100 Years of Bentley at The Simeone Museum!

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100 Years of Bentley at The Simeone Museum!

Time: February 16, 2019 at 10am to March 3, 2019 at 4pm
Location: The Simeone Museum
Street: 6825 Norwitch Drive
City/Town: Philadelphia, PA 19153
Website or Map: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/…
Phone: 215-365-7233
Event Type: exhibition
Organized By: The Simeone Museum
Latest Activity: Feb 16

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The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum will once again host the “Best of Britain” event from Feb 16th through March 3rd, 2019. This year we will be celebrating the centennial of Bentley Motors Limited founded by W.O Bentley in Cricklewood, North London in 1919.

Bentley became widely known as a builder of premium luxury cars and has held that position for the last century, not to mention their legacy of racing heritage earned by winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1924, 1927-1930 and again in 2003!

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