THE GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED.

We met an old friend of mine and his partner who I have known now for over 55 years, my how time flies and went to the Goodwood Festival of Speed this week, staying in our usual hotel, the rather amusing Old Railway Station at Petworth.

As a GRRC Member we parked the Arnage in the Performance Car Park and headed to the Kinrara Enclosure where we were based for the day, having watched the cars going up the hill for a while we went for a walk round and then came back for lunch.

I’m always surprised that you never see people you know in such a large crowd, they must be there but never in the same place you are at the time, however during lunch one chap came to say hello who recognised me from when we had our cars displayed at Goodwood House in 2009, yet again time flies!

Finally, during a walk around the paddocks I came across a strange looking WO Bentley which looked brand new but not in a way that a concours restoration would look and upon questioning I was told it was one of the continuation Henry Birkin blower cars and indeed was brand new. Apparently, this was their development car and had just done 17000 miles and looked stunning.

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BENTLEY DRIVERS CLUB EASTERN REGION IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM TRIP.

On Sunday 22nd May members of the Eastern Region gathered to board a 1956 SB Bedford coach for our trip to the Imperial War Museum London, the choice of vehicle was generally agreed to be an interesting and amusing choice. Our route took in the iconic Tower Bridge which became a photo opportunity for the tourists on the bridge, a little different from the red Route Master they usually get to photograph. The museum was very interesting with the usual military vehicles associated with war, some rather casual parking of a boat on the third floor and the obligatory Spitfire and Monty’s Humber staff car. Also of interest were parts of the Berlin Wall and a rather thought-provoking Holocaust display and a very moving battered window from from one of the Twin Towers. All in all, a very successful trip.

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PARTYGATE.

I have to say I’m sick to death of Partygate, I don’t give a flying fig about the Prime Minister being handed a cake in a Tupperware box, or popping into a room and raising a glass to wish someone well when leaving the job.

I don’t even care if Keir Starmer had a Corma or a Vindaloo, or a Budweiser instead of a Carlsberg, I’m sick to death of the whole fuss made of a few people having a drink after work, after all they aren’t going to spread Covid as they have already spent all day in the office together.

Stop this petty nonsense, I’ve had enough, THE PARTY’S OVER, IT’S TIME TO CALL IT A DAY.

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PRINCE CHARLES OPENS PARLIAMENT AND MOANS!

Apparently, when Prince Charles arrived for the State opening of Parliament in a classic Rolls-Royce lip readers have said he made the comment to Camilla, “oh my word, that was uncomfortable,” although I have no idea if he was referring to the ride in the old car or the regalia associated with his uniform as Admiral of the Fleet.

I have no idea of the Royal protocol as to which vehicle he must travel in but I am certain he would have been more comfortable in the rather more modern Bentley used by Prince William for his arrival, I’m sure members of the Bentley Drivers Club must have some thoughts on the matter.

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JACOB REES-MOGG PILES FOUR KIDS AND WIFE INTO VINTAGE BENTLEY.

Jacob Rees-Mogg piles four kids into vintage T series Bentley with wife in the back, so the headline in some of today’s papers says, apparently, he was spotted on his way home from a visit to Hengrove Cineworld in Bristol.

Mr Rees-Mogg, a lover of Bentley motorcars also having a 1936 Derby Bentley was seem placing his wife and children into his 1968 T series Bentley before driving home.

I have no idea whether he has broken any laws with regard to seatbelts or overloading but all I can say is if you have to get “nicked” there is no better car than a Bentley to be caught in.

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JUST STOP OIL PROTESTERS ARRESTED.

It seems the Just stop oil protesters have been arrested at both Clacket Lane and Cobham services on the M25 for criminally damaging the petrol pumps with hammers, having been seen clearly on television damaging the pumps I imagine there will be no question of them not being found guilty and receiving a criminal record.

Whilst on the subject of criminal damage I have heard nothing of David Chich the man who was arrested for criminal damage after damaging the statue on the BBC headquarters, it seems such a shame that people who do criminal damage seem to be getting away with nowadays.

I feel rather sorry for a chap I knew in the 60’s who in a moment of recklessness threw a stone at a derelict cricket pavilion, breaking a window and resulting in his incarceration in a young offenders institute which I seem to remember was called Borstal, somewhat different from nowadays where people are clearly seen and filmed doing criminal damage and yet never suffer the consequences of their actions, how very strange.

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DRIVE IT DAY 2022.

Every year we have Drive it day which is where everyone with a classic car is supposed to take them out to show what a wonderful collection of classic cars are around in this country, I had a nice run out on Sunday in my 1947 Bentley Mk VI, this photo was at Ridgewell Airfield Commemorative Museum where I had the good fortune to buy a WW2 stirrup pump in the jumble. In case you’re wondering, it’s a useful prop for a Forties night Noggin and natter I have in mind for a later date.

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WATCHING TV TO BE LEGAL IN SELF DRIVING CARS.

Watching TV or browsing the internet and checking emails is to become legal while driving self driving cars under new proposals to the Highway Code!!!

Apparently, this will only apply when drivers are keeping a speed of up to 37 mph and are in a single lane and they must be ready to take control when prompted.

How on earth anyone will be ready to take control when having just looked up from watching a film to immediately assess the accident situation they are just about to take part in, I have absolutely no idea, whoever thought this was a good idea should have their head examined.

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MASSIVE HIKE IN GAS PRICES.

We have just had a massive hike in the price of gas which we are told is due to the tremendous increase in demand for gas after Covid.

Assuming this to be the case, I’m wondering why it wasn’t dirt cheap during Covid when allegedly demand must have been extremely low.

I’m feeling wool being pulled over my eyes!

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BRUCE WILLIS RETIRES WITH APHASIA DIAGNOSIS.

It seems rather sadly that Bruce Willis has had to retire as he has been diagnosed with Aphasia which apparently is a mental condition which affects the ability to remember words and to speak, both fairly important attributes when trying to earn a living as an actor.

I do wish him well in his retirement although rather amazingly during his career he has made 144 films so one hopes he has amassed sufficient funds for a comfortable retirement, sadly I have to admit I have not contributed to this fund as I haven’t seen a single film he has been in.

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