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[COVID-19] Latest information

 
We’d like to reassure you that we are continuing to closely monitor the situation regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The safety and wellbeing of our customers and staff is our highest priority at this time.

We will continue to keep you up to date with any further developments on this news page on our website.

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Consequences of an unused vehicle’s air suspension system

 
With the restrictions in movement caused by the Covid-19 crisis, the use of vehicles has dramatically decreased. Since the lockdown is in place, many vehicles have not left their own premises. Given this, have you wondered what consequences this could have for the air suspension system? 

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[COVID-19] Latest update from our Directors Ben and Lucy Handford

 
Latest update from our Directors Ben and Lucy Handford:
Flying Spares continues to operate with a skeleton staff, taking orders by email and shipping parts on a daily basis.
This week (commencing 11th May) sees a gradual increase in our staff numbers. Our aim is to build up our staffing levels slowly and safely, to enable us to cope with customer demand whilst adhering to the strictest social distancing guidelines.
From Monday 18th May, we plan to expand our sales team and switch our phones back on. We will continue to gradually increase the number of employees on site as we introduce safe working practices.
Please bear with us as we try to offer you the best possible service whilst coping with the current restrictions. 
Thank you for your loyalty and patience.
Ben and Lucy Handford  

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Duncan's 20 Year Anniversary

 

 

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RREC Annual Rally 2020 - Cancelled

 
It's with deepest regret to inform you that the RREC have made the announcement that the 2020 Annual Rally which was due to be held at Burghley House has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

RREC's official announcement:
We are in unprecedented times and this requires quite exceptional decisions to be made. To this end the Board have taken the reluctant decision to cancel the Annual Rally. Cancelling now provides certainty to you all, limits our financial exposure to the event below £1,000, and allows us to remain compliant with the social distancing obligations that are becoming more stringent.
We will be refunding all the 2020 Annual Rally payment that we have received.
- If you paid for your tickets via a credit or debit card you do not need to contact us as we will refund your payment directly to the card that you used to make the payment.
- If you paid by cheque or direct bank transfer please can you email accounts@rrec.org.uk   with your bank account name, sort code and account number quoting reference :"Annual Rally refund" and we will make a refund.

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We are now Employee Owned!

We are now Employee Owned! 

On Tuesday 11th February during a lunch to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Flying Spares Ltd, owners Ben and Lucy Handford announced to their fifty-four strong workforce that 100% ownership of the company had been transferred to the staff in the form of an Employee Owned Trust. Ben and Lucy commented: “We are delighted with our decision and are entirely confident that becoming Employee Owned is in the best interests of all our staff; protecting their jobs, enhancing their earning opportunities and giving  them a real investment in the future of Flying Spares. It is our greatest wish to see the company of which we are so proud, prosper long into the future.”

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[New Product] LHM Plus Hydraulic System Mineral Brake Fluid (UT13741PAP)

 
LHM Plus Hydraulic System Mineral Brake Fluid (UT13741PAP)
This is a 1 litre bottle of hydraulic fluid for the braking and suspension systems of all cars built with the LHM mineral hydraulic system. This is suitable for all Rolls-Royce and Bentley models between 1980 and 1998 (From VIN 1001 onwards).

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[Back in Stock] RR Silver Shadow & Spirit Air Filters (UE36200P)

Our OEM Air Filter is suitable for all Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow & Bentley T Series and Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit & Bentley Derivatives up to 1985.

 

AIR FILTER (UE36200P)

Manufactured to the original specification by British Filters, this filter features cork seals on both sides and the correct mesh pattern. Suitable for all Rolls-Royce & Bentley models between 1965-80 (VIN 1001-41686) and 1980-85 (VIN 1001-14727).

We now have these back in stock available for immediate despatch. 

These are no longer available from Bentley Motors. 

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[New Products In Stock] Rolls-Royce & Bentley Ball Joints

We offer a range of ball joints suitable for Rolls-Royce & Bentley models from 1965 onwards.
 
