Photo Album: Luxury Supercar & Concours d’Elegance Weekend – Vancouver 2012

September 11, 2012

This past weekend (Sept. 8th and 9th) marked the third annual Luxury Supercar & Concours d’Elegance Weekend, held on the grounds of the beautiful Van Dusen Gardens in the Shaughnessy region of Vancouver, British Columbia.

The size of the show this year nearly doubled in comparison to the previous year and, it must be said, the thought given towards the layout, open-space and ambiance of the swooping lawns of Van Dusen in displaying these vehicular beauties was an appreciated improvement over any other car-show I’ve ever attended at the historical garden. Well done, organizer(s)… 😉

For this year’s event, special attention was given towards celebrating certain themes. Among those were: 50 years of James Bond cars, Classic Supercars, the 60th Anniversary of Porsche in North America, 50 years of Shelby cars, Mercedes-Benz roadsters, classic Italian motorbikes and (almost) 100 years of Aston Martin.

The weekend culminated with the Shaughnessy Concours d’Elegance, awarding trophies on Sunday to the Best In Class. And Sunday was my chosen day for attending the event, seeing as how the Saturday was absolutely jam-packed with loads of people at the event during one of our last days of blistering Summer-y sunshine before Autumn announces its arrival.

This turned out to be a smart decision on my part, as Sunday was forecasted with overcast skies and a noticeable cooling in temperatures. Less people and less sunshine = a more comfortable and relaxed viewing (and photographical) experience all around.

Some notable cars in attendance were the new 2013 Aston Martin Vanquish, the 1933 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 by Figoni, the 1951 Ferrari 212 Export Vignale Coupe (stunning), the return of the 1967 Toyota 2000GT (the only one in Canada), the Ferrari F40 and Enzo supercar, the wide assortment of Lamborghinis both old and new, the army of Shelby Mustangs, the 4 (or was it 5 ?) McLaren MP4-12C’s in varying trim and colour packages, the Mercedes/Mclaren SLR 722, the Spyker C8, the 1947 Humber Sedanca D’Ville (owned by King George VI)… and so on…

It goes without saying that this was one of, if not THE, most extraordinary vehicular event this fair, west-coast city has ever laid host to… So without further ado, let’s allow the photos to illustrate the extravagance and automotive rarities that were bestowed upon our region for one fine weekend in September… Hope you enjoy the photos.

-Words and Photography: Blake J.
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Bentley: EXP 9 F Concept Marches Onto The Premium SUV Scene

March 6, 2012

There are moments within the motoring world when it’s absolutely justifiable to make that sound of air being sucked into your mouth through clenched teeth… this is one of those moments.

Dubbed, clonkingly, the EXP 9 F, this is Bentley’s long-rumoured entry into the Premium SUV realm with a dead-aim set on emerging markets such as China and the middle East (as if the poorly photoshopped ‘desert roaming’ press shots below didn’t convey this). The immediate reaction upon viewing this new 3-tonne-plus leviathan at the Geneva Motor Show this week is the rather obvious (lazy..?) inspiration used for its styling, or lack thereof, if we’re being honest.

With the chunky face of the Mulsanne and styling lifted straight from the Continental, it appears to resemble (unsurprisingly) a jacked-up version of the two afforementioned combined. ‘Traditional’ Bentley individual character and charm seem to have been forgone for outright bling-presence and awkward vulgarity – again, with the geographical aim of this vehicle.

But let’s be straight-up here; this is Bentley looking to cash-in. Pure and simple as that. All one needs to do is glance at the astounding sales of Premium-level Cayennes and Range Rovers in said emerging markets and this concept’s raison d’etre is clear as water. Bentley wants a piece of that action and its German owners aren’t about to shy away from the potential sales figures…

Wonky styling and reason-for-being aside, the guts of this massive mobile lounge feature the 600 bhp / 590 lb ft twin-turbo 6.0 W12 Vdub-lump that has been gracing Bentleys ever since the VW ownership takeover. As such, this effectively allows Bentley to claim (rather obviously) that this would be one of the fastest of its breed… and quite easily the highest petrol-consuming as well… yet, if you’re wealthy enough to own one, you won’t really care about that.

