100 Years of Bentley Racing Success

Thursday 10th September, 2020

By Stuart Newman

Join Club's big bash on Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 May 2021 at Brooklands

Calling all racing Bentleys and Bentley racers...

On 16 May 1921, Frank Clement (pictured) scored Bentley’s first-ever race victory, winning the Junior Short Handicap at Brooklands, driving the company’s 3-litre EXP2.

Exactly 100 years later to the day, EXP2 will return to the Brooklands track as the star of a day celebrating the centenary of the start of Bentley’s extraordinary history of competition success.

The BDC is working with Brooklands Museum to organise this a fantastic day of action, with racing Bentleys of all ages taking to the Finishing Straight, Banking and Test Hill of the original Brooklands circuit in a series of demonstration runs.

And, in the best Bentley racing tradition, the Saturday evening will see a champagne reception followed by a Black Tie celebration dinner in the atmospheric Napier Room of the iconic Brooklands Clubhouse, with a menu based on that enjoyed by guests after one of Bentley’s great race wins of the 1920s.

Subject to ongoing negotiations, the Club is also hoping to run a timed competition event for Bentleys at Brooklands on the Saturday.

Owners of racing Bentleys of all models and ages – from 3 Litres, Speed Sixes, Mk VIs and R-Type Specials to modern-era GTs – are urged to take part. Naturally, we want all other Club members, with their Bentleys, to attend any or all the events of this special weekend.

Full details of this important weekend in Bentley racing history – including booking and entry details, discount admission prices and accommodation offers – will be published later.

For further details, please contact Phillip Hine (07933 315992 / phillip.hine@bdcl.org) or Allan Winn (07979 516 863 / allanwinn1@sky.com

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