Monday, December 8, 2008

Bentley Motors

Bentley Motors was founded by W.O. Bentley in 1919 when the first Bentley engine burst into life at New Street Mews, London. From these modest beginnings, W.O’s company went from strength to strength through the 1920s, with an evolving series of acclaimed motor cars and a parade of racing triumphs to prove their outstanding performance.

These laurels were capped with five outright victories at Le Mans between 1924 - 1930 and a sixth in 2003. If we had mission statements in those days, it could not have been expressed more eloquently than in the words of W.O. himself, “To build a good car, a fast car, the best in class”.These words are just as relevant today as they continue to inform our beliefs, actions and ambitions for the future. Located in Crewe, England since 1946 and owned since 1998 by Volkswagen AG, Bentley Motors is dedicated to making responsive and powerful Grand Tourers with the stamina to cross continents at pace, and drive in refined comfort and style.

If ever a car was built to be driven, it is the Bentley. Passion for performance is in our blood. And in our bloodline. Our early history was written on the racetracks of Europe by a breed of adventurers who not only had the vision to build the cars, but also the courage to drive them to victory.We continue to design and build every precious part of a Bentley with one thing in mind – the experience of the driver. That’s as true of the craftsmanship that creates vehicles of inimitable finesse as of the engineering that produces engines of phenomenal power.

Unsurprisingly, then, we take an extraordinarily keen interest in drivers who share our passion for the marque.Which is why, as long ago as 1938, Bentley inaugurated the first Instruction Class for owners. That was the beginning of Bentley Driving, which today offers advanced driving courses to those owners wishing to explore the full potential of their cars.Courses range from half-day events to five-day sessions, during which a professional Bentley Driving consultant works one-on-one with the invited guest, concentrating on his or her personal needs and driving style. Owners learn to sharpen their skills and to correct any inappropriate habits, with the consultant encouraging them to gain even greater pleasure from their cars.

The more advanced courses are held at carefully selected professional driving venues around the world, or at the Bentley Academy in Crewe, England. Not for the faint-hearted, these would typically involve extreme tests of skill in a wide variety of driving situations. Experiencing and correcting oversteer and understeer, understanding the ESP system, using ABS to brake at speed, high speed cornering techniques, skid-pan practice or redline acceleration – the thrill of mastering these, and many other driving challenges, makes for a truly unforgettable learning experience.

Every Gentlemen Should Be driving a Bentley.
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