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New film featuring adventurer Cory Richards celebrates risk-taking, quest for perfection

Photographer and adventurer Cody Richards has teamed up with Rolls-Royce to offer a glimpse into his world.

Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Cory Richards has had enough adventures to last a thousand lifetimes. He's dug himself out of an avalanche, summited Everest. and visited Franz Josef Land (an archipelago few have heard of, and fewer can find on a map). His story is one of survival.

A new film from Rolls-Royce features Richards and explores his quest for greatness, complete with tumbles to new lows. As part of the "Inspiring Greatness" seres, the short film showcases picturesque landscapes as Richards narrates telling audiences how he got where he is today.

Cory Richards National Geographic Richards has traveled around the globe capturing stunning moments with his lens for National Geographic.Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Richards, a photographer for National Geographic, has had his photography take him all over the world – from the unclimbed peaks of Antarctica and the Himalayas of Nepal to the forgotten war zones of Angola, Uganda, and Pakistan. In 2011, he climbed Pakistan's Gasherbrum II, making him the only American, and one of only a few people, to climb the 8,000 metre peak, in winter. It was on this climb that he survived an avalanche on the descent, taking an extraordinary photograph of himself just moments after his recovery.

Though the film primarily captures his achievements, Richards is quick to point out while detailing his climb up Mt. Everest sans oxygen, "What makes it a great moment, is not standing on top. Every single piece that had to be put in place to make that moment possible; that is what greatness is to me."

As a company, Rolls-Royce strives to craft perfection, something Richards says resonates with him. In 2018, Richards took part in 'The Final Challenge' which followed his journey to some of the most remote parts of Scotland, the United Arab Emirates and the United States of America in a camouflaged Rolls-Royce Cullinan, testing it to the point of destruction and ultimately proving it highly capable on all types of terrain. Richards documented the challenge as Cullinan undertook these final trials ahead of its world debut in May 2018.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, commented, "Cory Richards is an extraordinary individual. His skill behind the lens is unquestionably inspiring. The Final Challenge, documenting Cullinan's final grueling testing phase, perfectly captures Cullinan's 'Effortless, Everywhere' nature, in some of the world's most spectacular locations. This was an historic episode in Rolls-Royce's history – and one that we are delighted was captured by such a notable and talented photographer."

Other films in the "Inspiring Greatness" series feature Moving Image Artist Refik Anadol, Ndebele Artist Dr. Esther Mahlangu and Portrait and Fashion Photographer Rankin. See all the films here.

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The actors experienced a day behind the wheel of the Porsche Taycan.

Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

One of the most important rules of any road trip: "Be excellent to each other". Friends, co-stars, and Porsche enthusiasts Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter recently took a road trip across Southern California in the 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo, and it was all caught on film and from the look of things, they had a most triumphant time.

The eight-minute film captures the journey from start to finish starting in Santa Barbara and ending up in L.A. Race car and stunt driver Tanner Foust makes an appearance daring the duo to experience Launch Control and shows off a Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Hint: When the Tanner Foust shows up asking you to try out Launch Control, your answer should always be, "Yes, Sir, Dude!...Yes, Sir, Sir, Dude!"

Reeves leaves Winter in the dust as they take off from where they tested Launch Control in Hidden Valley, California.Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

Keneau Reeves

Porsche Factory Race Driver, Patrick Long invites the two to try a two-mile hill climb up the Pacific Coast Highway following a 918 Spyder supercar.

Then, they head to the Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles where they hit the track to try to outdo the Taycan's drift record. If you think Reeves has mastered control of his hands with his training in jiu jitsu, wushi, boxing, krav maga, judo, and karate, wait until you see them attempting to fling a 670-Taycan around. The result? "That was non-non-non-non-heinous!"

Along the way, Reeves and Winter reveal tidbits about their automotive past. Reeves once owned a 1996 Porsche 911 that was given the nickname "The Sled". Winter's first Porsche drive experience was in a Targa model.

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