Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club Conducts Impromptu Car Show During Visit
to the Stephen Birch Aquarium - March 13, 2005
Ocean Lovers’ Rally By: Brad and Michele Zemcik
Sometimes the best laid plans of mice and men go awry. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. You plan a simple
meet hoping for thirty people to show up and almost double attend. Leave it to John and Jan Houts to take it in stride and
make it all work “swimmingly.”
Arriving at the aquarium people checked in and made their way inside to view the various exhibits and commented on the
varied and unusual types of sea life. One display cleverly displayed jelly fish with special lighting so you could really exam-
ine their unique physiques. In other displays one had to study the tank to find certain creatures who are hidden by unique
camouflage, kind of like many car parts we are looking for when working on our cars.
One of the displays is a huge multi-thousand gallon tank housing a typical kelp bed sea life eco-system. The glass is ten
inches thick because of the water pressure. A docent gave a talk about some of the sea life as two divers entered to do
some tank maintenance and then feed the fish. It was fascinating to see the reactions of various fish since some don’t eat
for days at a time. She commented that some of the gentlest looking fish are the most aggressive. Imagine the divers having
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March-April, 2005 Page 1 Volume 33 Issue 2
2005 - Region Calendar of Events Region Officers
(Meet host contact numbers can be found in the RROC-SDR Directory)
and Board Members
January 15 - 16
Borrego Springs, Casa del Zorro
Brad Zemcik 949.770.7832
Steve and Nancy Hall Email: SanDiegoRR01@yahoo.com
February 11 - 13
RROC National Board & Dual Driving Meet Vice-Chairperson
Dave and Jean Ely Ivonne Webb 619.435.8738
March 13 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ocean Lovers’ Rally
John and Jan Houts Treasurer
April 14 - 17 Terry Luallin 619.222.6558
Palm Springs Extravaganza Weekend with
the Bentley Drivers Club Southwestern Tour
Pierre Lemieux Sig Hofland 760.328.5352
May 15 Email: email@example.com
Evans Car Collection
Larry Davis and Joan Bowes
June 4 Ivonne Webb 619.435.8738
S.D. Automotive Museum Car Show on the Lawn Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Greg and Margie Millard Valerie Suter (Co-Chair) 619.224.5431
July 9 Email: email@example.com
Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach Awards
Marge Sosa and Ed Gehringer Tom Scheil 949.380.8568
July 24-30 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
RROC Annual Meet, Greenwich, CT Judging
Darwyn Lumley 760.724.6256
Polo Field Picnic (Tentative) Larry Davis 619.582.4324
Rolla and Andrea Rich Email: email@example.com
September 11 Pre-War
TBD Robert Webb 619.435.8738
Lou and Valerie Suter Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
October 2 Photo
British Car Day, Bonsall Rick Rosiejka 619.295.1345
Paul Katson 619.285.9400
TBD Email: email@example.com
December 11 Paul Katson 619.285.9400
Annual Banquet and Awards Party Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chairman Brad and Michele Zemcik Editor
Dennis Eickhoff 858.674.5930
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participate by coming along as a rider. This allows you to experience Asst Editor
different cars, meet new people and be an active member in the region.
Contact the meet host or Activities Chairperson(s) for more details.
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March-April, 2005 Page 2 Volume 33 Issue 2
Happy Spring to all. After the much needed rains spring has made a welcome arrival. Time to get
Chairman’s Comments the cars tuned up and out to the remaining meets for the year.
If you missed either of the past two meets, (covered in this issue) you missed two excellent meets.
Both John and Jan Houts and Pierre Lemieux are to be complimented for jobs well done. The cre-
ativity of this region in providing interesting meets never ceases to amaze me. We are blessed to
have such a talented membership.
Our upcoming meets portend to be winners also, so please try to attend one or both.
