25 Feb 2024

Sacrilege to scrap Rolls-Royce or Bentley?

Rolls-Royce and Bentley parts supplier Flying Spares has refined its guiding principle into a new company motto: ‘Recycle to Preserve’.

Flying Spares director Neil Arman, explained: “As we shifted to Employee Ownership, with company founders Ben and Lucy Handford stepping back from the day-to-day running of the business, we had a lot of discussions about maintaining their ethos. It boiled down to something Ben told me years ago: ‘By dismantling one wrecked Rolls-Royce or Bentley we keep another six on the road’.

“The new motto is useful for both our staff and customers, reflecting the fact that we know more and care more about these cars than almost anyone. Rolls-Royce and Bentley enthusiasts are perfectionists. They want genuine same model nuts and bolts, let alone grilles and mascots. As such, every heritage part is valuable, the rarer the better, so we invest in the best people and equipment to fill our shelves with them.

“We scour the globe for original parts, for example, from specialist garages that are shutting down. We also buy cars in all states of disrepair. If they can be resold as restoration projects, brilliant. If not, they go for dismantling at our Market Bosworth HQ. Currently, around 95% of the parts we strip are recycled, and we’re continually working to improve this number. We go to extraordinary lengths, like taking apart tappets to see if any component can be reused.

“We’re proud to hold the world’s largest stock of recycled Rolls-Royce and Bentley parts, which we supply with a 12-month warranty. We transform smashed-up, burnt-out, rotting Rolls-Royces and Bentleys into quality recycled parts – great for vehicle authenticity and environmental sustainability, not to mention significantly cheaper than new parts. That’s not sacrilege, it’s a win-win-win.”