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Capetonian
29th Aug 2013, 20:37
Sometimes I think there is no limit to human stupidity. I wonder what would have happened if the owner of this Bentley had observed this little scenario.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7593647/Bentley.jpg

Loose rivets
29th Aug 2013, 20:39
At least they put the cardboard there. Fine, until someone puts weight on those steps.

con-pilot
29th Aug 2013, 20:50
Wow, amazing how quick one can tell union work. :p

There is a picture floating around the Internet where US firemen had ran a hose through both side windows on a very, very expensive car. How they got the windows open, was by using a fire ax.

Yes, the very, very expensive car's owner had parked in front of a fire hydrant, a no parking at any time zone. :E

DX Wombat
29th Aug 2013, 21:19
You are also assuming that the Bentley was there first.

tony draper
29th Aug 2013, 21:28
Believe me all's fair in love and war when you are delivering heavy stuff in city centers,them feckers who work in town centers should get the bus to work.
:rolleyes:

LordGrumpy
29th Aug 2013, 21:30
Would that be a pedal bus?

RAC/OPS
29th Aug 2013, 21:43
So, assuming the car is parked legally and was there first, it's OK as long as it's not a Bentley?

Flap 5
29th Aug 2013, 21:46
You should have seen Mario Balotelli's Bentley. Now that paint scheme was criminal. :)

TURIN
29th Aug 2013, 21:51
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/11/10/article-0-15F33FC3000005DC-897_634x369.jpg

Loose rivets
29th Aug 2013, 21:56
Look at those front discs! And those tires/tyres. Well, you don't have to.:bored:

barry lloyd
29th Aug 2013, 22:27
I see that the other vehicle is registered somewhere foreign (ie not UK) so perhaps they don't realise just how expensive a Bentley is. :)

Krystal n chips
30th Aug 2013, 03:17
" Sometimes I think there is no limit to human stupidity."

I often muse the same question myself....even if the answer is readily apparent.

If it's not a rude question, from whence cometh the photo...complete with vehicle reg. now happily spread across the internet..no matter, worthy of a Daily Mail photo rant about foreign nationals, the cost of the Bentley owners home etc.....and, as others have said, we don't know the full story...perfect therefore for the rag in question !

You could argue the van driver used a bit of common sense, not a lot, but a bit, in trying to ensure the Bentley wasn't damaged...and as Mr D comments, delivering in and around city centres is a nightmare.

But, the big question is this....the car is a Bentley ( cue much forelock tugging and fawning it would seem on your part)....thus, would the same angst apply had it been a Ford Fiesta I wonder ?

And, since you kindly informed the world that you do see my posts, one duly awaits the answers.......with suitably bated breath of course !

TURIN.....A bus stop in the infernal triangle of Wilmslow-Alderley Edge and Prestbury !......how utterly common !......;):D

onetrack
30th Aug 2013, 03:51
Who would do this to a Bentley?
A perfectly good question. The delivery truck driver should have utilised a piece of top quality Wilton wool carpet, not a cheap piece of cardboard. It's tough work trying to educate the plebs. :E

500N
30th Aug 2013, 04:15
"....thus, would the same angst apply had it been a Ford Fiesta I wonder ?"

Knowing the ford Fiesta, i would have backed the truck up
so the bumper and bonnet could have been used as very
convenient steps.

They would have been about the right height :O

ExSp33db1rd
30th Aug 2013, 04:21
Can't get too excited, Bentleys don't even look nice now, certainly don't warrant the price tag from an appearance point of view, anyway.

sitigeltfel
30th Aug 2013, 04:27
The truck plate is definitely French, the region logo possibly Midi-Pyrénées. Cannot make out the department number though.

<Spotter mode off>

Lon More
30th Aug 2013, 05:33
I see that the other vehicle is registered somewhere foreign (ie not UK)

also entirely possible that the Bentley is parked somewhere in France, right in front of something like this.
http://static.seton.ca/media/catalog/product/canada/FRENCH-STOCK-TRAFFIC--PARKING-SIGNS-3244B-ba.jpg
of course, an English gentleman doesn't speak foreign; Johnny Dago should learn English.

Effluent Man
30th Aug 2013, 05:36
My best mate just bought a Sport version.Didn't like to tell him that I don't like it in case he thinks that I am envious - Im not.Reminds me of one of those awful Chryslers.And it cost the same as a small house.Not as well put together as a Merc.Think the truck plate is German HH -Hanseatic Hamburg?

500N
30th Aug 2013, 05:39
Jesus, I would tell him. If you can't have an opinion between mates,
what's the point ?

I'm sure he doesn't like everything you own.

And agree re the Chryslers, they look bloody awful !!!

