Early on in 2016 I had another visit to the Bentley factory in Crewe. Over these last few years every time I’ve visited there’s been development to the site for one thing or another…. this visit was no exception. Since the launch of the Bentayga last year and other developments like all W12 engines are assembled in Crewe for the VW group, buildings have expanded and new ones on the up.
This commission was to capture images for an article for the Swiss based automotive magazine Auto-Illustrierte who had direct access to the Bentayga production line and a few key personnel to the Bentayga’s development.
Soon into the factory tour you come to the steering wheel area…(sure it has a better name but think you get the idea 🙂
One of these trips I’ll pick up some interesting facts which I can blog about but the facts you hear soon leave my brain! One I did ask the guy above was how many ‘craft blades’ do you use and he said two blades per wheel…
Also the mention of a domestic fork and why they use them for these steering wheels always brings a smile to the face.
The Bentayga line … clean and efficient as ever. If you like me and watch programs like ‘How things work’ etc then these places captivate you a little too much especially when your trying to focus on the job in hand.
Moving onto a separate building we had a look round the engine assembly line. As this was an article specifically for the Bentayga I had to keep checking that what I was photographing was indeed destined for a Bentayga 🙂
Each time I visit I try and get a different angle or another area that’s not been covered in my previous visits. This above is one of the temperature controlled room of some of the costly veneers sourced from around the world.
One are that I like is not the colouring corner, but the leather preparation, although if it was the colouring corner you would get a bit bored of the limited coloured crayons!
Peter Guest (Product Line Director – Bentley Motors) one of the two interviews for Auto-Illustrierte on the day.
The other ‘interview’ discussion with was with Stefan Sielaff (Director of Design – Bentley Motors) around the Bentayga which we took out for a few images after the factory tour. The whole tour was done in German as the Bentley tour guide took the opportunity to keep one of his languages up to speed… I followed along nicely…. I wish!
The original image and the opening shot for the article. Was very handy to have a hotel that you have connections in, so its a thank you to Bentley for that. The time scale for this shoot was fairly tight so limited scope of shoots were achievable.
Never been a fan of brown cars but this is probably the only exception. The ride in the rear was something I could get used too. I think this could be a great tracking car for my work…. so I’ll start saving me pocket money. 🙂
You can see the full article in the In Print section of my portfolio.
Until next time