At the newly opened Northamptonshire hotel, The Falcon at Castle Ashby, Bentley held its first live driving event since February. Celebrating the renewal of its complete model range, the British luxury automaker showcased its fleet of lavish cars, including the new GT Mulliner and the new Bentayga. Bentley also gave guests rare access to a selection of cars from its Heritage Fleet – giving the event its name, the Toy Box.
The history of Bentley Continental performance was represented by four cars that showcase the evolution of the finest Grand Tourer across its lifetime: the 1952 R-Type Continental, Bentley’s own car and one of only 208 built, as the fastest four-door coupe in the world when launched and the most expensive car of its time; a 2003 Continental R Mulliner Final Series, one of only 11 built, and the last two-door car built by Bentley before the Continental GT; the first-generation Continental Supersports, represented by the last car built in 2012, and registered for the event; the one-off 2019 Pikes Peak Continental GT that was driven by Rhys Millen to a new outright Production Class record of 10:18.488 at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 2019.
The complete Continental GT family, with all combinations of a coupe, Convertible, V8 and W12, were joined by the latest Flying Spur W12. A fleet of first-generation Bentayga Hybrids running solely on electric power drove guests to a specially designed course where they were able to put the new Bentayga V8 through its off-road tests, including wading through deep water, steep inclines and descents, and side angles up to 32°.
The Mulsanne Speed – which recently completed production – also joined the Toy Box event, giving a final chance for guests to drive the former Bentley flagship.
To complete the Toy Box, Bentley had a number of cherished cars on display: a supercharged 4½-litre ‘Blower’, Bentley’s own road-going homologation demonstrator from 1930; the Bentley Mulliner Bacalar; the #7 Bentley Speed 8 which won Le Mans in 2003.
The event was run under strict COVID protocols.