Bentley auctions of a legend for a whopping 4.5 Million Pounds
|   Friday, July 13, 2012
Sir Henry β€˜Tim' Birkin's iconic 4.5 L supercharged, single seat Blower Bentley was auctioned off for a whopping 4.5 Million Pounds by Bonhams at the Good Wood festival of Speed recently. The car astonished the viewers eighty years ago at the Brook Land race circuit by winning the Bentley Boy tag and making way into the world records.

The Blower managed to strip the previous Bentley of its crown of the highest auctioned vehicle by a considerable margin.
The Bentley Speed Six known also known as the Old No. 2 managed to sell for 2.8 Million pounds back in 2004 at the Le Mans Classic.

With racing legend and ex – air force fighter pilot Tim Birkin behind the wheel of the Blower, the car managed to corner the deadliest outer turns of the Outer Circuit in Brook Land. The Blower is one of the nest racing vehicles of its time and still holds the record for being the first car to create the world's first speed record.

In March 1932, Tim Birkin's sped around the Brook Land track in the Blower at an astonishing speed of 219.93 km/h, a world record at that time. Even motor sports enthusiasts and speed demons have accepted this experience as a hair raising one.

In those times, vehicles were not as developed as they are today and hence speed above 100 km/h was not safe at all. However, the Bentley Blower did manage to stay in one piece at around 200 km/h and both machine and driver were back, safe in one piece.

Tim Birkin was later heard saying that the car left gravel on many instances he could feel the car flying literally, even though for a few seconds. He expressed the feeling as scary and said the bumps and jolts at that speed could even have toppled the car.

However, due to superb engineering – compared to that era – the car managed to attain the feat without crashing and Tim Birkin praises Bentley for this remarkable innovation. People were awed at the mention of such great speed in that era and this led to further research and development in the field of automobiles.

Tim Birkin, his friends Dudley Benjafield and Woolf Barnato were considered as the real superstars of the era. They were recognized not only for their expertise behind the wheel, but also for their courage and their style.

They went on to create the Bentley Boys group and carried on the image of Bentley with much flamboyance. They were behind most of the feats acquired by Bentley and were the drivers of the cars which went on to win the iconic Le Mans and the Brook Land circuit races of the era.

These were considered to be the most prestigious events of the time and Bentley had all the awards coming its way, thanks to the group of these superb drivers and their top notch vehicles. The stories of the era show people's respect and love for Bentley and the drivers.
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