Bentley has started a rather odd road trip across America in which they travel over 8,000 mile through six states carrying 1,000 rare Bentley and Rolls-Royce parts they brought along from UK! This journey that has completed its first leg in Beverly Hills, is actually a Heritage Roadshow and US enthusiasts of both Bentley and Crewe-built Rolls-Royce cars (1955-2002) can buy rare and hard to find parts as well as original accessories directly from the company.
“We have a unique but also very enjoyable challenge at Bentley,” explains Steve O’Hara, Director for After-Sales, Bentley Motors Limited, Crewe. “Nearly 80 per cent of all the Bentleys ever built are still in existence. They have been cherished by generations of owners and are often considered a part of the family. In many cases these classic cars are still being driven and enjoyed, rather than living in museums, and our task is to continue to provide these passionate owners and drivers with the service and parts they need.”
The decision to launch the Heritage Roadshow was inspired by the incredibly positive reaction from American owners when Bentley briefly opened the doors of its vast parts and accessories facility in Crewe last year. Mr. O’Hara adds:
“We received a flood of e-mail and telephone enquiries last year as well as several visitors from the United States, who flew in just to attend the Parts Warehouse open day. We felt it was important to respond to this enthusiasm and come to the United States. The challenge of spending nearly two months on the road and visiting places as diverse and distant as Maryland and Florida has been made easier by our American colleagues and the support of our Bentley dealers who are hosting the roadshow.”
The 1,000-strong consignment of parts and accessories includes everything from true heavyweight items like complete V8 engine blocks right through to pristine owner manuals (printed to US specifications) which are offered in original, branded wrapping. All the parts on the Heritage Roadshow are supported by a three-year manufacturer guarantee if fitted by an approved Bentley dealership.
- Opening event – Bentley Beverly Hills, California
- 18 September – Bentley Pasadena, California
- 22-23 September – Bentley Parsippany, New Jersey
- 25 September – Bentley Bethesda, Maryland
- 2 October – Bentley High Point, North Carolina
- 13 October – Bentley Dallas, Texas
- 16 October – Bentley Houston, Texas
- 21 October – Bentley Palm Beach, Florida
- 23 October – Bentley Miami, Florida