Bentley Found in Surrey Garage

BY CHARLES MCDONALD An historically important Derby Bentley which has remained in one family since 1937 has been found in a garage in a property in Surrey to where it was delivered brand new in April of that year. Captain Richard Noble O.B.E of Fonthill in Hurtmore had a handful of high end motor cars of the 1930’s period. He purchased a second-hand Derby Bentley … Continue reading Bentley Found in Surrey Garage

Il Biscione

BY FERDINAND OTTO VON GALEN It was my first car and like most Alfisti, notwithstanding its many shortcomings, I was besotted. The seating position, despite adjustable steering wheel and electric seats, always ended up something more fit for a primate. This was a common characteristic of Italian cars from the 1970’s until well into the 90’s. Short legs and long arms were a must. On … Continue reading Il Biscione

The Ugly Roller

BY JAMES CAMPBELL The Rolls-Royce Camargue is a 2-door luxury saloon manufactured and marketed by Rolls-Royce Motors from 1975-1986. Designed by Paolo Martin at Pininfarina, the Camargue was the first post-war production Rolls Royce not designed in-house. The Camargue received a varied reception, having ranked as one of the “10 Worst Cars” as chosen in 2010 by readers of the Globe and Mail; having ranked … Continue reading The Ugly Roller

The British Lightning GT

BY JAMES CAMPBELL The Lightning Car Company is a British sports car developer, originally based in Fulham and Peterborough, the company then relocated to Coventry and is focused on the development and production of high performance electric sports cars. The firm’s first product, the eponymous Lightning GT, was unveiled in 2008 where it won Car of The Show at the last Excel London Motor Show. … Continue reading The British Lightning GT

Car Thieves: from Sheffield to London

BY ASGHAR KHAN Back in 2005 the car theft capital of the UK was Sheffield. Now it’s London. West Yorkshire came in at seventh, proving that car theft is not simply restricted to urban and suburban areas, with thieves operating easily in quieter rural areas. Car thieves in Sheffield back in 2005 were uneducated local lads with links to chop-shops who’d strip down the stolen motors … Continue reading Car Thieves: from Sheffield to London

How I Beat the Car Park Cowboys

BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN I realised my mistake straight away. Rather than add to the Saturday morning congestion of a busy, mixed-use street, I had opted to drive onto the wide, empty car park at the side of an NHS surgery. The moment I crossed the threshold, I saw the camera. The terms and conditions were printed on a small wall-mounted sign: vehicle owners must register … Continue reading How I Beat the Car Park Cowboys

Urus

BY JAMES CAMPBELL Lamborghini is set to begin production of their first ever SUV, a 600hp hybrid luxury crossover called the Urus, next month. The new SUV will be made in Sant’Agata Bolognese, thus reinforcing Lamborghini as an Italian brand. And it looks absolutely beautiful if I don’t say myself. Writing in the Express Luke John Smith describes the Urus thus: “the concept images make … Continue reading Urus

An Ineos Land Rover?

BY JAMES CAMPBELL Jim Ratcliffe who chairs petrochemicals giant Ineos is an all-round good guy. He has been outspoken in recent years while pointing out that Scotland could benefit massively as a liquid gas hub – a thorn in the side of Klebb’s Scottish SNP who, for some reason, prefer to ensure that Russia still has a say in Britain’s energy future. When Ratcliffe announced … Continue reading An Ineos Land Rover?

Majestic Maserati 3500 GT

BY JAMES CAMPBELL On a recent work trip to Arizona, I saw one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. No, it wasn’t an immigration wall. Nor was it the beautiful pink of Sedona’s rocks. It was a Maserati 3500 GT Convertible parked outside a bar in Scottsdale. The Maserati 3500 GT and the Maserati 3500 GT Convertible are 2-door coupé and convertible … Continue reading Majestic Maserati 3500 GT

The RR Cullinan

BY JAMES CAMPBELL Rolls Royce entering the SUV market with the Cullinan in 2018 doesn’t come as much of a surprise. When Bentley produced the Bentayga in 2016 the other luxury marques were already producing SUV’s or were well along the path to producing them. Jaguar’s F-Pace went on sale this year, while both Alfa Romeo and Maserati recently showed their SUV plans in the … Continue reading The RR Cullinan

Amphibious Cars Become Cool

BY JAMES CAMPBELL What do you get if you combine my love of the sea and diving with my passion for cars? Amphibious cars and underwater cars. Bear with me. I am not barking mad. Nowadays there are some genuinely decent vehicles in the class. Arguably the first proper car that could go from driving on the road, to ‘driving’ in the water, was the Amphicar, … Continue reading Amphibious Cars Become Cool

Which Rolls Royce?

BY JAMES CAMPBELL New Rolls Royces are so beautiful and splendidly engineered that I’d feel nervous getting into one, let alone driving one. The Dawns, Ghosts, Phantoms and Wraiths are the cars of Queens and oil-rich Sheikhs. They are all perhaps a tad too luscious for the likes of me. Even wearing a chauffeur’s cap I’d feel like I didn’t quite belong in one. I … Continue reading Which Rolls Royce?