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Old 25th January 2007, 01:55   #1
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Interesting read.

It shouldn't happen to a Bentley - but it has

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Peter Vandenberg has just spent about $360,000 on a new Bentley - and turned it into a plumber's van.

The Stanley Pt man has been turning heads all around the Shore after he had his new pride and joy kitted out with signwriting, a roof rack and plumbing gear for his company Atlas Plumbing.

Mr Vandenberg has been in the plumbing business for six months, having previously made his living in property development in London and New Zealand.

He says buying a Bentley as a plumbing vehicle is a bit of a practical joke on the industry.

The response from the public has been excellent, he says.

"People have been coming out of bars and taking photographs of it. All the boys want to be taken for a drive."

While some might think it sacrilege to alter such a car, even other Bentley owners have seen the joke, he says.

He says his competition has been a little more subdued.

"There's just smiles and hmmm," he says.

He admits using a luxury car isn't all plain sailing - he has to clean it twice a day and the 12 cylinder, six-litre engine guzzles an average of $120 worth of fuel every two days.

"But if it gets the company noticed then it's a good thing," he says.

He says his wife was less than enthused about the expensive concept.

"I'd already bought it but I told her I was test driving it for a week and a half. She's come around now," he says.

Mr Vandenberg says he may even do the same to a Ferrari in the future.
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goes to show how affluent plumbers, carpenters etc can be in a developed nation.

I guess this snap should be on the weird & whacky mod jobs section.
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Well cosidering it's a Continental GT, he's only improved the car

If it was an Arnage then it would have been sacriliege!!
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Can't remember right now, but once a maharaja of India turned an old Rolls Royce into toilet or similar.
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Can't remember right now, but once a maharaja of India turned an old Rolls Royce into toilet or similar.
Not one but several. And not toilets, but garbage trucks. And they werent old. All brand new.
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whoaaa plumber huh ,hummmm let me grab a screw driver some pipes some m-ceel etc etc and am off to the states ,then ill post pics of my bentley here
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I wouldnt mind becoming a plumber if thats the fastest way to an exotic.
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The fastest plumber in town.Looks more like a bentley with two rocket launchers on the top though.
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The Guy better get plenty of customers fast or he would not even break-even until he is too old to work.
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The Guy better get plenty of customers fast or he would not even break-even until he is too old to work.
Thats not true, he seems to own the company and work in it too, do you realise how expensive a plumber is? 90$ to come visit + the expense of 90$ an hour and 15 min 1 sec = 1 hr, I paid 190$ to a plumber who came to my house from about 5 min distance, finished the job in 2 mins and went back, if he has ppl working for him, this machine acts as an advertisement. If you read the report, he says he might think about doing a ferrari like this too the guy has serious cash, some who are doing good make way more than any techy/business guy with 15+ yrs of experience here..
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Also, if you read more closely, he previously made his living in property development.
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Also, if you read more closely, he previously made his living in property development.
Seems like that the later is more lucrative thats y he opted out of prop development

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One property-developer turned plumber who lives his life life-size!

There are a few property developer's in Bangalore who own similar car's but are not plumber's yet!! Atleast this guy's got sense of humour.
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The response from the public has been excellent, he says.

"People have been coming out of bars and taking photographs of it. All the boys want to be taken for a drive."
But is this translating into any income.I would be interested in my plumbers skills and not the car he drives.
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I wonder how the Bentley company guys wouldve reacted when they witnessed such a sacrilege!!! Im sure they wouldve offered him twice his cars amount for a buy back if not for a legal notice for defamation of brand image...

Smart plumber this guys is...
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