Preparation for the gruelling Peking to Paris Motor Challenge is entering its final stages at William Medcalf Vintage Bentley.
The Bentley specialist is preparing all four Vintage Bentleys entering the event, which covers more than 8500 miles over 33 days and over all terrains, including long gravel tracks, dirt roads, the Gobi desert and across Alpine roads making it a real endurance test of both driver and machine.
William Medcalf is a restoration and rally preparation specialist, and a world-leading expert on vintage Bentleys. The cars he is preparing for this year’s event have been meticulously prepared by his dedicated team. The team is a world authority on vintage Bentleys, and will do whatever it takes to make sure a car is ready; working through the night is not uncommon.
The cars will not only have all necessary parts checked, replaced and tested ahead of the first day of the rally on Sunday 12 June, but William will personally drive each of them for some considerable miles to make sure that everything is perfect before they are handed over to their owners. Cars prepared by William have won countless rallies in the past, and this looks set to continue – cars prepared by William Medcalf Vintage Bentley have finished every rally they have entered for the past decade.
The cars that will be looking to continue this impressive record by heading to the Peking Paris start line include two Bentley Super Sports continuations and two Bentley 4 ½ litres. All of the entrants will get the same levels of support that all of William Medcalf’s customers enjoy all year around, with William able to supply any part needed at short notice. His Flying Doctor service means he can get anywhere in the world, normally within 24 hours, to deliver a part, meaning that no rally need finish prematurely.
William Medcalf Vintage Bentley has 1100 model lines in stock in its Benchmark Precision Engineering arm, which matches or perhaps betters many modern manufacturer supply lines. The company has everything in stock from a front axle beam to the smallest gasket – all eventualities are covered.
As well as sourcing original parts, William Medcalf Vintage Bentley’s team is capable of making any necessary component thanks to its sophisticated computer-aided design and equipment. It blends traditional heritage with cutting edge technology of the sort more normally seen in the world of F1.
William Medcalf has a long history of preparing cars for endurance racing, and has taken part in events such as the Endurance Rally Association’s Flying Scotsman, which he won in 2014 and 2015, Peking to Paris in 2007 and 2010 (in which he took the class win), and the Benjafield’s 24.
If you want to enter a rally in a vintage Bentley then William Medcalf Vintage Bentley can source and prepare a car to the highest standards.
The Benjafield’s 24 celebrated the 90th anniversary of Bentley’s first victory at Le Mans, and a film has been made to document the event.
William Medcalf is an authority in all aspects of vintage Bentley ownership and his name is synonymous with the marque. William Medcalf started working professionally with Vintage Bentleys 22 years ago, and is situated on the road between Brooklands and Goodwood in West Sussex, England, and is the only place you need go to buy, sell, service or prepare a vintage Bentley from the iconic 1922 to 1932 era.
The state of the art workshop at the company’s headquarters is world-renowned for its rally preparation and car preservation. William Medcalf Vintage Bentley also offers the world’s best parts department for vintage Bentleys, and a full calendar of social events, races and rallying.
William’s passion for vintage Bentleys began at a young age, he first drove one at the age of just 12. Since then he has driven hundreds of thousands of miles in these cars, all over the world and is personally involved with everything related to vintage Bentleys, and is a highly regarded stalwart of the vintage Bentley community. He can often be found with his sleeves rolled up working on an engine, organising events and taking part in numerous races all year round; preserving the cars, at all hours of the day and night if needs be.
Note: Press release courtesy of William Medcalf Vintage Bentley.