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Very First Drive: 2009 Bentley Brooklands

As the youngest of three brothers, I'm used to hand-me-downs. Hand-me down toys, hand-me-down clothes, and yes, even hand-me-down cars. Perhaps this explains when a vehicle arrives in the Autoblog Garage with over 8,000 journalist-driven miles on its odometer (as most do), I don't mind. Though the scars of past judgments are often plain to see, we're happy enough to be reviewing these vehicles at all. Last Wednesday I stepped off a plane at Newark Liberty International Airport and into a 2009 Bentley Brooklands. My mission was to drive it some 550 miles to Cleveland, OH where it would be... Read More

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    Report: Bentley putting Mulsanne-based Azure, Brooklands back on the table [w/poll]
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    Big plans are afoot at Bentley. The quintessentially British automaker has just about signed off on the final version of its new SUV, and will surely roll out more versions of the Continental in the coming years, but that's not all. It's said to be considering a new sports coupe smaller than the Continental GT, but the latest reports coming in from the UK ...

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    Morgan has rolled out a V6 Roadster and a 3 Wheeler inspired by the UK's legendary Brooklands racing circuit. Each limited to 50 units, the new specials are "designed to celebrate the ancestry of British racing cars and their styling" with special color combinations, satin finishes and detailing. The Roadster comes in Jaguar "Brooklands" Green, Speed ...

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    Official: Mauro Calo sets world record for longest drift with Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG [w/video]
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    Who would you think would hold the record for the world's longest drift? Tanner Foust in a Scion? Sam Hubinette in a Dodge? Ken Block in a Subaru or a Ford? Maybe Vaughn Gittin, Jr. in a Mustang? If you guessed the latter, you would be right. Or at least you would have been up until last week. Over the weekend at Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands in the ...

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    Ferrari Daytona of royal, Top Gear provenance up for auction at Brooklands
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    With examples from the 250 series fetching earth-shattering prices, the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 "Daytona" is quickly becoming a classic favorite. The wedge-shaped GT from the late 60s and early 70s was a clear separation from the bulbous models that proceeded it, and is today regarded as one of the definitive classic Ferraris of all time. But even among the ...

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    Celebrity Classics up for grabs from Bonhams at Brooklands
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    Few auction houses have dealt with as many celebrity automobiles as Bonhams, and the upcoming event at Brooklands is poised to carry on the tradition. Among the lots up for grabs during the auction at Mercedes-Benz World will be this unique Rolls-Royce Phantom III. The first of 24 Phantom IIIs sold to the United States, this particular 1936 example ...

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    Say It Ain't So: Bentley issues recall over retractable hood ornament rust
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    One of the brutal truths of the mechanical world is that rust fears no machine. Even the priciest of metal is susceptible to the ill effects of iron-oxide, and it looks like Bentley has found that out firsthand. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has just issued a recall for Arnage, Azure and Brooklands models manufactured between ...

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    The Next Best Thing: 1965 Ferrari 250 GTO Evocazione up for auction at Brooklands
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    Practical considerations aside, cost no object, if you could have any car ever made, what would it be? We'd bet that a large proportion of you would be thinking of the legendary Ferrari 250 GTO. Unfortunately, cost is an object for the vast majority of us. And considering how the iconic GTO is one of the most valuable, most sought-after classic ...

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    2011 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class makes live debut in England
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    Mercedes-Benz released the initial photos and information on the 2011 CL-Class earlier today, showing off its updated luxury coupe. We were at the unveiling at the Mercedes-Benz World across from the historic Brooklands racetrack, and now have some live photos to bring you. The big news for the 2011 CL is the updated engine offerings, which include the ...

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    Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG goes to the matte with DR 520 special from Brooklands
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    With 460 horsepower on tap, nobody was accusing the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG of being a slouch. But when you're winning the horsepower wars, do you lay down your arms? Of course not. That's why Mercedes' Specialist Products Division, headquartered at the legendary Brooklands race track in England, has released the new limited-production DR 520. Why the ...

