1930s, the customer’s desire was for a coachbuilt two seater coupé featuring a large panoramic glass roof. As a connoisseur of Rolls-Royces, he was inspired by many of his favourite cars from the early 20th Century, as well as many classic and modern yachts.

Over the course of a number of years, Taylor and his team of designers engaged with the client in a wonderfully intellectual journey as they worked together to realise the customer’s distinct vision and bring it to life. The result of this one-off coachbuild project is the completely unique Rolls-Royce ‘Sweptail’.

‘Sweptail’– A distinct vision

The ‘Sweptail’ is without question a Rolls-Royce that fits to the marque’s DNA. One’ s attention is first attracted by the confident and solid character of the front profile, centred on a new treatment of the iconic Rolls-Royce Pantheon grille. The largest of any modern era Rolls-Royce, the grille is milled from solid aluminium before being painstakingly polished by hand to a mirror finish. The periphery of the front face of ‘ Sweptail’ is framed in brushed aluminium.

As one moves around to the side of ‘Sweptail’ one finds that it is the striking silhouette that defines its unique character. Flowing as they do from upright and formal frontal aspect, the lines of ‘Sweptail’ resolve into a sveltely elegant form. The scale and grandeur of this regal looking coupé is evident. From the leading edge of the windscreen, the roofline accelerates as it fires backwards towards the rear of the motor car, overshooting the boot lid edge to emphasise its length.

The coup de gras of the rear is the ultimate homage to the world of racing yachts that inspired the client, with its raked stern. Seen directly from behind, the rear taper contrasts strongly with the front of the motor car, shaping a completely new perception of a dramatic Rolls-Royce Coupé.

Finishing off the uncluttered rear of this one-off motor car, is its identifier and registration number, 08, the two numbers milled from ingots of aluminium and hand-polished.

Regal but modern interior

The cleanliness and grandeur of the bodywork from the side view, the lengthened side windows and the panoramic glass roof combine to illuminate the two singular occupants of this most singular Rolls-Royce and its modern, minimalistic handcrafted interior.

And what a place to be as one watches the world slip by through the vast windows and roof. The interior is ruled by a philosophy of simplicity and minimalism leading to a distillation of componentry and a purification of clutter.

Generous quantities of polished Macassar Ebony and open-pore Paldao adorn the interior, creating visual and tactilecontrasts for the owner, both classical and contemporary. It is set off by contrasting light Moccasin and Dark Spice leathers that adorn the seats, armrests and dashboard top.

True to the spirit of a transcontinental GT that Rolls-Royce established in the 20s and 30s, in place of the rear seats is a vast expanse of wood creating a mid-shelf with an illuminated glass lip. Sitting under the rear opening backlight through which it can be accessed, the hat shelf is in itself a thing of beauty, highly polished and inset with luggage rails.

Behind the occupants, a feature named the Passarelle flows from the rear edge of the windscreen to resolve in a teardrop as it connects to the hat shelf to join all interior volumes.

The cleanest Rolls-Royce dashboard to date, the minimalist ethic not only dictates that only one control now appears on it whilst all other switchgear is discreetly relocated, but that the clock blends seamlessly too. In a world first, the face of this singular Rolls-Royce clock is also handmade of the thinnest Macassar veneer, visually embedding the clock into the fascia, highlighted by precision machined titanium hands. This use of titanium then extends to all three hand-assembled instrument dials.

Two final surprise and delight features have been secreted inside ‘Sweptail’.

Concealed in the outboard walls on either side of the motor car, behind the opening of the coach doors, are two identical panniers which contain two handmade attaché cases deployed at the touch of a button.

These attaché cases are twinned with the full set of luggage also developed by Rolls-Royce Bespoke for ‘Sweptail’.

The coup de gras of this one-off masterpiece is as personal to the owner as every other feature of ‘Sweptail’. The entire centre console now houses a one-off hand-built mechanism that deploys a bottle of the client’s favourite vintage champagne and two crystal champagne flutes.

A most personal, coachbuilt Rolls-Royce for a specific customer, every aspect of the material treatment of ‘Sweptail’ exudes handcrafted quality and exacting attention to detail. In short, it is a Rolls-Royce but like no other before.

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Bacardi Recognized for Environmental Excellence by Wildlife Habitat Council

BACARDI rum bottling facility in Jacksonville, Florida, earns Wildlife at Work recertification for environmental stewardship program, biodiversity initiatives

BALTIMORE, Nov. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Employees at Bacardi Bottling Corporation, part of the Bacardi group of companies, received international recognition for their contributions to wildlife habitat conservation and education at the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) Conservation Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, on November 12. Bacardi once again demonstrated its commitment to environmental stewardship by achieving Wildlife at Work recertification. Bacardi Bottling Corp.’s Eric Hearn, Environmental Health Safety Coordinator, and Sally Cannon, processing/training coordinator and wildlife team leader, were presented the certification at the annual event.

