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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

China Crisis

Given recent headlines proclaiming a meltdown of the Shanghai Composite Index, it seems unlikely that many people would associate "China Crisis" with the moderately successful UK new wave band from the late 70s and early eighties.


But Team Bentley Spotting strives to keep everyone happy, so here is a China Crisis album cover for those (you know who you are!) few:


For everyone else, here is a recent FT article, reporting that the first half of 2015 has seen Bentley's global sales drop by 12% and Rolls-Royce's global sales fall by 10%...

And that these declines are largely attributable to the weaker Chinese economy (as well as a crackdown on extravagant spending by party officials):


But what is interesting is the same article reports that Porsche Cayenne sales continued to grow during the first half…


The Chinese really do like their large 4WDs.


So it would seem the new Bentley & Rolls-Royce SUV models can't come soon enough.


And we should be seeing the Bentley SUV very, very soon…


Thanks to FT and Auto Express


Two months ago Bentley's Mulliner division launched a very limited edition GT called the 'Breitling Jet Series'.

Now sure how I missed it, but here it is.

Just seven cars in the distinctive colours of the seven Breitling jets.

Very cool....

The Bentley Mulliner team took luxury and performance to new extremes with the launch of the Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet Team Series. This exclusive series is limited to just seven cars, each inspired by one of the seven Breitling Jets.

Renowned for their precision, speed and daring, this summer the Breitling Jet Team will be performing across the United States and Canada in a grand tour of epic proportions. To commemorate this spectacle, Bentley's Mulliner division has re-imagined the Continental GT Speed to mirror the distinctive look of the Breitling Jets, fusing extreme customisation with immense speed.

The exterior is painted in a striking duo-tone split of Hallmark and Onyx with highlights colour matched to the exact Pantone of Breitling's unique Yellow, reflecting the trademark look of the L-39 Albatros Jets.


"Sorry, Mr.Cleese, not that one...."

This bespoke colour theme is continued on the interior, with unique sculpted seats featuring accents in Breitling Yellow.

Taking customisation to new heights, each Bentley is individually numbered and corresponds to one of the seven Breitling Jets. The dashboard's carbon fibre fascia panel displays an image of the seven planes in their signature Avenger flight formation, with the corresponding jet highlighted in Breitling Yellow.

Similarly, Bentley's Mulliner team have matched the hide and thread to Breitling's signature yellow and designed a series of logos and graphics for the headrests that highlight the number of each car and the jet that inspired it. The tread plate plaques are also individually numbered.

The series debuted at the Boeing Seafair Airshow on 31st July in Seattle, where the Breitling Jet Team was performing. The key for each Bentley was handed over to its owner by the corresponding plane's pilot, but not until they had experienced a flight in the jet that inspired their car.

Bentley Mulliner Limited Editions are rare by design and, as a result, they all have the potential to become instant classics, desired by many but driven only by a fortunate few.

Very nice.

(Posted by David Irvine)

Monday, August 31, 2015

Old Advertisements.

The name 'Rolls-Royce' has always been a high 'standard' set by others. 
Even in their tough late nineties' years they were still a top brand.

But for years, they advertised in magazines and newspapers, although this seemed unnecessary to me. 

Other companies loved to use their RR connection as bragging rights.

Some companies tried to compare lesser cars to Rolls-Royces.

A Rolls-Royce was a British 'American' car. 
In the U.K. no other car drove like one or even came close to their standards, but in the U.S. there was competition if you really didn't care for hand built cars, hand stitched leather and craftsmanship....

So Rolls-Royce advertised the fact that their cars are special.

Practical too.

And rightly so.

That standard was still there and Rolls-Royces were somehow used in clothing ads:

And booze....


Even bloody caravans....

But with all that aside:

And the best car to get in trouble in.

"Sorry Ossifer...."

"VRRoom, VRRooom....."

Thanks to Rodd Sala for this eclectic collection.

(Posted by David Irvine)

Friday, August 28, 2015

Power on Ice by Bentley Motors


As the ice thickens on the lakes of northern Finland, a very special circuit begins to take shape. On the edge of the Arctic Circle, close to the country's border with Russia, a vast and frozen surface is turned into a driving course unlike any other.

It is the home of Bentley Power on Ice, the driving experience created especially for Bentley in this remote and beautiful part of the world, which – in the middle of winter – becomes the perfect playground for an all-wheel-drive vehicle..

