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Bentley 4 ½ litre 'Le Mans'

1929, ERA Shed, On long term display

This car was delivered to its first owner H.N. Holder in May 1929, ready to race in the Junior Car Club's first 'British Double Twelve-Hour Race’ at Brooklands driven by Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin. It raced again in June of that year and came in third place in the 1936 ‘All-Bentley Race’ at Brooklands.

Before World War One, Walter Owen Bentley raced motorcycles and cars at Brooklands, founding the Bentley Motors Ltd in 1919, Bentley dominated Le Mans in the 1920s, due to the ‘Bentley Boys’ which included ‘Tim’ Birkin. The first model of this car was available in 1926 and many of them regularly raced at Brooklands, they came to epitomise the glamourous golden age of Brooklands.

Loaned by John Lander

Technical Specifications

4 ½ Litre. Top speed 100 mph.

Prominent Races

May 1929, British Double Twelve-Hour Race by Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin and Holder.

June 1929, Brooklands Automobile Racing Club's Six Hours Sports Car Race

1936, All-Bentley Race, 1936