I am sad to report the passing of Peter Baines, General Secretary of the RREC. He held this position for many years and
was a tremendous force in the RREC and the pursuit of our hobby. Michele and I have known Peter for many years and are
fortunate to have visited with him last summer at the RREC meet. He will be sorely missed.
This is Dennis Eickhoff’s second issue and I hope you’ll all join me in congratulating him on the nice job he is doing. Let this
be a lesson to others that Dennis had not done this before and he is doing just fine. Editor is a key position and it helps you
meet other region members through taking photos and making sure you have them correctly labeled in the newsletter. The
region could use others to do the editors job in the future so please consider it.
Is it any surprise that drophead (convertible) models are being planned by both Rolls-Royce and Bentley? I had known about
the Bentley Arnage but I learned in Palm Springs that Bentley will also be producing a drophead GT. I have not seen this on
their press releases (I may have missed it) but heard of it from a UK BDC member. 2006 and 2007 should be banner years
for both companies in southern California.
Drive safe, change your oil and happy motoring.
Rolls-Royce Bentley Book Collection
Here is an opportunity to “jump start” your Rolls-Royce and Bentley book collection or add to it without searching months or
years for each title. There are many harder to find titles all in one spot. I am selling them as a lot. $1050.00
All of the books are in very nice shape unless noted:
Bennett,Martin - RR The History of the car - 2 copies 1st Edition
Bird and Hallows - The Rolls-Royce motor car and the Bentley since 1931 5th Edition 1984
Bird and Hallows - The Rolls-Royce Motor Car - 2 copies 3rd Edition
Brindle, Melbourne - Twenty Silver Ghosts - 1st Edition LARGE format small tear in dust cover on front. I will email photos
if you want so you can see for your self.
Brindle, Melbourne - Twenty Silver Ghosts - Small format
Dalton, Lawrence - Those elegant Rolls-Royce - 6th edition 1978
Dalton, Lawrence - Coachwork on Rolls-Royce 1906-1939 - 1st Edition
De Campi, John Rolls-Royce in America - 1st Edition
Eves, Edward Rolls-Royce 75 years of Motoring Excellence - 2 copies 1st Edition
Fasal, John The Rolls-Royce Twenty - MINT
Fenn, George Rolls-Royce - 1st Edition
Gentile, Ray Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental - MINT
Georgano, G.N. - The Classis Rolls-Royce - 1st Edition
Harker, Ronald - Their engines were Rolls-Royce - 1st Edition no dust jacket
Harvey-Bailey, Alec Rolls-Royce Twenty to Wraith - 1st Edition SRH Mem Foundation Historical Series #8
Oldham, W.J. Rolls-Royce 40/50 hp - Ghosts, Phantoms and Spectres - 1st Edition
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March-April, 2005 Page 3 Volume 33 Issue 2
~~ WELCOME NEW MEMBERS ~~
Patrick Russo - San Diego Jerry Bevins - Phoenix, AZ George Chambers - Newport Beach
(looking for a Cloud) 1997 Silver Spur III - NAV-59516 1956 Silver Cloud I - LSZB227
(RROC Southwest Director) 1969 Silver Shadow - SRX7400
Lars Nielsen & Ron Beam - Palm Desert
1979 Corniche - CRK50154 & 1991 Silver Spur NAM-34965
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ing to “Regions & Societies” then to “Regional Websites” and finally to “San Diego”. Alternatively you can type the following
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In order to control the size of the data storage requried, prior meet photo displays will be limited to the last 12 - 18 meets. If
you want to review any of the older photos, please do it soon before they are deleted.
La Jolla Motor Car Classic Reported by: Doug Gates
The first La Jolla Motor Car Classic was held on a picture perfect day in January at the Cove. There were several different
classifications of vintage cars. An extensive array of exotic cars were also on display. A festival atmosphere existed at this
scenic coastline setting. A live band performed and judges
were decked out in navy blue blazers, adding class to an
already fun event. Symbolic Motors displayed the latest
exotic sports car models. However, the day had something
for everyone: Mustangs. T-Birds, Rolls-Royce, Bentley and
more. The entire event was a fine testament to the car
enthusiasts of San Diego. Several RROC-SDR members
walked away with awards.