 
DAMPER BALL JOINT (UR73258P)
This an aftermarket ball joint fitted to the bottom of the front dampers. This is suitable for all Rolls-Royce & Bentley models between 1965-80 (VIN 1001-41686) and 1980-98 (From VIN 1001 onwards).

RETAIL: £129.95 Exc VAT (£155.94 Inc VAT)
 
 
TOP BALL JOINT (UR73257P)
This is the front suspension upper ball joint. This is suitable for all Rolls-Royce & Bentley models between 1965-80 (VIN 1001-41686) and 1980-98 (From VIN 1001 onwards).

RETAIL: £189.00 Exc VAT (£226.80 Inc VAT) 
 
 
BOTTOM BALL JOINT (UR73256P)
This is the front suspension lower ball joint. This is suitable for all Rolls-Royce & Bentley models between 1965-80 (VIN 1001-41686) and 1980-98 (From VIN 1001 onwards).

RETAIL: £189.00 Exc VAT (£226.80 Inc VAT) 
 

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Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Rear Bumper Parts

 

REAR BUMPER END CAP (OEM) (UB42676P & UB42675P)

***NOW BACK IN STOCK***

This is the Rear Bumper End Cap suitable for Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit and Bentley derivative models between VIN 1001-55760. Now back in stock after being on back order, these are available either for the Right Hand side (UB42676P) and the Left Hand side (UB42675P).

 

REAR BUMPER END CAP INSERTS (UB42624P & UB42625P)

This is the Rear Bumper End Cap Inserts suitable for Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit and Bentley derivative models from VIN 6819 onwards. These are available either for the Right Hand side (UB42624P) and the Left Hand side (UB42625P).

 

BUMPER INSERT FINISHER (UB42628)

This is the Bumper Insert Finisher which joins the Left Hand and Right Hand Bumper Insert with the Main Bumper Centre Insert. Suitable for Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit and Bentley derivative models between VIN 1001-55760.

 

MAIN BUMPER RUBBER (UB42659P)

This is the Main Bumper Rubber suitable for Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit and Bentley derivative models between 1981 and 1987 with the number plate mounted below the front bumper. This is suitable for both the front and rear bumpers and would need trimming to suit.

 

MAIN BUMPER CENTRE INSERT (UB42635)

This is the Main Bumper Centre Insert which fits into the Main Bumper Rubber (UB42659). This is suitable for Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit and Bentley derivative models from VIN 6819 onwards.

 

CLICK HERE TO BROWSE OUR FULL RANGE OF REAR BUMPER PARTS... 

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Flying Spares works to improve the quality of rubber used for replacement hydraulic O rings on SY models

 

There has been an ongoing issue during the past 2-3 years regarding hydraulic units on the Silver Shadow and other SY models leaking. Typically, the brake pumps, accumulator valves and height control valves leak, sometimes only weeks, or even days, after they have been serviced.

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Bentley Continental GT & GTC Blackline Styling Kit

   
 
This is a Blackline styling kit suitable for Bentley Continental GT & GTC (2011-18). It consists of headlight surrounds, side trims, door handle trims and grille surround.

Please note that the grille matrix is not included. Please order 3W3853683AP and 3W3853684AP if you require these.

SPECIAL OFFER: £886.88 Exc VAT (£1064.26 Inc VAT)
RETAIL: £1108.60 Exc VAT (£1330.32 Inc VAT)

Limited availability whilst stocks last.

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Christmas Delivery Information

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Christmas Opening Times

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BENTLEY CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR CHROME RADIATOR GRILLE SURROUND & MESH

RADIATOR GRILLE CHROME SURROUND & VERTICAL TRIM (4W0853667P)

This is the radiator grille chrome surround & vertical trim. This is suitable for Bentley Continental Flying Spur models from 2014 onwards.

