DRIVEN: John Russo

Photo by Jason Bush

World renowned celebrity photographer John Russo knows (and loves) his sports cars, and the new Continental GT by Bentley is at the top of  his list!

With so many incredible Sports cars why this car?

Because it’s so very British and I love all things British. I have always been a fan of Bentley. They are extraordinary handmade automobiles. The new Continental GT Speed is beefy, solid, fast like a rocket and handles like no other.

What are your favorite features about this model?

The massage seats are perfect for long drives. The sound system is incredible. I can crack up Duran Duran and feel like I’m at the concert!

What does driving a Bentley say about you?

It says I appreciate the finer things in life and have reached a certain level of success that allows me to acquire them.

Is the Bentley Continental your everyday driver?

It’s a perfect every day car, but I prefer using it on the weekends. Driving in LA is sometimes frustrating. I am not a fan of valeting my car so its best I keep the Bentley at my other home in Montecito. Less traffic and less people to throw their car door into it. ( and you think I’m kidding)

Where is your favorite place to drive ?

I love driving up Pacific Coast Highway, sun setting, windows down and music blasting. Takes me back to 1994.

Sum up the car in a short phrase.

The ultimate in luxurious high performance.

Do Bentley drivers actually acknowledge each other when driving? 

Ha, that is funny, I would say yes. It’s basically a club that requires a lot of hard work to get in. Trust me on that.

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Check out John Russo’s latest Fashion Spread in our January/Februayr 2018 Issue!

In 1885, two Entrepreneurs Elisha Babcock Jr. and Hampton Story bought the land and constructed the Hotel Del Coronado. They envisioned their hotel would be the “talk of the Western World,” and it was. Some patrons likened it to a wedding cake and others to a fancy boat. Wealthy visitors of the hotel would most likely spend winters in San Diego and summers in New England. The mild weather in California is definitely a pull for guests who stay at the hotel. When the hotel was first constructed, the chef would cook game that the guest had hunted, and proximity to the ocean meant that guest could enjoy fresh seafood daily. Hotel Del continues to function as a world-class hotel today. The Del will be celebrating its 130 anniversary of opening by hosting a variety of events, such as Icons Anniversary Gala featuring John Russo and an Anniversary dinner with Chef Patrick Ponsanty. In addition there is a clambake series featuring various chefs that is of interest. For more information about how the hotel will celebrate its 130th birthday go to

Photography: John Russo
Styling: Justin Lynn
Hair and Makeup: Kara Roberson
Shot at Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, California

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