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Tag: Bentley

September 20, 2017

Pauline Amos – What’s on your mantelpiece?

by Matthew Steeples

A 20-question interview with Liverpool born artist Pauline Amos; one of her works is for sale for £1.3 million   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Myself.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “If you hesitate, you’ve lost.”   Kerry … Continue reading “Pauline Amos – What’s on your mantelpiece?”

July 16, 2017

Limited in Knightsbridge

by Matthew Steeples

As Arabs descend on London with their eccentric convoys of cars, we select a new arrival; such things delight some and infuriate others   The time of year is upon Knightsbridge when Arabs and their supercars descend. Amongst them come exotically coloured Bentleys, Bugattis, Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Rolls-Royces, but one new arrival this season is … Continue reading “Limited in Knightsbridge”

May 4, 2017

A Kinky Car

by Matthew Steeples

1960 Bentley S2 currently owned by musician Sir Ray Davies to be auctioned; he wrote the hit song ‘Apeman’ on its back seat   A 1960 Bentley S2 owned but rarely used by Sir Ray Davies CBE – best known for hits with The Kinks that included You Really Got Me and All Day and … Continue reading “A Kinky Car”

April 10, 2017

Alfie Best II

by General

A tenacious Romany Gypsy turned multi-millionaire businessman, Mayfair and Hertfordshire based Alfie Best overcame “many obstacles and prejudices” to make his fortune in cars, mobile phone stores and mobile home parks. The owner of Wyldecrest Parks also produces his own gin and claims his life philosophy is “90% perspiration and 10% inspiration”. His equally entrepreneurial … Continue reading “Alfie Best II”

April 5, 2017

Mugged by Mrs May

by Matthew Steeples

Updated: Theresa May forges a new career in post-Brexit Britain: Flogging tea towels and mugs   Theresa May, a woman who should be busy sorting out the mess that is her “red, white and blue Brexit”, is in Saudi Arabia insulting the locals and refusing to wear a headscarf. She’s also been meddling in the … Continue reading “Mugged by Mrs May”

March 8, 2017

Fishing with Bentley

by Matthew Steeples

Bentley 4×4 equipped with fly fishing kit by Mulliner to be exhibited at The London Fly Fishing Fair   Designed with the gentleman angler in mind, what some might call a “casting brake” is to be exhibited by Bentley at the first London Fly Fishing Fair this week.   Priced far higher than the standard … Continue reading “Fishing with Bentley”

November 27, 2016

Sugaring a Price

by Matthew Steeples

1957 Bentley S1 Continental sports saloon that has been owned by both Sir Elton John and Lord Sugar for sale for a 243% higher sum than it achieved in 2007   Owned by the temper tantrum prone Sir Elton John – a character known for his fondness for visits to the land of olive oil … Continue reading “Sugaring a Price”

April 16, 2016

Blake’s Bentley

by Matthew Steeples

One-off Bentley by pop artist Sir Peter Blake to be auctioned for charity

March 16, 2016

A bargain Bentley

by Matthew Steeples

1997 Bentley Turbo R long wheelbase offered for sale for just £5,000

January 17, 2016

Godly Goodman

by Matthew Steeples

Imprisoned polo playing mogul turned Bentley wielding hit-and-run killer John Goodman finds religion

November 23, 2015

A practical Aston

by Matthew Steeples

Rare 1963 Aston Martin built with a view to be “equally suitable to drive or be driven in” to be auctioned with an estimate £377,000 higher than its 2006 £23,000 selling price

November 18, 2015

An ace Bentley

by Matthew Steeples

Bentley once owned by chocolate tycoon and flying ace Sir Egbert Cadbury to be auctioned with a guide lower than the cost of its most recent renovation

November 5, 2015

The £200k Range

by Matthew Steeples

Land Rover to launch Range Rover for the super-rich

September 25, 2015

Banishing the Bentayga

by Matthew Steeples

Aston Martin pledges not to follow Bentley into the SUV market

September 14, 2015

Chitty Chitty Crash Crash

by Matthew Steeples

As a number of ‘star cars’ fail to sell at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival sale, Matthew Steeples suggests that bidders are now more cautious and prices have peaked

