BENTLEY 4 1/2 LITRE SUPERCHARGED REVIEW

Birkin, Rubin, Chassagne, Benjafield, Ramponi, Harcourt-Wood and Kensington-Moir were just some of the legendary names associated with the fabulous supercharged Birkin Team Cars.

Birkins wealth was derived from the Nottingham lace industry and it was his influence and determination that resulted in the supercharged Bentleys, despite W.O. Bentleys personal resistance to the fitting of the blower. Birkins enthusiasm and drive for achieving higher speeds was supported by the forceful Woolf Barnato and the Hon.

Dorothy Pagets money. Although 50 supercharged cars were built there were just five proper Birkin Blowers. These thundering cars raced at such glamorous venues as Le Mans and Brooklands and in the French and Irish Grand Prix and the Ulster Tourist Trophy.

The Birkin cars looked fabulous, sounded breathtaking at full song and their racing achievements were limited only by a design that was perhaps two or three years out of date. Nevertheless the legend of the Birkin Blowers and the people and events linked with that glamorous motor racing epoch live on.

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