As you’d also expect, oppulence takes centre stage with vulgar 23″ wheels, a flashy interior constructed of the finest veneer woods and the softest of hand-stitched leathers. Creature comforts abound with various cubbies for wine glasses and a handly split tail-gate (a la Range Rover) that offers a place to plomp your wealthy buttocks while you make full use of the custom dining-set out back.

As this is Bentley’s first foray into the Premium SUV segment, no holds were barred in the over-lavishing exercise of their concept to get their, um, point across. Yet Bentley reminds us that this is merely a concept to gauge reaction and insight from their potential customers that they so do wish to please…

With that in mind, it will be interesting to watch how a Bentley born purely from the munching gravity of marketing leads will end up in the end. Strange automotive times ahead, indeed…

-Blake J.
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The Napier Bentley: Smoke and Mortars Show

January 12, 2012

Re-built in 1968 on the chassis of a 1929 8-litre Bentley, this Napier/Bentley utilises a 24-litre, 550 bhp, up-to 1400lb ft of torque (!) Napier Sea Lion W12 aeroplane engine to readily transform the rear tires into gobs of smoke and molasses…

Hell bent...

I’ve been fortunate enough to witness it in action before – It sounds like Armageddon.

Some video action now… First up, an oddly spliced-together vid showing the same Brooklands hill climb scene all edited together to form one.

Next up, shooting flames in Liverpool, England…

And the wonderful grand finale of mortars, smoke and Spitfires…

-Blake J.
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Bentley: Listen To The New V8 Engine

December 6, 2011

The next 2012 Bentley will have an all-new 4.0L turbocharged V8… and apparently it’ll sound like a NASCAR wrapped in a velveteen hammer.

Yummm…

~Blake J.
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Bentley: VW’s ‘hand-me-down’ Motorsport Brand…?

November 8, 2011

Bentley to enter the Paris-Dakar Rally – Sounds a bit daft, doesn’t it…? Like your Auntie dropping the knitting-sticks and taking up Bull-riding full-time… But in the case of Bentley’s situational outlook on parent-company VW’s radar, it doesn’t seem all that unlikely nor out-of-place. A few key (and historical) points to take into consideration:

1. Bentley is developing a new, gargantuan W12-motored 4×4 SUV based on a shared Audi/Porsche/VW platform that will see it rise to the cream of the price-crop when it’s unveiled in 2015 – and so it should be… It’s a Bentley for heaven’s sake. Yet, with all of this platform and technology sharing within the many halls of Poppa Veedub, a full-force rally attack utlising the Bentley badge could be considered perfect timing considering….

Coming soon..! A Bentley doing this...!

2. VW is re-focusing its sights on the WRC Rally stages now with a bespoke VW Polo to tackle it with. This means, in all likelihood, that the Touareg they’ve been successfully campaigning (and winning) with over the last few years or so (in the Dakar, etc) might be retired. In its place could be the new/next Bentley SUV which, as mentioned, will be based on a VW/Audi/Porsche platform yet badged as a Bentley… see how this is all working out…? Because…

3. Bentley has been here before… not long ago. Remember the 2003 Le Mans win with (from-out-of-nowhere) Bentley taking the chequered flag in the menacing British-racing-green Speed 8..? Said racecar was actually based rather extensively on the dominating Audi R8 race car… adorned with Bentley badges.

The 2003 Le Mans Winning Bentley... based on the *ahem* ...Audi R8

There we go – Brand engineering and exercising done with ease…!

Yet it does make one wonder how longtime Bentley employees and life-long devotees feel about the Bentley brand/name/heritage being utilised as a marketing exercise to prop-up and re-glitz the technologies and motorsport know-how that their parent company has already adopted and achieved prior successes with…? I’d feel like the middle/bottom kid in the family that eventually receives hand-me-downs from the siblings – it all works, but it was never really yours to begin with.

-Blake J.
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