It’s summer — almost — and what a feast of sporting events we have laid out for us. The Commonwealth Games may be over, but the Champions League and FA Cup have their finals next month, and the World Cup kicks off in June. Wimbledon’ll come next, with the Tour de France hot on its heels. And that’s not even mentioning the British Grand Prix, August’s Test series at Edgbaston or the Ryder Cup.
As such, the team at Gentleman’s Journal set out to pull together our first ever Sports Special, and called on athletes from Mark Cavendish, Harry Kane and Leigh Halfpenny, to Freddie Flintoff, David Haye and Frankie Dettori to help us. What you’ll find is a bible for success called, simply, ‘How to Win’.
Elsewhere in the issue, we interview Hollywood heavyweight Samuel L Jackson, who gives us his rules for living well, lift the electrifying lid on Tesla’s European factory and uncover the corruption behind the colour of Spain’s most famous horse race, the Palio di Siena. Have a flick through, and subscribe below.
Samuel L Jackson reveals his rules for living well
“Listen,” says Jackson, in our cover interview, “if you want to be good, really good, there’s no time to be humble”. And that’s just one of the pieces of advice that’ll stay with you long after you’ve read his 9 invaluable rules for living well, from ‘Make your own luck’ to ‘Get out of your own way’.
Formula E starts its engines
As Formula 1 becomes mired in conflict, outdated attitudes and environmental concerns, we dispatch Rory FH Smith to learn everything there is to know about the young pretender racing to take its place. But how far can the fledgling sport of Formula E go? All the way to pole position? Strap in and see.
Lord Tim Bell spins us the yarn of his career
He ‘invented’ Margaret Thatcher, gave birth to ‘spin’ and played the media like an orchestra. But when Lord Tim Bell’s eponymous PR firm collapsed amid scandal, he disappeared. In this, his first interview since the sudden demise of Bell Pottinger, we get the inside story of a life in the wings.
Investigating the corruption of the Palio di Siena
Siena’s Palio horse race is perhaps the most spectacular and outrageous sporting event in the world — 75 seconds of high drama and high stakes in the most beautiful setting imaginable; a lifetime of glory for the taking. But this most colourful of spectacles hides a dark secret. In this issue, Andrea di Robilant uncovers a sport marred by scandal, cheating and rank corruption.
Tesla lead the charge in electric cars
In Tilburg, Tesla is taking hold of Europe. Elon Musk’s incredible electric carmaker is quickly becoming a global phenomenon, and with global demand increasing, the brand has opened a factory on our European doorsteps. With no emissions, the eco-facility is peppered with quirks — from a completely-indoor test track to plant-adorned columns on the assembly line. Take a look.
Learn ‘how to win’ from the world’s best sports stars
Take a deep breath. Leigh Halfpenny, Max Chilton, Stan Wawrinka, Darren Clarke, Yohan Blake, Freddie Flintoff, David Haye, Dan Carter, Shane Williams, Frankie Dettori, Mark Cavendish, Johnny Barstow, Kyle Edmud, Mark Foster, Jamie Murray. And that’s not even the full list. Delve into our special section to discover rules of perseverance, focus and determination. In short; How to Win.
Gentleman's Journal May/June