Photos by Gates Photography
March-April, 2005 Page 4 Volume 33 Issue 2
Attention RROC-SDR Members: Region Directory Update
Please review your listing in the San Diego Region Directory. If there are any changes which should be
made, let me know before May 10th. I will be publishing the 2005 Directory in May.
Larry Davis, Membership Chairman
Palm Springs Extravaganza (continued from page 7)
the chimney of the building and the stars in the
On Saturday, April 16th, we were in the parking
lot at 6:00 a.m., but missed some of the driv-
ers who started off early to Lake Havasu. The
Temperature had been 94 degree on Friday and
they wished to have an early start to help their
automobiles and drivers to stay cool. The last
Tom & Renee Scheil and Family - tour cars left at about 9:00 a.m. We wished our Is anyone ready to return to
Son, Joe, on the right was very new found friends a safe and pleasant tour. Le Vallauris for lunch?
helpful and informative during the Palm
Springs Air Museum tour.
At 11:00 a.m. our RROC group gathered to follow our leader, Pierre, on the “Celebrity
House Tour.” We drove past and tried to identify, by address, about twenty-nine homes of the 1950’s and 60’s in the play-
ground of the stars from Bing Crosby to Elvis Presley. We then went to lunch at “Le Vallauris,” which takes its name from a
small town on the French Riviera. The tables in the patio, which Pierre reserved for our group were just what someone who
has been in those Mediterranean places would hope for. Vallauris, the town, lies close to the sea among hills covered with
orange trees and mimosa. The food at “Le Vallauris” was delicious and the company most congenial.
Ah! Pierre, the wine reception offered at the home of “The Wine Purveyor to the Stars,” was a memorable occasion in your
charming 1950’s home in which we were surrounded by your very eclectic collection of art. Sunday brunch at “Spencer’s,”
at the Tennis Club, was a treat. The food was just right, the ambiance special and of course our group of friends again a joy.
Some of us went on a tour of the upper level to visit the old club house which is built into the rocks of San Jacinto Mountain.
On the other side great views of the tennis courts, the desert, and Palm Springs. We overlooked the upper garden terraces
where many important social events took place in decades past. It took us back to our youthful Palm Springs days!
The participants from our region, not on the BDC tour, included: Sir Orville Bingley and his 1999 Silver Spur II; Bill and Janis Clarke of Palm
Desert and Vancouver Canada with their 1993 Silver Spur; Dennis and Janice Eickhoff and their 1990 Corniche III; Sandra Elkins and her
new 2005 Bentley and passenger RROC Western Region Rep. Jerry Bevins of the Arizona Region; Chuck and Gloria Eller and their 1975
Corniche DHC; Dave and Jean Ely and their 1978 Silver Shadow II and guests Manley and Linda Sarnowski; Ed Gehringer and Marge
Sosa in their 1993 Brooklands; Leonard Grotta and his 1995 Silver Dawn II; Anne Griffin and her 1989 Corniche II DHC; Perry and Peggy
Hirsch and their 2000 Arnage RL; Chuck La Rocco and his 1934 3 1/2 Derby and his 1990 Bentley Eight; Pierre Lemieux and his 1979
Silver Wraith II; Renee and Tom Scheil and their 1968 Silver Shadow; Lou and Valerie Suter with their 1988 Silver Spur; Rob and Ivonne
Webb in their 1938 4 1/4 Derby Bentley Pillarless Saloon with guests Ed and Suzan Schwiezer; Jay Weinert and his 1970 Silver Shadow;
Ranald and Sylvia Wyder and their 1979 Silver Shadow II; and our Region Chairman Brad Zemcik and Michele.
Thank you Pierre for a job well done and a very hard act to follow!
