GSU 757 Bentley on gravel Omologato Watches & Pre War Racing Bentleys commercial photography by Ian Skelton Photography

“You ever been in a 1920s Pre War Racing Bentley?” You gotta love that as the opening line to a phone call!! Today I had an amazing experience on a commercial photography – behind the scenes shoot with Omologato Watches   They were having a short video filmed featuring their ‘British Racing Green’ watch & 2 1920s Racing Bentleys. My brief was to capture the making of this video as they drove around the countryside in the Bentleys… Ohhhh go on then!!!

A misty morning set the scene…

GSU 757 Bentley on gravel Omologato Watches & Pre War Racing Bentleys commercial photography by Ian Skelton Photography

The star of the day…. GSU 757. Built in 1938 on a 1926 9″ Supersports chassis and fitted with a 1928 4.5ltr engine.

Star of the show was GSU 757, this beautiful Pre War Racing Bentley. This was one of the Bentleys from the Morley Racing Collection. It is a 2 seater racing car built in 1938 on a short 9 foot chassis. This was then coupled with a 4.5 litre engine, as used in the bigger Le Mans cars which apparently makes it very nimble.  As Shami Kalra, founder of Omologato Watches was soon to find out with Stuart Morley later ….

Omologato Watches & Pre War Racing Bentleys commercial photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Search out Oli on his YouTube channel ‘Mumbo’ to see the video from today’s shoot

First Oli from YouTube channel Mumbo, needed to get some footage. Along with his hand-held ‘mobi’ mounted camera, he set up a camera rig on the bonnet of GSU 757 to capture Shami & Stuart driving through the lanes. A third camera was mounted to the back of Oli’s LandRover Defender camera-car for low angle tracking shots. It was a Proper Boys Toys kinda day!!

Porsche GT3 and cameras on Omologato Watches & Pre War Racing Bentleys commercial photography by Ian Skelton Photography

My Nikon D4 & 70-200mm set up looks lost on the end…. I wonder if they’re in value order???

A good selection of images around the yard safely in the bag, we were soon on our way. Stuart & Shami lead the way in GSU 757, while I followed behind in XI 6264. What an incredible experience to be driven in the back of this beautiful 1926 Bentley Vanden Plas by Stuart’s brother James.

1926 Bentley during Omologato Watches & Pre War Racing Bentleys commercial photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Such a pretty car…. 1926 Bentley Vanden Plas, still with the original engine & chassis it was built with.

Sitting there being blown around in the open air, the loud exhaust & smell of the Castrol R engine oil. The car twitching constantly on it’s skinny tyres… it was easy to imagine the cars back in their heyday. I couldn’t help myself & had to have a go at editing some of the photos to give them an old Antique plate developed feel to them.

Feeling Nostalgic….

Omologato Watches & Pre War Racing Bentleys commercial photography by Ian Skelton Photography

1926 Bentley Vanden Plas – Antique plate version

1926 Bentley steering wheel Omologato Watches & Pre War Racing Bentleys commercial photography by Ian Skelton Photography

1926 Bentley Coupe steering wheel – Antique plate version

2 Bentleys in village street Omologato Watches & Pre War Racing Bentleys commercial photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Village Street side view – Antique plate version

The end of the day was soon here & as the light started to fade there was just time to meet Grandad. Peter Morley had no doubt passed on his love & enthusiasm for racing these classic Bentleys to his Grandsons. You could still see the twinkle in his eye as he fired up another from his collection

Omologato Watches & Pre War Racing Bentleys commercial photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Peter Morley in one of his beautiful Pre War Racing Bentleys

steam from hot engine during Omologato Watches & Pre War Racing Bentleys commercial photography by Ian Skelton Photography

Moisture rapidly turned to steam as the engine fired up…

Thank you to Stuart & James from Morley Racing for allowing me to put a tick in a Life Box today. Thank you to Omologato Watches for asking me to shoot the ‘behind the scenes’ of their video. I hope I captured a feel of the day.

A larger collection from the shoot can be seen in

& here’s the finished