By Nigel Wigmore
One of my earliest memories of the Bentley magic was standing on a bend at Silverstone racetrack watching a “Blower” disappear over the hill.
The distinctive, double bass boom of the Blower’s engine magically reverberated across my stomach muscles as it passed.
An even earlier memory is of a beautiful, golden-green, two-door Bentley Continental Coupé, the 1960s model with the handsome raked back, passing by me occasionally as I walked to school. (The picture of a modern Bentley added to this post – along with Bentley’s photograph of the Blower Bentley – actually shows a more up to date model which to my mind is not quite as spectacular as the 1960s Continental of my boyhood. Nevertheless the sumptuous Bentley Continental GT Speed Black Edition shown is a very handsome car.)
The Blower Bentley got its name from the supercharger mounted up front on the radiator to show the car meant business. It certainly did. This Bentley proved so reliable on the track that it nearly won Le Mans in 1928 and 1929. Continue reading