From a small thing, big things grew for Bentley

From a small thing, big things grew for Bentley


IT’S hard to fathom that a simple paperweight could be responsible for inspiring something as outstanding as a now-iconic car brand. But that’s exactly the case in a story that started almost 100 years ago and has evolved into today’s striking series of Bentley grand tourers.

‘The film begins with engineer W.O. Bentley holding the aluminium paperweight which became the inspiration for his revolutionary aluminium piston design.’

It’s going to be a big year for Bentley boys and girls as the British luxury car brand counts down to its big birthday on July 10, 2019. Founder Walter Owen (W.O.) Bentley would probably be rather chuffed to see how have turned out given he started Bentley Motors to build “a fast car, a good car, the best in its class”.

The latest version of the Bentley Continental GT is certainly a contender for best GT out there. Anyone lucky enough to have ordered one will start to seeing first deliveries in the next few weeks. So get ready to be able to enjoy the dropped jaws and admiring gazes of those you glide on by.

To mark the Centenary milestone, Bentley Motors will next month show-off a special limited-edition Mulsanne which has been produced. Each of the 100 Mulsanne W.O. Editions by Mulliner produced will carry a genuine piece of Bentley history to pay homage to the founder - a slice of the original crankshaft from his personal 8-litre car, the last model he designed for Bentley Motors back in 1930. 

The Mulsanne W.O. Edition will make its public debut at the Monterey Car Week in California from August 24 with deliveries starting in Bentley’s centenary year.

Bentley Motors has commissioned a rather beautiful film in celebration of the company’s history, titled Together we are Extraordinary: The Story of Bentley Motors. It’s designed to honour the company’s decades of innovation, achievement and craftsmanship, but is worth watching because of the stunning visual effects used to make it. 

It was put together by an Academy Award-winning visual effects company, The Mill, which won an Oscar in 2001 for its work on the Ridley Scott-directed historical drama, Gladiator, featuring local boy Russell Crowe.

The Bentley film begins with engineer W.O. Bentley holding the aluminium paperweight which became the inspiration for his revolutionary aluminium piston design. It takes just 90 seconds to tell Bentley’s story using a combination of 3D-scanned actors and digital “metal” sculptures, stylised archive imagery, and Hollywood-grade motion graphic technology. 

It’s a pretty fabulous bit of cinematography, and is certainly a fitting start to what’s promising to be an exciting year for the luxury British car brand.