The Man Behind The Marque
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
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