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Jim Bow
12-21-2016, 03:00 PM
Billy Fiske was an American Olympic bobsled driver and all around petrol head. He raced a Blower Bentley. He lied about Canadian citizenship and joined the RAF, flying Hurricanes. He was shot up during the BOB, and despite burns to his arms and legs, he landed his aircraft. He died in hospital.
Every year, his car is a major part of the Goodwood Festival.
http://s3.amazonaws.com/scardigest/wp-content/uploads/MG_0403Fiske-Bentley2-01.jpg

seanz
12-21-2016, 05:01 PM
There's a bio worth checking out.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Fiske

skuthorp
12-21-2016, 11:56 PM
Had a slow ride in a '28 model when I was about 13 I think.
http://www.conceptcarz.com/images/Bentley/28-Bentley-4-5Ltr-DV-16-RMA_01.jpg

The Bigfella
12-21-2016, 11:57 PM
Had a slow ride in a '28 model when I was about 13 I think.
http://www.conceptcarz.com/images/Bentley/28-Bentley-4-5Ltr-DV-16-RMA_01.jpg

Seems to be missing the very important blower

Gerarddm
12-22-2016, 12:05 AM
Didn't Ian Fleming have Bond own one?

PeterSibley
12-22-2016, 12:15 AM
Didn't Ian Fleming have Bond own one?

You may be thinking of the BBC show,"The Avengers".


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKKeVtWDEPw

Graeme Forrest
12-22-2016, 12:20 AM
I recall reading somewhere that W.O. Bentley did not approve of superchargers and all "blown" Bentleys were "aftermarket" mods. W.O. answer to more power was a bigger engine, hence the 3 litre Bentley became a 4.5 litre Bentley.

The Bigfella
12-22-2016, 12:59 AM
James Bond drove a 1930 Blower Bentley in 3 of the novels. Casino Royale, Live and Let Die and Moonraker

Jim Bow
12-22-2016, 01:06 AM
Brian Johnson, retired lead singer of AC/DC drives his in traffic.
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_6NbRkTM7oUc/TMyTfmNLTLI/AAAAAAAABoQ/-ju_04onyiE/s1600/Brian+parking+Bentley+copy.jpg

skuthorp
12-22-2016, 01:34 AM
Seems to be missing the very important blower
I don't remember if it had one or not, it was a long time ago, 1955. It was quite spartan with a white number circle on the side, he may still have been racing it. Mum had a photo but I do not.

birlinn
12-22-2016, 04:31 AM
I recall reading somewhere that W.O. Bentley did not approve of superchargers and all "blown" Bentleys were "aftermarket" mods. W.O. answer to more power was a bigger engine, hence the 3 litre Bentley became a 4.5 litre Bentley.
Correct that Bentley did not approve of blowers.
The blowers were applied to the 4 1/2 litre cars; by then, Bentley was already building the 6 1/2 litre 6 cylinder cars.
A blower 4 1/2 came second in the 1930 French Grand Prix, behind a Bugatti.
(Bugatti called them the world's fastest lorries)

The Bigfella
12-22-2016, 05:54 AM
Correct that Bentley did not approve of blowers.
The blowers were applied to the 4 1/2 litre cars; by then, Bentley was already building the 6 1/2 litre 6 cylinder cars.
A blower 4 1/2 came second in the 1930 French Grand Prix, behind a Bugatti.
(Bugatti called them the world's fastest lorries)

The non-blower 4 1/2s won in '28 (with an Aussie driver and a Pom driver) and came 2nd and 3rd in '29

birlinn
12-22-2016, 06:03 AM
That was the Le Mans 24, for sports cars, not the French GP.

Dan McCosh
12-22-2016, 12:05 PM
Didn't Ian Fleming have Bond own one? Yes. I think he totaled it, though.

amish rob
12-22-2016, 12:50 PM
Brian Johnson, retired lead singer of AC/DC drives his in traffic.
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_6NbRkTM7oUc/TMyTfmNLTLI/AAAAAAAABoQ/-ju_04onyiE/s1600/Brian+parking+Bentley+copy.jpg
If you didn't already think he was cool...
Man, I still vividly remember putting that record on the turntable.

What a handsome car.

Peace,
Robert