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Post by Galaxy Gaz » Fri Feb 25, 2011 2:41 pm

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Post by DeadCanDanceR » Fri Feb 25, 2011 11:14 pm

That gorgeous Bentley Azure is such a temptation... :roll:
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Post by zimbo » Sat Feb 26, 2011 5:11 am

Very nice adds, Azure and Brooklands for me please :P
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Post by URQRR20V » Sat Feb 26, 2011 5:59 am

They are superb - just went through my list and found I had purchased them all on release - just saved myself a small fortune and made my day - great pictures...

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Post by JSB33 » Sat Feb 26, 2011 8:46 am

The S1 really stands out as a beauty!
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Post by Guildman » Thu Mar 03, 2011 5:16 am

Modern Bentleys...Ugh!! Crewe Passats!

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Post by David MG » Thu Mar 03, 2011 5:32 am

Guildman wrote:Modern Bentleys...Ugh!! Crewe Passats!

Martin
Well, I'd rather have VW Bentley than Roll's monstrocities from BMW
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Post by scalainj » Thu Mar 03, 2011 5:35 am

Guildman wrote:Modern Bentleys...Ugh!! Crewe Passats!

Martin
As opposed to rebadged Rollers? ;)

and its Phaetons they are based on, or A8s - Take your pick. Both fine cars

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Post by URQRR20V » Thu Mar 03, 2011 9:52 am

Guildman wrote:Modern Bentleys...Ugh!! Crewe Passats!

Martin
Having looked at your footer links its clear you prefer products from a certain era etc

Most things automobile are subjective, I appreciate the design (which is not necessarily the same as like) of most everything all the way from my grand-fathers Lagonda, via the Morris Marina to the current Alfa Romeos; they are all of their time. If Bentley still produced cars as they did in the 1930's they would sell very few - not least because of the price - and I would rather travel from London to Monaco in a current product, get out and travel the Riviera in a classic

Horses for courses and all that - like I say - its all very subjective; I also love WW1 fighters, Blue Riband Ocean Liners, and Cris Craft / power launches from the 1920's and 30's as well as many of the Cuneo paintings esp the Blue Train...

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Post by guitardave_1 » Thu Mar 03, 2011 5:42 pm

David MG wrote:
Guildman wrote:Modern Bentleys...Ugh!! Crewe Passats!

Martin
Well, I'd rather have VW Bentley than Roll's monstrocities from BMW
Everything has to be bankrolled by someone. Nobody mentions the prancing horses made by Fiat ;)
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Post by DeadCanDanceR » Fri Mar 04, 2011 1:12 am

guitardave_1 wrote:
David MG wrote:
Guildman wrote:Modern Bentleys...Ugh!! Crewe Passats!

Martin
Well, I'd rather have VW Bentley than Roll's monstrocities from BMW
Everything has to be bankrolled by someone. Nobody mentions the prancing horses made by Fiat ;)
...or the Audi-ghinis, or the Tata-Jaguars, etc., etc.,... :mrgreen:
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Post by Guildman » Fri Mar 04, 2011 7:03 pm

I don't really care who bankrolls them, I just think they show a paucity of original design. If you want to show that, as new owners, you have something special to bring, then do it, with no harkening back to what they might have been or almost were, etc. Modern Bentleys, modern BMW Rolls-Royces, none show much original design. They fiddle round the edges of an unlovely barge-ish behemoth.
I actually worked on the VW Phaeton prototype, known as the D1 at the time. I have the thankyou watch gift to prove it, given to everyone who worked on it. Actually my son had it and it broke in three months! None of us quite knew why they were so pleased with it as we saw the indecision and head scratching that went on behind the scenes. It was a constantly revised, often stalled and nearly shelved project. Hardly inspired design. It started off looking like a big DB7. In fact at one point we quickly raked a DB-ish shape into the bonnet. The designer loved it! His boss nearly sacked us all!
When the project finished we couldn't believe what a mess it looked compared to what it could have been. The evil-eyed Herr Pietch wasn't sure by his body language, either. The Rolls and the Bentley look like similar goings on happened. Neither VW or BMW have such a focussed design approach as people think. And BMW designers and engineers now include a LOT of Brummies and other Englishmen.
BTW, the big DB7 clay became the Veyron. I worked on that too. Same comments as above.
It's very interesting to be on the inside of these companies, especially at design level.

I'm not suggesting Bentleys should all be bullnosed open wheelers. I think it would have been better if the company had died a decent death many decades ago. Maybe Rolls the same really.
And yes, Jaguar too. Now there's a company that lost its mojo. Though there are hints that might be coming back, but I could never be the fan I was, as a two-time Jag owner.

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Post by scalainj » Sat Mar 05, 2011 3:16 am

I see where you are coming from Martin

Problem is the general 'a car is a method of transport, a car is a status symbol' public are not all that interested in special or radical.

