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Recently, Bentley Motors announced that they will be an Official Partner for the upcoming 79th Goodwood Members Meeting which will be held on April 9-10, 2022. The Goodwood Members’ Meeting is a weekend of motor racing of grand proportions. It aims recreate the 1950s and 1960s camaraderie and atmosphere that was felt at the original BARC Members’ Meetings that was held at Goodwood.

10 iconic Bentleys will be showcased in support of the event. The vehicles represent the 90 years of Bentley history starting from 1929 until 2019. With the growth of Bentley’s carbon neutral factory and campus, it is unsurprising that the famed Heritage Collection has grown as well.

The six new additions that encompasses the 72 years of the company’s history include:

• 1929 Speed Six, completing Bentley’s pre-war collection

• 1949 Mark VI, an example of the first Bentley built in Crewe

• 1963 S3 Standard Saloon, the most exquisite four-door of the period

• 1984 Continental, a drophead formerly used by the chairman

• 1991 Turbo R, that started the rebirth of Bentley as a sporting brand

• 2001 Arnage Red Label, the return of the 6¾ V8 to Bentley sedans

Bentley Speed Six

One of the company’s pre-war vehicles is the Bentley Speed Six. The 6½ Liter’s high-performance version, the Speed Six eventually became Bentley’s most successful racing model. Woolf Barnato, Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin and Glen Kidston drove the Speed Six to eventually win the 1929 and 1930 Le Mans. The GU 409, Bentley’s own example, was delivered in September 1929 and was built originally for a W.F. Watson and had a Weymann saloon body by Victor Broom.

Bentley Mark VI

Unveiled in May 1946, it was the first post-war new production model from Crewe and was named the Mark VI. Using the existing 4½-Liter straight six engine and independent front suspension, it wasn’t long before the Mark VI became the highest selling Bentley model with 5,000 cars produced and sold between 1946 and 1952. After 73 years, the Mark VI – AGO 2 – is back in Crewe. It has an H.J. Mulliner body with a two-tone green on black finish. AGO 2 is a key design link between the Embiricos Bentley and Mk V Corniche from the 1930s, and the R-Type Continental of 1952.

Bentley S3 Standard Saloon

In 1955, the S-Type eventually replaced the R-Type. It was an improved and updated version that had a separate chassis, straight-six engine, and a factory produced body. At the time, the standard factory-bodied S-Type saloon was priced at £3,295 which was around 10 times today’s annual income. From 1955 to 1965, there were three versions of the S-Type. The 2nd generation, the S2 had a new V8 engine, power steering which was given as standard, and the end of a manual transmission. The final generation of the S-Type was very similar to the S2. Its most noticeable exterior difference is the four-headlamp layout. A 1963 S3 Standard Saloon will be the one displayed with the heritage fleet and it is arguably one of the prettiest saloon body styles, it has a Garnet finish and is registered 176 FGH.

Bentley Continental

In 1984, the Bentley Continental was greatly influenced by the T-Series which was introduced in the 1960s. Bentley’s new example, A455 YGJ, came out during the most challenging times in the marque’s history. Sales volumes were the lowest in the company’s history. Bentley never compromised, however, and the model stayed true to Bentley’s values. The example was personally used by the chairman at the time as a company car. Significant changes on how the company was run and the use of the forced induction in Bentley’s 6 ½-Liter V8 revealed the shape of the Turbo R at the 1985 Geneva Motor Show.

Bentley Turbo R

During the early nineties, the popularity of the marque has considerably grown, which could be attributed to the success of the Mulsanne Turbo. Turbocharging has given back to the brand’s products their performance edge. At the time, they were considered to be the fasters, most comfortable, and most luxurious sedans in the world. The ‘R’ in Turbo R meant road-holding and it rode on the success of the Mulsanne Turbo. It was, however, given more power, a stuffer chassis, and it did not compromise on either luxury or quality. J101 PKL, an example of Bentley’s 1991 Turbo R is a great representative of the model that helped bring Bentley back on the road to success.

