Bentley owners set record as 1,321 gather at Salon Privé

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The record-setting turnout of Bentleys at a British concours Salon Prive in 2019 | Bentley Motors photos

If you thought there were a bunch of Bentleys at Monterey Car Week recently, well, you should have been in England this past weekend for the Bentley Drivers Club annual rally hosted by the Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance.

Bentley owners celebrate the company’s centennial by turning out in record numbers

Bentley Motors reports that a record 1,321 of its cars were gathered together at the event, including the EXP 100 GT concept car and the re-created 1939 Bentley Corniche. The company added that all generations of its cars produced in the past 100 years were represented at the gathering.

“The ‘Cricklewood era’ was well represented with scores of original Grand Tourers from the 1920s, joined by the ‘Derby Bentleys’ of the 1930s,” the company reported.

“The entire history of Bentley production in Crewe was also on display, from the Mark VI models of 1946 through to the full four-model range of Bentley today – Continental GT, Flying Spur, Bentayga and Mulsanne.

Bentley owners learn that they’ve arrived in record numbers

“The sight of over a thousand Bentleys gathered in one place was truly extraordinary, and totally unparalleled in our history,” said Adrian Hallmark, Bentley chairman and chief executive.

“I’m grateful to the organizers of Salon Privé for making this year’s event such an outstanding celebration of Bentley, and this gathering to mark our centenary was the ultimate finale. My thanks go to the committee of the Bentley Drivers Club for their hard work and dedication in amassing these cars, and to their members and our customers for making the journey and sharing their cars with us.”

A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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