About Bentley Cars in Dubai
100 EXTRAORDINARY YEARS: THE BENTLEY STORY
As Bentley approaches its Centenary, we take a look at some of the significant events of the first 100 years. This is a story that many exceptional people have helped to shape: from its inspired founder to the current team of over 4,000 dedicated employees; and from the passionate Bentley Boys and Girls of the 1920s to the visionary Bentley owners of today.
A FLASH OF INSPIRATION
In his early years of racing, W.O. Bentley imported French cars made by Doriot, Flandrin & Parant. On a visit to DFP’s office in France, he picked up an aluminium paperweight and wondered whether the lightweight material could be used to improve the pistons used in engines. It had previously been considered too weak and prone to melting, but W.O. realised that adding a little copper to create a new alloy might solve the problem. And it worked.
He started by fitting the pistons to his own competition car, and began winning races with ease. When the First World War broke out, he joined the Royal Naval Air Service where he introduced aluminium pistons to make fighter aircraft engines more powerful and reliable. Finally, when the war was over, W.O. could use his invention to revolutionise the world of automobiles – and Bentley Motors was born on 10 July 1919.
FAST CARS, SWIFT VICTORIES
W.O. Bentley’s fast and dependable cars soon attracted the attention of a group of wealthy young men and women known as the Bentley Boys and Girls. They raced Bentleys at the gruelling 24 Hours of Le Mans, and encouraged W.O. to push the limits of automotive engineering, resulting in an incredible five Le Mans victories in seven years.