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1931 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre SC “Blower” – Auction

Bentley 4 1/2 litre Blower
This rather special Bentley “Blower” has appeared on auctioneers Gooding and Company, albeit the name comes from the addition of a supercharger to the already tested four and a half litre inline 4 cylinder engine.

W.O. Bentley, on the other hand, was firmly against the supercharging of his cars. The Bentley racing strategy was based on endurance and reliability, all too often pushing hard at the onset of a race and forcing the supercharged competitors to break; easy victory ensued. W.O. remained confident in the awe-inspiring Speed Six with its normally aspirated 6 1/2-litre engine.

After a hard but heroic 8th position in the 1928 German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring, Sir Henry Tim Birkin was adamant  that the Bentley 4 1/2 Litre could be substantially more competitive through supercharging considering Mercedes podium first second and third.
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Bentley Continental GT Speed
As California’s Monterey Peninsula is primed for a week of displays and events involving some of the world’s most coveted, historic automobiles, Bentley Motors prepares to share a glimpse into the future with the North American debut of two new models – the Continental GT Speed and the EXP 9 F luxury SUV concept.

“Pebble Beach and the spectacular scenery of the Monterey Peninsula provide the perfect venue for automotive connoisseurs and enthusiasts from around the world to display and celebrate the very best of motoring,”

said Christophe Georges, president & COO of Bentley Motors, Inc.

“It also serves as an ideal backdrop for Bentley to showcase not only its latest production model, the Continental GT Speed, but also, with the EXP 9 F SUV concept, to provide a glimpse into Bentley’s future.”

Bentley’s fastest ever production model, the 616hp Continental GT Speed, will make its North American debut on the Pebble Beach concept lawn. The Continental GT Speed, Bentley’s performance flagship, is set to enter the market in October, and until then, Pebble Beach spectators will have to imagine its 4.0-second 0-60mph sprint and its 205-mph top speed during the static display.

4 Unobvious Signs Your Car’s Oil Needs Changed

Car Maintenance
Many people rely on their vehicle on a daily basis for most or all of their transportation needs. If you are included in this group of people, you may use your car to commute back and forth to work, to shuttle the kids to school, to run errands and more. In some areas, public transportation fulfills such needs, but in many areas of the country, self-transportation through your own vehicle is a necessity.

In fact, it is estimated that the average American household owns approximately 2.28 vehicles. Because of your reliance on your vehicles, you do want to care for them regularly, and changing the oil regularly is one of the most affordable and simple steps that you can take to care for your car.

However, there is some confusion about when to change a vehicle’s oil.

The Cause of the Confusion

If you listen to the advice from car service shops, you will hear that it is best to change your oil every three months or every 3,000 miles, depending on which occurs first. If you read your vehicle’s owner manual, you may see that your car manufacturer recommends changing your car’s oil every 3,000 to 6,000 miles. There is some variation to this depending on the type of vehicle you drive and the type of oil that is recommended for your vehicle. This will help you when it time to sell your car or you are seeking car title loans.

However, the owner’s manual typically will state that your driving habits will dictate whether you should change your oil closer to every 3,000 miles or closer to every 6,000 miles. In addition, if you drive a late model vehicle, it may have an oil change indicator function. Through this function, your car’s computer may alert you when you need an oil change.

In most cases, the advice you receive from the car service shops, your owner’s manual and your car’s computer will not match up. Nobody wants to spend money on an oil change when it is not yet needed, so how can you tell when your car truly needs an oil change?

Here are four unobvious signs that your car’s oil needs to be changed.

1. The Color of the Oil

You can easily pop the hood of your car and locate the oil dip stick. Pull the dip stick up carefully, and wipe it with a clean, white cloth. Take note of the color of the oil. As oil is used by your engine, it can become dirty with debris from your engine. Further, it can also degrade with exposure to heat from the engine. Dirty, older oil is less effective at helping your engine run smoothly. Fresh oil has a fairly translucent appearance and is usually slightly darker than the color of honey. If your oil is murky in appearance and is dark brown or black, you are due for an oil change.

2. The Level of Oil

After checking the color of your oil, dip the stick back into the engine. Pull the dip stick out a second time, and take note of the amount of oil in the engine. Your dip stick should have a line on it that indicates if your oil level is full. As your engine runs regularly, much of the oil is recycled. However, a small amount of oil is burned off , and this can cause the oil level to decrease over time. Leaks can also cause oil levels to drop. If your oil level is below the full capacity line, it is time for an oil change.

3. Strange Sounds

Oil serves the important function of lubricating your engine. Regularly changing the oil can ensure that you enjoy maximum fuel efficiency, and it can prevent your engine from overheating. It also prevents operational fatigue of the mechanical components in your vehicle that can result in wear and tear on various engine components. If you hear strange sounds coming from your engine, this is a sign that the oil is not doing its part to properly lubricate the components in your engine. Getting the oil changed quickly is important when you hear strange engine sounds, as this can prevent additional damage from being done to engine components.

4. Dashboard Lights

Many modern vehicles have an indicator light that tells car owners when the vehicle needs to have an oil change. However, both newer and older models alike typically have a “check engine” light that may indicate issues with the engine’s performance. This may include if an engine is overheating or if other issues are present with the engine. While a “check engine” light may not mean that your vehicle is due for an oil change, if it has been awhile since your last oil change, the need for an oil change may be the cause of the indicator light.

