Thoughts and advice on the care and feeding of fine automobiles from Machine Aficionado and bestselling author John Elder Robison, owner of JE Robison Service in Springfield, Massachusetts

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On Sunday April 30 we were pleased to host the Yankee Region of the RROC - the national club for Bentley and Rolls-Royce motorcar enthusiasts - at our complex in Springfield, MA.  We looked at a bunch of member cars and we showed off some of our projects, including the work of our students in the TCS Auto Program.

First to arrive was this Bentley Arnage T.  The T was a higher performance version of the 6.75 Arnage (otherwise known as the Red Label)  These are what I call "transition cars" made after British corporate parent Vickers decided to sell Rolls-Royce and Bentley but before the companies actually parted ways (2003.)

Next to arrive was this nice SII/Cloud era car, still in the original buyer's family . . .

A few members arrived with cars for sale, including this Bentley Turbo and the Rolls-Royce Silver Spur behind it.  We checked out both cars in our service department and felt either could make a nice car for a new owner.

Weather turned sharply cooler around noon and many of us retreated into the office to await lunch from our local Panera

In this photo Bob Toti demonstrates the use of the Bentley Omitec scan tool, which is the correct factory tool for testing all pre-VW and pre-BMW Bentley and Rolls-Royce cars from the 1990s onward.

RROC member Matt Strauss drive down from Burlington VT in this nice Mulliner Spur.

While his car was on the lift he and others admired the engine bay on the Rando car, winner of its class at the 2016 RROC National Meet in Asheville.

Alex Turner handles parts at Robison Service.  In this photo you can see him with the "Mexico or Bust" car our TCS high school students are preparing to race the Carrera Panamericana through Mexico . . .

Meanwhile across the parking lot John Manning looks over this 1970s car on a lift.  They were in pursuit of a suspension noise in this photo.

Bob Toti shows a Cloud owner some details on an early V8 engine, similar to the one in his car.

Meanwhile other members check out the Cloud in the background.

There was a lot of interest in details and automotive arcana . . .

In this image John Manning shows a British motorcar owner why American Jeeps won World War Two.  This particular example is a postwar command car - known to civilians as a Jeepster - dating from 1948

They say only a Rolls-Royce owner can lean on another Rolls, and only then to speak to a Bentley driver.  As shown in this photo . . .

One car assumed the British Position on a flatbed after failing to proceed on the way to the event.

Later in the day all of us gathered for a group photo.  A few people had to leave before this was taken  . . . you know who you are!

John Elder Robison

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John Elder Robison is the general manager of J E Robison Service Company, celebrating 30 years of independent Bentley, BMW/MINI, Mercedes, Land Rover, and Rolls-Royce restoration and repair in Springfield, Massachusetts.  John is a longtime technical consultant to the car clubs, and he’s owned and restored many fine British and German motorcars.  Find him online at or in the real world at 413-785-1665

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