18. Twenty four hours le Mans 21 – 22nd June 1930

18. 24 hours Le Mans 21 - 22nd June 1930_full

Twenty four hours le Mans 21 – 22nd June 1930

Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin – An ex royal fighter pilot who was driving in flying goggles, white drill helmet and a silk scarf. Here at Le Mans with his famous ‘Blower’ Bentley in 1930. The Blower was developed by Tim Birkin although it never won at Le Mans. The output of 240 bhp was exceptionally powerful for its day and Birkin took the Brooklands outer circuit lap record at nearby 140 mph.

Tim Birkin, described as the greatest Briton of his time by W.O. Bentley, was one of the Bentley Boys. He refused to adhere strictly to Bentley’s assertion that increasing displacement is always preferable to forced induction. Birkin aided by a former Bentley mechanic, decided to produce a series of five supercharges models for the competition at the 24 hours of Le Mans. Mercedes Benz had been using superchargers on there SSK’s. Thus the Blower Bentley was born. Bentley Blower no 1 was officially presented in 1928 at the British International Motor show at Olympia in London. The 55 copies were built to comply with 24 hours of Le Mans regulations. W.O. Bentley was hostile to forced induction and believed that ‘to supercharge a Bentley was to pervert its design and corrupt its performance”. However, having lost control of the company he founded to Barnato, he could not halt Birkin’s project.


Original watercolour twenty four hours le Mans

  • Signed by the Dutch artist Giovanni Casander
  • Watercolour on art paper
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  • Size : 28 x 20 cm = 11.02″ x 7.87″
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