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Here's an article from today's Sunday Telegraph Magazine...

 

SPEED OF SOUND;

For Guy Berryman, the antidote to life on the road as Coldplay's bassist is a three-day Alpine rally in a 51-year-old Porsche. Michael Harvey joins him for the ultimate touring experience

 

IN the Estadio Ciudad de le Plata, near Buenos Aires, on 17 November last year, Guy Berryman stood with the rest of Coldplay and took the applause for the final time on the band's record-breaking A Head Full of Dreams tour. Spanning 20 months, five continents and 122 shows, its revenues of a reported $523 million made it the third biggestgrossing tour of all time, behind only the Rolling Stones and U2. It was also Coldplay's seventh major tour in less than 20 years together.

 

'None of us had spent more than a continuous month or so at home in nearly three years - what with the promotion for the album that came before the tour,' says Berryman. 'We'd decided while we were planning the tour that we would take a break - a total break, no recording, no writing - of around a year immediately afterwards.'

 

Seven months after that last gig, Berryman is shuffling around a car park in the scenic town Evian-les-Bains in south-eastern France, taking photographs of cars. He looks different, still lean, but contented, relaxed, and generous with his million-dollar smile. I've got to know Berryman over the past years for reasons I'll come to, but this is only the second time I've seen him on the loose in the world of cars.

 

Cars are where Berryman goes to escape; they have dominated his time since the end of the tour, and he plans for that to continue until the sabbatical is over. He has a large collection, many of them kept at his house in the Cotswolds, others that instead conduct their own little tour of the classic car shows. But it doesn't end there.

 

Unlike many collectors, Berryman works on his own cars. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of each one in his collection, powered by a strong research ethic. It's not knowledge for its own sake: Berryman studied engineering at University College London, where he met Chris Martin (he'd switch to architecture before abandoning higher education completely for Coldplay) and he's retained an instinctive feel for all things mechanical. Throw in an dogged approach to sourcing the right components, and you understand that PHILIPPE FUGIER a Berryman restoration is truly a labour of love.

 

'I got very badly stung by a dealer when I bought my first-ever classic car - an E-Type Jaguar in 2012,' Berryman recalls. 'I was underprepared. I haven't been since; I find that not only makes buying a car a lot less stressful, it makes owning it a more colourful experience. I spend as much time collecting the paraphernalia around a car as I do buying the car itself. It makes the restoration experience more fulfilling when you know exactly what it is you are shopping for - I lose days tracking down an authentic part.' Driving is the next component of Berryman's life automotive. This year he embarked on the first steps to getting a racing licence. Turning up in the early hours of a weekend morning at some remote British racetrack (they are almost all, as former aerodromes, exposed to the weather and lacking in hospitality) is the only way to gain the qualification he needs if he's to enjoy a collection that's increasingly turning towards racing cars.

 

And then there are the rallies. I've travelled to Evian-les-Bains with Berryman because we are taking part in a three-day rally across numerous Alpine passes to Cannes. In the past, the Coupe des Alpes was a full-on competition, but today it's really just a social event, offering the chance to drive some of the highest, most challenging and most spectacular roads in Europe,which Berryman clearly relishes.

 

We're in a 1967 Porsche 911S, which aficionados call a '67S. It's the car that, in Berryman's words, 'invented the "value-added" concept that underpins the way all cars are sold today'. It is, of course, also simply beautiful, inside and out, and perfect for the rally. Instead of being worked on by Berryman, this was fettled by Banbury-based Porsche experts Tuthill, which rebuilt the whole thing; it's a little go-faster mountain goat of a car, eager to change direction while remaining composed and just itching to climb. A 51-year-old car with a two-litre engine should not have the getup-and-go of something a fraction of its age, but the '67S does.

 

The plan for the rally is three days on the road, with overnight stops in MegÈve and Alpe d'Huez before piling into Cannes for a big dinner. We are not long out of Evian and I have already made a foolish navigation error, assuming the odometer reads in kilometres (well, it is a left-hand drive car) when it's in miles. We miss the first turning. Thankfully navigation is regarded by Berryman not as a service but as part of the experience.

 

'The challenge you'll always face in a classic car is making it to your destination - it's part of the appeal,' he says. 'It's the antithesis of life on the road in a band, where everything is taken care of for you. You can almost guarantee some sort of failure on the car along the way. The game is to, by hook or by crook, nurse your car to the end, and I relish that challenge. There are people who keep away from classic cars because they know they will be let down by them at some stage, for me that's when an adventure starts. Broken down at the side of the road, somewhere in rural France.' We don't break down once, despite climbing well over 2,000 metres on four passes, where the atmosphere is thin enough to mess with the air and fuel mix of the car, and there are moments when it complains having made the descent. It doesn't bother Berryman, though. He knows exactly the right fix, and by the time we leave the peloton of cars on the Coupe to head for Nice airport, the 911 is absolutely flying. Blasting down the Autoroute towards the Côte d'Azur, trying to get enough airflow to keep us cool while still being able to hear ourselves think, it's easy to feel transported back to an era when travelling by car, by fast car especially, was tremendously romantic, and the appeal of events such as the Coupe becomes very apparent.

