Vintage Bentleys headed to Turkey

Discussion in 'Events' started by ajzahn, May 22, 2007.

  1. Sixteen vintage Bentleys crossed an entire continent this month when the Bentley Calista Rally 2007 began on Saturday May 5.

    The 4000km event marked the opening of two new landmarks in Turkey: the stunning new Bentley Istanbul showroom on the Bosphorus, a major investment by the well known Dogus Otomotiv and the all-new Calista Luxury Resort in Belek.

    Setting off in London, the rally headed for Istanbul, site of the new Bentley Istanbul showroom, before finishing on May 17 in Belek, Turkey’s premier luxury golf and leisure resort. There the event’s closing ceremony had been be one of the highlights of the grand opening of the all-new Calista Luxury Resort.

    Bentley Istanbul is run by Dogus Otomotiv, importer of Volkswagen Group brands in Turkey and is Bentley’s first dealership in the country. Attending the opening event on May 29, 2007 was Bentley Chairman and Chief Executive Dr. Franz-Josef Paefgen.

    Organised by internationally renowned architect, Frank Solano, and acclaimed designer, Eddie McGuire, the Bentley Calista Rally was sponsored by Bentley Motors, Bentley Istanbul and Bentley Vienna and was run in the true spirit of the original Bentley Boys, whose motorsport feats in the 1920s and ’30s made the marque’s name legendary.

    “We are proud to be flying the Bentley flag across Europe and into Turkey,” said Solano. “This sort of spectacle is classic Bentley and there can be no better place to end than at the wonderful resort of Belek. We know it is going to be a lot of fun and we hope to bring some pleasure to the countries we pass through along the way.”

    Open by invitation only to members of the Benjafield’s Racing Club (Le Mans 24 Hours winner Dudley Benjafield was one of the founding members of the original Bentley Boys), the rally maintained the amazing combination of sophistication, luxury and excitement that the Bentley Boys brought to the world of motoring in their heyday.

    The rally was a demanding blend of endurance and stamina for the drivers and their machines. During its two-week duration it crossed the entire European continent, passing through 10 countries.

    Sixteen vintage Bentleys have been invited to participate including seven stunning Bentley Speed Sixes, seven Bentley 4.5 Litres one of which a Blower. The drivers range from as far a field as the United Kingdom, America, Ireland, Germany, Italy and Denmark.

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