Ocean Lovers’ Rally (continued from page 6)
After stuffing ourselves on bountiful brunch, we were off to enjoy our boat ride aboard the Houts 50 foot yacht which holds
thirty people comfortably. Ok, you’ve got about double that. John and Jan decided to make it easy and have two different
rides. So, John skippered two different groups pleasing everyone who attended.
We had a great turnout from our Palm Springs
members and several members from Orange
County as well.
A hearty “Thank you for a superb meet” goes out
to the Houts. John mentioned something about
this being an annual event. I think they’d get
another excellent turnout if they do.
Members attending: R. Davis and P. Carlson, E.Hyde
Barbara Allen with her Granddaughter San Diego, how you have grown!
and D. Azcona (aquarium only), the Rainvilles, the
Olds, Leonard Grotta and Charles Long, the Zemciks,
the Eickhoffs, the Houts and Jan’s mother Grace Binder, the MacQueens, Lorin Alreds, Todd Butler, Norman Leitman, the Allens and their
granddaughters, the Elys, the Wrights, Steve Hall, the Risbergs, the Tarrs, E. Gehringer and M.Sosa, Rick Rosiejka and Michael Gunnerson,
John Ellison, the Suters, Ann Griffin, and Pierre Lemieux.
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Ocean Lovers’ Rally (continued from Page 1)
to be more leery of the halibut over the sharks. One of the most fascinating things is
that the fierce looking Moray Eels are almost blind. They have to eat by smelling out
their food. During the feeding one of the eels kept coming back and sticking its head
into the fish bag, got its food and swam off to eat it. It did this several times. Not once
did the diver flinch.
We also visited the tide pool displays, the unique
seahorse and pipefish breeding displays, and a
Our Hosts: Jan and John Houts
Gathering back on the plaza it was decided to
and Jan’s mother, Grace Binder take a group photo of all the cars. Remember
from Hershey, PA. hoping to get thirty people? Well, try lining up 23
cars in a circular drive. It was a logistic challenge,
to say the least, but was over come and Doug Gates stepped up to take a photo of the
cars and the group from standing on a roof of a van! The “hit” car of the day had to be John Ellison and his new Bentley GT
John Ellison’s new Bentley GT
Upon departing, the group drove up to Mt. Soledad and on to the San Diego Yacht Club where Jan Houts had arranged for
a small room but had to change things and secured a larger room to accommodate the large group.
Meet Photos by Gates Photography and Rick Rosiejka
Aloha! Captains for a Day: Philip Tarr, John
Brunch doesn’t get any better than this
Houts (the real Captain) and Rob Webb
Rich Davis & Phil Carlson
Ed Gehringer &
Tom Wright and friend Debbie Anne Griffin getting her sea legs Charles Long, Leonard Grotta Marge Sosa
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March-April, 2005 Page 6 Volume 33 Issue 2
Palm Springs Extravaganza (continued from page 12)
