Anyone driving a Bentley must get used to more than their share of envious – and at times even murderous – glances. Though Bentleys are such bastions of understated luxury and good taste that the only real antipathy comes from those who dream of waylaying the driver in order to take their place at the wheel.
Now French luxury publisher Assouline has published the ultimate ode to the joys of Bentley ownership: Be Extraordinary: The Spirit of Bentley, now available to order on Amazon as well as the official Assouline website, with photography by Aline Coquelle, Laziz Hamani, and Harald Gottschalk, and text by longtime Bentley enthusiast Count Gelasio Gaetani d’Aragona Lovatelli.
Borrowing its title from Bentley's philosophy of extraordinary motoring and the #beextraordinary hashtag Bentley drivers use to chronicle their adventures on Instagram, the lavishly photographed book features some famous faces, like style icon, car collector and watch customizer George Bamford (above), Pink Floyd's Nick Mason and British designer Alice Temperley (below).
An "eloquent voice" for the best of bespoke British luxury, an expression of affinity for all things made beautifully by hand back in Old Blighty, and a desire to rise above the crowd, owning a Bentley is as much a lifestyle choice as an automotive one.
Be it a Bentayga, Continental GT, Mulsanne or vintage Turbo R, all Bentleys stay true to founder W.O. Bentley's aim to "build a good car, a fast car, the best in class," and to do so with integrity, excellence in engineering and masterful craftsmanship.
Luxury is only part of the equation, with every Bentley carrying a good deal of the DNA from some of the earliest cars that won four consecutive victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans beginning in 1927.
One day we hope to join the ranks of the new Bentley Boys who rule the roads in their gorgeous, pulse-racing rides, but until then we'll be soaking up every image in this voluptuous volume, and so should you.