Bentley Arnage Red Label

In 1998, Bentley was bought by the Volkswagen Group. One of the first things the company did was to take the 4.4-liter V8 engine of the Bentley Arnage and replaced it with the gigantic 6 ¾-Liter V8 from the two-door Continentals. This created the Arnage Red Label which made its debut at the 1999 Frankfurt Motor Show, and they highlighted the example’s level of torque (835 Nm) which no other sedan can match. Accompanying the engine are the redesigned front suspension and bigger brakes., It was also

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By: Reggie
Title: 79th Goodwood Members Meeting Showcases Expanded Heritage Collection
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Going Once, Going Twice: The best bikes from the Bonhams February sale

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Ex-Hans-Otto Butenuth BMW RS 500 at the Bonhams February sale
The Bonhams February sale is about to wrap up, so we’re taking a break from our regular scheduled programming to pick our favorite motorcycles from the auction. From an Ariel Square Four and a 1989 Kawasaki ZX-10, to Hans-Otto Butenuth’s BMW 500 Rennsport [above], here are seven classic motorcycles that we’d love to park in the Bike EXIF garage.

1907 Quadrant at the Bonhams February auction
1907 Quadrant In the early 1880s, two blokes by the names of Walter and William Lloyd patented a pedal tricycle steering mechanism, which they (very confusingly) called the ‘Quadrant.’ Anyway, Quadrant went on to make bicycles, tricycles, and motorcycles, and, by 1901, had emerged as one of Britain’s earliest motorcycle manufacturers.

This 453 cc Quadrant was originally built in Coventry and was meticulously restored by a previous owner. It showcases its history through hand-written notes, technical drawings, old registrations, marque-related literature, and an SMCC Pioneer Certificate.

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Title: Going Once, Going Twice: The best bikes from the Bonhams February sale
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SPEEDVETTE: Raw Power Comes Alive with GM’s LS3 Engine

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SPEEDVETTE: Raw Power Comes Alive with GM’s LS3 Engine

Celebrating the best of performance and style at the upcoming 2024 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, where it is selling with No Reserve, is the “Speedvette,” a 1973 Chevrolet Corvette that marries classic aesthetics with modern muscle.

This custom beauty underwent a no-expense-spared rotisserie restoration completed in March 2023, and comes alive under the hood with a robust GM Performance 6.2-liter LS3 engine, generating 525 horsepower. Paired with a 4L70E 4-speed automatic transmission, it is sure to deliver a straightforward American muscle experience.

This Speedvette rolls on Schott Turbine wheels wrapped in Diamond Back Classic red line tires and boasts a Pro-Touring treatment. Its Coffman Corvette custom chassis incorporates C6/C7 components, RideTech coilovers and a power rack & pinion steering system. Stopping power is delivered by C7 calipers gripping slotted rotors, assisted by an E-Stopp electric brake.

The exterior’s subtle modifications include 2-inch rear fender flares and a smoothed decklid with a waterfall effect. The Torch Red exterior and black Haartz Stayfast convertible top add a classic touch. Inside is a handcrafted bespoke cabin with black leather and red stitching.

Register to bid today for the opportunity to take this Speedvette home with you and join us January 20-28 at WestWorld for the 2024 Scottsdale Auction.

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Title: SPEEDVETTE: Raw Power Comes Alive with GM’s LS3 Engine
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Road tested: TFX Suspension Xtreme adjustable rear shocks

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TFX Suspension review
I got lucky when I bought my 2012-model Triumph Bonneville SE last year. A single-owner bike with less than 1,500 miles on the dial, it had spent most of its life trickle-charging in a garage. What’s more, the previous owner had thrown a handful of tasteful factory accessories at it (and a few that were less well-judged).

There was one key ingredient missing though; good suspension. Most modern classics roll out of the factory with suspension components that are adequate at best, but the older air-cooled Bonneville’s setup is downright poor. Small LED turn signals and a fancy sprocket cover might make your bike look prettier, but new shocks—like the fully adjustable TFX Suspension Xtreme units now gracing the tail end of my Triumph—will make it ride better.

TFX Suspension Xtreme rear shocks review

Based in The Netherlands, TFX Suspension is run by a small and passionate team, led by founders Hans-Dieter Fischer and Alex Meijs. The two of them formed TFX fourteen years ago when the suspension company that they were working for folded. Now they produce components on their terms, with the sort of hands-on approach that’s often missing from larger companies.

Their catalog includes various mono- and twin-shock items, suitable for a wide range of on- and off-road applications, plus a handful of front suspension upgrades. (We’ve seen their parts on custom bikes from Bottpower, Powerbrick, CNCPT Moto, and more.) They sent me a set of their Xtreme shocks to test out on my Triumph Bonneville; fully-adjustable units that retail for €1,399 [$1516].

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road tested: TFX Suspension Xtreme adjustable rear shocks
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