Rolls-Royce & Bentley Driver

Rolls-Royce & Bentley Driver March - April 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.

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7 мин.
every cloud…

When I was dating my now wife, Jill Muir, back in 1961, her parents (James Creighton and Margaret Muir) had a 1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud that I loved to wash and wax for them on their driveway. I’d met Jill in a journalism class at San Jose City College; and once we were married, her parents would entrust the Rolls-Royce to us when they went on one of their trips to Europe, as they didn’t want it being left unused for extended periods of time. By then, I was fresh out of UCLA with a master’s degree in journalism, working full time at a daily newspaper, the Ventura County Star-Free Press in Ventura, California. One day I asked the city editor, Ross Stubbert, if he wanted to go to lunch in…

16 мин.
the best armoured cars in the world

In 1907, Autocar magazine branded Rolls-Royce as the maker of “the best car in the world”, an expression that continued to be associated with the company for many decades afterwards. The particular model that prompted this gushing honour was the 40/50hp, which debuted the previous year. The firm may have been young, with the partnership between Charles Rolls and Henry Royce only having been formalised in 1904 and Rolls-Royce Limited being officially founded in March 1906. But with the 40/50hp, which first saw the light of day in November of that year, it did have a remarkable machine that was truly worthy of the accolade. It wasn’t just that twenty years after Karl Benz invented his Patent-Motorwagen, most automobiles were still underpowered, primitive, slow, unreliable and prone to shaking themselves to…

3 мин.
back to the future

As you read this, the UK will still be in the icy grip of Awinter… and the Covid-19 pandemic. The traditional start of the motoring season is just around the corner, but whether we’ll all be allowed out to play in our beloved Bentleys is very much in the lap of the coronavirus. So, what does this mean for the Bentley Drivers Club? Regular readers will be aware that, in common with other car clubs, our 2020 calendar was decimated last year, with the Concours d’Elegance cancelled and the Silverstone race meeting held behind closed doors. We, like everyone else, are hopeful of a brighter 2021 (once Covid-19 restrictions are eased), enabling us to rev up our cars once again and fully enjoy the BDC’s packed events calendar. And first up…

11 мин.
changing the recipe

When Rolls-Royce introduced its L-series V8 in 1959, few could have predicted it would go on to enjoy a career spanning six decades, powering a wide array of ultra-luxurious saloons and high-performance behemoths. And thanks to the company’s adoption of turbocharging for Bentleys of the 1980s and beyond, the classic V8 managed to remain competitive (in terms of power and performance) well into old age. Once thoughts turned to replacing the long-running SZ-series cars with an all-new generation of Rolls-Royce and Bentley saloons, however, the L-series was effectively on death row thanks to one major issue: emissions. Unsurprisingly, after forty years of service, it was decided that developing a new engine would be more effective than trying to educate the old pushrod V8 in the ways of a world it simply…

6 мин.
up front

NEWS AND VIEWS RECORD BENTLEY SALES Bentley Motors achieved total sales of 11,206 cars in 2020, an increase of 2% over the previous year despite the challenges of a market affected by the Covid-19 pandemic – including a seven-week shutdown that began in March, plus reduced output for a further nine weeks. New-model introductions helped to provide the boost, enabling Bentley to achieve its highest ever annual sales performance. The Continental GT and GTC together accounted for 39% of global Bentley sales in 2020, finishing the year as the company’s bestselling model line. And although there were inevitable delays in getting the latestgeneration Bentayga into full-scale production, Bentley’s SUV proved to be its most successful single model, achieving 37% of total sales. The Americas region remained the biggest market, delivering 3035 cars (an increase…

1 мин.
hardtop style

Although both versions of the Corniche – the fixed-head coupé (FHC) and convertible – arrived in 1971, they were little more than mildly updated versions of the previous Silver Shadow two-door by Mulliner Park Ward. The modifications were useful, however, with the famous V8 engine now boasting 10% more power, while the interior was reworked with some extra wood, a rev counter and new-style centre console. The radiator grille was made deeper and new wheel trims were fitted, which also aided brake cooling. Despite a 10% price hike – plus continuing uncertainty about Rolls-Royce’s future, which wouldn’t be resolved until the car division’s independence in 1973 – the Corniche built upon the success that the MPW two-doors had started. And the upgrades continued, either concurrent with or ahead of the Silver…