August 22, 2015

The Bentley of Taste

by Matthew Steeples

Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback originally owned by the son of the founder of clothing giant Burton heads to auction at the Salon Privé sale

August 10, 2015

Wally of the Week: George Claudiu Albu

by Matthew Steeples

Irresponsible, uninsured Romanian Bentley driver George Claudiu Albu stands accused of fleeing the scene of an accident that tragically resulted in the death of a 23-year old father of one

July 12, 2015

It’s not Alwight

by Matthew Steeples

As Michael Barrymore announces he is to sue the police who arrested him for an alleged murder, it is time he instead took responsibility for his actions

June 5, 2015

A three grand Bentley

by Matthew Steeples

Buy an “increasingly collectible” Bentley for just £3,000

February 24, 2015

A new Dawn

by Matthew Steeples

‘The Real Housewives of Cheshire’s’ Dawn Ward attempts to sell her tastelessly decorated “Footballers’ Wives-style” home for £12 million

October 23, 2014

Anything but Good

by Matthew Steeples

Manufacturing heir John Goodman returns to the stand and yet again illustrates his true character   Multi-millionaire John Goodman took the stand in the retrial of his DUI manslaughter conviction yesterday and claimed he wasn’t intoxicated when the Bentley he was driving ploughed into a Hyundai driven by a student named Scott Wilson in 2010 … Continue reading “Anything but Good”

September 1, 2014

Previewing Privé

by Matthew Steeples

Wednesday marks the start of one of Britain’s best automotive events, Salon Privé 2014   This Wednesday marks the event of the year for motoring aficionados in Britain as it is the opening day of Salon Privé at Syon Park, ten miles from Central London.

August 28, 2014

Britain’s Detroit?

by Matthew Steeples

Could the most deprived area in Britain be the place to invest?   The city of Detroit has long been a no-go area and its decline from an automotive giant to a capital of deprivation has been well documented. Britain’s equivalent is a small seaside village named Jaywick, near Clacton-on-Sea in Essex.

August 25, 2014

A future classic

by Matthew Steeples

Former Brunei royal household Bentley Turbo ‘S’ heads to auction just as Kim Kardashian lifts her boycott of The Beverly Hills Hotel   The Sultan of Brunei might be worth £12 billion but he certainly isn’t a popular man right now. As the boycott of his hotels – including The Dorchester in London and Coworth … Continue reading “A future classic”

July 24, 2014

Plated IX

by Matthew Steeples

15 more of the best plates spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’   Continuing our series, below we feature 15 more unusual, laughable and entertaining number plates

April 28, 2014

Plated VII

by Matthew Steeples

15 more of the best plates spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’ Continuing our series, below we feature 15 more unusual, laughable and entertaining number plates

April 1, 2014

Plated VI

by Matthew Steeples

15 more of the best plates spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’   Continuing our series, below we feature 15 more unusual, laughable and entertaining number plates

March 15, 2014

Plated V

by Matthew Steeples

15 more of the best plates spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’   Continuing our series, below we feature 15 more unusual, laughable and entertaining number plates

February 27, 2014

As worldly as Whicker

by Matthew Steeples

1964 Bentley S3 Continental coupé to be auctioned by Bonhams   The late Alan Whicker numbered amongst those to have owned a Bentley S3 Continental coupé and now a fine example is to be auctioned by Bonhams

February 14, 2014

Plated IV

by Matthew Steeples

15 more of the best plates spotted by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’   Continuing our series, below we feature 15 more unusual, laughable and entertaining number plates

January 2, 2014

Peck’s ‘Mockingbird Bentley’

by Matthew Steeples

Bentley owned by Gregory Peck for 34 years goes to auction   Gregory Peck loved his 1961 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur so much that he kept it for 34 years. The very same car is set to be auctioned on 17th January by RM Auctions.

Rolling along nicely

by Matthew Steeples

Rolls-Royce and Bentley are prospering   Yesterday’s financial press rightly hailed the success of two of Britain’s finest brands: Rolls-Royce and Bentley. Their results during 2013 were frankly astounding.

