Gen­tle­man He­roes

Classic Sports Car - - Books -

Spe­cial­ist books on a sin­gle car are all the fash­ion, and this im­pres­sive first from new pub­lisher Speed Age fo­cuses on the third of Tim Birkin’s Bent­ley ‘Blower’ team cars, best known by its reg­is­tra­tion YU 3250. The core of this hand­some 248-pager is re­search by mar­que spe­cial­ist Clare Hay, renowned his­to­rian for Crickle wood built Bent­leys, with pro­duc­tion man­age­ment by James Mitchell.

The only long-chas­sis ver­sion of the four rac­ing Blow­ers, YU 3250 did not have the most glo­ri­ous of com­pe­ti­tion lives but, to give it con­text, Hay and co-au­thor Giles Chap­man re­late the back­ground, char­ac­ters and de­vel­op­ment of these fa­mous ti­tans. YU 3250 was later re­stored and en­thu­si­as­ti­cally driven by leg­endary Bent­ley en­thu­si­asts Harry Rose and Ge­orge Daniels, as well as be­ing much-mod­elled. Present cus­to­dian Chip Con­nor opens the book with a story about his pas­sion­ate fas­ci­na­tion for YU 3250 and meet­ing the great Daniels.

The book’s land­scape pro­duc­tion per­fectly suits the dra­matic sub­ject and Ju­lian Balme’s el­e­gant de­sign bril­liantly re­flects the Blower’s era. And although Amer­i­can Michael Fur­man’s stu­dio pho­tog­ra­phy is un­doubt­edly ex­quis­ite, a set of driv­ing shots would pos­si­bly have bet­ter suited the sub­ject. MW

£95 Clare Hay and Giles Chap­man, Speed Age. ISBN 978 0 9930251 1 2

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