Salon Privé 2019 reached another milestone over the weekend as more than a thousand modern and heritage Bentleys set a new record for the largest gathering of Bentleys in history.
A staggering 1,321 cars arrived at the Bentley Drivers Club Annual Rally, hosted this year at the Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance under the watchful eye of the glorious Blenheim Palace.
Salon Privé – EXP2 & EXP 100 GT
A global gathering of Bentleys from across the history of the British marque was showcased, bracketed by EXP2 – the oldest Bentley in the world and the second car built by W.O. Bentley – and EXP 100 GT, the very latest Bentley concept car that looks forward to the future of luxury mobility in 2035, in its UK public debut. Between these two extraordinary Bentleys were hundreds of cars from all chapters of the company’s history.
The ‘Cricklewood era’ was well represented with scores of original Grand Tourers from the 1920s, joined by the ‘Derby Bentleys’ of the 1930s. The entire history of Bentley production in Crewe was also on display, from the Mark VI models of 1946 through to the full four-model range of Bentley today – Continental GT, Flying Spur, Bentayga and Mulsanne.
Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive, Adrian Hallmark:
“The sight of over a thousand Bentleys gathered in one place was truly extraordinary, and totally unparalleled in our history. I’m grateful to the organisers of Salon Privé for making this year’s event such an outstanding celebration of Bentley, and this gathering to mark our centenary was the ultimate finale. My thanks go to the committee of the Bentley Drivers Club for their hard work and dedication in amassing these cars, and to their members and our customers for making the journey and sharing their cars with us.”
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Ron Warmington, Director of the Bentley Drivers Club, comments:
“We were delighted to set a new record for a Bentley gathering with 1,321 examples of this iconic marque in the incomparable setting of Blenheim Palace. None of this would have been possible without the close teamwork of all at Salon Privé, Bentley Motors, our own BDC, and, of course, the support of His Grace, the Duke of Marlborough.”
Earlier news broke today that Bentley is also about to create a new series of 12 supercharged 4½-litre “Blower” Bentleys.
The ‘new’ cars will be created from one of the most iconic and legendary classics, Sir Tim Birkin’s famous 4½-litre Team Blower accompanied by Specialist Mulliner team expertise. Reborn in a series of 12 matching cars, each will be handcrafted by Bentley’s bespoke and coachwork division, Mulliner. Bentley says the cars will “form the world’s first pre-war race car continuation series”.