Thank you for the warm welcome gentlemen.
Sadly I’m not mechanically minded. The car was warmed up having driven an hour returning from the Kennels at Goodwood. I made the mistake of pushing the loud pedal too hard joining the M2/A2 up hill for the first time to see just what it could do. Impressive, until I exited the A2 and noticed the tell tail lumpy idle of a blown gasket.
To make my late night eBay purchase even more exciting, it turns out there are no gaskets in the country, and Bentley have around 200 on back order, meaning that the expensive repair will also incur a long wait.
Apparently, the wait on fresh gaskets is due to a redesign with Bentley finally attempting to improve the notorious weak spot.
The car itself is a lovely thing. Solid, no visible rust, has had well over £20k spent on it during the last four years. 113,000 miles, 1996 in green.
Perhaps it will be back on the road this year. Speaking to a few specialists and will take my best shot with one once parts become available.