“The companies we honor are environmental leaders at local, national and global levels, voluntarily managing lands to support sustainable ecosystems and the communities that surround them,” said Margaret O’Gorman, WHC President. “Congratulations to Bacardi Bottling Corporation for its successful conservation project to create habitat and increase biodiversity.”

Bacardi Bottling Corporation once again demonstrated its commitment to environmental stewardship by achieving Wildlife at Work re-certification by Wildlife Habitat Council. The all-volunteer employee team at Bacardi converted the site's grassy fields into native warm-season grasses and wildflowers. (PRNewsFoto/Bacardi Limited)

Bacardi Bottling Corporation once again demonstrated its commitment to environmental stewardship by achieving Wildlife at Work re-certification by Wildlife Habitat Council. The all-volunteer employee team at Bacardi converted the site’s grassy fields into native warm-season grasses and wildflowers. (PRNewsFoto/Bacardi Limited)

Bacardi Bottling Corporation, located on 92 acres in Jacksonville, Fla., is the sole bottling plant for BACARDI® rum branded products enjoyed in the United States. The facility is surrounded by rural residential areas and includes on-site habitats such as wetlands, forest, and grasslands. The team at Bacardi Bottling Corporation actively manages 21 of the site’s acres of wildlife habitat as part of a Wildlife at Work program that has been certified through the Wildlife Habitat Council since 2013.

The program to develop and preserve wildlife on campus is part of the Bacardi group of companies overall “Good Spirited: Building a Sustainable Future” corporate responsibility platform to protect native habitats, control invasive species, water conservation, and other preservation efforts.

For their first step in managing wildlife, the all-volunteer employee team at Bacardi began converting the site’s grassy fields into native warm-season grasses and wildflowers. Five acres were initially seeded in 2012 with wildflowers, and later with native warm-season grasses in 2013. Phase II of the project began in late 2014 with an application of herbicide before native species were planted using a seed drill across 20 acres. Strictly native species were used in both areas, including blanket flower, black-eyed Susan, slender Indian grass, and big bluestem. Monitoring is conducted using photographs over time as well as 3×3 sample plots that are surveyed for species. The new grasslands are maintained through occasional mowing, and the team plans to plant both areas with native milkweed in 2015.

Most recently, the Bacardi team erected eight songbird nest boxes targeting the native eastern bluebird. In 2014, local Cub Scouts joined the team to construct the boxes. These nest boxes—which include names such as ‘Home Tweet Home,’ ‘House of Blues,’ and ‘The ReTweet’—were named by employees via a competition. The team installed the nest boxes based on advice from a local bird expert and have since been visited by Florida Audubon Society members. The team monitors the boxes weekly during the nesting season and is excited about their first full nesting season.

“This program reinforces the Bacardi commitment to the responsible management of all business activities. We see this as not only an essential part of corporate responsibility but also an important area of collaboration with our customers and suppliers, as well as employees and opinion leaders,” said Eduardo Vallado, Regional Director – Supply Chain and Manufacturing Americas for Bacardi. “Protecting the natural resources we use to create our brands is key for us. We aim to be best-in-class in the spirits industry and believe through responsibly managing our environmental and social impacts Bacardi will be a more sustainable business in the long-term. Our vision is to put back at least as much as we take out from the environment.”

Bacardi Bottling Corporation was one of 273 programs recognized at the WHC Conservation Conference as meeting the strict requirements of Wildlife at Work certification. In addition, 59 programs received Corporate Lands for Learning certification. Certification requirements are strict and require that programs apply for periodic renewal. Wildlife at Work certification recognizes outstanding wildlife habitat management efforts at corporate sites and offers third-party validation of the benefits of such programs. Corporate Lands for Learning certification provides programs with third-party recognition for educational programs.

To learn more about Bacardi and its “Good Spirited: Building a Sustainable Future” environmental initiative for sourcing, packaging and operational efficiencies across the entire Bacardi family of premium spirits brands, visit http://www.bacardilimited.com/good-spirited.

About Wildlife Habitat Council
Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) promotes and certifies habitat conservation and management on corporate lands through partnerships and education. WHC’s programs take corporate sustainability goals and objectives and translate them into tangible and measurable on-the-ground actions. Through a focus on building collaboration for conservation with corporate employees, other conservation organizations, government agencies and community members, WHC programs focus on healthy ecosystems and connected communities. WHC-assisted wildlife habitat and conservation education programs are found in 45 states, the District of Columbia and 13 countries. http://www.wildlifehc.org/

About Bacardi Bottling Corporation
Founded in 1972, Bacardi Bottling Corporation is a Center of Excellence for Bottling and the sole bottling plant for BACARDI® rum branded products enjoyed in the United States. The facility also provides BACARDI® rum for export to Mexico, Canada, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Germany, South Korea, Costa Rica, South America, Israel, New Zealand, Australia and Japan. The facility employs more than 200 people and is situated on a 92-acre campus.

