9 comments for “My next car – Rolls Royce ghost

  1. October 24, 2009 at 21:34

    Very classy 🙂

  2. October 25, 2009 at 01:04

    Over-engineered, gaudy, wasteful, vulgar, polluting, pretentious, shallow, ludicrous monstrosity… it seems that, once again Dear James, we will have to agree to disagree. But I thought you were a bicycling tree-hugger… or have I misunderstood? 🙂

  3. October 25, 2009 at 01:36

    And talking about bicycles James, haven’t you been “Hillbiker Higham” long enough? I much preferred Biggles. And some of my friends and acquaintances have been asking about the “15 year old with the strange blog” who sometimes comments on my blog. They do take everything literally, some folks 🙂 Change into a 113 year old Chinaman and see what they say…

  4. October 25, 2009 at 05:12

    All that money spent on design and they can’t even put the steering wheel on the correct side….:-)

  5. October 25, 2009 at 06:31

    Cherie – you might not like what comes next.

    Andrew, it was unfair of me to write tongue in cheek when many readers don’t know me all that well. Shall I say what I really think? It’s an “Over-engineered, gaudy, wasteful, vulgar, polluting, pretentious, shallow, ludicrous monstrosity”.

    Not only that but the grille/bonnet configuration is actually cheap and nasty – it’s like the bits of chrome around an Astra. For a £380,000 car, the dashboard is quite poor and no different to any other plastic fantastic on top. The 19″ wheels are nice though.

    Above all, it has lost the panache which the stately versions had. There is even politics in here. The last version, apparently, was seen as pretentious, so they designed it “down” to look like any other major marque on the road – the self-actualizing process to mediocrity which besets all things these days.

    Richard – that’ the least of their problems.

  6. October 25, 2009 at 11:51

    The grapes are sour, are they boys? It’s a marvellous, elegant piece of kit, though I am nowhere near old enough yet, in body or spirit, to be driven in one (and there would be little fun in driving it myself – that’s what Bentleys are for). Vielen dank, BMW, for producing such a great new model in the finest traditions of a great British marque. And vielen dank, VW, for making – in the Continental – the first Bentley old W.O. would have approved of for an age. Thank goodness there are Germans with a sense of class, history and style to love our great brands, since so many Brits are so shamefully snarky about them.

    Before I die, d.v., I shall have at least one Bentley. My grandfather was an unskilled labourer in the factory at Crewe. It would have pleased him immensely to know that his grandson could own a Rolls or Bentley one day. Don’t try to kid me you wouldn’t have one too, if you could, Andrew and James. You are merely committing one of the commonest, and least entertaining, of the Seven Deadlies – the one which is most characteristic of the English. Shame on you.

  7. October 25, 2009 at 12:05

    Actually Tom, I honestly wouldn’t, regardless of available funding, but I hope you get your Bentley. Even with a Russian billionaire’s dosh I reckon a Mondeo automatic would keep me quite happily moving along – I have famously poor taste and low aspirations. I would have a nice set of golf clubs though. An even worse error is your attribution of “English” characteristics to me. I don’t mind that myself (quite honoured actually) but a man can get lynched for that sort of thing up here in the dark glens of Scotland, so “wheeesht mon!”.

    And James, yep, the “tongue in cheek” business gets me in trouble too, so anyway, I shall now revise all opinions and assume that you are a lilly-livered Left-wing Europhile in a civil partnership, you jokey old cad.

  8. October 25, 2009 at 12:19

    @James LOL

    • October 25, 2009 at 18:23

      Actually, Tom, make sure it’s a traditional kind, not the modern flashiness. 🙂

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