Bentleys cruise Esperance as they visit Veteran Car Club of WA

If you’ve noticed more gorgeous vintage Bentleys driving around town this week you’re not mistaken. 

Veteran Car Club of WA Esperance Branch hosted a morning tea for the Bentley Drivers Club of WA on their joy ride from Perth to Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Albany and home again.

Veteran Car Club of WA Esperance Branch chairman, Norm Hanks said they often host other car clubs to enjoy time with like minded people.

“We’ve had quite a few clubs in the last 12 months who have been through from all parts of Australia,” Mr Hanks said.

“They just come and have morning tea with us or a barbecue tea with us.

Peter Graham driving his 4 1/2 litre 1927 Bentley

Peter Graham driving his 4 1/2 litre 1927 Bentley

“It brings more people to the town.”

Mr Hanks said their shed was one of the best facilities in the state.

“People are blown away by our shed so we’re pretty proud of it.”

Bentley Car Club of WA chairman, Trevor Eastwood said their club existed to give Bentley owners a good time.

“We’re a very laid back club we travel a lot, we drive our cars a lot, we drink a lot, we eat a lot and we have very little formality,” Mr Eastwood said.

He said they had no trouble driving the cars on country roads because they were made so well.

“They’re all driven hard and they’re all fantastic motor cars,” Mr Eastwood said.

“They’re a very well constructed, very good, fast car.”

He said there were on ever 2000 Bentleys made pre 1930 which were called vintage Bentleys then the company was taken over by Rolls Royce.

“Of those 2000, there are about 1700 that still exist and 21 of those are in Western Australia,” he said.

“I think Western Australia probably has more Bentleys per head of population than any city in the world including London.”

Mr Eastwood said he always enjoyed visiting Esperance.

“Esperance is one of the most beautiful towns in Western Australia I’ll always enjoy coming here and driving around the coast,” Mr Eastwood said.

“And the club here this is fantastic, we’d all like this shed in our backyard but it won’t fit.”

“It really is a great facility and as I said the hospitality is matching the quality of the shed.”


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