Reviving a classic. The notion of complimenting the Skyacht Aircraft had grown into a mission. Upon examining luxury cars, it was surprising to see how much plastic has crept into them, including Rolls-Royce. In our residential work we employ the finest wood carvers, engravers, sculptors and inlay experts, so skill was not the issue, but to scale that into a practical automotive execution required a partner that was expert in the highest level of limited production vehicles. Clive Hawkins of Aria Group is that expert, and we met for several hours going over my concept sketches for Regatta. The mission was clear. We would combine our talents to build the ultimate wood-inlaid Rolls-Royce. We both love the planking and natural color of a Chris-Craft Riviera, or a legendary Riva. It is truly what makes a power bot magical.We both walked out of the room knowing that Regatta was to be original, challenging, expensive, and extraordinary in every way. A project driven by fine detail, not gilded bragging rights. A firm handshake launched the journey. To that end, it could not be "art for art's sake." It had to be based on a legacy. The research began. Few are aware of the nautical tradition Rolls-Royce began when coachbuilders imagined wood paneled Phantom "Boattail" or "Skiff"designs. Eccentric models for eccentric clients. These nautically inspired classics truly celebrated the art of the great coachbuilders like Labourdette, Hooper, Barker, and others. Marquetry, exposed joinery, brass details and appointments were evident everywhere. Even Rolls-Royce sees this as a key part of their heritage by mimicking the boat shape in their $10M one-off "Sweptail" project. The noticeable absence of wood on their vehicle only illustrates the executional difficulty and rarity of these wood cars. To that end, we see the spectacular inlaid and paneled exotic woods inside and out as the driving signature of Regatta. Found only in collections, these wood paneled vehicles told the transitional story of transport and quintessential luxury by mixing the media. They would be the benchmark for us to surpass. In today's digital world, why not bring the best of digital precision and the lost arts of hand finishing together to build an even better car? Enter Regatta.