(from Bentley Motors
Press Release) Vintage Bentleys head to Turkey for twin celebration
9 May, 2007
Sixteen vintage Bentleys will cross an entire continent this month
when the Bentley Calista Rally 2007 begins on Saturday May 5.
The 4000km event marks 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 heads for the Turkish capital
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 will be one of
the highlights of the grand opening of the all-new Calista Luxury
Bentley Istanbul will be run by Dogus Otomotiv, importer of
Volkswagen Group brands in Turkey and will be Bentley’s first
dealership in the country. Attending the opening event on May 29,
2007 will be Bentley Chairman and Chief Executive Dr. Franz-Josef
Organised by internationally renowned architect, Frank Solano, and
acclaimed designer, Eddie McGuire, the Bentley Calista Rally is
sponsored by Bentley Motors, Bentley Istanbul and Bentley Vienna and
will be run in the true spirit of the original Bentley Boys, whose
motorsport feats in the 1920s and ’30s made the marque’s name
“We are proud to be flying the Bentley flag across Europe and into
Turkey,” says 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 will maintain the
amazing combination of sophistication, luxury and excitement that
the Bentley Boys brought to the world of motoring in their heyday.
The rally will be a demanding blend of endurance and stamina for the
drivers and their machines. During its two-week duration it will
cross 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.
Bentley Motors was formed in 1919 and dominated the world of
endurance motorsport in the 1920s with five victories in the Le Mans
24 Hours race. Bentley Motors currently produces six models
including the hugely successful Continental range and the all-new
Dogus Otomotiv is part of Dogus Holding, one of Turkey’s biggest
companies. Dogus Otomotiv’s Volkswagen Group dealer network contains
155 showrooms and their 2005 sales volume represented 11.5% of the
total Turkish automotive market.
Calista Group is a privately owned business with interests as varied
as large construction projects, the cement industry, hotels and
resorts. The all-new 5-star Calista Luxury Resort in Belek which
will be opened on 19th May, 2007.