Celebrating a very successful 2015 season, Bentley has organized a small family get together in which they took the new boy, the Bentley Continental GT3, to meet the great grandfather, the 1929 ‘Blower’ Bentley. They met at British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) at Silverstone, founded in 1928 by Bentley Boy and Le Mans winner, Dudley Benjafield.
What a way to mark the end of a year that brought Bentley two major international GT championship titles plus many more illustrious successes at global racing series such as Blancpain Sprint Series, GT Asia Series, 24 Hours of Spa, Nürburgring 24 Hours and Bathurst 12 Hours. The handsome Bentley Continental GT3 certainly has a lot to smug about, but it just can’t do that in presence of the big daddy, the 4.5 liter Blower.
The Birkin ‘Blower’ brought out of the museum for this photoshoot is one of only five models built for racing. This is the car Ettore Bugatti called the fastest lorry in the world, and indeed the supercharged monster did win the 1930 Le Mans in the hands of Woolf Barnato and Glen Kidston. The car still has its original Vanden Plas Open Sports four-seat body.
Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush, said: “As the team prepares for another exciting racing season in 2016, it’s rewarding to look back on 2015 and to see how far we’ve come. We’re racing on four continents in the world’s largest and most competitive GT races and series. From Bathurst to Silverstone and Macau to Monterey, we’re competing with the best that GT racing has to offer.”