December 24, 2013

Errol Douglas MBE: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with hair stylist to the stars Errol Douglas   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Graft and graft some more.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Stop looking for the short cut. It’s not there.  

September 30, 2013

Richard Biddulph: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with car dealer and Rolls-Royce specialist Richard Biddulph   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Service, service, service and more service.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Life is not a dress rehearsal” is one choice and my … Continue reading “Richard Biddulph: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

August 17, 2013

Jet set John

by Matthew Steeples

Tagged billionaire John Goodman allowed to fly to Texas to visit his mother   The case of John Goodman is what the media would term “a gift that keeps on giving”. The “polo king” billionaire, whose reckless driving resulted in a student’s death in 2010, is in the news again this week and this time … Continue reading “Jet set John”

August 16, 2013

Mastering a Mulsanne

by Matthew Steeples

Bentley launch limited edition Le Mans Mulsanne at Pebble Beach   This week as the world’s motoring enthusiasts gather on California’s Monterey Peninsula for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Bentley will be using the occasion to launch a new Le Mans inspired limited edition model of the Mulsanne.

August 7, 2013

He who dares, gets the rocks

by Matthew Steeples

Viewer of Petra Ecclestone’s £32,000,000 Eaton Square home leaves with £500,000 of jewellery   In 2008, the Financial Times’ Richard Holledge described Finchatton’s renovation of 63 Eaton Square in Belgravia as a “daring conversion”. Last month, the very same property was the location of something equally daring: a £500,000 jewellery heist.

July 19, 2013

Peter Wetherell: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with Peter Wetherell, Mayfair’s leading estate agent   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? The revival of Mayfair as the best residential village of what is now called “Prime Central London” (PCL).   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? … Continue reading “Peter Wetherell: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

July 3, 2013

As safe as Stockinger

by Matthew Steeples

Stockinger’s safes represent the most secure of investments   Masterpiece 2013 closes today. This impressive showcase is something that has been crammed to the brim with some of the finest works of art, design and antiques currently on the market, but given that many of these items are of immense value, they need to be … Continue reading “As safe as Stockinger”

May 11, 2013

Plated

by Matthew Steeples

30 of the best number plates sighted by Matthew Steeples   Our readers and followers love the number plates spotted by our editor Matthew Steeples.  

May 6, 2013

A twister of a trial

by Matthew Steeples

The latest bizarre turn in the John Goodman case   Rather like the twisters that often hit the coast of Florida, the story of the case of the polo mogul and multimillionaire Goodman stereo manufacturing heir John Goodman has again taken another turn.   On Friday, it was revealed that a juror in the case … Continue reading “A twister of a trial”

March 23, 2013

Running out of luxury

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples bemoans the overuse of the word “luxury”   You can’t get away from it: “Luxury” is everywhere. Be it a luxury goods brand, a luxury hotel or a luxury loo roll, everyone’s at it.  

March 4, 2013

Noelle Reno: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks fashion entrepreneur Noelle Reno: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? The weather… Or Tolstoy.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Eleanor Roosevelt: “Women are like tea bags. You never know how … Continue reading “Noelle Reno: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

March 3, 2013

Derek Bell MBE

by Matthew Steeples

A five times winner at Le Mans, this British racing icon also won the Daytona 24 three times and the World Sportscar Championship twice. Described as “one of the most liked drivers of his generation”, Bell suffered minor burns whilst working with Steve McQueen on the 1971 film Le Mans and is now a global … Continue reading “Derek Bell MBE”

February 12, 2013

Five of the best: Ideas for Valentine’s Day

by Matthew Steeples

Five ways to please someone special on Valentine’s Day   With Valentine’s Day nearly upon us, we offer five suggestions for gifts for ladies, gents and to enjoy together. Naturally, there’s something for all budgets.   For her:   Bougie Macaron Girls love macarons and they love Bougie’s creations more than any other. These delicate, … Continue reading “Five of the best: Ideas for Valentine’s Day”

