Club Tour of Bentley Motors
The Club was to invite members on another exclusive factory tour, this time at the Bentley Motors Factory in Crewe, where Bentley cars have rolled off production lines since 1938.
The tour proved especially pertinent as the iconic manufacturer, whose legend is largely based on its success in 24 Hours of Le Mans, celebrates its centenary year.
Guests met at the Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa in nearby Nantwich, with many choosing to enjoy the impressive facilities before meeting for dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Following on from breakfast at the hotel in the morning, the group set off, mostly in convoy, on their way to Bentley Motors.
There they were met by the current Chairman of Bentley, Adrian Hallmark, who greeted them on arrival.
The members were then put into four groups for their tours, with each one being shown around the factory by a member of the Bentley Motors staff to view the production lines for specific Bentley’s.
On their way to the factory area, members were able to view an impressive historical collection of rare Bentleys, including the oldest Bentley in the world.
Members also had a wood shop tour, learning how the wooden interior is cut. Soon after they learned how the seat’s luxury upholsterys are made; for high-end models it’s the result of 37 hours of stitching, 135 metres of thread and 11,300 stitches. Unlike other automobile factories, there are only two robots who assist in the manufacturing of Bentley cars – they apply glue to the windscreens – everything else is hand made by its staff.
All guests enjoyed a buffet lunch in the onsite showroom, where they had a magnificent view of the factory’s end products.
The tour proved a fitting tribute to a marquee whose amazing vehicles have continued to stand the test of time.