Bentley Turbo R - My Passion

Bentley Turbo R - My Passion

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silverfoxcc

6,101 posts

101 months

Thursday 9th May 2013
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Waffa,

Where was it?

Waffagolf

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103 posts

135 months

Thursday 9th May 2013
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Underneath the dashboard to the left of the steering wheel and above the area of the footbrake. One press and it resets the central locking system.

silverfoxcc

6,101 posts

101 months

Thursday 9th May 2013
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Thanks

Bluebottle911

769 posts

151 months

Monday 20th May 2013
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1000foot said:
Its funny how a special car can lift your mood just by looking at her.
It certainly is: I have had my Ferrari 550 parked in the drive for a few days and every time I look out of the window it gives me a thrill! And it's just the same when the Bentley is there, too.

Bluebottle911

769 posts

151 months

Monday 20th May 2013
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RESSE said:
A wonderful example of a column selector Turbo R + good to read you enjoy taking her out and the pleasure she gives you.

We have one of the last column selector Turbo Rs (L version) - approaching 170,000 miles driving
Mine is column select, too - far nicer than a floor shift. Very retrograde step by Bentley moving the selector to the console IMO. Funnily enough, Mercedes are fitting column shifts these days - funny how things go full circle sometimes.

Bluebottle911

769 posts

151 months

Monday 20th May 2013
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Balmoral said:
I rather stupidly considered parting with my 90 Turbo R too, due to costs & circumstance. Luckily I didn't get a sniff, not even a derisory offer. Thank God.
HOORAY!party

Waffagolf

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103 posts

135 months

Saturday 8th June 2013
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You can tell the weather has changed. Hatty has visited two National Trust properties over the last two days. Bodnant Gardens in the Conwy Valley and, Plas Newydd on Anglesey. Bought two meal deals from ASDA. Got the picnic hamper and cool box out. Both beautiful hot sunny days. Just great. Priceless.

Waffagolf

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103 posts

135 months

Monday 24th June 2013
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Another 500 mile, ten hour round trip to hospital at the end of last week has brought with it the necessity for me to make an extremely difficult decision about my beloved Bentley Turbo R (Hatty).

I have to find her a new home, and I'm gutted. But a recent diagnosis of my condition leaves me with no option.

As my condition progresses I will be unable to maintain her in the manner she requires, nor will I be able to afford to take her out on trips. This is because I'm self employed and my workload will from hence forth begin to decrease due to ill health, therefore a decision had to be made, and I'm heartbroken.

Thus far 'Hatty' has helped me through my illness, daft I know, but she has. But with more trips to hospital of the same duration and, costs incurred over the next however how long, means I must put what resources I can into my health, I have no choice.

My condition can only get more debilitating, besides, it would be difficult, nigh impossible, to drive 'Hatty' with either no, or very little eye sight. I have to prepare for all eventualities, it's just how it is.

So, having enjoyed the company of a RRSS I and a RRSS 2, plus the company of my beloved 'Hatty', I have to contend myself with what has gone before as opposed to what I could have looked forward to in the future had life taken a different turn.

How does one relinquish such passion that has been within one since childhood? Maybe the simple answer is, you can't, but you just have to accept what is, and move on.

Having the company of such a beautiful lady is all consuming and has never had anything to do with money. But with money always required and funds tight anyway, I have to accept the inevitable that poor health will not, from here on in, allow me the luxury of continuing my love affair with 'Hatty'.

Life takes many twists and turns. Sometimes you can run but can't hide.

I now have no choice but to put every effort and penny I have into contending with my health issues, and I will.

My health problems may take my sight and my sanity, but they can't take from me the absolute pleasure I have enjoyed every second, in the company of 'Hatty'. She has always been so much more than a car. She has kept me sane and given me strength to fight on. Sadly, whilst I may have won several battles, life was never going to allow me to win the war.

I've been so lucky up to now. But my luck just ran out.


Shaw Tarse

29,807 posts

159 months

Monday 24th June 2013
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frown

slippery

14,090 posts

195 months

Monday 24th June 2013
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This is terrible, but better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all. Best wishes.

RESSE

5,140 posts

177 months

Monday 24th June 2013
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I am so sorry to read of your news.

Our thoughts are with you.

POORCARDEALER

8,422 posts

197 months

Monday 24th June 2013
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You have great memories which can't be taken away.

Olidanides

29 posts

136 months

Monday 24th June 2013
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Sorry to hear that Waffa, wishing you all the best.

silverfoxcc

6,101 posts

101 months

Monday 24th June 2013
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Waffa,

sometimes things change overnight for the better, dont give up or lose heart

Waffagolf

Original Poster:

103 posts

135 months

Tuesday 25th June 2013
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Thank you for your kind messages.