 

RH RADIATOR CHROME GRILLE MESH (4W0853684P)

This is the right radiator grille mesh in chrome. This is suitable for Bentley Continental Flying Spur models from 2014 onwards.

 

LH RADIATOR CHROME GRILLE MESH (4W0853683P)

This is the left radiator grille mesh in chrome. This is suitable for Bentley Continental Flying Spur models from 2014 onwards.

 

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BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GTC OUTER CONVERTIBLE ROOF & SCREEN (3W7871035P)

A superb quality UK manufactured outer hood, made specifically for GTC models between 2007 and 2018. A fantastic value alternative, without compromising on quality when compared to the genuine part. The genuine part RRP is now over £4000.

Available in the following colours: Black, beige, dark blue, green, grey, maroon, brown & camel.

Please allow a 2 week lead-time, as each hood is suppied to order.

 

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AVON WHITE WALL TYRES - NOW BACK IN STOCK

Following a long delay, we are pleased to inform you we now have stock of Avon White Wall tyres ready for immediate despatch. 

235 /70 X 15 AVON WHITE WALL TYRE (RH3107P)

This is a new Avon 235/ 70 x 15 tyre with a 3/4" white wall. It was fitted as standard to all cars from 1968 (VIN 5579 approx) fitted with the later 6.5" wide road wheels (UG13160). Please be aware that if you are fitting these tyres to early cars with 6" road wheels that they may catch the inner wheel arch when on full lock. It has a speed rating of V (up to 149mph) and a load rating of 101 (825kg max load per tyre).

This tyre is suitable for all Rolls-Royce and Bentley models between 1968-80 (VIN 5579-41686) and 1980-98 (From VIN 1001 onwards).

 

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Celebrating 100 Years of Bentley Motors

100 Years of Bentley Motors

The 10th July 2019 marks Bentley Motors' Centenary, an achievement most definitely worth celebrating. From the very first prototype created in a London mews to the phenomenally powerful and exquisitely crafted cars driven across the world today, Bentley has transformed the face of motoring.

Born in 1888 as the youngest of nine siblings, Walter Owen Bentley – though he preferred to be called W.O. – founded the company that carries his name on 10 July 1919. Now, over 100 years later, his name is known across the globe for creating cars with an unrivalled blend of performance and the finest craftsmanship and materials. Below, we take a look at the man who changed motoring forever.

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RR363 Brake Fluid

 

The Silver Shadow was introduced in 1965 and included a Citroen-designed hydraulic braking system, running on conventional DOT3 brake fluid.

It soon became apparent that the DOT3 fluid did not provide sufficient lubricity to this new hydraulic system. Customers complained principally of squeaks and knocks in their cars, especially from the rear height control system. Other complaints included repeat brake feel/ fade, sticking pump and valve plungers, a jelly-like build up in the reservoir, fluid leaks and swelling of the rubber components in the system.

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RREC Annual Rally 2019 - Photo Gallery

RREC Annual Rally 2019

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Your Guide to the RREC Annual Rally 2019

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When Rolls Met Royce

When Rolls Met Royce
     On 4th May 1904, Frederick Henry Royce, who owned an electrical and mechanical business, met Charles Stewart Rolls, who ran a car company in London.

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1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom I - Of Special Interest

Rolls-Royce Phantom I Flying Spares
 
1925 Rolls Royce New Phantom (Phantom 1) Requiring Completion
For Sale by Tender
Chassis - 37 LC
Engine - YL 15 (Extensively rebuilt including new Monobloc)
Coachwork - Torpedo style boat- tailed tourer – deep V windscreen (Copied from photographs of a Galle Tourer.)
Speedo reading - N/A – (Speedo not yet fitted but reading 0002).
Registration - Not yet UK registered.
Owner - Estate of the late Michael Forrest, Esq.

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Our Brave Shaver

    

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Autoglym - Passion for Perfection

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RREC East Midlands Section Visit

We were delighted to welcome the East Midlands section to Flying Spares for an after hours visit on Tuesday June 26th. Our visitors were given a behind the scenes tour combined with complementary drinks and nibbles.

