1950–2019: AN UNMATCHED TRADITION OF AUTOMOTIVE EXCELLENCE
Bentley Will Rule the Competition Field This Year
In its Centennial year, Bentley takes center stage at the 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and a glance at the concours poster pictured above makes clear.
Painted by renowned modern impressionist Alfredo De la Maria of Argentina, the poster features a magnificent 1931 Bentley 8 Litre making its way past the crowd on Concours Sunday.
Bentley’s will constitute about a 25% of this year’s concours competitors, filling six complete classes that include several special groupings. Offerings will range from the earliest surviving 3 Litre to a multitude of racing greats and several superlative postwar cars.
“I can confidently say the Bentleys headed our way on this occasion promise to surpass past displays.”—Concours Chairman Sandra Button
The car featured on the concours poster is probably the most coveted 8 Litre in the world. Ordered by pioneering Welsh aviator and Brooklands racer Captain Vivian Hewitt, it was the ultimate sporting machine, pairing a short chassis with a lightweight body, massive power (witness the enormous side exhaust) and large Le Mans–style fuel tank and gauges. Hewitt drove this Bentley just under 7,000 miles in the 1930’s, then parked it in a barn, where it slumbered for 26 years. Now owned by Daniel Sielecki, it remains an unrestored original.
“W.O. created heroic cars that were driven to glory by heroic men and women. Their stories fueled the imaginations and desires of a host of early automotive enthusiasts, and they continue to inspire us today.”— Peter Hageman, Concours Selection Committee
The Blue Train: A Mystery Solved?
Throughout its history a flamboyant Gurney Nutting Grand Touring 3-seater has been referred to as “The Blue Train” because people believed it to be the car that famously raced the Blue Train from Cannes to London at the hands of Woolf Barnato in 1930. But here at Pebble Beach in 2001, the more likely real Blue Train Bentley was unveiled.
A Timeline of Bentley Cars, People & Events
Walter Owen Bentley, or WO as he preferred, founded the company that carries his name on 10 July 1919. Now, 100 years later, his name is known across the globe for creating cars with an unrivaled blend of performance and the finest craftsmanship and materials.
Bentley Celebrates Its 100 Years
As Bentley marks its Centenary, an achievement most definitely worth celebrating. From the very 1st prototype created in a London mews to the phenomenally powerful and exquisitely crafted cars driven across the world today, Bentley has transformed the face of motoring.
2019 Tour d’Elegance & Retro Auto Posters
Soon to be revealed are the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance and RetroAuto posters, both of which are based on dramatic graphic paintings by much-in-demand automotive artist Tim Layzell.
Book Your Accommodations
Rooms at Pebble Beach properties are reserved for entrants, officials and sponsors of the Pebble Beach Concours. To host our spectators and media members, we do oversee room blocks at several other hotels on the Monterey Peninsula. Most require three- or four-night minimum stays during car week.
For more information or to make a reservation, contact Sue Hammer at the concours via e-M ail at: [email protected]
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