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Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Top Three Best Bentleys Ever Made

With its impeccable styling and beautiful interiors crafted from the finest materials of the earth, Bentley are in a league of their own. They are considered to be the ultimate driving machine, each vehicle oozing class and prestige. Over the years they have pushed the boundaries of luxury, with models complete with telephones, televisions and even a fridge to keep that bottle of expensive champagne crisp and cold. Here is a list of some of the greatest vehicles the company has graced the earth with.

The Bentley Speed Six

First rolling off the production line in 1926, the company took the original 6½ litre model and gave it a bit more firepower. This supercharged version became the Bentley's most successful racing ever, driven by legendary driver Woolf Barnato dominating nearly all the podium spots at the 24 hour Le Mans race in 1929 and 1930. In March of 1930, the car was also tested in a more challenging scenario. While at dinner in Cannes, Barnato bet £100 that his speed six could get to his London club before the famous blue train could reach Calais. The car kept up its part of the bargain, reaching the finish line just four minutes before the train got to the French Port. Barnato collected his winnings; however the fines he received for illegally racing on French roads were substantially more than £100.

Friday, July 8, 2011

A Brief History of the Classic Porsche 911

The Porsche 911 has always been up there with the best when it comes to ferociously fast, 2-door sports coupe. Over the years while the exquisite styling has remained, the engine and interior have adapted and transformed into the digital age. Here is a quick look at how the car has become such a success.

The first 911 was built back in 1963, it was aimed to be more powerful, bigger and more comfortable than the Porsche 356. The layout was revolutionary, with a new air-cooled engine in the back instead of the front of the car. Three years later saw the introduction of the "911S". The engines power was booted from 128bhp to 160bhp, together with adding a rear spoiler for extra grip. This was also the first model where the infamous 5 spoke alloy wheels were made available, a design that would become a symbol of the 911 legacy. The 911ST was produced for racing, with a 2.4 litre engine producing 8000rpm. These vehicles exploded out of the blocks, and experienced success at the Daytona 6 hours, the Sebring 12 hours and the 1000km Nürburgring races.