Bentley Polo Invitational
LIVEOUTLOUD Luxury Event – THE 2011 Bentley Polo Invitational and BENTLEY Continental GTC Launch captured the essence of SOUTH AFRICAN sporting and Luxury Lifestyle
1 December 2011; Paarl, Western Cape
On Friday 25 November Bentley, Veuve Clicquot, Pirelli, Breitling and LIVEOUTLOUD partnered in an event like no other at the Val de Vie Wine and Polo Estate in Paarl, Western Cape. The day’s proceedings consisted of an exclusive Polo tournament between four sponsored teams as well as a glitzy unveiling ceremony and cocktail celebration for the much anticipated Bentley Continental GTC during the evening.
Invited VIP guests were given access to the EXCLUSIVE estate for the polo tournament, which saw a round-robin clash between four professional polo teams. Guests were welcomed to relax under the Veuve Clicquot umbrellas or enjoy a cold Peroni at the bar whilst watching the games against the backdrop of the Paarl Mountain Range. The start of the tournament was commenced with Kristina Diehl from Bentley UK throwing the opening ball onto the pitch from the passenger seat of the new Continental GTC’s predecessor before they raced away from a slew of horses clashing for the ball.
First on the pitch saw team LIVEOUTLOUD draw an exciting match against team Pirelli, with the final score being 4-4, resulting in the teams tying 3rd place overall. The second game saw team Veuve Clicquot take on team Bentley in an impressive tussle for 1st place, with team Veuve Clicquot taking the overall tournament by beating Bentley 6-3.
Both polo games were followed by fashion shows showcasing casual and evening wear by designer brands Gant by Michael Bastian, Tumi Luggage and Cape Cobra Leathercraft all dressed on models supplied by Roxy Robinson’s Pick-a-Flava events. Violinist Christine Marie also performed for the guests with ambient entertainment in between the games’ chukkas. Artwork by The Holden Manz Collection as well as the six commissioned pieces from British artists interpreting the various facets of the GTC and encouraging the viewer to ‘look behind the surface’ was also on display for guests to admire throughout the day.
The evening’s procession consisted of the Bentley Continental GTC’s reveal commencing in irreverent elegance with a passing-of-the-torch style ceremony comprising of eight Bentleys ranging from a 1920’s classic vintage right the way through to the 2011 GTC’s predecessor, specially configured on the polo field. MC Nico Panagio introduced a dazzling show of fire, lights and manoeuvrability of man, horse and machine, the all new Bentley Continental GTC was revealed on the polo pitch, summating the day’s theme of luxury, lifestyle and passion in one exceptional vehicle. As the roof of the Bentley Continental GTC came down in an envy generating display basking under the spotlights, Regional Director of Bentley International, Chris Buxton took to the stage to speak on the vehicle, the lifestyle it represents and the direction in which Bentley South Africa is heading.
A small prize giving awards ceremony sponsored by LIVEOUTLOUD took place shortly thereafter with awards going to the most valued player, the best playing pony and a prize for each team with the Bentley trophy handed over to team Veuve Clicquot in recognition of their win.
Mike Eilertsen, CEO of LIVEOUTLOUD explains: ‘The 2011 Bentley Polo Invitational has positioned itself as the pioneer event before LIVEOUTLOUD hosts the inaugural 2012 Beach Polo Festival in Camps Bay, Cape Town. This festival is set to become one of South Africa’s premier events and we look forward to breaking ground on this truly remarkable and original concept.’
The 2011 Bentley Polo Invitational culminated with guests being entertained by the vehicles on show; a jazz band playing smooth melodic tunes, and drew to a close as the sun set behind the mountains with as much style and sophistication as the vehicle itself, a day encapsulating both sporting and luxury living.
For more information on the Bentley Continental GTC, please visit www.bentleymedia.com or contact Bentley General Manager Rens Rademeyer on (011) 361-6600
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