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Bentley “Toy Box” Celebrates First Live Event Since the Beginning of COVID



Bentley celebrates first live event since February with a drive day and a few Bentley Heritage Fleet cars from their “toy box.”
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Bentley’s first live event since February this year was held in Northamptonshire. Credit: Bentley Motors

After a few very long months (eight to be precise), Bentley has finally had the chance to celebrate the renewal of its complete model range with the hosting of its first live driving event since February.

Held at The Falcon at Castle Ashby in Northamptonshire, Bentley brought along the entire model range, including the complete Continental GT family (coupe, convertible, V8 and W12) along with the latest Flying Spur W12 and the new GT Mulliner and Bentayga V8 for their drive-day debut.

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A few of the toys from Bentley’s toy box. Credit: Bentley Motors

Along with the Continental, Flying Spur, and Bentayga models, Bentley also gave guests rare driving access to an extraordinary selection of cars from their Heritage Fleet, aka the “Toy Box.”

Bentley Toy Box 2020 Drive Day
Guests enjoying Bentley’s from a range of era’s. Credit: Bentley Motors

These included models that showcased the evolution of Bentley’s Grand Tourer across its lifetime:

  • The 1 of 208 1952 R-Type Continental, Bentley’s own car and the fastest four-door coupe in the world when launched (also the most expensive car of its time)
  • The 1 of 11 2003 Bentley Continental R Mulliner Final Series (last two-door car to be built by Bentley before the Continental GT)
  • A first-generation Continental Supersports car (the last to be built in 2012)
  • One-off 2019 Pikes Peak Bentley Continental GT as driven by Rhys Millen when he set a new Production Class record of 10:18:4888 at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 2019
Bentley Toy Box 2020 Lineup

Also on display but (unfortunately not for driving) were other prized cars from the “Toy Box” that included:

  • A supercharged 4½-litre Bentley ‘Blower’ (Bentley’s own road-going homologation demonstrator from 1930)
  • A limited-edition Bentley Mulliner Bacalar (only 12 to be built)
  • The #7 Bentley Speed 8 which won Le Mans in 2003
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An old Bentley “Blower” and the new Bentley Mulliner Bacalar. Credit: Bentley Motors

Guests were also given a chance to experience the Bentayga Hybrids powered solely by electric power while being chauffeured to a specially designed off-road track. Here they were able to put the new Bentayga V8 to the test and see how it handled steep inclines and descents, descents up to 32°, and wading through deep water.

Bentley Toy Box Event Bentayga Offroad
Bentley Toy Box Bentayga V8 Electric Hybrid
Taking the new Bentley Bentayga V8 through its paces. Credit: Bentley Motors

As the first event Bentley had held since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, every measure was taken to ensure both guests and staff were safe. The entire event was run under strict COVID protocols and all staff, including all hotel personnel, were antigen-tested before, during, and immediately afterward.

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1952 Bentley R-Type Continental and its modern day descendant. Credit: Bentley Motors

Meanwhile, guests were required to have their temperatures recorded on arrival and were paired and placed in micro-bubbles with hosts as they joined the event. Facemasks were worn indoors and outdoors at all times, and every car received an immediate and thorough sterilization after each usage, using a powerful aerosol disinfectant.

Through these measures, Bentley was able to allow more than 70 guests to experience the very best Bentleys from past and present.

Bentley Toy Box Event Continental GT
Parked up at The Falcon at Castle Ashby in Northamptonshire. Credit: Bentley Motors
Bentley Toy Box Bentley 7 Speed Le Mans
The #7 Bentley Speed 8 which won Le Mans in 2003. Credit: Bentley Motors


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Limited Edition Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Inspired by Time & the Universe



The Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Collection is inspired by the universe’s infinite reach and is limited to 20 vehicles worldwide.
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The new limited edition Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus. Credit: Rolls-Royce

The new Rolls-Royce Phantom “Tempus” is limited to 20 vehicles and is inspired by the concept of time and the infinite universe, with a special focus on a rare astronomical phenomenon known as a “pulsar.”

Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Collection Side View
New “Kairos Blue” paint with mica flakes to represent the night sky. Credit: Rolls-Royce

Unknown and undiscovered until 1967, pulsars are found in the deepest reaches of space (the closest is still 1,680 trillion miles from Earth) and are dense, white-hot stars that emit electromagnetic radiation in regular pulses – making them some of the most accurate clocks in the universe.

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Only 20 editions will be made. Credit: Rolls-Royce

In the Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus, the pulsar features as a hand-painted and embroidered artwork across the Starlight Headliner, complete with twinkling fiber-optic lights to reflect the white-hot stars.

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Starlight Headliner with hand-painted/embroidered Pulsar night sky design. Credit: Rolls-Royce

Another design element made to represent time is the “Frozen Flow of Time” gallery – a unique artwork built into the dashboard fascia and made of a single billet of aluminum milled to form 100 individual columns, representing the 100-million years it takes for a rotational spin of a pulsar star.

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The Frozen Flow of Time gallery artwork. Credit: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has also deliberately removed the clock from this edition in the hope that from within the space they have created, “the outside world and all its pressures and demands are forgotten.”