Bacardi Bottling Corp. is part of Bacardi Limited, headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited. www.BacardiLimited.com

World of Speed to Launch New Exhibit Featuring Female Motorsport Legends

Non-profit motorsports museum to unveil Women in Racing November 21, 2015

WILSONVILLE, Ore. (November 12, 2015) – World of Speed, an educational and interactive motorsports museum, announces a new exhibit featuring female motorsport legends. The Women in Racing exhibit will be unveil on Saturday, November 21.

What: The Women in Racing exhibit will showcase the rise and triumph of women in motorsports and highlight how women’s participation in motorsports has grown over the decades, both on and off the track. The exhibit will feature Cindi Lux, Lyn St. James, Courtney Force, Betty Burkland and Michelle Miller. Each racer will be portrayed through personal memorabilia and pictures, a video incorporating excerpts from the women, and the story of women rising in professional motorsports.

Cindi Lux will be at World of Speed for the exhibit unveiling festivities. Her schedule includes:

10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Breakfast with museum charter members
11:00 a.m. – Exhibit unveiling and ribbon cutting ceremony
12:00 p.m. – Talk and Q&A in the main gallery
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Meet and greets and fan card signing

Women featured in the exhibit are past and present racers across generations that race across all track, wheel and engine types. Women in Racing exhibit racers include:

Cindi Lux: Cindi is a 12-time road racing champion who lives in Aloha, Ore. where she runs her company Lux Performance. Her Viper will be also be on display.

Lyn St. James: Lyn has raced the Indy 500 seven times and set 31 national and international speed records.

Courtney Force: Courtney holds the record for most funny car wins by a woman. She was the 100th win by a female driver in an NHRA competition.

Betty Burkland: Betty holds the land speed record for E/BFCC (blown fuel competition coupe) class at 263.887 mph. She is part of the Bonneville 200 mph Club.

Michelle Miller: Michelle is a two-time winner of the SCCA National Autocross Championship. She is also an instructor at DirtFish Rally School in Snoqualmie, Wash.

Where: World of Speed Museum, 27490 SW 95th Ave., Wilsonville, Ore. 97070

When: Saturday November 21, 2015

For hi-res images of the racers, please visit: http://bit.ly/1Pnrcmd

About World of Speed
The World of Speed is an educational museum featuring historic racecars, boats and motorcycles that tell the story of motorsports culture. Through interactive exhibits and hands-­on activities, the World of Speed offers visitors a behind-­the-­scenes view of the racing world. It encompasses many aspects of motorsports, including drag racing, road racing, land speed racing, motorcycle racing, open wheel, NASCAR and hydroplanes. The museum is funded by income from sponsorships, foundations, admissions, corporate and individual memberships, and from events held at the museum. World of Speed is a 501(C)(3) public charity. For more information, please visit http://www.worldofspeed.org.

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Babson College Inducts Culinary Leaders to Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs

Dorothy Cann Hamilton and Doug Rauch demonstrate entrepreneurial excellence at the intersection of business and food

WELLESLEY, Mass., Nov. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Two esteemed culinary leaders will be inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs at Babson College on November 12, 2015.

Dorothy Cann Hamilton, Founder and CEO of the International Culinary Center (ICC), and creator and host of Chef’s Storyand Doug Rauch, Past President of Trader Joes, Founder of Daily Table, and CEO of Conscious Capitalism Inc., will be honored for their entrepreneurial influence and accomplishments across the food industry.

Established in 1978, the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs is the world’s first entrepreneurship hall of fame. It includes more than 100 notable business figures such as Robert Kraft H’02, Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of the Kraft Group, Ray A. Kroc, former CEO of McDonalds, Richard Branson, Chairman of the Virgin Group, and Steve Forbes, President and Chief Executive Officer of Forbes.

“Our newest inductees have applied entrepreneurial thought and action to the global food industry setting the standard for innovation and sustainable approaches to entrepreneurial success,” said Candida G. Brush, Vice Provost of Global Entrepreneurial Leadership at Babson College. “We, as a community with growing interest in the business of food, are pleased to present Dorothy and Doug as Academy honorees.”

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds ®. The top-ranked college for entrepreneurship education, Babson is a dynamic living and learning laboratory where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society. We prepare the entrepreneurial leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to make a difference in the world, and have an impact on organizations of all sizes and types. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought and Action ® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value.

Web Site: http://www.babson.edu

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Division II schools recognized for academic excellence

Division II schools recognized for academic excellence

 

INDIANAPOLIS— Twenty-seven Division II member schools will be honored as part of the Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence program, now in its fifth year, for achieving four-year Academic Success Rates of 90 percent or higher. Click here for full release

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