Bentley’s remarkable beginnings

The legendary ancestry of one of the most luxurious and sought-after car manufacturers in the world started in the mind of Walter Owen Bentley. Also known as W.O, Walter Owen had his love for motion at a young age. His passion, notably for trains, led him to an apprenticeship at the Great Northern Railway company in the UK for five years.

In 1912, W.O started a business with one of his brothers that imports cars made by French carmaker Doriot, Fladrin & Parant. Since then, he continued to learn his craft and even discovered a paperweight made of aluminium during one of his visits to France and used the materials in making a piston.

Despite being the youngest of nine siblings, his will to learn and discover was immeasurable. He played a big part in his country when First World War broke out. With his contribution and being a Captain in the Royal Naval Air Service, he was awarded an MBE or the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

However, like other companies who went through the wrath of the two World Wars, Bentley Motors went through a whirlwind of eras. However, the longest is the Roll-Royce era, where W.O. shared the same vision for the French automobile industry with Henry Royce. A turn of events in 1998 happened when Volkswagen Group acquired Bentley Motors and continues to deliver unparalleled cars up to this day.

Bentley’s rich and unprecedented foundation

After putting his dream on hold during the war, W.O. finally decided to start his own car company. And on July 10, 1919, his hard work and perseverance saw the birth of Bentley Motors.

The first car to carry Bentley’s name was the Bentley 3-Litre. The car was built the same year Bentley Motors was made at Bentley’s original factory in Cricklewood, North London. British racecar driver Noel van Raalte then bought it in 1921.

Another notable racing car with Bentley’s DNA performance is the Bentley Blower, also known as the Bentley 4 ½ -Litre. Bentley Blower crafted its name in the Le Mans 24-Hour Race when the car survived the race and was announced as the victor.

W.O.’s final design for the brand is the Bentley 8-Litre. It was known as “A Dead Silent 100MPH Car” for its power and torque and was capable of 100MPH performance.

Walter Owen Bentley Biography

Bentley’s crowning years

Every model that bears Bentley’s undying legacy of luxury and performance is undeniably a masterpiece. Since its establishment, its heritage on the racetracks has been immeasurable. This resulted in the numerous victories it took home and carved a phenomenal identity for Bentley. After all, Bentley wouldn’t have existed without racing.

One of Bentley’s early track cars that took home a victory is the Bentley 3 Litre. After setting up a new lap record and finishing fourth in the Le Mans 1923, the car returned in 1924 to finally bring home the championship. The triumph even continued in the following years when Bentley 4 ½ won in 1928 under Australian-born Bernard Rubin. And in 1930, two Bentley 6 ½ Speed 6 cars who joined the race took home first and second.

Bentley 4½ Litre - Wikipedia

A memorable win also happened in the Le Mans 1927 when Bentley 3 Litre known as “Old Number 7” emerged as the winner in the competition. Dudley Benjafield and Sammy Davis managed to ace the race despite the multi-car pile-up.

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Sustainable measures for a sustainable Bentley

Like many other car manufacturers, Bentley Motors is already on the road to sustainability. With their “Beyond 100” strategy, the carmaker ensures sustainable engagement driven by new technologies, materials, performance, and luxury.

Not only are they looking to produce sustainable and hybrid cars, but Bentley Motors also included their manufacturing site in the picture. Headquartered in Crewe, England, Bentley Motors factory is certified carbon neutral to PAS 2060 by the Carbon Trust. Moreover, 40% of its manufacturing’s electricity is powered by solar panels.

Bentley Motor unveiled a new concept car to celebrate its 100 years of delivering innovative and luxurious cars, the Bentley EXP 100 GT. This concept car is a new approach to the car manufacturer’s promise of extraordinary journeys.

Bentley Motors also announced its “Five-in-Five” plan that promises to launch five electric vehicles between 2025 and 2030. This engagement for electrification has already started with the new Bentayga Hybrid and the Flying Spur Hybrid launch.

W.O. Bentley’s vision and mission to build a fast and good car and the best on its own can be seen through all the car manufacturer’s work. Bentley Motors consistently pioneered innovation, luxury, performance, and power, from the most powerful cars to the most sustainable solutions.

Bentley U.S. Chief Says The Ultra-Luxe Brand Will Set A New Benchmark In Electrification - Forbes Wheels

W.O. Bentley’s vision and mission to build a fast and good car and the best on its own can be seen through all the car manufacturer’s work. Bentley Motors consistently pioneered innovation, luxury, performance, and power, from the most powerful cars to the most sustainable solutions.

For our readers in the UAE, you can visit the magnificent Bentley showrooms in Abu Dhabi and Dubai or visit their website at:

https://dubai.bentleymotors.com/meia/en/home 

Or call: 800 bentley (236 8539)

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