Lon More
30th Aug 2013, 05:52
Chrysler was bought by Daimler-Benz so how long before this appears in your rear mirror?
http://paultan.org/media2.paultan.org/images/mercedes-dodge-ram.jpg

and Bentley is now part of VAG and the future's bleak.
http://blog.caranddriver.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/bentley-proposal.jpg

sitigeltfel
30th Aug 2013, 05:52
But, the big question is this....the car is a Bentley ( cue much forelock tugging and fawning it would seem on your part)....thus, would the same angst apply had it been a Ford Fiesta I wonder ?

Maybe the truck driver saw the car for what it really is, a two door Volkswagen Phaeton :E

chuks
30th Aug 2013, 06:04
Don't blame the Hamburgers! In fact, don't even blame ze Chermans. Well, not for the lorry, at least.

"HH" stands for Hansestadt (Hanseatic City) Hamburg, yes. But those letters would appear first in the sequence used in Germany: HH / Two little, round stickers, vertically disposed, that show date of last inspection above place of registration / Letter or Letters / Number or Numbers. So this lorry is not from Hamburg, not even from Germany, but from somewhere else entirely. My guess is Belgium.

On the other hand, that car... VW is going to, or already has, re-tooled their factory near Dresden to produce Bentleys, since it's running under-capacity producing Phaetons, which have proved to be a Phlop. Who wants to pay big bucks for a car that looks very, very much like the previous model of the Passat? Nobody much, but the Bentley has been a big hit as a sort of affordable luxury car.

Ancient Mariner
30th Aug 2013, 06:19
Lon More, I'm afraid (no, I'm not...I find it hilarious) that Chrysler is now a Fiat (you know those pesky Italian manufacturers of tiny little rust buckets) subsidiary. Whatever happened to the mighty USoA?

And just to rub it in, Lancia will be Chrysler in the UK and some Chrysler models will be Lancias in the rest of Europe, apparantly.
Per

Lon More
30th Aug 2013, 06:21
Definitely not Belgian, which is number, three letters, three numbers - and is red on white.. Inconclusive but I agree with sitigeltfel

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y204/Badyin/Bentley2_zps055af1ed.jpg (http://s6.photobucket.com/user/Badyin/media/Bentley2_zps055af1ed.jpg.html)

500N
30th Aug 2013, 06:26
"Whatever happened to the mighty USoA?"


They grew slow and fat and kept making cars and trucks that no one wanted while the slim, nimble one's came in,
built factories and made smaller cars that people did want !!!

Capetonian
30th Aug 2013, 06:26
To dispel the doubts, yes the registration of the lorry is French and the photo was taken in Antibes. The Bentley, rather ghastly I think, was parked very close to a pedestrian crossing and possibly illegally, who cares? People who drive Bentleys and similar 'prestige' cars seem to think the rules don't apply to them, specially when they're driving in flyblown foreign places.

Lon More
30th Aug 2013, 06:28
Per, I didn't know that, thanks for the info. I knew DB owned it at one stage, but like ugly women, life's too short to waste on ugly cars like the Chrysler Insipid.

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2012/01/01-chrysler-700c-concept628.jpg

cavortingcheetah
30th Aug 2013, 06:34
You sure that's a French plate and not an Eastern European one, say Slovak, for the sake of Socialism.
There is no 150 Département in France as fas as I know and that HH is quite common on white vans on the autobahns flashing hither and thither.
Either way, placing cardboard between Bentley bonnet and van door shows a rare degree of courtesy. Many might have looked for another use for a dead cat.

Lon More
30th Aug 2013, 06:40
This place is becoming a nerd's paradise. Time for brekkies so I'll let someone else troll through here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle_registration_plates_of_Europe)for a match

sidevalve
30th Aug 2013, 06:45
Think the truck plate is German HH -Hanseatic Hamburg?
Naa.. it's a French plate..:ok:
But your thought that it might have aus Hamburg gekomen reminded me of something I heard years ago..
If you spot a German car with an HH plate like so:
http://www.olavsplates.com/foto_d/d_hhab8130.jpg
stopped in traffic, apparently the thing to do is to tap on the driver's window, and say "Hummel, hummel.." - to which the driver will reply, "Mors, mors.." and laugh..
Ve are haffink good time ja!:}
No doubt there's a story behind it all..

SpringHeeledJack
30th Aug 2013, 06:52
There is no 150 Département in France as fas as I know and that HH is quite common on white vans on the autobahns flashing hither and thither.

There is however a department '05' in France, which would kind of correspond with the general area the van is serving. As for the autobahns having many vehicles with 'HH', this is due to 2 of the largest van hire companies having their tax base within Germany in Hamburg. The cars are generally based in Wiesbaden and have 'WI' or Munich with an 'M' :8

I agree, the Bentley has become an ugly duck since it was bought out.

SHJ

Ancient Mariner
30th Aug 2013, 06:59
Lon More, you are welcome. Anything to annoy our brethren across the pond.
Per

500N
30th Aug 2013, 07:00
" I agree, the Bentley has become an ugly duck since it was bought out."


