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W.O. Bentley: The Man Behind The Marque

Malcolm Bobbitt

The Bentley motor car is one of the most respected marques in the world. It is synonymous with what is often referred to as the golden age of motorsport. Still the image remains of open sportscars, bearing the legendary winged B emblem, thundering around Brooklands and along the Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans. Yet while Bentley motor cars are widely revered, their creator, Walter Owen Bentley, is largely unknown.

In this meticulously researched and revealing biography, Malcolm Bobbitt chronicles W.O. Bentley's life and career and his love of machinery, especially motorcycles and motor cars. He records the rise and fall of Bentley Motors, the triumphs of the cars in competition, especially at Le Mans, and the enduring legend these performances created. Indeed, the preeminence of Bentleys in early endurance racing gave them a unique reputation for power, size, speed and engineering excellence. Undoubtedly W.O. Bentley was one of the outstanding engineers and designers of his era, but this quiet man has never received the personal recognition he deserves.


"a super effort… a rounded and entertaining picture of WO in a well-researched and well-written history"
Classic & Sports Car

Sept 2003• £25• HB • 256pp
234 x 156mm • 40 illus.
ISBN 1 85983 352 8





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