Bentley, Park Ward DH; 1939 4 1/4 MX Series Derby Bentley
from Dallas, Texas; and a third Derby Bentley from Sheffield,
England. Derby Bentleys are the 1930’s Rolls-Royce Bentleys
called the “Silent Sports Car.” Other postwar automobiles in-
cluded a 1950 Bentley Mark VI saloon; a 1952 R-Type, Bentley
Continental; a 1953 Bentley R Type Saloon; a 1957 Bentley
S1 Continental Drop Head, down 2000 miles from Vancouver
Canada with an Australian driver; 1980 Bentley S2 Saloon; a
1993 Bentley Brooklands; and a 1996 Bentley Azure.
Our RROC region owes Pierre Lemieux a great vote of thanks for organizational success in giving
the tour a marvelous send off. On Friday afternoon we visited the “Pond de Rosa” Ranch in Palm
Springs where Mr. Pond houses his collection of elegant automobiles in a natural desert Western
village setting with Spanish style architecture which includes his home plus about eight casitas/
Rolls-Royce Phantom II Vector 8 BMW 503
garages. In a very appropriate manner there is a sculpture of a Desert Big Horn Sheep on an island in a pond in front of his
home. Gary Murphy was our host/mechanic in charge of the team who maintain the 115 pristine automobiles. A different car
is used each day, when Mr. Pond goes to the “city.” Mr. pond is known for his love of prewar Bentleys, however, at this time
his health would not allow him to come out for a closer look and he had to be satisfied with viewing the parade of cars, as
they entered his compound, on his security system. Later we visited the Palm Springs Air Museum, the hangers and planes
again provided by Mr. Pond. The European Theater display brought back memories to our British friends, most of whom
Palm Springs Air Museum On the Patio at Cuistot Gloria & Chuck Eller at Le Vallauris
were children when they witnessed the horrors of the German bombing and rocket attacks. The Air Museum’s docents are
volunteers, many of them retired pilots, some of who have flown in combat in the type of aircraft on display. An exception is
Joe Scheil, son of Renee and Tom Scheil, members of our region. He is a young airline pilot who delighted his audience,
with the assistance of his daughter, Caroline, age two.
Meet Photos by David Ely and Brad Zemcik
Michele Zemcik, Janice Eickhoff, Brad Zemcik, Perry & Peggy Hirsch Rob Webb & Jerry Bevins - RROC
Janis Clarke, Jean Ely & Sandra Elkins Southwest Regional Director
Pierre Lemieux’s choice of restaurant on Friday night was excellent. The great patio of Cuistot (which means Chef) was a
most delightful setting for the impeccably served, superb dinner and wines, for ninety of us. We were lucky, the weather
was perfect. The weekend before had been rainy and the one before that, extremely windy. Our British friends remarked
that in England they could not even have planned to eat outdoors at night. Some were tickled to observe the moon over
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March-April, 2005 Page 7 Volume 33 Issue 2
Presidents’ Day 2005 Reported by: Dennis Eickhoff
What to do on a rainy Presidents’ Day Holiday during the third wettest winter in the 150 years of record keeping in San Diego?
Why not participate in a photo shoot with golf pros orchestrated by a British magazine and accompanied by a BBC reporter
and cameraman? And
instead of using the
La Costa Resort golf
course just before the
start of the Accenture
Match Play Tournament
as planned why not use
a TaylorMade ware-
house? If this all sounds
a bit bizarre, it was. My
Ryder, who was visiting
Ian Poulter wtih the GOLFPUNK and BBC crews What’s next?
from Indiana, and I spent
a full day watching this event unfold. Why us, you ask? Because we brought
the most important prop used during this shoot, my magnolia 1990 Corniche III.
Over the past 100 years the world indeed has grown much smaller than
it once was while one recognized symbol of quality and prestige – Rolls-
Royce – has prevailed. So how does someone in England who wants
to photograph professional golfers as they pass through southern Cali-
fornia on the PGA tour find such
a prop. They used contacts to
find the most likely candidates
who could provide the desired Graeme McDowell
prop, members of the RROC-
SDR. While it was not the most
Photos by Dennis Eickhoff
exciting or productive day I have
spent recently it was a chance to
meet some interesting people and
golf pros Justin Rose, Graeme
McDowell and Ian Poulter – who
by the way finished fourth in
the Accenture Tournament. Ac-
cording to the Creative Director
Ian Poulter - He liked the car! of GOLFPUNK magazine the
Rolls-Royce Corniche will appear
on the cover of the edition which will be released during May 2005. So all of you happy readers of GOLFPUNK maga-
zine, stay tuned for a little slice of life close to home. DO YOU THINK ANYONE WILL NOTICE? Oh well, if I hadn’t
shared this story you would never have known what happened “right here in River City” on a rainy day in February.
