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1929 Bentley 4½ Litre    
Original Numbers
Chassis No. HB3403
Engine No. SM3902
Registration No. UU 5872

  This car - updated
Chassis No. -
Engine No. -
Registration No. UU 5872

(Current owner / former owners, please come forward with updates. - March 2017)
 
July 29, 2016
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Derek Bell Zenith Racecar-Trophy Austria, July 2016

 
     
     
  Source: Flickr, posted by user 'Бернхард Эггер :: ru-mot'
Posted: Jun 06, 2017
 
     
June 2016
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Goodwood Festival of Speed, June 2016

 
     
     
  Source: Flickr, posted by user 'f1jherbert'
Posted: Aug 22, 2017
 
     
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  Source: Peter Higgins
Posted: Mar 06, 2017
 
     
December 2015
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  Source: Bentley Media
Posted: Jan 13, 2016
 
     
September 6, 2015
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Concours of Elegance, September 6, 2015

 
     
     
  Source: Flickr, posted by user 'Andrew Henderson'
Posted: Sep 23, 2015
 
     
June 2015
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Goodwood Festival of Speed, June 2015

 
     
     
  Source: Flickr, posted by user 'jdl1963'
Posted: Jan 30, 2016
 
     
May 2015
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Read article Classic Bentleys ready for action-packed summer season.

 
     
     
  Source: Bentley Motors
Posted: Jul 17, 2015
 
     
September 6, 2014
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Concours of Elegance - Hampton Court, September 2014

 
     
     
  Source: Flickr, posted by user 'Gun Hill Studios'
Posted: Dec 24, 2014
 
     
May 2014
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Mille Miglia, May 2014

 
     
     
  Source: Flickr, posted by users 'Stephen Maddalena', 'Umberto Fedele' & 'Mark Soetebier'
Posted: Jan 10, 2015
 
     
May 2013
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  Source: From article "Iconic Blower Bentleys primed for Mille Miglia challenge" Press release issued by Bentley Motors
Posted: Jun 06, 2013
 
     
September 2012
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Photographs were taken at the Windsor Castle Concours of Elegance

 
     
     
  Source: Bentley Media
Posted: Sep 11, 2012
 
     
July 2012
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Festival of Speed, July 2012

 
     
     
  Source: Flickr, posted by user 'mattbeee'
Posted: Mar 03, 2015
 
     
June 2012
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Goodwood Festival of Speed, June 2012

 
     
     
  Source: Flickr, photo posted by user 'f1jherbert'
Posted: Mar 20, 2015
 
     
May 2012
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Bentley Blower before the Mille Miglia begins

Lining up for the start. The Bentley Blowers at Mille Miglia

The classis 1,000 mile challenge begins. The Bentley Blower at the Mille Miglia

The Bentley Blower at the Mille Miglia parade

The Bentley Blowers at the middle of an expectant crowd at the Mille Miglia

The 'Birkin Blower' on the road to Mille Miglia

The Bentley Blowers finishing stage one of the Mille Miglia
   
 
 

Bentley at the Mille Miglia, May 2012

 
     
     
  Source: Bentley Media
Posted: May 28, 2012
 
     
2010
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Techno Classica 2010

 
     
     
  Source: Flickr, photos posted by user 'pkabel'
Posted: Aug 04, 2010
 
     
2010

 

Model of Chassis no. HB3403 created by Paul
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  Source: Paul
Posted: May 10, 2010
 
     
August 16, 2009
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Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, August 2009

 
     
     
  Source: Flickr, posted by user 'Beetlebomb Pohutukawa'
Posted: Mar 30, 2015
 
     
2008
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Techno Classica Essen 2008.

 
     
     
  Source: GT Dreams
Posted: Mar 26, 2009
 
     
2006-2007
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BDC Concours, 2006

BDC Concours, 2007

Goodwood Festival of Speed, 2007
 
 

 

 
     
     
  Source: Russell Browne
Posted: Jul 31, 2013
 
     
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  Posted: Feb 17, 2009
Source: Flickr, posted by user 'racefreak'
 
     
2007
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Brooklands Centenary 2007. Photo by Gareth Horne.

 
     
     
  Source: Flickr
Posted: Jan 22, 2009
 
     
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  Source: Luiscezar Blog
Posted: Jan 19, 2009
 
     
June 2007
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These photographs were taken at the Brooklands 100th Anniversary in June 2007.

