An insight into the design, engineering, maintenance and ownership of W.O. Bentley's legendary Le Mans winner
The 4½-litre Bentley, and in particular the supercharged "Blower" model, has become the most famous example of the marque. Tim Birkin's chase of Rudi Caracciola's Mercedes-Benz at Le Mans in 1930 is one of the most stirring stories in motor racing history.
This manual examines all aspects of the Bentley 4½-litre as a racing car, including its success and failures in the 1920s and 1930s. Top racecar engineer Andy Brown has contributed a detailed examination of the car's anatomy, illustrated with original factory drawings and numerous detailed photographs. Memories from the Bentley's leading period drivers and mechanics are included, plus interviews with many of those who are involved in preparing and racing these iconic cars today.
The leading factory-raced cars are all identified and their details recorded, and the business of buying and running such a car today is covered in detail. with the stories of a number of cherished examples.
This in-depth study is a must for all those interested in motor racing between the wars - a period during which the Bentley 4½-litre arguably typified the British sporting spirit. The book also provides a fascinating insight into the history of endurance racing, and how cars of of the Bentley's era have been preserved and can still be enjoyed some 90 years later.
The Bentley 4½-litre story
Anatomy of the Bentley 4½-litre
The driver's view
The mechanic's view
The owner's view
Individual chassis histories
Buch, Hardcover, 21 x 27,5 cm, 164 Seiten, ca. 200 größtenteils farbige Abbildungen, englischer Text
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