- Historic Bentley takes on epic thousand-mile
test of endurance
- This year marks 85 years since Birkin and Barnatos
- 1930 4½-litre supercharged Blower one of just
55 ever produced
(Crewe/Brescia, 12 May 2015) In 1930, Bentley
Boy Tim Birkin claimed his aborted attempt on
the Mille Miglia in his legendary Blower was due to
a lack of due preparation. 85 years on,
Bentley has ensured all plans are in place for a successful
Blower run in the 2015 event.
Bentley Boys the Hon. Sir Henry (Tim) Birkin
and Bentley Chairman Woolf Barnato were to be the first
British drivers to attempt the thousand-mile Italian
test of endurance, in a supercharged Bentley Blower
known as the No. 2 Birkin Blower. According
to contemporary media reports, however, much disappointment
was felt at the news of the Bentley withdrawal from
the Brescia Thousand Miles Race.
This year, Bentleys original 1930 4½-litre
supercharged Blower is aiming to finish what its sibling
never started, taking on the world-renowned cross-country
route between 14 and 17 May.
Director of Royal and VIP Relations, Richard Charlesworth,
who will be piloting the historic Blower, said: When
the Blower was built in 1930 the Mille Miglia was uncharted
territory for British racers. Some 85 years on and the
Bentley is now a familiar sight this year will
be the Blowers fifth entry. Last year we achieved
the best result ever for Bentley, and this year we are
hoping to continue that success.
One of just 50 examples built for the road, the 85-year-old
Blower features its original Vanden Plas Open Sports
Four-Seat body. It was described by Autocar magazine
in September 1930 as having the appeal of immense
power, linked with great docility qualities
the team will be hoping to exploit in Italy.
Built for racing, all Blowers featured the legendary
supercharger installation developed by Amherst Villiers.
The car running the Mille Miglia this year started life
in 1930 as one of the companys first showroom
demonstrators, and is still performing eight decades
on. With its classic British Racing Green livery and
distinctive exhaust note, the Blower is one of the most
instantly recognisable cars of all time.