As long as it doesn't offend the eye and can be clearly seen to be what it is - 'the brand that matters' then they don't really care

People are typically conservative, wary of change.

And the Phaeton is a big Passat, nice and conservative, and i quite like it. Would i put my hard earned there? Possibly but only second hand after the original owner has suffered catastrophic depreciation. Not the car's fault, nor its design. That's brand for you

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Post by URQRR20V » Sat Mar 05, 2011 9:24 am

Indeed - two colleagues and I were only saying in the pub the other night (the quarterly outing with beer at £3.25 a pint) that the Phaeton is a very good car to consider now - we were looking at A8s 4.2 TDi...

Martin - I have just the car for you...http://www.pistonheads.com/news/default ... ryId=23280

and what do you think of this company going pear-shaped...

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Post by Guildman » Sat Mar 05, 2011 9:44 am

The V12 Jag, wonderful. My friend had one. It was perfection and he could get 20mpg out of it if he was careful and that was on Stromberg carbs.

The Bristol company going napoo, well they lost their way years ago.

Audi A8?...I'd rather walk, thankyou.

Big modern cars all look fat and I don't mean phat.
The Jags used to be so svelte. Not any more.

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Post by URQRR20V » Sat Mar 05, 2011 10:06 am

Guildman wrote:Audi A8?...I'd rather walk, thankyou Martin
With a puncture on a cold, dark, wet country lane - bet you wouldnt refuse a lift ;)

Guildman wrote:The Jags used to be so svelte. Not any more.

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I agree - loved the XJS and XK150. Sign of the times I am afraid - fat people = fat cars. You will have loved the Jag XF (or whatever its called) race against the sunrise on Top Gits last week then :lol:

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Post by Guildman » Sat Mar 05, 2011 11:56 am

Ha! The way that tosser always JUST wins his daft "races". Try doing it without getting pulled over or camera'd.
I'm getting tired of even the "funny" bits in that show. Needs a massive reformatting, I think.

I agree though that walking with a puncture only leeds to wet feet ;)

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Post by GBOAC002 » Sat Mar 05, 2011 12:07 pm

Bertone's latest effort to reinvent the XJ at Geneva is certainly taking a hammering. It is totally opposite the 'new XF/XJ design language' and thus is seen as a retrograde step. The official new stuff is seen as the way forward and I suspect will remain that way. Many Geneva visitors including me will have had a sneaking admiration for Bertone's concept and it's 'logical' elegant progression from the original Lyons XJ proportions.

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Post by URQRR20V » Sat Mar 05, 2011 1:19 pm

Guildman wrote:I'm getting tired of even the "funny" bits in that show. Needs a massive reformatting, I think.
Indeed - there are quite a few of us on this forum missing the days of Willie Woollard and his mates...I think I watched one episode of the last series - just drivel. The current series just finished was only slightly better (at least they 'tested' some cars). Pity they werent all hung whilst in the US...
Guildman wrote:I agree though that walking with a puncture only leeds to wet feet ;) Cheers Martin
Esp if you live in Harrogate - about 18 miles from Leeds... ;)

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Post by Guildman » Sat Mar 05, 2011 7:39 pm

Willie Woolard...wasn't he on the excellent, long forgotten Wheelbase on early BBC2?

I used to go and watch it on the TVs in my Dad's shop.

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Post by URQRR20V » Sun Mar 06, 2011 2:12 pm

Indeed. There was also Chris Gough (he of the cordurouy trousers) and Raymond Baxter - there was a lady too...

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Post by splonker » Mon Feb 27, 2012 3:32 pm

Some of my Bentleys.

4.2Litre Corniche Embricos 1939 by Idea 3
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Continental 1990 by SMTS
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Continental Flying Star by Touring 2010, a Neo model
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Continental Flying Spur 4 door Light 6 by Mulliner 1958 , a Spot-On model
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Brooklands 2007 by Minichamps
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Continental S3 by Mulliner Park Ward 1963, a Neo model
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4.25Litre DHC by Universal Hobbies
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Mk.VI Sports Saloon 1947 by Rapide.
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Post by URQRR20V » Mon Feb 27, 2012 3:52 pm

Nice pics Ian - can almost recall the packaging artwork of that Spot-On Bently. I have the Corgi version with the spare wheel in the boot :-) like this (the green/cream one) http://nigelsworld.homeip.net/diecast/detail.php?ID=34

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Post by DeadCanDanceR » Mon Feb 27, 2012 11:03 pm

Great collection, Ian! ;)

I love your Spot On model, its body is one of my favourite H.J. Mulliner designs on Bentley chassis! I've tried to get one of those models at eBay, but they are always very expensive! :(
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