'Hatty' will be yet another such vehicle with a story attached to her. I've always loved hearing and finding out stories behind Bentley's and Rolls Royce's. Some happy, some sad, some amazing, some amusing. In a way it's what makes them the cars they are.

If money was no object then I'd obviously keep her and use her for my hospital trips. What better way would there be as regular Lumbar Punctures mean I have to travel back lying down as flat as possible, 'Hatty' would be ideal in that respect. But sadly there is no possibility of that. Life has it's own way of making decisions for you.

I count myself fortunate that I will always be able to remember (hopefully anyway), my times with 'Hatty'. The smell of her leather, her beauty and grace, her presence. So many people never get that opportunity, therefore I'm a lucky guy in that respect.

To think I'm saying all this about a car. But when one is touched by, and has a passion for, such stunning British craftsmanship, once smitten, always smitten. You can't fight it.

I now have to swap passion for practical. It won't be easy, but needs must.

graemel

6,367 posts

173 months

Thursday 27th June 2013
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WG I wish you well. I hope that by some small miracle your health turns around. Very sad to read this. As they say life is not a rehearsal. Good luck and again I wish you well.

WelshBentleyBoy

325 posts

155 months

Thursday 27th June 2013
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Hi Waffagolf

Sorry to hear your news. My advice to you, having been given the gypsy's warning on three separate occasions, is to have faith and be positive. Couple this with the best medical support you can get and you can come through it. A few prayers will help.

I hope you don't sell the car as I found that I needed pleasurable things to focus my mind on at times like this.

Fight it !

Paul

SilverWraith

463 posts

131 months

Thursday 27th June 2013
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slippery said:
This is terrible, but better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all. Best wishes.
Ditto - enjoy the memories, you did it, you owned and drove your passion. Many don't get to do that.

Waffagolf

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103 posts

135 months

Thursday 27th June 2013
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I'm fortunate to be looked after by the leader in his field, a true 'Pioneer'.

I was out in 'Hatty' the other day and spotted a friend of mine who was out in his Willow Gold RR SS II and, what stood out for me was the tyres, they looked fantastic, so I went to Halfords earlier today to get some Meguiars products to prepare 'Hatty' for transition.

I've always loved the joy of keeping her 'right', ensuring she always sparkles, then getting inside the cabin, closing the door and shutting the world out. Is it escapism they call it? Whatever it is, it works for me.

So often, the night before taking her out, the excitement has been wonderful. That feeling in my tummy knowing that in just a few hours I'll get that buzz, that joy, that oomph which will take me to another place away from what life has thrust upon me. I'm sure a lot of people have and need a release from life, and 'Hatty' is mine.

It is to the credit of those designers, engineers and workforce who made such cars that I owe my thanks for creating such beauty that brings so much joy. Call me daft if you wish, but last year I went on the Bentley factory tour and drove there in 'Hatty', only to find a tear in my eye as we approached the factory. It felt like 'Hatty' had arrived home to her place of birth.

She's a car for goodness sake, not a person, why on earth did I feel like that?, But then again, does it matter why? No!


Gambitxjs44

18 posts

91 months

Thursday 27th June 2013
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Waffagolf said:
I'm fortunate to be looked after by the leader in his field, a true 'Pioneer'.

I was out in 'Hatty' the other day and spotted a friend of mine who was out in his Willow Gold RR SS II and, what stood out for me was the tyres, they looked fantastic, so I went to Halfords earlier today to get some Meguiars products to prepare 'Hatty' for transition.

I've always loved the joy of keeping her 'right', ensuring she always sparkles, then getting inside the cabin, closing the door and shutting the world out. Is it escapism they call it? Whatever it is, it works for me.

So often, the night before taking her out, the excitement has been wonderful. That feeling in my tummy knowing that in just a few hours I'll get that buzz, that joy, that oomph which will take me to another place away from what life has thrust upon me. I'm sure a lot of people have and need a release from life, and 'Hatty' is mine.

It is to the credit of those designers, engineers and workforce who made such cars that I owe my thanks for creating such beauty that brings so much joy. Call me daft if you wish, but last year I went on the Bentley factory tour and drove there in 'Hatty', only to find a tear in my eye as we approached the factory. It felt like 'Hatty' had arrived home to her place of birth.

She's a car for goodness sake, not a person, why on earth did I feel like that?, But then again, does it matter why? No!
that maguires tyre dressing gel is the best I've ever used and can be used on plastic not that you will hve much on your bentley !