Recently, I got a call from Bentley Motors, asking if they could profile Momentum Adventure in their magazine. They then added that as part of this, they’d like to me put their new Bentley Bentayga 4×4 through it’s paces in a wild location of my choice, a truely world exclusive opportunity.
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As you can imagine, this was a long and tough decision but my thinking ended in a resounding, YES!
Come on, Bentley had asked me to test their £200k+ 4×4, off-road, over 3 days, in a location of my choice. Hmmm… where do I signup!
My mind went into overdrive with the various possibilities – but ultimately I had already made the decision! There was only one place that really fit the brief. It’s the place where I had my first adventure experience and a place that set me on the adventure path that I’m still following today, Scotland.
Our journey starts at Wick, which is located at the very tip of Scotland on the North East coast. The scenery there is stunning and wild, and with no one around – it’s the perfect testing ground.
Myself and the team headed out to a remote sea cliff for a quick location recce. I wanted to get the Bentley into a wild spot that was unique and really dramatic for the photo shoot. Within 20 minutes, we found our spot – a 200ft sea cliff, the perfect place for a stunning abseil. The next challenge was getting the Bentley into position for the shoot. I was chosen to pilot the 4×4 to a safe setting from where we could unload our kit and start filming. I have to say I was a little concerned the Bentley would not make the journey as I would be driving through peat bogs, streams, and a deeply rutted landscape, but it really did hold it’s own.
I have to say – the car was just incredible, it breezed through the terrain. I managed to get about 20 feet from the edge of the cliff and the scene for the shoot was set. Once the ropes were out and secured, I was ready to go and I took the plunge 100ft into the abseil, I locked off the rope and just hung there staring out to sea. It was just breathtaking – there were seagulls diving around me and even seals bobbing up from the sea below looking bewildered by this guy hanging off the cliff!
The rest of the trip was a culmination of blasting through rivers and flying alongside remote sanding lochs. We finished with a roaring fire on a remote beach where we relaxed over a few beers – it’s amazing to think that when we were looking out to sea, the next stop was Scandinavia.
What a car, what a team and what a location. I’m so fortunate being able to love what I do and do what I love and just occasionally I get shown a wild card – in this case, in the form of Bentley Bentayga 4×4!
Thank you Bentley for the ultimate off-road experience, which I can only describe as driving in the wilderness, while sitting in the Ritz…