 

The Coupe des Alpes is the second event Berryman has done in a Porsche this year. In May, he completed the Tour Auto in France in a 914-6, which he had restored himself. 'Porsches are ideal cars for events like the Coupe and the Tour Auto,' he says. 'They are bulletproof, or as bulletproof as you could ever hope for. They demand a lot of the driver in return for a truly exhilarating experience. I love them both.' Berryman has faster cars, more expensive cars, more sought-after cars - his collection was recently voted the 90th best in the world, but it's not mainstream for the most part, and is at times decidedly rare groove. It's also almost completely devoid of new cars.

 

'New cars just leave me cold,' he says. 'They rarely, if ever, have any story to go with them, are completely unfriendly to work on and by and large fairly dull to drive. Other than the cars I use to go to the shops, the newest car I own is a Bugatti Veyron from 2012, which is generally regarded as something of a high point, engineering-wise, so that's why I own it. The rest of the collection is just stuffthat's caught my eye generally. There are cars you might call 'icons', and definitely cars that I've acquired for driving events, but mostly it's cars that have struck me for some reason - usually for sheer character or purity of design.'

 

Design is something that continues to fascinate this former student of architecture, and aside from the collecting, the fixing-up and the competing, Berryman has spent a good part of his year offlocked in a room with me, working on a new quarterly magazine we call The Road Rat. 'The name,' he says, 'comes from an expression climbers have, "feeding the rat", which basically describes any un-ignorable obsession. For them it's mountains, for us cars, right? I have always dabbled with the band's visual presentation, but a magazine is something new for me - it's a precise and engineered solution to communication, which I enjoy. Although I do have to return to the day job at some stage next year.'

 

Coldplay have yet to announce their plans for 2019. They are clearly a very tight little group and rarely come up in conversation with Berryman, but the return to active duty will have an impact on his hobby. There is at least one major restoration to complete before the sabbatical is over, as well as an update of the collection; some cars are being sold, others - in line with Berryman's growing interest in racing - acquired. Plans are already afoot to return to France for the 2019 editions of both the Tour Auto and the Coupe des Alpes; 'Oh, yeah,' he says. 'Priorities.'

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Coldplay have yet to announce their plans for 2019. They are clearly a very tight little group and rarely come up in conversation with Berryman, but the return to active duty will have an impact on his hobby. There is at least one major restoration to complete before the sabbatical is over, as well as an update of the collection; some cars are being sold, others - in line with Berryman's growing interest in racing - acquired. Plans are already afoot to return to France for the 2019 editions of both the Tour Auto and the Coupe des Alpes; 'Oh, yeah,' he says. 'Priorities.'

RIP Coldplay, Guy is a full time racer now

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Design is something that continues to fascinate this former student of architecture, and aside from the collecting, the fixing-up and the competing, Berryman has spent a good part of his year offlocked in a room with me, working on a new quarterly magazine we call The Road Rat. 'The name,' he says, 'comes from an expression climbers have, "feeding the rat", which basically describes any un-ignorable obsession. For them it's mountains, for us cars, right? I have always dabbled with the band's visual presentation, but a magazine is something new for me - it's a precise and engineered solution to communication, which I enjoy. Although I do have to return to the day job at some stage next year.'

Being the bassist for Coldplay is a rough day job, Guy.

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I wonder if he's kind of tired of being in Coldplay...

I get the sense he wasn't that into AHFOD. I remember him mentioning Birds as a song he was excited about, though. But you can't tell me he enjoyed playing Hymn for the Weekend on tour :laughing:. It didn't look like he did.

He looked far more engaged during X&Y, VLV and MX era. It seems like he half-asses his backing vocals now, compared to earlier tours. Maybe this break and a new creative direction will reinvigorate him.

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Being the bassist for Coldplay is a rough day job, Guy.

Thought the same, the sentence with the "day job" was a disappointing quote ! I wonder if he realizes that it is only because he is in Coldplay that he can afford these cars and this lifestyle...

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Thought the same, the sentence with the "day job" was a disappointing quote ! I wonder if he realizes that it is only because he is in Coldplay that he can afford these cars and this lifestyle...

it is a weird choice of words but I think there's a chance he said that a bit jokingly

He certainly was joking a bit, but he definitely cares more about cars at this point than Coldplay :laughing:

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I honestly wouldn't read too much into any of the band members pursuing outside interests as it relates to the future of the band. They're at a stage of their career where they don't have to work all the time. Like a lot of big bands who have been around awhile, they can get together every few years for an album and a tour and then take some time off to do what they want. There's no reason for them to be on the road touring for 200+ days a year any longer. For that matter, they could probably all afford to retire on the proceeds of their career at this point, so I think if any of them really didn't want to be there any longer, they'd just stop.

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Berryman in his swimsuit[ATTACH type=full" alt="CBDF083D-D4C6-4338-A619-4DB4E1FFBAB9.jpeg]9940[/ATTACH][ATTACH type=full" alt="2AC55469-25F3-4736-A4E6-8CD04B8672C1.jpeg]9941[/ATTACH][ATTACH type=full" alt="FF42297F-276F-4D50-83F6-63ACA6C2D1F1.jpeg]9942[/ATTACH]

I wonder where these pictures are from

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I wonder where these pictures are from

 

I got them off Pinterest a while ago and tried to find as many of them as possible. I'm not sure where they're originally from, but I'll keep posting in these picture threads whenever I find something interesting thumbsup.gif.528d4e535c8336df93d16b220992c7a7.gif

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Just saw this since I don't go on twitter that much but haha phil knows

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