Bentley S2, 1960. Owned by the rhythm guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for The Kinks, Sir Ray Davies, will go under the hammer at Silverstone Auctions’ May Sale, taking place at Silverstone on May 13. Sir Ray wrote the single Apeman in the back of the car and it was used in a photo shoot for the Preservation album. The Bentley has been in long-term storage since 1991 and requires restoration work. It is offered for auction direct from the ownership of Sir Ray, estimated at between £25,000 and £30,000

“Waterloo Sunset” by The Kinks was released in the UK on 5 May 1967.

Recorded over a 10-hour session, guitarist Dave Davies recalled that the band was trying to achieve “a different guitar sound, to get a more unique feel for the record. In the end we used a tape-delay echo, but it sounded new because nobody had done it since the 1950s. I remember Steve Marriott of the Small Faces came up and asked me how we’d got that sound. We were almost trendy for a while.“

The single reached #2 in the UK; it was also their first single in true stereo. It did not sell well in the US and did not chart.


Some of you may know, some of you don’t. This is my dad, Ray Davies from ‘The Kinks’. Today at Buckingham Palace he was officially knighted Sir Ray Davies by Prince Charles himself! I wasn’t able to attend the event as I have piles of work and other things happening. But back in March 2004, I attending the same place with with my dad when he received his CBE award from Queen Elizabeth II. We’ve had our ups and downs, Dad, and behind all the “fame” you are at the end of the day my dad; just like everyone else. Sadly, a lot of people don’t get that for some odd reason and expect me to follow in his footsteps and become famous just like him. I am beyond proud of this man with all his hard-working, unique, creatively inspiring ideas and was not afraid to express them to the whole world back in the 1960s, along with back lashing comments from ‘The Beatles’ who tried to challenge my dad and his band, when all he wanted to be was himself and not be in competition with anyone else. Brave ol’ man x