There is perhaps nothing more exhilarating or rewarding than mastering car control in conditions like these. At Bentley Power on Ice you will learn the art of drifting sideways gracefully and without losing control, throwing up plumes of ice as the scenery whooshes by. There's nothing else quite like it.

With two full days of driving and tuition from a dedicated instructor, you will see that – even on sheet ice – there's plenty of speed to be found. Especially when you're in the driver's seat of a powerful Bentley fitted with studded tyres. In other words, ice driving provides the thrills of an extreme sport, from the comfort of a hand-stitched, heated leather seat.

Finland has produced some of the greatest drivers the world has seen: rally champions, F1 champions and champion ice racers. Among them is four-time WRC champion Juha Kankkunen, who personally designs the Bentley Power on Ice tracks, each of which is 'shaved' into the icy surface using specialist equipment.
At Bentley Power on Ice, guests also have the chance to experience a fast lap with Juha.

After all the driving, you can make the most of the stunning location with a range of activities. For example, there's snowmobiling, ice karting and a nighttime husky sled adventure. You could also enjoy a traditional Finnish smoke sauna, and dinner at an historic reindeer farm.

I Hate winter, but this could make it interesting....
It's what makes Power on Ice so special.
(Posted by David Irvine)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Mistletoe and more

A few weeks back, Team Bentely Spotting posted about a 1980 Rolls-Royce Camargue being offered at the Anglia Car Auction on 22nd August:

The auction results have now been posted and it sold for GBP 32,025 inclusive of buyers premium.

This is at the low end of the GBP 32,000-36,000 guide price.

A disappointing price? At first it may seem so...

But this car also traded at an H&H auction in October 2010 when it fetched just GBP 15,400:

So this car has actually doubled in value during the past five years.

Perhaps proof that the Camargue is now a bonafide classic...

Other interesting cars offered at the auction include a 1970 Mulliner Park Ward Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow 2-door:

Offered in "barn find" condition for restoration it failed to find a buyer at the GBP 10-12,000 guide price.

And this 1986 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit with MOT until Jan 2016 sold for just GBP 2,205 after being offered wih no reserve:

It must be worth at least the same as parts.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wood, wood and more wood...

Team Bentley Spotting has posted about the Hooper Bentley Empress II several times in the past.

We're a fan of this very rare and luxurious but also slightly eccentric car. 

Here is a post featuring three Hooper Empress II in the Hooper & Co courtyard:

And another post featuring the original Hooper & Co black & white press photos:

We have now found a colour copy of the original press photo for the interior.

Here it is...

There is the special Hooper sports steering wheel.

And wood, wood and more wood...

With deeply patterened matched veneers.

And leather, leather and more leather.

There is also a very 1980s graphics equalizer, and a very early onboard computer, fitted to a stalk emerging from the passenger side of the center console.

Rumours suggest this never worked properly. Or possibly never worked at all....

But we would put up with the 80s computer technology for the rest of a very, very impressive interior.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Road Trip

This page comes from the 4th edition, Volume 2 of The Journal, the Rolls-Royce Motors in-house magazine of the late 70s and early eighties. 

Miami, Fort Lauderdale, New York, Scottsdale, Westlake, San Francisco...

It would make a nice road trip.

Especially if driving one of these cars.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Seems Familiar.....

Back in the early 'eighties I worked in a detailing shop at the end of Bayview Avenue in Toronto. We worked on many Rolls-Royces and Bentleys.
I took lots of photos with the old Don Valley Parkway to Eastern Avenue ramp in the background as we drove them out of the building when finished.

A Silver Cloud

Mid 'seventies two tone Silver Shadow

Early 'seventies Silver Shadow in a lovely shade of Burgundy

A Silver Shadow in Regency Bronze with a brown Everflex roof.

Well I managed to get a shot of my new Old Thing in the same spot today. 
Regency Bronze with Brown Everflex.

Ch - ch - ch - changes.... (Mr. Bowie)

(Posted by David Irvine)

Sunday, August 23, 2015

A new level of performance - Bentley Bentayga

Here is the latest Bentley Bentayga video from Bentley.

Looking forward to see these on the road. Or off the road.

Bentley Continental GT3-R - Test Drive, In-Depth Tour and Impressions

I quite like this car.

Interestingly none of the 300 cars made were sold in Australia.

I did check out the demonstrator that had come straight from Korea at Bathurst 12 hour earlier this year.

Yeah it good.

Checked out the #Bentley #Continental #GT3R It is cool. #bentleyspotting #BentleySydney #b12hr

A photo posted by @bentleyspotting on

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