While your own vehicle may not need an oil change every 3,000 miles or every three months as has been the common advice handed down to drivers from car service shops for years, changing it regularly as needed is vital to ensuring your vehicle functions well for years to come.


Bentley Embiricos

One of the rarest and most valuable Bentleys in the world, the 4¼-Litre ‘Embiricos’ special, is making an historic appearance at the marque’s home in Crewe. Fresh from taking part in the Louis Vuitton ‘Serenissima Run’ in Venice and featuring at the Le Mans Classic as part of the Bentley lineup, this magnificent car takes pride of place in the Lineage Showroom at the firm’s Pyms Lane factory until September.

Richard Charlesworth, Director of Royal and VIP Relations and Head of the Bentley Heritage Collection, commented:

“It is an honour for Bentley to exhibit this unique Bentley for the first time, thanks to the generosity of its esteemed owner. Its sleek form was extremely advanced for the time, and its DNA can still be seen in modern Bentley coupes today. We are looking forward to showing the Embiricos to our factory visitors, and to the public at the upcoming Windsor Castle Concours of Elegance.”


Ron Howard’s Rush – Official Pics & Release Date

Ron Howard’s Rush Official Picture

Ron Howard’s film Rush depicting the 1976 Formula 1 World Championship battle between James Hunt and Niki Lauda, Is due for release on September 20 2013 and you can read more about it here.

Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Daniel Brühl (Goodbye, Lenin!) portray the two pro drivers, James Hunt and Niki Lauda, in this upcoming drama. The rivalry reached its apex at the F1 championships of 1976, when the Austrian Niki Lauda survived a crash in his Ferrari 312 T2 on the German Nürburgring track.

Set against the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing, Rush portrays the exhilarating true story of two of the greatest rivals the world has ever witnessed—handsome English playboy Hunt and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Lauda. Taking us into their personal lives on and off the track, Rush follows the two drivers as they push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there is no shortcut to victory and no margin for error. If you make one mistake, you die.
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McLaren GT, the new race car manufacturing arm of the McLaren Group, is presenting a dramatic track-focused concept at the Pebble Beach Concours, the 12C Can-Am Edition. The one-off design study is finished in historic McLaren Orange and satin black, and is the debut appearance of a 12C racing variant outside Europe.

McLaren GT, the new race car division of McLaren Automotive, is to unveil a hardcore track going dubbed as the Can-Am Edition at the Pebble Beach Concours. The car will be finished in McLaren and satin Black and will be the first appearance of a 12C racing variant outside Europe.
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Huge Crash at Pikes Peak – Jeremy Foley’s Evo

On Sunday at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb had to be red flagged due to a huge accident at the Devils Playground.

Hill Climb rookie Jeremy Foley’s Mitsubishi Evolution 8 veered off course near Mile 16, and rescue crews lifted both he and co-driver Yuri Kouznetsov to an area hospital. KRDO reportedly said Foley had a broken leg, but nothing was confirmed.

The news Article at the Colorado Springs Gazette, reported it rather like a small race incident.

On watching the video here we decided that the car was involved in a horrendous spin turning over nearly 10 times down a guesstimate 150ft drop.

It’s good that the safety equipment saved the driver and codriver from serious injury.

Classic Auto Union Silver Arrow Returns To Audi

Audi AG is pleased to announce that they have managed to aquire the final Auto Union Type D ever made which was developed in the age of the “Silver Arrows” in 1939.

The ‘supercharger era’ was halted by World War II and after being occupied by the Soviet Army, Auto Union was pillaged. Russian occupying forces found the cars and they were carried back to the Soviet Union as part of German reparation payments, resulting in the loss of the cars.

In 1970, American classic car collector Paul Karassik began his search across Europe and finally managed to uncover remains of two dismantled Auto Union cars before successfully buying them. With the help of English company Crosthwaite & Gardiner, a single supercharger and twin supercharger cars were rebuilt to original spec. While Audi bought the 1938 single-supercharger machine, the 1939 twin was sold to a classic car collector.

The Auto Union car was the first manufacturer to place the engine behind the driver, apparently they was notoriously difficult to drive with its 6 litre v16 engine produced well over 500 bhp.

This fetched them a total of nine Grand Prix Race wins in 1935 and 1937.

The legend of the “Silver Arrows” actually began with the Mercedes-Benz W25 car at the the 1934 EifelRennen at the Nürburgring, it weighed in at 751kg which was 1kg to heavy.

Overnight the team manager Alfred Neubauer and driver Manfred von Brauchitsch, came up with a scheme of scraping all the white paint of the bodywork.

So back at the workshop of the Altes Forsthaus Hubertus the team removed all the paint and revealed the gleaming aluminium panels and passed the scrutineers weigh in for the race.

After a successful race where Manfred von Brauchitsch won the Eifelrennen, the car was dubbed by the media as a “silver Arrow”. So the Era of the silver arrows was born.

Mercedes-Benz & Audi AG have already confirmed that W25, W125, W154 will be present alongside Auto Union Type C and Type Ds at the Goodwood Revival on the 14-16 th September.

And of course you can always visit the Nurburgring Nordschleife Guest House and Garage where the Silver Arrows were born Altes Forsthaus Guesthouse

Ringhaus (Altes Forsthaus St Hubertus), Hauptstrasse 1, 53520 Nurburg. Tel: (+49) 2691 935390.

Auto Union

Mercedes-Benz W125

1930s era Silver Arrows