Thursday, August 30, 2012


Changing of the executive guard: Dr Wolfgang Schreiber accepts the keys to an irreplaceable element of the Bentley historic fleet  – W.O. Bentley’s own company car – from the current Chairman and CEO, Mr Wolfgang Dürheimer.
Bentley Motors
Press release
  • Dr Schreiber succeeds Mr Dürheimer, effective 1 September
  • W.O Bentley’s company car ownership transferred to new leader
(Crewe, United Kingdom 30 August 2012). Signifying the official transfer of company leadership, Dr Wolfgang Schreiber accepts the keys to one of the company’s most revered cars – W.O. Bentley’s own company car – from the current Chairman and CEO, Mr Wolfgang Dürheimer.

Dr Schreiber joins the Crewe-based luxury car company on 1 September 2012 and, as part of his new leadership position as Chairman and Chief Executive, claims the keys to the 1930 8-litre saloon, still driven to this day. This car represented the pinnacle of founder W.O. Bentley’s engineering career, benchmark and class-leading, with an impressive top speed of over 100 mph and handcrafted luxury.

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of Bentley Chairman Woolf Barnato's "unofficial" besting of France's Le Train Bleu (Blue Train) -considered the fastest and most luxurious means of being transported from Calais to the French Riviera at the time - in 1930 driving an H.J. Mulliner bodied Speed Six, Bentley produced the 2005 Arnage Blue Train. The 1930 Gurney-Nutting bodied Speed Six Blue Train Special Saloon depicted here and known for stunning lines not truly matched until the advent of Malcom Sayer's fabulous Jaguar E-Type, is NOT what Barnato drove as was believed for decades.  Image: Bentley

Dr Wolfgang Schreiber (54), an engineering graduate, joined the Volkswagen Group in 1984. He was made head of transmission and drivetrain development at the Volkswagen brand in 1996. His responsibility during that time included the development of transmission and drivetrain components for the Bentley Continental GT and Arnage. He moved to Bugatti Engineering in 2003 to take up the post of Technical Director and later Managing Director of the supersports car company over the next eight years. Schreiber became the member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles responsible for development in September 2006 and was additionally made Speaker for the Board of Management in February 2010.
Jo O’Brien – Corporate Communications Manager
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