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A place with where time does not exist. Credit: Rolls-Royce

“The events of the past year have caused many people, not least our clients, to re-evaluate their sense of, and relationship with time. At a moment in history when so much in life seems ephemeral, our patrons are seeking solace in the unique timelessness, longevity and permanence offered by a Rolls-Royce motor car,” says Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

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Starry light design across the door panels. Credit: Rolls-Royce

“As we all know, time never stands still, waits for no one. Hence, we manage it, guard it, account for it, weigh and measure it to its smallest fraction. With Phantom Tempus, we have created a space in which those structures no longer apply – as illustrated by the deliberate absence of a clock. Rolls-Royce clients are not bound by time; the outside world with all its pressures and demands are forgotten.”

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The Rolls-Royce clock has been deliberately left out of the design. Credit: Rolls-Royce

For the exterior of the new Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus, a new bespoke paint color known as “Kairos Blue” has been created especially for this model and includes mica flakes to make a slight sparkling effect that mimics the stars of the night sky.

Owners can also choose to personalize their vehicles one step further with a unique engraving on the Spirit of Ecstasy, choosing to remember a special date and location of significance to the client, a marriage, or a birthday.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Tempus Collection Console

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Gunther Werks Unveils Porsche 993 Speedster Remastered Edition



Californian-based Gunther Werks has unveiled the open-top edition of its Porsche 993 Speedster Remastered built on the 400R platform.
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The new Gunther Werks 993 Speedster Remastered Edition. Credit: Gunther Werks

Californian-based Gunther Werks are known for some of the world’s most refined 993 air-cooled restomod’s and have now turned their attention to the open-top 993 Speedster Remastered Edition.

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Only 25 Speedster models will be built. Credit: Gunther Werks

To create the open-top version of their coupe design, Gunther Werks removed the rear seat and, in doing so, had to significantly re-design and stiffen the 993 chassis with a new roll cage and roll hoop system to mitigate common side effects often associated with the removal of vehicle roofs. Now in place of the rear seats is a new carbon-fiber top Speedster top and tonneau cover.

Gunther Werks 993 Speedster Side View
Rear seats removed and replaced with a new carbon-fiber top. Credit: Gunther Werks

Some of the extensive exterior modifications of the 993 Speedster include a lower rake glass windscreen (which owners can opt to remove entirely, much like the McLaren Elva or Ferrari Monza SP1/SP2), billet aluminum side view mirrors, additional carbon fiber aerodynamic elements and a revised ducktail spoiler with ram air scoop.

Gunther Werks 993 Speedster Front Side Ride Aerial
New lightweight bonnet design. Credit: Gunther Werks

Under the hood, performance upgrades include revised suspension to improve handling, and a remapped 4.0 liter flat-six engine rebuilt by Rothsport Racing to slightly boost the 435 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque already achieved in the Remastered coupe edition.

New roll-cage and roll hoop system have been implemented to strengthen the chassis. Credit: Gunther Werks
New roll-cage and roll hoop system have been implemented to strengthen the chassis. Credit: Gunther Werks

Owners will also have the option to upgrade to 5 spoke Fuch wheels with center locking mechanisms if several of the forged Gunther Werks wheel options don’t already catch their eye.

Production expected to begin 2022. Credit: Gunther Werks
Production expected to begin 2022. Credit: Gunther Werks

Gunther Werks will only be producing 25 models of the 993 Speedster Remastered editions to match production of 25 coupe models already underway and is expected to begin production in 2022.

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Netflix Drive To Survive: Season 3 Premiers This March



Netflix has announced the popular Formula 1 series Drive to Survive will return with Season 3 premiering on March 19 this year.
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With the COVID-19 pandemic throwing a curveball on last year’s Formula 1 season, it was anyone’s guess whether racing, let alone filming of the next installment of the popular Netflix Drive To Survive series, would even go-ahead last year.

The excellent news for race-fans is that production company Box-to-Box Films and Netflix have both confirmed Drive To Survive will be returning to Netflix for Season 3, covering all the behind-the-scenes action and drama of the race season as it unfolds amongst a worldwide pandemic.

Netflix Drive To Survive Drivers

Most likely beginning with the last-minute cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix, it will be interesting to watch the driver’s and team’s reactions and responses as they navigate the best way to move forward through the “unprecedented” events caused by COVID-19.

Of course, other things we all want to know is what’s the latest with Guenther Steiner? What happened behind-closed-doors to see Carlos Sainz Jr take Sebastian Vettel’s spot at Ferrari? And how did Daniel Ricciardo end up at McLaren?

An additional video shared by Formula 1 broadcast journalist and reporter Will Buxton explains how you may have already spotted the Netflix film team throughout the season and explains some of the gear used to shoot the documentary and how they managed filming in the F1 paddock under Covid-19 restrictions.

Season 3 of Netflix’s Drive To Survive is set to premiere March 19 this year, and if it’s anything like last season, will drop all episodes at once for your binge-watching enjoyment.

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