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Thursday, July 24, 2014

KlassikStadt Frankfurt

 
While in Frankfurt this week, Team Bentley Spotting has taken a trip out to an industrial park about 30 minutes from the center of town to visit KlassikStadt: http://www.klassikstadt.de
 
KlassikStadt is a converted factory/warehouse comprising a classic car exhibition, dealers, restorers, workshops, good restaurants and event space. 
 
Here is a selection of photos from our visit:  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Only a couple of proper motor cars on show at the moment, but highly recommended as its a great way to spend a couple of hours.
 
(Posted by Andy)
 
 

Going Sideways

It's now become de rigueur for motoring journalists around the world (blame Jeremy Clarkson) to drift even the cheapest, most mundane family hatchback around a test-track as its deemed essential to establish its "on the limit" handling characteristics:



 

Well that's the standard justification. One that conveniently overlooks that ninety-nine percent of car buyers will never come close to exploring the "on the limit" handling of their vehicles. More likely is that handling tests (involving lots of smoking tyres) make for exciting TV and photos…



 

But drifting is much more than a few journalists showing off their driving skills. It's also an incredibly popular motorsport: one where competitors deliberately induce over-steer and loss of traction at the rear wheels but maintain control and steer through a corner (or set of corners) while being judged according to speed, angle, showmanship and line:



 

The sport is believed to have originated in Japan, and heavily modified Nissan, Honda and Toyota sports coupes are frequently the preferred choice of car for competitions around the globe. Few competitors would choose a Bentley, especially a Bentley T2, as a drift car...




But in Japan, Browns Lane, a Rolls-Royce, Bentley & Jaguar specialist in Saitama, has done just that! Here are some photos of what is (almost certainly) the world's only Bentley T2 drift car:




The stripped out interior:




And in action:


 

 

So now you know: Bentleys can drift as well as waft…

 

(Posted by Andy)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Bentley Racing is Fun

Today I went Bentley Racing with the Rolls-Royce Owners Club of Australia, Victorian Branch.



It was quite cool.



And I got to speed.



It certainly was a nice day for it.



I'll cut some video this week hopefully.



More photos and videos to follow.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Pit Stop at the Border

Pit stop at the border between New South Wales and Victoria.


In 287 km used used 45.7L of RON 98 fuel, cost $AUD80.50.

Gone Bentley Racing

Fishing is a little boring.

Gone Bentley Racing.


More to come.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Instagramming the Bentley Spotting Pics

I'm still uploading to Instagram daily.

Here is a selection of some of my recent uploads.

The most popular with over 80 likes.













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The Bentley Continental GT3-R at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014

Inspired by the track. Made for the road. Launched at @fosgoodwood 2014. The new #ContinentalGT3R

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

This is Jerry Seinfeld's new show.


Congratulations!

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars on Tuesday announced record first half sales with 1,968 cars delivered to lucky customers, an impressive 33.4% year-on-year increase.
 
Global sales for June alone reached 390 cars, with strong demand for the Wraith and Ghost models, including the new Ghost V-specification shown below:
 
 
Perhaps surprisingly, the European market was the star performer with demand up by more than 60% over the first half of last year, but the US, Middle East and China also enjoyed double digit increases in sales.
 
Many congratulations to Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and the Goodwood factory employees!
 
(Posted by Andy)  
 
  

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

[Another] FALSE ID

Back in August 2012, Team Bentley Spotting posted about a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II converted to look like a pre-series II car with chrome bumpers.
 
 
There is now a similarly converted Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible available for sale:
 
It's a 1980 example, chassis #DRH50308, with just 51,750 miles from new:
 
The later alloy wheels spoil the illusion of age, but its still a nice car.
 
(Posted by Andy)

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