"Over The Top" - With Old Bentleys from Perth to Darwin

by Jean-Pierre

The Bentleys below the Cockburn Range

The Bentleys below the Cockburn Range

Dear B,

as I had told you, we were on a terrific Tour, "OVER THE TOP", with old Bentleys from Perth to Darwin - a slightly different way of traveling than you might be used to.

It was extremely well organized by the Bentley Drivers Club of Western Australia. Even though I have been to many corners of the world, such as a rally from Peking to Paris, touring in Borneo, the Arabian Golf States, the Azores, Jordan, and lately Rajastan - always with a vintage car - the Australian tour was the best journey we ever made!

And the most interesting part of it is of course the Kimberley. I understand well that you settled there!

Alexandra and I were with our well proven Vintage Bentley 1927, and our son with his wife - on their first Classic Car Tour - with the 1935 Bentley.

It makes no sense to send you pictures of things you all know better, the river cruises, the flight over Bungle Bungle, camel rides, deep sea fishing, parties with all kinds of funny outfits, rodeos and cattle chasing, crocodile farms, country folk singers, 80 Mile Beach, incredible cloud formations etc. etc.

Instead, just for your information a few pictures of our journey...

The two old ladies doing well on any terrain:

On the air strip of El Questro:

Old iron in Wyndham:

Siesta after the Pic-Nic:

Camp in Kununurra:

Happy arrival in Darwin...

... and the final Black Tie Dinner Party.

(You know British traditions! You have to carry this useless outfit through jungles and outback just for one evening.)

When ever I can I'll be back to the Kimberley!
Have a good time. I envy you!


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