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    Bentley 4½ Litre Vanden Plas fetches $1 Million at inaugural Historics at Brooklands auction
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    You go ahead, try and find a car engine in production with a displacement larger than its cylinder count. It won't take much to realize that means that each cylinder would have to displace over a liter. Only a few of the most monstrous of Detroit steel – Chevrolet's venerable 8.1-liter big block, for one – even come close. But this does: the ...

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    Historics auction house sets up shop at Brooklands
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    Between the likes of RM, Barrett-Jackson and Bonhams, there's no shortage of auction houses for owners and buyers of classic cars to turn to for their next sale or purchase. Now we can count another among them. Historics is a new British auction house dealing strictly with, you guessed it, classic cars, securing the exclusive rights to run its ...

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    Rare Mercedes-Benz C111 prototype reportedly damaged in highway robbery attempt
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    A rare 1970s-era Mercedes-Benz C111 show car has gone on display at the company's museum at Brooklands, but it almost didn't make it. According to reports from across The Pond, the truck transporting the vintage concept car from Germany to the UK was hijacked by criminals looking to make off with the C111. The attempt was thwarted, but though now ...

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    Video: Mercedes-Benz releases official hoonage footage of E63 AMG
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    One does not buy the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG to drive to and from the country club. Nor do they lay down the $85,750 it takes to call the ballistic sedan their very own so that they can make the morning commute in style and sophistication. They pick up the tweaked four door because they know that with years of training and a little luck, they too can hoon ...

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    Be like James May and save the UK's fabled Brooklands circuit
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    Chances are, even if you don't have the history of the Brooklands race circuit stenciled on the back of your eyelids, you know the name. The track was built in 1907 as the world's very first purpose-built race venue, and as a result, history's first record-setters migrated to Surrey, England to test their mettle and their machines against the track's ...

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    Bentley works on a two-tier system, with its entire product line-up based on a pair of platforms. At one end you've got the Continental family, including the GT coupe, GTC convertible and Flying Spur sedan. At the other sits the Arnage sedan, Azure convertible and Brooklands coupe (pictured above). Its separated step-sister Rolls-Royce is gearing up to ...

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    VIDEO: World's longest Scalectric track assembled at Brooklands, James May officiates
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    When Great Britain's Brooklands motor racing circuit opened in 1907, it was the first purpose-built motorsport venue in the world. At 2.75 miles, the course is an oldie but a goodie, and the perfect place to make automotive history. To that end, on August 16, legendary slot racing brand Scalextric, along with hoards of volunteers, built the world's ...

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    When the conversation turns to classic V8 engines from a bygone era, the discussion often starts and ends with the small block Chevy that was introduced way back in 1955 and continues to terrorize the overhead-cam masses from Ford all the way to Ferrari. Bentley would like to remind you that it, too, has an iconic engine born back in the '50s that still ...

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    Bentley buyers say "no" to diesels
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    Despite the fact that a diesel Bentley makes perfect sense, the German-owned British automaker won't be cribbing any oil-burners from the VW parts catalog. According to the company, its customers just aren't interested in the massive bottom-end torque that a big diesel engine would bring to the table. Despite the fact that the model would likely sell just ...

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    No diesels for Bentley
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    Click above for high-res gallery of the 2009 Bentley BrooklandsBentleys and buckets of torque go hand-in-hand. Therefore, it might make some sense for the German-owned British luxury marque to consider one of the VW Group's big, powerful turbodiesels for one of its upcoming models. Not so fast, says Bentley. It has specifically polled its customer base -- ...

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    Very First Drive: 2009 Bentley Brooklands
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    As the youngest of three brothers, I'm used to hand-me-downs. Hand-me down toys, hand-me-down clothes, and yes, even hand-me-down cars. Perhaps this explains when a vehicle arrives in the Autoblog Garage with over 8,000 journalist-driven miles on its odometer (as most do), I don't mind. Though the scars of past judgments are often plain to see, we're ...

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