Intrepid DRIVEN editor Jared Paul Stern made the journey from East Coast to West last weekend for the awe-inspiring Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and related events, behind the wheel of a rakish Bentley Continental GT Le Mans Edition. Read on for the final dispatch from the front lines…
In a place like Pebble Beach, where Ferraris are a dime a dozen and million-dollar classics lurk around every corner, it’s easy even for a millionaire to contract an inferiority complex or two, never mind a lowly journalist.
Ferraris are a dime a dozen and million-dollar classics lurk around every corner
The Bentley Continental GT Le Mans Edition we had the pleasure of piloting put paid to that.
While one couldn’t help but feel that the Ferrari fiends were firmly planted somewhere between ostentatious and insecure, the Continental GT drew appreciative looks from even the most jaded car connoisseurs.
Photo courtesy Bentley Motors
While there were Bentleys aplenty plying the PCH and Pebble Beach byways, ours was the only one wearing the dashing and distinctive verdant green paint job that made it the final word in sporting elegance, a shade that also adorned the brand-new Mulsanne Le Mans Edition unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours.
Even our man Duncan Quinn, who jetted into town astride a Ducati Panigale R, was suitably impressed, and he is certainly no stranger to excessively sexy machinery.
The verdant green paint job was the final word in sporting elegance
And when our two conveyances convened for five-star events, it’s fair to say we turned more than a few heads.
With such wheels at our disposal, there was no need to ride around in anything else, but there was one test run we couldn’t resist—the Lamborghini Aventador, by far the sexiest beast at the “Beach.”
Photo by Duncan Quinn
For the occasion, Lambo broke out a special 50th-Anniversary Edition of the mind-blowing sports car (above) in matte grey paint primed to set pulses racing.
We managed to wrangle a short spin in a dark blue sibling that made mince meat of everything else on the road, emitting a sweet snarl from its V12 that’s still echoing in our ears.
A quick spin in the horizon expanding Lamborghini Aventador
DQ not only rode with us, but did his own high-speed sprint in the new Roadster version of the eye-popping vehicle, and so we’ll leave it to him to describe the drive in more detail until we manage to get our driving gloves on the thing for more than 30 minutes.
And while it is of course thrilling to put your foot down in a road-going spaceship, the gentlemanly cabin of the Continental was decidedly more amenable to gentlemanly cruising, even on occasion in the vicinity of the speed limit (blame the traffic).
Photo by Duncan Quinn
We were of course rather reluctant to leave this rarified world behind, but Bentley softened the blow to say the least by providing a brand-new Flying Spur for the return journey to Los Angeles via the PCH.
With a 6.0-litre twin turbo W12 engine, making it the marque’s most powerful four-door model ever, the new Spur boasts its own wi-fi hotspot and remote-controlled touchscreen infotainment system inside the most luxurious cabin we’ve ever experienced.
Back to Los Angeles via the PCH in a Bentley Flying Spur
More wood and leather than the library at a London club and the kind of feline acceleration that makes you forget the vehicle’s regal limousine proportions—except when you want to let someone else drive while you luxuriate in back.
Which of course has its place as well.
Courtesy Bentley Motors
Until next year, then…
- Posted September 13, 2013
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