The Best of Maxim 2014

It was a long year—not that we’re complaining.

From the European racetracks to New York hotel suites to rock star tour buses, Maxim spent 2014 getting wild in every way imaginable. Here’s the best of what we can remember….

Big Stories

The Untold Story of Randy Lanier, Indy 500 Star and Drug Smuggler

On October 15, 60-year old Randy Lanier stepped out of the Coleman federal penitentiary in rural Florida, a stranger to the world…. Read It

Is MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez the Next Valentino Rossi?

The fans stay with him all afternoon, eventually pushing their way into a roped-off press conference, crowding in front of writers and cameramen just to be near the champ as he deflects the first of the two questions hanging in the air. Will he tie MotoGP’s long-standing record of 10 straight victories? Maybe. Probably. One more to go. Then there’s the unspoken question: Is he the best racer on Earth?…Read It

The High Price of BASE Jumping the World Trade Center

Jimmy sprinted for the edge and went airborne. As he dropped, the illuminated tower raced along at his feet as if he were surfing on a ribbon of lights. He deployed his chute. For a flash, he could see Andrew drifting alongside him….Read It

The Unstoppable Drive of Alex Zanardi

“The perfect life is the combination of great moments and bad ones, and under that point of view, my life is fantastic, because I’ve certainly hit more than one bump,” Zanardi continues, smiling because we both know which bump he’s referring to, and that’s a funny and absurd way of describing a 2001 crash, during a race in Germany, so violent that it tore both of his legs off below the knees….Read It

Getting Weird

Getting to Know the Dominatrix Next Door

When my fashion photographer friend introduced me to Tia, I was starstruck.  I was familiar with Tia’s stunning face and sublimely lithe body from my friend’s work and went a little weak in the knees as I shook her hand. My slightly flaccid shake may have also had to do with another piece of knowledge my buddy had laid on me: Tia was a very successful dominatrix….Read It

Why She Slept With You: The Online Dater

In an ideal seduction scenario, I would already desire the person but because of various reasons – power dynamics, existing relationships, where we happen to be at the time – sex is seemingly not an option…or at least a bad judgment call….Read It

Where to Get Wild in the Caribbean

Caribbean nightlife has long been an oxymoron where tourists are concerned. Sundowners don’t count. Dancing to antique reggae while inhaling Banana Boat fumes doesn’t count. Long walks on the beach followed by high-thread count sex are great, but they also don’t count….Read It

The 18 Things Women Love Most About Sex

18 is the minimum age (in most jurisdictions, at least) at which you’re legally empowered to have sex, and that makes it the perfect number for our list of things that ladies love about sex with you. What follows isn’t really a how-to. It’s more of a woman’s why-yes….Read It

Sipping on All-American Absinthe

The drinks are varied in all but one respect: They’re strong as hell. So strong, in fact, that traditional absinthe, which contains the chemical thujone found in wormwood, has been illegal in America since 1972….Read It

Armed and Dangerous in Aspen

If it flies, it dies. That’s my mantra as I stalk through a knee-high thatch of golden wheat grass toward an English Pointer named Bill, who is fixing a frozen stare at a nearby thicket hiding unseen prey, his nostrils flaring wildly as they fill with bird scent….Read It

Caught on Camera

Tracking the World’s Best Cognac to the Source,AAABnwxt8sE~,TdyFq09iMr6RrE-Z9r8hazgL2BvVO8tl&bctid=3890107354001

Putting the Aston Martin Vantage Through her Paces,AAABnwxt8sE~,TdyFq09iMr6RrE-Z9r8hazgL2BvVO8tl&bctid=3832968264001

Celebrating Goldfinger’s Golden Anniversary,AAABnwxt8sE~,TdyFq09iMr6RrE-Z9r8hazgL2BvVO8tl&bctid=3736479362001

Drinking With Spain’s Next Big Bombshell,AAABnwxt8sE~,TdyFq09iMr6RrE-Z9r8hazgL2BvVO8tl&bctid=3890178439001

Talking It Out

Bryan Cranston Moves On

“I think we’re all influenced by the shows we work on. I mean, I don’t think you can take a joke that someone else has written and pass it along as your own, but if you’re influenced by a movie or a show and you add your own sensibility to it, that’s fair….”Read It

Richard Sherman Goes on the Offensive

“I don’t think that a lot of people are honest in this world. So a lot of people will go with the cliché answer. It gets bland. And sometimes people want some authenticity and some transparency and I guess I give them that….”Read It

Steph Curry Games it Out

“If, for some reason, he cuts me off, my go-to countermove would be to spin off him in the opposite direction and right after the spin move, in the same dribble, pull a step-back for even more space and still find balance to shoot the jumper. It’s almost impossible to guard if I execute it right….”Read It

The Men Behind Fight Club Look Back

“The story was a product of my circumstances at the time. It’s about that stage of life when you’ve followed every rule, you’ve done everything people told you is necessary to succeed, but you haven’t succeeded. You’re at a point when you have to start breaking the rules….”Read It

Angelina Jolie Gets Tough

“I’m very curious about World War II. As an actress, I’m limited in stories, because the women weren’t on the front line. As director, I can go right to the front line….”Read It

The Nervo Sisters Go on Tour

When we started playing here, I would say three years ago, we just really felt the difference. We really did. I think rave culture…it’s about what you wear, it’s about the signs and people coming together. It’s really alive and kicking here….Read It

Behind the Wheel

The Best Porsche 911s of All Time

The 1964 911 was a definitive sports car, with a stunning shape, singular dynamics, and that raspy wail from its boxer six, which has echoed in enthusiasts’ ears ever since. The car was everything an engineer or driver could hope for, but perfection doesn’t halt evolution….Read It

The 10 Best Car Interiors of 2014

In 2014, we seem to have reached an interior design tipping point, with an astounding number and variety of interior advancements built into a class of equally astounding vehicles. Click through for our top picks….Read It

Can the Jaguar F-Type Kill Porsche?

Jaguar was never going to clear the bar. Never ever. However, the F-Type R Coupe, a two-seater hardtop beautifully designed to upset the sports car market, comes damn close….Read It

The Lagonda Strikes Back

If history is any indication, there’s something about a rare four-door Aston Martin saloon that drives Arab buyers wild. The legendary English marque revealed this week they’re going to build a new version of the classic William Towns-designed Lagonda of 1976….Read It

How Mercedes Makes the Most Compelling Cars on the Road

I thought of my late father while I rolled Mercedes’ newest S-Class Coupe through Tuscany, luxuriating like a sultan; and again while hustling the Porsche-baiting Mercedes AMG GT around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. He wouldn’t recognize those bodacious Benzes, or the outpouring of design, performance and innovation that’s made Mercedes the best-selling luxury brand in America….Read It