MODERN ADVENTURERS TALK TO BELSTAFF ABOUT THEIR PERSONAL JOURNEYS
PORTRAITS BY RENOWNED BRITISH PHOTOGRAPHER DAVID BURTON
“The most adventurous thing I have done,” says Slovakian-born racing driver Katarina Kyvalova, “was a 24-hour race.” The race she’s referring to is the Benjafields 24, a gruelling endurance event for pre-war cars, in which she competed with her racing team, The Bentley Belles. “The first all-female team ever – so that was quite something,” she adds.
An incredible career has also seen Katarina take a podium place at Goodwood Revival in the Freddie March Memorial Trophy, alongside co-driver Phil Keen. It’s a remarkable result, but Katarina remains level-headed and focused: “I don’t want to prove the point about how well a women can do against a man on a race track, I simply share the same passion for racing and that is what counts.”
That passion for racing and classic cars also extends to more personal style. “I think everything just gets style over time – like this car, like this jacket…” The car in question is Katarina’s 1927 Bentley Speed Six, the jacket her trusted Marving-T. For Katerina, the two share a strong bond.
“Every single rally, every single race, I’m in a Belstaff jacket,” she says. “They have done thousands of miles in this car. They belong to each other.”