A Bentley Extravaganza

Bentley Drivers Club's 75th Anniversary Bentley Drivers Club’s 75th Anniversary (Crewe, Tuesday 21st June) Bentley Motors today rolled out the red carpet to welcome over a hundred members of the Bentley Drivers Club (BDC) – and their fifty Bentleys – to its headquarters in Crewe. The visit is part of the Britain by Bentley tour which celebrates the club’s 75th anniversary by emulating the tradition of the grand tour and traversing some 3,000 miles of UK roads in a range of models that span 80 years of Bentley’s history. Drivers have travelled from around the world to take part in the event: Syd and Nikki Reinhardt have travelled from Australia with their 1927 6 ½ litre Mulsanne whilst others like Jenny Ford and her Blower Bentley are already based in the UK. The drivers arrived at Crewe Hall on Monday evening for a gala dinner with executive members from Bentley Motors. They then travelled to Bentley’s Pyms Lane site under an honorary police escort this morning for a tour of the factory where new models such as the Mulsanne and new Continental GT are now in full production.

World’s First Production Bentley and Steve McQueen’s Brough Superior up for Auction

1921 Bentley 3-liter, chassis No. 3 1921 Bentley 3-liter, chassis No. 3 At Pebble Beach auction this coming August, Gooding & Company of Santa Monica, Calif., announced that it would sell a 1921 3-liter Bentley, which it claimed to be the first Bentley ever to be delivered to a customer. The car has participated in various rallies and is perfectly usable to this day as well. The first production chassis no longer exists, while the second was retained by the factory. Chassis No. 3 was sold with little fanfare to the Welshman Ivor Llewelyn, who was the father of Desmond Llewelyn, the actor who played the long-suffering gadget maker Q in numerous James Bond films.

Bentley Motors Opens Its Doors to Future Apprentices

Bentley craft apprentices Reece Jenks , Paul Alcock and Marcus Gorvin in the Bentley tool room training for the manufacturing team challenge at World Skills 2011 Bentley craft apprentices Reece Jenks , Paul Alcock and Marcus Gorvin in the Bentley tool room training for the manufacturing team challenge at World Skills 2011 (Press Release – Crewe, Tuesday 15th March 2011) –Luxury car manufacturer Bentley Motors is holding an apprentice open day on Saturday 19th March from 9.00am to 1.00pm at its worldwide headquarters on Pyms Lane, Crewe, Cheshire. All enthusiastic students are welcome to attend. Tickets are not required. The latest Bentley – the new Continental GT – will be on display and visitors will have the opportunity to visit a special design exhibition “The Unbroken line”. This display allows visitors a glimpse inside the usually secret and closed world of the Bentley design studios and also a rare chance to view some of the finest Bentleys from over the past 90 years. Anybody interested in joining the Bentley apprenticeship scheme will be able to meet with current apprentices who will be on hand to demonstrate some of the skills that they have acquired during their training. There will also be a film produced by the apprentices themselves which gives a flavour of their life at Bentley. Bentley Academy staff will also be available to discuss the application process and explain how a Bentley apprenticeship scheme can be the start of an exciting and rewarding career in the industry. Applications are open until 16th May and candidates should apply on-line at www.bentleymotors.com/careers.
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An Unbroken Line – World of the Bentley Designer Uncovered at New Exhibition

Rare and Early Example of the Bentley Winged "B" Mascot Rare and Early Example of the Bentley Winged “B” Mascot (Press Release: Crewe, England. 10 February 2011)Bentley’s Design team are offering a rare opportunity to take a glimpse inside the usually secret and closed world of their studios and follow the development of a Bentley from the first sketch right through to the moment it sweeps through the factory gates. The An Unbroken Line exhibition – just unveiled at Bentley’s Crewe headquarters – follows the compelling story of creativity and exacting technical precision behind the creation of the latest Bentleys including the Continental GT and Mulsanne. Many of the very first drawings for the new Continental GT, including concepts consigned to the studio archives, are being shown publicly for the first time. The designers offer a step-by-step guide as to how the interior and exterior styles take shape both through computer virtualization and sophisticated full-scale clay models. They also provide an insight into how they employ state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques such as aluminium superforming, adapted from the aerospace industry, to shape the metal into the complex but clean lines that define the new Continental GT.