Bespoke models are made for specific people or to suit specific purposes, but Bentley may have the most specific one so far —falconry.
Bentley’s in-house bespoke division, Mulliner, has created the Bentayga Falconry by Mulliner — a crossover utility vehicle that houses all the necessary equipment for the falconry enthusiast to embark on a hunting expedition.
“The Bentayga Falconry showcases what’s possible with our skilled craftspeople,” said Geoff Dowding, Director of Mulliner. “They can devise elegant and exquisitely executed bespoke solutions to compliment any lifestyle or hobby. Falconry is regarded as the sport of kings in the Middle East, so it was vital that the kit we created was as luxurious as it was practical and durable to appeal to our valued customers there and around the world.”
The kit is fitted to the Bentayga’s slide-out cargo floor, and includes two cork-clad storage boxes. The larger of the two is the master flight station (compartmentalized to house equipment such as a bird GPS tracker, binoculars, leather gauntlets and hand-crafted bird hoods) and the smaller one is a refreshment case with three metal flasks, cups, a blanket and face cloths. The birding equipment is available as another bespoke option.
Two falcon perches are stored in cork-fabric trimmed pockets built into the side of the cargo area, and can be set up on the cargo area floor, which is also trimmed up in cork. During transportation, the bird can perch on a removable post and tether on the centre armrest.
Also of note is the saker falcon soaring over a desert scene that is created by inlaying 430 individual pieces of wood by hand over the course of nine days. Using different woods such as Chestnut, Eucalyptus Pommele, Holly, Lacewood, Maple, Olive Ash and Ripple Sycamore to achieve the various needed shades, the exquisitely-detailed marquetry makes each vehicle unique.
The Bentayga Falconry by Mulliner is intensive in the use of natural cork, primarily because the wood is warm and comfortable, durable, easily maintained, and sustainable (since trees are not cut down but the bark is simply harvested as needed, and recycling is easy and abundant).