Bring back the old Jaguar, it looked like a cat, it had a Jag on it's bonnet
and was a superb looker as well :ok:

sitigeltfel
30th Aug 2013, 07:09
You sure that's a French plate and not an Eastern European one, say Slovak, for the sake of Socialism.
There is no 150 Département in France as fas as I know and that HH is quite common on white vans on the autobahns flashing hither and thither.

The number "150" is just a random sequence number on the new style plates introduced since 2009, such as AB 123 CD.

The departmental number (blue) and regional logo (red) are the blurred part of the image seen to the far right edge of the number plate. They are not obligatory but most vehicle owners have them added for regional identity.
They also allow you to identify Parisiens (75 & 78) and to never give way to them. :ok:

sidevalve
30th Aug 2013, 07:20
Then there's the 93 plate..

Lock your doors!:E

ShyTorque
30th Aug 2013, 08:52
Of course, an English gentleman doesn't speak foreign; Johnny Dago should learn English.

But then again, if it wasn't for an English gentleman or two, Johny Dago might well have had to learn German instead.... if he had been born at all.

cavortingcheetah
30th Aug 2013, 09:04
Ah now, that would be American he'd have to be learning for the British hardly won the duel of the dictionaries at all.

OFSO
30th Aug 2013, 09:45
I knew the picture wasn't taken here in northern Catalunia - the truck numberplates aren't Russian or Chechnian.

Effluent Man
30th Aug 2013, 10:27
Ah Departement 93.An interesting place to drive through.

cockney steve
30th Aug 2013, 10:58
rnage was just a BMW in a pretty dress, not impressed , a rust-bucket underneath, shoddy window-lift mechanisms, rear dampers £1200 each(no precision porting, just 2 solenoid valves) tied part, no seals or exchange and Boge/ Sachs won't sell on the aftermarket.

that sort of restrictive trade practice really gets me :mad:

Hopefully the Conti. is better quality, but as it was aimed at the new-money/chav/footballer market, I doubt it, as they've all moved to range-dog evoques now and the old 5h1t heap is now the stealership's problem.

Style over substance....sad.

Effluent Man
30th Aug 2013, 11:05
Bentleys like that can come cheaper than you think.I was at an auction yesterday and a "55" reg 6.0 Sport sold for £28k.Only 33,000 on the dial but sold without warranty which was a little suspicious.Could be expensive if the gearbox turns out to be U/s

chuks
30th Aug 2013, 11:31
Want to bet it's the same box as the one from a VW LT28?

I certainly was able to recognize some of the switchgear in my brother-in-law's Bentley from what I knew of my own VW Passat! That, and being passed three times by the same bicyclist in London traffic, took a lot of the gloss off my ride in a luxo-barge. As your cousins say, "Aussen hui, innen pfui!"

RJM
30th Aug 2013, 13:06
The Germans do ugly good cars too. Consider the first series of Z3M Coupes - known as the Clownshoe. 320hp with no effete traction control etc, making possible a new way of cornering, if you can afford the tyres.

"TEAM GAILLARD" - Z3M Coupe - Rallye des Monts du Lyonnais 2010 - YouTube (http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FV1v_AhbUhI&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DFV1v_AhbUhI)

OFSO
30th Aug 2013, 13:33
Since when was Being Expensive synonimous with Being Beautiful ?

http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu287/ROBIN_100/Weissman_zps340806ef.jpg

er340790
30th Aug 2013, 14:19
WATCH IT!!! That might be Eddie Temple's Bentley, driven by Mr. Troop! :eek:

Layer Cake - Crime Organizado - YouTube

vulcanised
30th Aug 2013, 14:27
Since when was Being Expensive synonimous with Being Beautiful ?



I'm far from being an expert on modern cars but I knew instantly that that is an Alfa.

Why do they never make proper provision for a front numberplate? They have all had to be mounted offset for many years, and that spoils the look of any car, imo.

sitigeltfel
30th Aug 2013, 14:33
Bentleys like that can come cheaper than you think.I was at an auction yesterday and a "55" reg 6.0 Sport sold for £28k.Only 33,000 on the dial but sold without warranty which was a little suspicious.Could be expensive if the gearbox turns out to be U/s

That is the problem with many of these once exotic, and now depreciated, cars.

Starry eyed buyers forget the rule of thumb; If you can't afford them new, you certainly won't be able to afford to run them when they are ten years old.

Lon More
30th Aug 2013, 14:40
I knew instantly that that is an Alfa Actually a tarted up BMW by Weisman (http://jalopnik.com/bizarro-german-sports-car-maker-weismann-files-for-bank-1149927140), fortunately now OOP. Appeals to German snobbishness by looing a bit like a Jaguar. In this case a bit like polishing a turd.

BTW the plate is from that bastion of good taste, Luxembourg.

beaufort1
30th Aug 2013, 14:44
I wondered where the plate was from. If you took the blue bit off and had just the number it would resemble a Guernsey plate.