February 4, 2013

Banish the Bentley not the bins

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples exposes the hypocrisy of Kensington & Chelsea Council   The Royal Borough’s announcement that they plan to remove rubbish bins in the area because they view them to “attract the wrong kind of rubbish” received much news coverage last week.   This ludicrous idea is supposedly part of the council’s attempts at money … Continue reading “Banish the Bentley not the bins”

November 15, 2012

The badgers of Albany

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples delves into the history of Albany, Piccadilly and discovers an affordable way of living there   Albany, off Piccadilly in Mayfair, was most probably London’s first apartment block and it’s certainly the city’s most exclusive. It may be next to the Royal Academy and opposite Fortnum & Mason but surprisingly few have even … Continue reading “The badgers of Albany”

November 10, 2012

Greed ain’t that good

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples reports on the sentencing of Maria Michaela   Today, Maria Michaela was sentenced to 9 years in jail at Harrow crown court for her role as the lynchpin in a fraud of epic proportions.     Termed as “Britain’s biggest female fraudster” by the Evening Standard, Michaela is someone I came across in … Continue reading “Greed ain’t that good”

October 29, 2012

Docked excess

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples compares two comparable examples of motoring excess: the “Golden Zebra” and the Fulda Maybach Exelero   In recent weeks I’ve received a number of messages about an $8,000,000 car named a Fulda Maybach Exelero. One of them referred to it as “one of the most over the top cars on the planet” and … Continue reading “Docked excess”

October 22, 2012

Sir Benjamin Slade Bt.: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks the right-wing businessman and owner of Maunsel House and Woodlands Castle, Sir Benjamin Slade: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? Money, power, sex, success, land, trees, books and fine wine.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, … Continue reading “Sir Benjamin Slade Bt.: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

October 13, 2012

Goodness, gracious, gaol

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples updates readers on John Goodman’s return to jail   The conviction of John Goodman in West Palm Beach earlier this year was a tragedy for all concerned but the twists and turns that have followed have been quite something else.   Goodman, who sold his family business, Goodman Manufacturing, for $1.43 billion in … Continue reading “Goodness, gracious, gaol”

October 4, 2012

Picture of the Week: Drag in luxury

by Matthew Steeples

Who would have imagined seeing a Phantom and a Mulsanne drag racing?   In London, people do strange things with supercars. Arabs like His Highness Sheikh Rashid Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, aged 28, don’t bother to insure their wrapped orange £230,000 Ferrari FF’s and find them impounded by the Metropolitan Police whilst Iraqi playboys race … Continue reading “Picture of the Week: Drag in luxury”

August 29, 2012

Picture of the Week: Another luxury car brand bites the dust

by Matthew Steeples

The early demise of Maybach   Last week, Damiler AG closed down the Maybach brand earlier than expected. Having lost $1 billion on a brand that failed to steal market share from Rolls-Royce and Bentley, the company plainly realised waiting until 2013 would not help recoup a single dollar of their investment.   Priced between … Continue reading “Picture of the Week: Another luxury car brand bites the dust”

June 16, 2012

John B. Goodman

by Matthew Steeples

John B. Goodman sold his family business, Goodman Manufacturing, for $1.43 billion in 2004 and founded the International Polo Club Palm Beach. This socialite and protégé of the $7 billion Ponzi-schemer Sir Allan Stanford, claimed: “I don’t know what happened” when put on trial for smashing his Bentley into a Hyundai driven by Scott Wilson in … Continue reading “John B. Goodman”

May 13, 2012

Peter Wetherell

by Matthew Steeples

He’s the gent who successfully led the campaign against Westminster Council’s ludicrous attempt to expand parking charges in the West End. He’s also Mayfair’s leading estate agent and the man credited with bringing residential life back to the area. He’s well known for wearing red socks and for his love of cigars.

May 10, 2012

Claire Rubinstein

by Matthew Steeples

A Bentley driving graduate of the London School of Economics. This mother of three cruises the Kings Road with her poodle, Bubble, and is the hostess with the mostess when it comes to barbecuing.

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