100 years ago, Walter Owen Bentley established Bentley Motors Limited. It took him two licks of founding the company to manufacture the first Bentley, but once produced, people quickly learned that if you wanted to own the fastest, best handling street car, you got a Bentley. Every model Bentley made won Le Mans at least once. Costing between 5 to 17 Cadillacs each, even the folks at Downton Abby would have had to settle for a 3 Liter not a 6 1/2 Liter.
The “real” Bentley company lasted until 1931 when Rolls Royce bought control of the company out from under W.O. (W.O. Bentley was called W O by his friends). The aim was to destroy a rival, but the very rich and devoted Bentley owners fought and won to save all the parts, plans and jigs to maintain their cars in the Bentley Drivers Club.
Join us as guest speaker and Bentley owner and enthusiast, Walt Carrel, honors the 100th anniversary of Bentley Motors Limited, highlighting the rise of these timeless vehicles, the story of W.O Bentley himself, the Bentley Boys, and everything in between.