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Bentley Drivers Club, Silverstone August 2012

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I went to Silverstone to cover the Bentley Driver’s Club meeting for Autosport Magazine.     I was surprised by the variety of cars being raced, a wide selection of Bentley Cars (naturally) but a mixture of all sorts of other cars ranging from pre-war to a modern Lotus.

This vehicle deserves mention – it’s a Bentley special built in the 1960’s – built using a 1920’s Bentley chassis with a 24 litre W12 Napier Sea Lion engine, good for 550bhp.    This engine is normally found in various aeroplanes of the 1920’s and 1930’s and the marine application was used in high speed ocean launches to rescue airmen shot down over water.

The car, now owned by Chris Williams, remains a fearsome beast, requiring an extra dose of brave-pills to drive it at racing speeds!

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