Waking up the car at the end of its hibernation always comes with a certain level of trepidation. It’s a tense game of chance that can sometimes result in relief or lead to a money being spent.
Rousing the Turbo R after its winter sleep –interrupted only for a weekend blast in early-January – was the same, but so far the results are mixed.
The warning light sequence seems more prolonged than usual, but only when starting from cold. It could be time for work on the gas spheres for the suspension, according to the experts who look after my car during the winter (who incidentally would also stand to profit from the work carried out).
A Continental R-owning friend mentioned that the gas spheres in his car were renewed soon after he bought it and it made a tremendous difference to the car’s ride, so I’ve agreed to get the work done when it’s convenient.
However, I was told it is still fine to drive and the warning lights don’t seem to outstay their welcome when the car is warm.
This is good because I wanted to use up January’s petrol so headed to the nice bits of countryside outside Leicester to blow off the cobwebs.
It certainly felt good to be back behind the wheel after a three-month break and the car still did what it was best at: near silent cruising, surprisingly agile cornering, almost unrivalled cabin opulence and on-demand warp-speed acceleration.
A few tyre-squealing moments as the limit of traction and grip were explored served to remind me that with a couple of jobs on the horizon I’d do well to look after the rubber if I didn’t want it to be an expensive year.
The Bentley also has a noisy fuel pump – some of them do, apparently. When the car is idling it’s really the only audible sound, so that will also be replaced at a convenient time to ensure the ownership experience is as it should be.
Despite the work that needs doing, I never had the confidence to plan journeys in the same way when I had the Jensen. The next few weeks will include a trip to our company awards in London, a visit to Crewe and an appearance the RREC Annual Rally in June.