 
     
     
  Source: R.H. Rippon
Posted: Mar 04, 2008
 
     
June 2007
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Vintage Bentleys celebrate Brooklands Track Centenary on June 15th 2007.

Read article here.

 
     
     
  Source: Bentley Motors
Posted: Oct 01, 2007
 
     
2007
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  Source: 2007 Rolls-Royce Owners' Club Desk Diary, pages 48/49 and From article "Iconic Blower Bentleys primed for Mille Miglia challenge" Press release issued by Bentley Motors
Updated: Jun 06, 2013
Posted: Feb 05, 2007
 
     
2006
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This photograph was taken during the 2006 Bentley Drivers Club 70th Anniversary Summer Rally and Concours d'Elegance.

 
     
     
  Posted: Aug 23, 2007  
     
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  Source: Bentley Drivers Club, Japan
Posted: Aug 25, 2007
 
     
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4½ Litre Blower Bentley
 
 

As the original No. 2 Team Car of the Birkin / Paget road racing team, Reg. No. UU 5872 (shown here wearing Chassis No. HR3976's number plates — does anyone know the story behind this? - VintageBentleys.org) has had an impressive early life — Le Mans in 1930; Irish Grand Prix 1929 and 1930; Ulster TT 1929; 1930 Brooklands Double Twelve and the BRDC 500 miles race at Brooklands, they were all classic events and this car achieved distinction in most.

The drivers, too, were of the highest calibre: Rubin, Birkin, Chassagne, Benjafield and Hall, to name but a few. It was owned by Mr. Mavrogodato from 1933 until purchased by Mr. Sears in 1955. The car had been stored in an open fronted shed (shown here) and had been badly affected by the elements.

At Herrentals in 1959 the car covered the flying mile in both directions recording an average speed of 125.676 mph, thus proving that the rebuilding had restored its original performance.

Driver's eye view: No less than ten gauges, five switches and two drip-feeds. Just visible is the mesh windscreen stone guard, raised by the riding mechanic when following other vehicles. The pit signal pointer codes are marked on the inside of the door.

 
     
     
  Source: Private Motor Car Collections of Great Britain, Peter Hugo, 1973
Posted: Oct 08, 2007
 
     
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This LeMans Bentley has an ash frame, fabric covering and an aluminum bonnet.

 
     
     
  Source: Classic Cars: A Celebration of the Motor Car from 1945 to 1975 by Martin Buckley, 1999
Posted: Feb 01, 2007
 
     
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  Source: TopSpeed
Posted: Feb 17, 2007
 
     
1955
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The restoration carried out by Tony Townsend took over 3,000 hours in all, and the car is in pristine condition today.

 
     
     
  Source: Private Motor Car Collections of Great Britain, Peter Hugo, 1973
Posted: Oct 08, 2007
 
     
1930
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Birkin Bentley during the 1930 Irish Grand Prix at Phoenis Park in Dublin, Ireland.

 
     
     
  Source: Sports Car: Development and Design, John Stanford, 1962
Posted: Mar 05, 2008
 
     
1930
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Sir Henry Birkin playing catch-up at LeMans in 1930

 
     
     
  Source: Unknown
Posted: Dec 21, 2006
 
     
EARLIEST RECORD OF HISTORICAL FACTS & INFORMATION
 
Chassis No. HB3403
Engine No. SM3902
Registration No. UU 5872
Date of Delivery: No info
Type of Body: 4-seater
Coachbuilder: Harrison
Type of Car: No info
   
First Owner: H.R.S. Birkin
 
     
  More Info: Supplied to H.R.S. Birkin for supercharged cars.

This car was purchased by Dorothy Paget new for Tim Birkin to race. Supercharger was added. — VintageBentleys.org

No. 2 Birkin Blower.

Michael Hay, in his book Bentley: The Vintage Years, 1997, states: "As HB 3402. "Chassis supplied for B. Rubin's supercharged racer." Rebuilt on new 9'9 1/2" chassis frame winter of 1929/30 with Vanden Plas 4 seater body no. 1656. Registered UR 6571 (plates of HR 3976) for many years."
 
     
     
  Posted: Mar 01, 2007  
     
 
 
 
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Sep 22, 2017 - Info and photographs received from Peter Woods for Registration No. NW 5917
Sep 21, 2017 - Info and photographs received from Martin Dolleschel for his Chassis No. BR2353
Sep 20, 2017 - Info and photographs received from Carter Johnson for his Registration No. TD 4512
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