[dropcap size=small]B[/dropcap]ritish fine automaker Bentley has added a Bentayga trunk option that’s sure to win over its clients in the Middle East : an installation that can house the (rather stylish) equipment used during a falconry expedition.
Falconry is the art of hunting with the adroit assistance of a bird of prey, and continues to be a popular sport among hot-blooded, well-heeled gents of the region. The most prized falcons make for great status symbols, and often fetch seven-figure sums at auctions.
A million-dollar bird deserves nothing less than the Bentayga Falconry, then. Handcrafted by Bentley’s commissioning arm, Mulliner, the Falconry comprises a flight station where the bird can perch, and a refreshment case that’ll be handy in the desert heat.
The flight station is where one will stow away the tools of the trade, which come as options: a leather bird hood and a protective gauntlet, a GPS bird tracker and binoculars. All this in handsome cork fabric. That doesn’t mean the bird rides in the rear, of course. A removable perch sits on the central armrest of the rear cabin.
Geoff Dowding, Director of Mulliner, said: “The Bentayga Falconry showcases what’s possible with our skilled craftspeople. 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.”