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ROLLS-ROYCE AND BENTLEY AT THE BRITISH MOTOR SHOW 2006
London Docklands - 20-30 July 2006
The very words 'Motor Show' serve up a frisson of excitement to many an overgrown school-boy and the opportunity to explore the delights of a glittering array of modern machinery from the world's manufacturers at the impressive Excel exhibition centre in the heart of London's revitalised Docklands proved a temptation too great to resist for Central Southern Section committee members Simon Buck and Andrew Honour.

Expecting crowds of over-exuberant onlookers, your reporters approached the day with some trepidation but fortified by a good breakfast if not a restful night's sleep in the overly warm Hilton London Docklands, the anticipated hordes were not evident. Indeed, although the event was no doubt well visited, the enormous capacity of Excel and the well-spaced design of the stands appeared to mop-up the crowds and it was only at the displays of exotica did any perception of over-crowding make itself felt. That is unless, like us, you blag your way into the exclusive areas reserved on the stands for visiting VIPs by brandishing a set of keys for a Proper Motor Car whilst wearing last year's guest invitee neck tags!

The score we achieved was Bentley Motors: one, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited: nil... In other words we relished the full VIP treatment from Bentley Motors but only got to stare at the solitary Phantom and experimental 101EX coupł from behind the crowd barriers at the RRMCL stand.

Suffice to say that the two motoring highlights of the day were the guided tours of the stunningly elegant new drop head Bentley motor cars - the Azure that impressed with its evolution rather than revolution compared to the supremely competent previous model - and the fabulous new GTC. We ended the day committed to starting saving up now!

Simon Buck - Section Committee Member


 
The new Bentley GTC.   Phantom experimental 101EX coupł.
 
Andrew appraises the Bentley Azure interior.   Spirit of Ecstasy mascot on the brushed aluminium bonnet.
Photos: Andrew Honour