Founded by Kelston Pelmore in the Spring of 1936, starting with a simple postcard placed on all Bentleys in the Brooklands car park that year, and with 26 initial members, the Bentley Drivers Club has steadily grown to the world-wide family that it is today.
The Club history is about driving these fabulous Bentley motor cars created by W.O.Bentley – from the early days of the daring Bentley Boys, the racing at Le Mans, and the very luxurious early saloon cars, to the contemporary and stylish models of today. The members of the BDC revel in driving their cars; whether it be a Grand Tour, Racing at the Annual Meet at Silverstone, displaying their cars at the Annual Concours d’Elegance or simply driving to the local hostelry; the enjoyment for the driver is at the heart of the Bentley car. Please take a moment to browse through the different sections of the website to see the activities of the membership.
Celebrations of the 75th Anniversary of the formation of the Club were held throughout 2011 and included the fabulous Savoy Gala Dinner; the Annual Concours in June which hosted the birthday celebration party and welcomed members from around the world; the superb 2-day Racing Event in August at Silverstone continued the party and a wonderful International Weekend in Cheltenham completed the national anniversary activities. Added to these tremendous events was the highlight of the year for many members, the Britain by Bentley Tour – a 31-day trip around the UK with over 70 cars participating from across the globe – a truly memorable feat and in the true traditions of a ’Drivers Club’.
Around the UK and across the world the regions hosted their own events to commemorate the Club’s birthday. Visit our Events page for more information on the celebrations.
For 2012 the BDC will be inviting members, guests and competitors to join us at our traditional events – Summer Rally and Concours, being held over the weekend of 29/30th June with our venue for the rally being the wonderful Boughton House, Kettering; an International Weekend, arranged in the beautiful surroundings of Yorkshire; for our competitors our Sprint is on 5th May at MIRA and the Silverstone race meeting will be held on Saturday 11th August.