Book Collection For Sale (continued from page 3)
Oliver, George Rolls-Royce The best car in the World - 1st Edition
Pastouna, Andrew Rolls-Royce State Motor Cars - 1st Edition
Phugh, Peter - The Magic of a Name - The First 40 Years - 1st Edition
Rimmer, Ian Rolls-Royce and Bentley Experimental Cars - 1st Edition
Robson, Graham Rolls-Royce & Bentley Collectors
Guide Vol 3. soft cover
Tubbs, D.B. - The Rolls-Royce Phantoms - 1st Edition
Tucker, Malcom - The Goodwood Phantom - 1st Edition
Woudenberg, Paul R. - RR and Bentley Buyer’s Guide
Rolls-Royce Seven Decades - Published by Autocar
Magazine - Hardback
RR Alpine Compendium 1913 & 1973 - Spline is taped
with clear tape
Interested parties contact Brad Zemcik by phone or
email - SEE OFFICERS LISTING ON Page 2.
March-April, 2005 Page 8 Volume 33 Issue 2
March-April, 2005 Page 9 Volume 33 Issue 2
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include chassis number and asking price. Photos will be published at a nominal
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March-April, 2005 Page 10 Volume 33 Issue 2
J.C. Taylor Antique Auto Insurance Information Sheet
Underwritten by Maryland Casualty Company (A member of the worldwide Zurich Insurance Group)
with offices and claim facilities in principal U.S. cities.
1 (800) 345-8290 (610) 853-1300
Applicant Date of Birth Occupation
Phone Number ( )
1. Operator License Number Number of Antique Autos owned
2. List all losses in past three years and moving violations-antique and modern cars. (Date-Cause-Payment.)
3. Total Annual Mileage: Club Functions Other Purposes
4. Name of antique or car club to which you belong
5. List modern cars used for daily transportation (owned) (or company cars)
6. Where are cars garaged? Under one roof? Construction of garage-brick-frame-fire resistive
7. Has rated horsepower or other specifications been changed? Yes No If yes, explain:
8. The following coverages are available. Indicate those desired by placing “X” in proper boxes.
Liability ($100,000 single limit) Bodily Injury and Property Damage. Annual Rates: 1st car $15.00, 2nd $10.00, 3rd $5.00
Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist-Rates as required by your State. Car 1 $ Car 2 $ Car3$
Liability ($300,000 single limit) Bodily Injury and Property Damage. Annual Rates: 1 st car $20.00, 2nd $14.00, 3rd $8.00
Medical Payments of $1,000.: 1st car $4.00, 2nd car $3.00, 3rd car $2.00. Units in excess of 3, NO CHARGE
Physical Damage (Comprehensive Includes Fire and Theft)-Annual Rate- $0.35 per $100 of insurance for each vehicle.
NO DEDUCTIBLE. Vehicles 25 yrs. or older.
Physical Damage (Collision)-Annual Rate-$0.35 per $100 of insurance for each vehicle. NO DEDUCTIBLE.
Vehicles 25 yrs. or older.
(Note-Collision is not written as a singular coverage but is available with Comprehensive.)
Physical Damage (Comprehensive Includes Fire and Theft)-Annual Rate-$0.70 per $100 of insurance for each
vehicle. NO DEDUCTIBLE. Vehicles less than 25 yrs.
Physical Damage (Collision)-Annual Rate-$0.70 per $100 of amount of insurance for each vehicle.
NO DEDUCTIBLE. Vehicles less than 25 yrs.
9. Date this coverage is to be effective Policy Minimum Premium $50.00
ANTIQUE AUTOS TO BE INSURED
We Require: 1. PHOTO of all vehicles listed 2. APPRAISAL for each vehicle valued at $20,000 or over
Body Type V.I.N. (Vehicle I.D. Number) Present Valuation
Year Make Series or Model Serial or Motor Number (Amount of Insurance)
Use separate sheet for additional cars to be insured.
An application may be forwarded to you for additional information.
My vehicle(s) will be used mainly in exhibitions, club activities, parades and other functions of public interest and will
not be used primarily for the transportation of passengers or goods.
