Bent­leys to do bat­tle at Don­ing­ton

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

IN a few months’ time Bent­ley own­ers will be re­mov­ing the wraps from their vin­tage mo­tors, ap­ply­ing the pol­ish and qui­etly fir­ing up the old en­gines in prepa­ra­tion for a very spe­cial sum­mer out­ing.

On Satur­day, June 7, at Don­ing­ton Park nine decades of Bent­leys – old and new – will gather in a unique one-mar­que race to cel­e­brate the 90th an­niver­sary of its first win at Le Mans.

Tak­ing to the track will be 3.0-litres, 3/4½s, 3/8s, 4½s, Der­bys, Mark VI Spe­cials and the unique 24.0-litre Bent­ley Napier as well as the Wor­thing­ton brothers’ Mul­sanne Turbo and tech­ni­colour Con­ti­nen­tal GT.

The 20-minute scratch race is be­ing staged by the Bent­ley Driv­ers Club (BDC) at the in­vi­ta­tion of the As­ton Martin Own­ers Club which is hold­ing its race meet­ing at Don­ing­ton that day.

The BDC’s com­pe­ti­tions cap­tain, Sebastian Welch, said: “Ours is a com­par­a­tively small club and or­gan­is­ing a one-mar­que race at another race meet­ing is a sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ment.”

Fred­eric Manby

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