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Nigel Thorley - Bentley Cars: A History

  • Date
    18th April 2012
  • Place
    Chemistry Research Laboratory (CRL), South Parks Rd, Oxford, OX13TA

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We were once again most fortunate to be able to welcome Nigel Thorley who is also an authority on Bentleys in addition to the many other marques he has written and lectured on.

A fascinating Bentley evening in Oxford.

The talk covered:

Beginnings in the 1920s
Rolls-Royce management in the 1930s
The resurgence of the Bentley name after WW2
In modern times

Bentley Saloon Bentley open top

Nigel Thorley

Nigel Thorley Nigel was brought up with Jaguars, his fathers cars including an SS and Marks VII, IX & X. Since then Nigel has owned over 60 Jaguars and Daimlers, beginning with a Mark 2 at the age of 17 and currently running a modern XJ8 (X-350) and a 1958 Mark VIII.

Nigel wrote his first book, The Complete Companion to the Mark 2, in 1983. Some 20 titles later his latest works are Jaguar - Marketing the Marque and Great Cars - Jaguar XK.
(He has also written about Citroens and Fords!)

Nigel was a founder and is a Director of the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club, and has been editor of Jaguar Enthusiast since its inception. He also works for TV programmes, the www.classiccartv.co.uk Internet Channel, and gives many talks both here and abroad.

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