 

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RREC Annual Rally 2018 - Photo Gallery

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RREC Annual Rally 2018

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Flying Spares takes over Norman Geeson's Crewe Classic Six

We are delighted to formally announce Flying Spares’ acquisition of Norman Geeson’s axle rebuilding business, Crewe Classic Six.

Norman’s extensive background in the field of engineering makes impressive reading.

Norman Geeson IEng. MIRTE MSOE, served an automotive apprenticeship and spent eleven years studying and teaching at Derby’s various colleges. By chance, he was taught at both college and work by ex-RR engineers, some of whom had previously worked at the Belper experimental section.

Norman’s career quickly developed into engineering management. He took on responsibility for complete production plants, millions of pounds worth of company power supplies, waste, water and effluent, alongside hundreds of vehicles and commensurate staff.

This work resulted in worldwide travel on short term consultations for production plants from the USA to Russia. Despite these commitments, Norman’s appreciation for engineering excellence meant that he always found time to indulge his passion for classic cars, including his own beloved R Type.

Upon retiring from the engineering industry, Norman was keen to prove his belief that with the benefit of sixty years of engineering advancement, the rear axles of the early post-war models could be improved. From this quest for improvement, Crewe Classic Six naturally evolved. Over the intervening years, Norman developed a number of modifications and improvements to these axles and oversaw the manufacture of a wealth of new parts.

Norman’s complete understanding of this specific range of Rolls-Royce and Bentley models, and the engineering principles behind the workings of their differentials, led to his well-earned reputation as the industry’s outstanding supplier of rebuilt differentials and half shafts.

We are honoured that Norman chose Flying Spares to continue his work and maintain his reputation. Over the past two years he has been training our technician, Phil Armstrong, as well as transferring his extensive stock of rebuild kits and specialist tooling to our premises. If you have any questions or would like advice regarding a rear axle problem, Phil will be only too happy to help.

For more information on our rebuilt axles and half shafts, please visit our online catalogues below:

1946 - 1955 | Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn & Silver Wraith Bentley MkVI & R Type

1955 - 1965 | Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I,II,III & Bentley S1, S2, S3

 

We have kept Norman’s website live as it includes valuable information and tips. It can be viewed here: 

Crewe Classic Six

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Do You Have Parts To Sell?

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My ‘journey’ with a Turbo R by Roland Sharman

I have owned many Bentleys before moving to Australia from “Chinese eye” convertibles in my twenties through to an Azure which I sold prior to leaving California for Adelaide in 1999. I had thought to purchase a replacement when I arrived here but at 5 times the price I did not. Instead I settled into a boring period of motoring until in 2006 when I purchased a nice Bentley Eight.

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Christmas 2016 - Shipping Information

Please take note of the latest recommended postal and delivery dates produced by Royal Mail & Parcel Force should you require your parcel before Christmas Day (December 25th).

If you require an international UPS delivery before Christmas Day (December 25th) and you have placed your order after December 14th, please check when placing your order.

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Flying Spares App

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Christmas 2015 - Shipping Information

Please take note of the latest recommended postal dates produced by Royal Mail should you require your parcel before Christmas Day (December 25th). If you require an international UPS delivery before Christmas Day (December 25th) and you have placed your order after December 14th, please check when placing your order.

 

 

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Flying Spares Open Evening 2015 - Photo Gallery

We were delighted to welcome the East Midlands section of the Rolls-Royce Enthusiast's Club to Flying Spares on Tuesday 30th June 2015 for an exclusive open evening. The Flying Spares open evening received a good turnout where members were given the opportunity to explore the premises, meet the Flying Spares team and enjoy drinks & nibbles in the beautiful evening sunshine. 

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Congratulations

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RREC Annual Rally 2015 - Photo Gallery

 

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