If you are a resident of FL, PA, or NJ, send copy of regular car policy. NOT AVAILABLE IN ALL STATES.
Note: Your insurance will become effective upon payment of the entire premium, acceptance of the risk and
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March-April, 2005 Page 11 Volume 33 Issue 2
The Palm Springs Extravaganza by: Ivonne O. Webb
The weekend of the 14th to the 17th of April 2005 was indeed an extravaganza. We had the privilege of meeting fifty wonder-
ful members of the BENTLEY DRIVERS’ CLUB (BDC) from England, Canada, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, California,
New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Eighteen of them were driving their W.O. BENTLEY automobiles. These automobiles
were manufactured from 1921 to 1931. In 1931 Bentley Motors was taken over by Rolls-Royce. The only 8 Liter automobile
on the tour was assembled in 1931. The cars were shipped to Long Beach where they went through customs -- not without
difficulty as they did not all arrive on the same ship. These cars are magnificent open, sports cars, many with bodies similar
to those with which Bentley won the Le Mans 24 hour endurance race in 1928, 1929, and 1930. Some of the drivers have
owned and driven their cars for decades and maintain them themselves.
We joined The Western United States BDC Tour at the Mission Inn in Riverside for lunch on Thursday, April 14th. After lunch
we all proceeded to Palm Springs and the Palm Mountain Resort. The parking lot, with all of these incredible automobiles,
was a sight to behold. That evening Chuck LaRocco hosted a BDC reception at his new home and seven car garage in
North Palm Springs.
There were 3,037 W.O Bentleys manufactured by the original
founder between 1921 and 1931. 1622 - 3 Liters; 665 - 4 1/2 Li-
ters; 545 - 6 1/2 Liters; 100 - 8 Liters; 55 - 4 1/2 Supercharged; and
50 - 4 Liters. Today there might be about 1700 remaining in the
world and there were 18 W.O. Bentleys present visiting the USA.
Most of the visitors are retired and one can sense a symbiosis of
drivers-owners, and their legendary, superb automobiles as they
participate on Driving Tours. In most instances they are supported
by their wives, who share in the love for their automobiles. They
have to share in this love of driving or riding as they cover many
miles in an open, stiffly sprung automobile. David and Margaret
Smith, were in Palm Springs last October to scout the Hotels, stops,
“Pond de Rosa” and made a “dummy run” of the route.
The Bentley Drivers are very sports minded, down to earth, friendly, people and ap-
peared delighted in the support of the BDC Western US Region and the RROC San
Diego Region. One of the organizers, David and Margaret Smith, of Essex England,
have owned their 3 Liter car for 49 years. Of the other organizers, Richard and Annie
Freestone have a 1928 4 1/2 Liter and Doug and Jean Salmon have their Bentley Speed
6, i.e. 6 1/2 Liters, UV85556. This Western US tour counted on, in great part, the sup-
port given by Ed Gehringer and Marge Sosa of BDC US Western Region and RROC
San Diego Region. Ed and Marge intended to drive their newly restored 4 1/2 Liter,
but unfortunately were victims of an accident when hit from the rear by a Mercedes, at
a stop light, and could not drive that automobile. So they are participating on the tour
with their 1993 Bentley Brooklands.
The BDC Western Tour includes Palm Springs, Lake Havasu, Sedona, Grand Canyon,
Lake Powell, Monument Valley, Durango Colorado, Moab Utah, Las Vegas, Santa
Barbara, and May 9th back in the Port of Long
Beach. May 10th they will be homeward bound
after about 2000 touring miles.
Some members, like Terry Ward of Malvern
Australia has been involved in six Bentley cross
country runs on three continents. He said: “we
love the cars and we love the social scene.”
Other cars on the tour included: a 1936 Lagonda
Pierre Lemieux, Our Host, LG45 Rapide DHC; a 1937 4 1/4 Liter Derby
Fantasizing about a Bentley 8 Liter
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