THE AGE OF ENDEAVOUR: BONHAMS CELEBRATES BENTLEY’S CENTENARY WITH LANDMARK EXHIBITION

(Crewe, 26 March 2019) On Friday 12 April, Bonhams New Bond Street saleroom in London will be dedicated to Bentley when it hosts the ‘Age of Endeavour’ exhibition in celebration of the legendary marque’s centenary.

One hundred years of the racing Bentley is illustrated by 100 pieces of memorabilia, including artefacts that once belonged to W.O. Bentley, F.T. Burgess, and J.D. Benjafield as well as items that epitomise the legendary race meetings at both Brooklands and Le Mans, including period photographs, posters and trophies.

In addition to the memorabilia, four iconic Bentley team cars will be on display in the main saleroom: the 1929 Brooklands 500-Mile Race winner; the 1928 Bentley 4½-Litre Open Tourer Team Car; ‘Old Number 3’ – the 1930 Speed Six Brooklands ‘Double Twelve’ runner-up and Le Mans entrant driven by Sammy Davis and Clive Dunfee; and the 1925 Le Mans entry driven by Dudley Benjafield and Bertie Kensington Moir.

Sholto Gilbertson, Motoring Department Director at Bonhams, said: “This is an absolutely unmissable event for fans of British motoring. Bentley is one of the finest British creations, and it’s a privilege to be hosting this landmark exhibition at Bonhams. This collection of memorabilia and motor cars is unique in its breadth, and truly showcases the astonishing achievements of one of the world’s best-loved and most successful marques.”

The exhibition is open on one day only (Friday 12 April) and is free to attend – no tickets or registration are required.

Bentley’s Centenary – 100 Years of Extraordinary

In 1919 Walter Owen (W.O.) Bentley created a company with a simple objective: to build “a fast car, a good car, the best in its class”. This guiding principle has driven Bentley ever since, pushing the brand forward and making it the leader in automotive luxury around the world today.

The 10th of July 2019 marks Bentley’s 100th year and this extraordinary milestone – reached by only a special few – will be a cause for celebration of the company’s history, its global success today and its exciting future.

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Notes to editors

‘Age of Endeavour’ Exhibition at Bonhams

Location: 101 New Bond Street, London, W1S 1SR

For further information and images call Marcus Howard-Vyse on +44 (0) 20 7468 8363, or email marcus.howard-vyse@bonhams.com or press@bonhams.com.

About Bentley

Bentley Motors is the most sought after luxury car brand in the world. The company’s headquarters in Crewe is home to all of its operations including design, R&D, engineering and production of the company’s four model lines, Continental, Flying Spur, Bentayga and Mulsanne. The combination of fine craftsmanship, using skills that have been handed down through generations, alongside engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology is unique to UK luxury car brands such as Bentley. It is also an example of high-value British manufacturing at its best. Bentley employs around 4,000 people at Crewe.

About Bonhams

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewellery. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney. With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full list of forthcoming auctions, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit bonhams.com

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