March 27 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Wednesday March 27th
David Skillern ‘The Bentley Boys – The Playboy Racers’
In 1919 Walter Owen Bentley built his first motor car. It was the beginning of one of the most charismatic marques in motor racing. But equally fascinating are the men-about-town who drove these magnificent cars: Woolf Barnato, Tim Birkin, Glenn Kidston, Dudley Benjafield and others. Their exploits, on and off the track, led to their name “The Bentley Boys”. They summed up the devil may care attitude of the Roaring Twenties. In this talk David will look at how the Bentley Boys came to dominate racing, especially Le Mans – illustrated with photographs of the men and their wonderful machines.