BMW Announces End of the Road for V12 Engine

BMW has announced that it will produce a special run-out limited edition 7-Series for the US market this Summer. This will signal the end of the road for the astonishingly successful V12 engine in their flagship saloon ahead of a new generation model. Just 12 examples – rather fittingly – will be made. This brings…

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Bentley and Rolls-Royce Smash Sales Record – Again

Thank goodness for Bentley and Rolls-Royce for dispelling the New Year gloom with each German-owned but British-based company posting record sales in 2021. Bentley Motors delivered 14,659 motor cars in 2021 which is a 31 per cent increase on its previous record breaking year in 2020. One in five of its Bentayga model sales were…

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Greetings from HMS Queen Elizabeth

We have received Christmas and New Year greetings from our friends at HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH. The ship has completed her 7 and a half month deployment to the Far East and returned safely to Portsmouth. In so doing she conducted over 2000 fixed wing sorties, 3000 deck landings and 4000 flying hours; by day and…

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Bentley celebrate 100 years of customer satisfaction

A local Wessex Area customer can claim to have been the first in a long line to order a Bentley motor car 100 years ago. A 3-litre model with lightweight closed coupe coachwork and registered KS 1661 was the first Bentley model ordered by a customer in 1921. The happy recipient was wealthy racer Noel…

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Bentley celebrate 70 Years of Design at Crewe

Bentley is celebrating 70 years since it established its own design department at the historic Crewe HQ. The first Crewe-designed Bentley was the R-Type Continental of 1951 which was arguably Chief Designer John Blatchley’s finest expression of postwar aerodynamic form. Blatchley had been poached from famed coachbuilder Gurney Nutting who constructed the famous streamlined Blue…

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Spectre revealed as name for new Rolls-Royce Electric Vehicle

There’s not only a much-hyped new James Bond film being released but with a suitably theatrical flourish Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös has also announced that the company’s much anticipated electric vehicle will appear in Quarter 4 in 2023. The name will be Spectre, which follows the spooky monickers applied down the ages but some may…

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UK signs required when going abroad

Signs of the Times If you go down to the Docks today you’re in for a big surprise…. Yes folks your car – even your classic car – as of this 28th September 2021will have to display a new UK plate on its rear end rather than the traditional GB plate. This change has nothing…

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Bentley Notches-up Historic Profitability

For a company used to breaking records bagging the company’s highest ever half year profits in its 102 year history must be something of a comfort in these troubled times. The firm posted 178 million Euros of profit from the sale of 7,199 Bentleys across its range to worldwide markets – something that WO Bentley…

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Landspeed record holder honoured with special Rolls-Royce models

Forget about Bluebird, this is not Sir Malcolm Campbell that we’re talking about here but George Eyston another British Speed King who is largely forgotten today. The Rolls-Royce Landspeed Collection recalls Capt George Eyston’s record breaking runs in Thunderbolt, a dramatic-looking LSR car that notched-up 357.497 mph at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah on 16th…

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Rolls-Royce brings back Coach Building

  Always exclusive and always receptive to customer demands for making these luxury vehicles more personal to them Goodwood has relaunched its Coachbuild department. Reimagining the glory days of the independent coachbuilders, Rolls-Royce envisages a strong worldwide demand for reaching beyond offering bespoke accoutrements to standard models but reimagining the whole car’s physical form. So…

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