Rolls-Royce & Bentley Driver

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.

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8 мин.
creating the sz

Even by Rolls-Royce standards, the SZ range of models that debuted via the Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit and Bentley Mulsanne of 1980 was impressively long-lived. The final derivatives rolled out of Crewe almost eighteen years later, having enjoyed healthy sales throughout that time. And, of course, the SZ was responsible for rejuvenating the Bentley marque, with the top-selling Turbo R transforming it into a high-performance brand once more. Inevitably though, creating a whole new range of Rolls-Royce and Bentley models was a process packed with difficult decisions, not to mention a plethora of design challenges to consider. Graham Hull, who joined Rolls-Royce in 1971 and went on to become the company’s chief stylist, played an important role in the eventual aesthetics of the Silver Shadow’s long-awaited successor. In his 2014 book, Inside…

7 мин.
beat around the bush

If you read the last issue of Rolls-Royce & Bentley Driver, you’ll know the stroke of good fortune I had when IntroCar requested use of my Bentley as a test mule for newly manufactured prototype polyurethane bushes specific to the Arnage T. This welcome enquiry came at exactly the time I was wondering what to do about the tired bushes and ball joints at the front end of the car, which I was sure would register an MoT failure when inspected in advance of the twin-turbocharged saloon’s return to the road after a long period of lockdown. IntroCar appointed Isleworth-based marque specialist Nigel Sandell to take care of the labour. There was only one problem: with its expired MoT taken into consideration, how would I get the car to the company’s…

1 мин.
dawn of the new era

The move to a standard-bodied factory-built car was inevitable in the post-war era. But such was the trepidation felt by Rolls-Royce management at such a significant change, the new concept was introduced cautiously by applying it to the Bentley brand first – something that would, of course, be repeated with the first of the turbocharged cars in the early 1980s. As a result, a Standard Steel-bodied Rolls-Royce wouldn’t appear until three years after the Bentley, with the Silver Dawn being launched in 1949. It was a welcome addition, particularly in the American market where Rolls-Royce was far better-known as a marque than Bentley. The Silver Dawn shared essentially the same body as the MkVI, remaining in production until 1955 when it was replaced by the Silver Cloud – sister car to…

9 мин.
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…

2 мин.
back on the road

Like so many classic motoring enthusiasts, we are looking forward to Covid-19 restrictions being relaxed and getting behind the wheel of our magnificent motors again. At the time of writing, many events are being planned across the Sections of the RREC ready for a hopefully liberated second half of the year. The club’s June annual pilgrimage to Burghley House, in its Covid-compliant format, is already sold out. Keep an eye open for the RREC’s greatly anticipated 2021 Grand Tour – England at its Finest – as it winds its way around the country during September. A convoy of Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars representing all eras of production will follow a picturesque route along rural roads, pausing at ancient castles and grand manor houses along the way. This fabulous 13-day motoring tour…

4 мин.
from the archives

THE FULL LINE-UP Carrying a front-page headline of The Heart and Soul of a Masterpiece was this fold-out US-spec leaflet from 1978, which featured the full range once it was extended to its A4-size maximum. This was at a time when the Rolls-Royce line-up was extensive, starting with the entry-level Silver Shadow II and finishing via the exclusive two-door Camargue. In between came the Corniche FHC, Corniche Convertible and the Silver Wraith II. But what did Rolls-Royce mean by the headline mentioned at the start? Well, it was all rather romantic: “Through the finer workings of man runs a common, many-stranded thread. It is readily identified in art, literature and music, but is just as present in architecture, science and engineering”. As the leaflet explained, “it is elusive, intangible, rare... but plain…