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Rolls-Royce & Bentley Driver May - June 2021

Celebrating two of Britain's most prestigious automotive marques, Rolls-Royce & Bentley Driver magazine is the definitive publication for all Rolls-Royce and Bentley enthusiasts and owners. Principally focusing on the classic models of these luxurious car brands, it will offer comprehensive coverage of the most popular versions from both Rolls-Royce and Bentley, ranging from immediately after WW2 up to around the turn of the millennium. Undoubtedly, there will be some coverage of pre-war models, and we will feature modern classics such as the Bentley GT coupe. Whatever the model, however, our aim with Rolls-Royce & Bentley Driver magazine is to offer a mix of owners' stories, buying advice, technical hints and tips and inspiration on how to restore, maintain, and, crucially, enjoy your favourite Rolls-Royce or Bentley.

United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
6 Issues

in this issue

2 min
positive approach

As I sit at my desk, the sun streaming in through my window, it really does feel like spring is finally here – along with a fresh sense of optimism, something that’s been in rather short supply over the last twelve months. I’m not in any way diminishing the seriousness of the Covid-19 situation we still face; but with widespread vaccinations and the gradual easing of restrictions, there’s an anticipation of some kind of normality this summer. Or at least, something closer to normality than we’ve been used to lately. That’s certainly the case in the car club world, as you’ll read in this issue’s Clubhouse pages from the RREC and Bentley Drivers Club, starting on page 40. Some early events have been postponed or cancelled, but it’s expected that others…

4 min
bentley’s gt flagship

As this issue of Rolls-Royce & Bentley Driver went to print, Bentley was just days away from revealing its new Continental GT Speed, with company bosses promising that this range-topping version of its grand tourer will be its “most capable performance-focused” model yet. To build excitement prior to the GT Speed’s launch, Bentley issued this teaser photo, announcing that the official launch would take place as an online event on 23rd March. The current-generation Continental GT has been on sale since 2018, though the new GT Speed version is said to feature even more “highly advanced chassis technology” as well as bespoke styling touches to ensure it stands out from the existing range. The GT Speed will almost certainly retain Bentley’s 6.0-litre W12 engine, which produces 626bhp in the standard Continental. The…

2 min
product news

RETRO OIL JUGS Castrol has introduced a range of Classic Pouring Jugs, specifically sized to decant accurate measures of oil in the imperial volumes (as often shown in your Rolls-Royce or Bentley’s handbook) that predate the introduction of the metric system. Made from hard-wearing tin, these handy jugs can be purchased individually in half-pint, pint and quart sizes, or as a full set of three, with prices starting from £8.95 each. For details of these and other merchandise, visit www.classicoils.co.uk or call +44 (0)1954 231668. PRACTICAL GLOVES Connect Workshop Consumables has introduced a new range of reusable mechanics’ gloves, the first being cut-resistant items made from 15-gauge nylon with a spandex liner and a Skintek coating to ensure they’re not affected by abrasions, cuts, tears or punctures. They come as a set of…

9 min
recreating a legend

Today, the sight and sound of a vintage racing Bentley thundering past conjures up the same quintessential feeling of British pride as a low-flying Spitfire or Hurricane. Similar to those Battle of Britain warriors, these iconic motor cars were piloted by a unique group of fearless men, colloquially known as the Bentley Boys. They were, of course, quite unlike the professional drivers of today; Sammy Davis, Dr Dudley Benjafield, Woolf ‘Babe’ Barnato, Glen Kidston, Bernard Rubin and Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin were part of a racing and social elite. When not racing, they would be partying or downing cocktails at Barnato’s or one of the other three flats that they inhabited at Grosvenor Square, Mayfair. Sometimes, there were so many Bentleys scattered around the south corner of the square, London…

3 min
market watch

ULTIMATE CONTINENTAL? First registered in June 2000, this stunning looking Bentley Continental T has covered just 28,000 miles to date and is described as being in “extremely fine condition throughout”. This superb two-owner example comes complete with a Jack Barclay and Bentley Cheltenham service history. Finished in Silver Pearl with contrasting black hide, this sporting gem also features a machine-turned aluminium dashboard and still has its original twin umbrellas in the luggage compartment. The asking price of this superb survivor is £124,950, with the selling specialist offering the following advice to potential customers: “It is not recommended to buy any Bentley on price only. What may appear to be inexpensive usually turns out costing more to rectify age faults and wear than buying a better car in the first instance. Cosmetic condition…

9 min
labour of love

Buying your first Rolls-Royce at just thirty years of age is inevitably seen as something of an achievement. That was certainly the case for Nigel Sandell, who acquired the car featured here as long ago as 1993. In reality, it wasn’t an unexpected event thanks to Nigel already being involved in the Rolls-Royce and Bentley scene, having joined the Royce Service & Engineering (RS&E) team three years earlier, as well as previously working for a Rolls-Royce dealership. Nevertheless, it marked a major moment in his life and the fulfilment of a long-term ambition. “We’re going back to September 1993,” explains Nigel, as we meet at the London base of his N. Sandell company, the independent specialist in Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars that he founded seven years after buying his Silver Shadow…