LEVI STOCKE - CLOSER

There is a place I go to

That brings me rest

Being alone is something

We all will test


And it takes time

And it moves slowly

Finding what’s been lost

The moon will dip

And the sun will set

Again and again


I find I can sit by

A fire and not feel the flame

But the burn felt after Is the reminder

that I am the one to blame


And it takes time

And it moves slowly

Finding what is lost

The moon will dip

And the sun set

Again


Through the changes

We come into our own

Wind carries the seed

And through the seasons we grow

Closer to home

HELM STREET

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     To be honest I have found through the years that good Men’s Jewelry is near impossible to find... The handcrafted pieces the guys over at HELM STREET are putting out are as good as it gets. They use the finest materials and antique them to already have that signature vintage feel and look right away. Check out what they have here.  

 http://www.helmstreet.com/

 

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POLO RALPH LAUREN - RED RUSH RELEASE PARTY

  Photo by Ian Elkins

Photo by Ian Elkins

   Getting invited out by Ralph Lauren to the new Red Rush Fragrance release was an honor and also a huge surprise with all these incredible cars. They were aiming to make a statement and they sure did. Plus the fragrance smells classic and legendary just like the cars. (Link below)  

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Get it here : RED RUSH 

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   Sponsored by POLO RALPH LAUREN

 Sponsored by POLO RALPH LAUREN

FORMULA E FOR THE FIRST TIME...

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Growing up an engine obsessed kid, if you would of told me back then there would be an all electric race circuit I would of laughed and said "Yea right". Well it's here and actually already in it's second year.

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    Partnering with the AUDI Family on this was not only the best experience I could of gotten but it's always great being with a team that has specialized in innovation on the track since day 1 (plus they won 1st of course lol). First off the best thing you can do when you first come to Formula E (and trust me you want to) is throw all your previous knowledge and understanding out the window because this is completely different. I made that mistake coming in thinking this was just a variation of F1 but I was educated very quickly on how many differences there really are.

 

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   I talked with Lucas Di Grassi who races for Audi about some of the unique things and obstacles with these cars face. He mentioned that they are very difficult to drive and the main focus point of what he was saying is that battery conservation is one of the main keys to finishing first so it is not only who is the fastest but also who can conserve the most energy. He also went on to tell me about how the cars have no power steering which can get sketchy in the turns. 

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   Another interesting aspect of Formula E is there is very little noise compared to an F1 race. They sound like Killer Bees coming by is probably the best way I can describe it haha. With there being very little sound it has opened the door to many new locations that races can be held because of the noise which was what made this race cool. Seeing a racetrack setup in Brooklyn, NY was simply amazing. The turns were extremely narrow and tight along with a very short track so there wasn't much lag in the excitement. To wrap this up be sure to check the schedule and catch Formula E as soon as you can you will not regret it.

 

- LS

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Sponsored by AUDI

DESERT CENTER OASIS

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   This time I really found something special... A few buddies and I decided to take a "breather" and get out of town for the weekend which I think everyone needs from time to time and this is where we ended up. Situated at around 4800 feet above Palm Springs is this place of complete serenity and solitude. I posted some of the photos to my Instagram and here are a few extra photos as well.

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    This main entrance way is unlike anything I have seen. The Panoramic view reminds me of when I went Skydiving except this view last longer than 45 seconds lol. Also something else that is cool is the temperature at this elevation in the desert is actually about 15 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than down the mountain in town which is crazy because you would think "closer to the sun must be hotter" but not the case at all...

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   Another unique thing to mention about this house is it has a small very old Church Chapel a short walk from the house with a Mission Bell that you can ring from the inside. Word has it that every person to ever step foot inside has rung the bell so I also did the honors of course (after checking for Rattlesnakes that may have crept in under one of the booths). Not bad for a quick weekend getaway and I am actively planning more like this at the moment...

 

- LS

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Photos by Ted Emmons & Alexander Eggebeen

THE AUDI EXPERIENCE 🏁

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        Last week was incredible to say the least... I partnered with Audi and headed out to Circuit Of The Americas F1 track in Austin, TX for the Audi Experience. There is no other track like this in the United States with a distance of 3.41 miles, 20 turns and a 133 foot hill at Turn 1 (which is nuts). We spent most of the day in the R8's breaking the track up into segments learning from professional race car drivers all along the away about how to navigate the track in the fastest way and they definitely didn't hold back. That wasn't all the day consisted of as we got to do an Autocross course driving the new 400 Horsepower TT RS and also a Slalom segment. I always thought that with these hosted track days they didn't cut you loose to push the limits and I couldn't of been more wrong because right when you think you ran a lap faster than you think you could do it again they are there for tips you won't get anywhere else before sending you back out to push it more fast and more hard.   Continued...
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   The track itself is a sight to see looking like something out of a video game. This place is the real deal. You get to see the F1 cars and take photos with whatever you like in which they encourage. Something to also mention is the overall vibe with everyone. There is definitely a strong sense of competition as there should be but everyone is extremely fun and easy to race with no matter your skill. Wrapping this up I could not recommend this experience more... 

 

Check it out here : Audi Experience 

Sponsored by Audi USA

 

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HOUSE 99 LAUNCH IN LONDON 🇬🇧

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   Was an absolute honor getting to meet David Beckham and a part of the House 99 official launch party. The stay at The Ned hotel was also something to mention as the pictures do it no justice. They have aesthetically captured what I would believe the 1940’s decor would of been like. I highly recommend visiting this hotel if you have any future plans to travel to London as it will not disappoint. 

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 House 99 has us get cleaned up for the event at Ruffian’s Barber Shop in Shoreditch which is another great spot to pop in. 

House 99 has us get cleaned up for the event at Ruffian’s Barber Shop in Shoreditch which is another great spot to pop in. 

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 Hangin with the homie. @spizoiky

Hangin with the homie. @spizoiky

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  Simply put this was an experience of a lifetime and was amazing to get to see London in the way they planned the trip. Pure class and elegance. 

 

- LS