My father tells me one of my first words was Lamborghini. I spent my childhood reading car brochures and studying Matchbox car catalogs. Cars have been a lifelong passion of mine. I’ve prided myself on being able to name nearly any car that crosses my path, but tonight I came across this one, and was completely stumped. So, I ask my readers to enlighten me. What is this car?
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Well, this doesn’t happen everyday. I turn into a shopping center in tony Darien, Connecticut, and parked in the lot is a woodie. But no ordinary woodie, dear readers. A Bentley woodie. The proper vernacular here is a shooting brake, which what the British refer a station wagon as. I am not a Bentley expert, but after some research, I am guessing what is pictured above is a Bentley R-Type. Post World War II, the number of independent custom coachbuilder’s was on a rampant decline.
However, a gentlemen named Guy Harold Radford who had a Rolls Royce and Bentley dealership in West London was converting R-Type’s into woodie shooting brakes. One R-Type won first prize at the Concour d’Elegance in Cannes in 1948. This appears to be a later model. While Radford designed the conversion, the car was actually built by Seary & McCready in North London, a company that Radford would eventually buy himself. The conversion was called the Bentley R-Type Countryman, furnished with full picnic and bar amenities. Radford would eventually build 37 R-Type Countrymans, but the later cars were not woodies, so the car presented here is an extremely rare find indeed.
Here at The Garage Blog, it sorta goes without saying that we all love driving. All of us on the team have been driving for years and most of us have honed our skills at a driving school or 5 over the years. The confidence that comes from knowing how to control a vehicle in adverse conditions makes driving that much more enjoyable. More importantly, those skills could save your life and maybe even those of your loved ones.
Just like many of our readers, I have a teenage driver in the family. Given that the forecasters are calling for the worst Winter in years, it makes sense that we should host our first Winter Driving Academy for younger drivers. While it may be short notice for some, the WDA is happening on December 21, which makes good use of the Christmas break for students. The school will be held on the skid pad at the historic Mosport facility.
A few weeks ago we brought you a fun video from Travis Pastrana and Michael Waltrip Racing as they announced Pastrana’s move into NASCAR. Today they’ve released a quick video of Pastrana’s first visit to his new race team.
Check it out after the break.
I owe BMW an apology. I was supposed to be reviewing a special edition Mini Cooper, but due to a last minute snafu, I received a phone call that the Mini would not be available, but would it be ok if I had a 335i convertible in its place. I accepted, and wondered if I should get a booking at the local tanning salon and start hanging out at Starbucks. I should have know better.
The BMW arrived at my door, and she practically begged “Hey, don’t you want to take a ride with me?” No mistake, the 3-series convertible is drop dead sexy while maintaining a level of class and sophistication BMW’s current design language has mastered.
I have been reading a lot of articles so far this off season about everyone’s opinions of the lack of butts in the seats during all 3 of NASCAR’s top tiers of Racing.Ã‚Â Most recently, and one of the most entertaining was “What would Steve Jobs Do?” written by Jim Bowie.Ã‚Â Certainly a unique look at the sport from the eyes of a big business point of view and how someone from that world might changes things around to bring more butts to the grand stands.Ã‚Â I like the freshness of the opinions that Jim expresses.Ã‚Â Things like social media are growing so fast with the next generation that NOT being on them now when they are still young could be a game killer for anyone trying to grow their audience.Ã‚Â Twitter feeds and Facebook are just a few of the newer methods that people are using to get their information.Ã‚Â Utilizing them properly now could definitely assist in more interest and therefore more advertising dollars as the TV ratings increase.
NASCAR has been trying everything of late. Reducing prices at most of the tracks and adding general admission seating at places like Michigan seem to have helped as the economy has taken such a down turn and the populace has so much less disposable income.Ã‚Â Allowing bigger coolers will allow the fans to bring more of their own beer, which will hurt the vendors in the long run, should bring more people as well.Ã‚Â Bringing in talent from other series like Juan Pablo Montoya (Formula 1), Danica Patrick (IZOD – Indy Car) , and most recently Travis Pastrana (Motocross, X Games, Rally Racing) with their extensive built in audiences is one way to garner more attention.Ã‚Â But will this be enough to fill the stands again?Ã‚Â [Read more…]
On June 11,2010 we all met at the corner of Highway #2 and Brock St in Whitby in front of the Canadian Tire and I got my initiation into the Durham Region Classic Mustang Club. I was invited by a friend and brand new 2010 Mustang GT owner Ron Daher to travel with the group and take a few photos for their club.
Rainy days sometimes keep the best cars away but only a couple of the best were kept indoors and the boys rolled on a day trip to Legendary Motorcar on the Halton Hills. I have always seen Legendary on TV and at the track, but never visited so this was a great opportunity to see what everyone has always been talking about.
After a stop at the local Sunoco to fill up and claim their donated gas gift cards there was time for an informal group photo and then on the 401 westbound; keeping everyone in line is sometimes like herding cats. Unfortunately it rained most of the way and the beautiful Halton Hills was shrouded in fog and mist, not as many photo opps’ as expected. But when we pulled up through the front gates at Legendary the sun started to come out and we were greeted by Peter Sauer and our tour was to begin.