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2019 Bentley 100th Anniversary Celebrations

Benjafield’s 100 Race
To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Bentley Motors, Benjafield’s Racing Club supported by the VSCC are organising the ‘Benjafield’s 100’– a race for Vintage Bentleys at the VSCC Formula Vintage meeting at Silverstone: 40 Vintage Bentleys will take to the track for a two driver, 50 minute race, that will be the highlight of Saturdays track activities.

The action packed two day event builds upon the history of the traditional Spring Start Race Meeting and VSCC racing at Silverstone which dates back to April 1949 with the 2019 event marking the 70th Anniversary of this meeting.

“The largest number of Vintage Bentleys ever in a single race”

All the cars are road registered, and a large proportion will be driven to and from the track. There will also be a display of Team and other important pre-war racing Bentleys. This will be the largest number of Vintage Bentleys ever in a single race, with 3 litre, 41/2 litre, 61/2 litre and 8 litre cars registered to race, it is unlikely that there will be that many on track again for some considerable time.

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Salon Privé (5th to 8th September) will also dedicate two days (Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September) to celebrating the centenary of Bentley Motors, founded in 1919 by the gifted engineer W.O. Bentley.

The two-day celebration of 100 years of Bentley Motors at Salon Privé will consist of Bentley Masters on Saturday and Bentley Drivers Club Concours d’Elegance alongside Salon Privé Classic & Supercar on Sunday.

On Saturday 7th September, the third running of the Masters Series at Salon Privé will be devoted to Bentley Motors, marking the 100th anniversary of this iconic British automotive marque with a display of 50 Bentleys from the earliest through to the very latest models.

These 50 Bentley Masters motor cars will be judged on the Saturday by a panel carefully selected for their knowledge and expertise of the Bentley marque, combined with those who have a passion and life-long interest in these special cars. Salon Privé takes a relaxed and celebratory approach to the judging, rather than the close scrutiny of a traditional Concours event. Trophies will be awarded during the day, with the much-coveted Owners’ Choice presented at the Saturday evening Gala Dinner within the sumptuous surroundings of Blenheim Palace.

On Sunday 8th September, the Bentley Drivers Club (BDC) Concours d’Elegance will merge with the newly launched Salon Privé Classic & Supercar and with an expected record gathering of no less than 1,001 Bentleys from across the globe taking centre stage, it will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience not to be missed!

Lucky owners of exceptional Bentley models are invited and encouraged to consider entering their motor cars for both days of Salon Privé’s Bentley centenary celebration weekend. Models already submitted for entry to the whole weekend include a noteworthy 1929 Speed Six Gurney Nutting Weymann Saloon, one of just 182 Speed Six models built, a 1938 Sports Saloon by Park Ward and a 1950 Mk VI Drophead Foursome Coupeby E.D.Abbott, one of just 16 ever built.

Sunday 8th September will see the largest ever annual Bentley Drivers Club (BDC) Concours d’Elegance taking place as an integral part of the Salon Privé Classic & Supercar event at Blenheim Palace, with 18 prestigious trophies to be awarded, including Concours, Patina and the Inter-Regional Team Challenge awards. A special exhibition of significant Bentley cars from every decade will showcase 100 years of the marque; this will include the earliest surviving Bentley, EXP2, and a number of fascinating cars such as a striking-looking Continental GT Zagato, one of only nine made, and a unique Continental GT S Convertible ‘art car’ boldly decorated by the creative brush of celebrated artist Sir Peter Blake.

Bentley Drivers Club Chairman Ron Warmington said: “Our Concours d’Elegance will be a unique occasion and we would be delighted to mark Bentley Motors’ centenary by setting a new world record for the largest ever gathering of Bentleys in one place. Do come along – we guarantee you’ll have a wonderful day.”

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