Stan­ley Mann 1945-2015

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

Tributes have been paid to Stan­ley Mann, the well-known dealer, racer and re­storer of Bent­leys, who died fol­low­ing a fall at his work­shop on 4 Fe­bru­ary.

Stan­ley ac­quired his first Bent­ley more than 45 years ago and went on to form the Stan­ley Mann Rac­ing Team that cam­paigned var­i­ous vin­tage Bent­leys at all lev­els of mo­tor­sport.

In 1990, Stan­ley and six like-minded vin­tage Bent­ley en­thu­si­asts founded Ben­jafield’s Rac­ing Club, of which he be­came the Life Pres­i­dent. Named Club of the Year at the In­ter­na­tional His­toric Mo­tor­ing Awards, the ex­clu­sive or­gan­i­sa­tion is ar­rang­ing an event to com­mem­o­rate Stan­ley’s life later this year.

‘Few things in life gave him more plea­sure than shar­ing his love of vin­tage Bent­leys with oth­ers,’ says Philip Strick­land, BRC co-founder and long­time friend.

‘He twice led a team across Rus­sia and in one un­for­get­table year, led a team of Bent­leys on a 1000-mile-long rally across Amer­ica, ar­riv­ing cov­ered in dust and oil at La­guna Seca, where he placed his car on pole and won the race by a huge mar­gin. The lo­cals couldn’t un­der­stand how a scruffy old Bent­ley could go so fast!’


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