Bentley Drivers plan big birthday bash

| 6 Jun 2011

The Bentley Drivers Club celebrates its 75th anniversary with a two-day race meeting at Silverstone on 13-14 August.

As well as racing, the weekend will feature demonstration laps by four very special cars. Bentley Motors’ Continental Supersports world ice record-breaking ‘Ice’ car will make its first public appearance, and the Le Mans-winning EXP Speed 8 and two magnificent aero-engined speed record-breaking cars – John Cobb’s legendary 1933 Napier- Railton and Graham Moss’s 2003 Thunderbolt - will also be put through their considerable paces to thrill the crowds.

One of the highlights is sure to be Sunday’s Keston Pelmore Memorial Race, named after the young enthusiast who founded the Club in 1936, when he left notes on the windscreens of all the Bentleys at a Brooklands meeting, inviting their owners to the inaugural Club meeting at his Chelsea flat. 

The Club will pay tribute to its founder in a fashion he would almost certainly have approved of – with a 20-minute race that includes a wheel-changing pit stop. Whilst Formula One-style 10-second changes are unlikely, there is still guaranteed to be plenty of competition in the pits to manage the quickest wheel-change.

The Morgan Challenge will see a range of Morgans battling it out, while the MGCC Thoroughbred Sportscar Championship will bring a grid of British sportscars of the 50s, 60s and 70s, including Aston Martin, MG, Lotus, TVR, Jaguar, Triumph TR - and more Morgans. And Equipe GTS will stage three exciting heats featuring historic production sports-cars including MGA, MGB, Triumph TR3 and 4, ‘Special-bodied’ Sprites and Midgets, Sabre 6, TVR Grantura, AC Ace and Alfa Romeo.

Advanced tickets are available from the Silverstone website, priced at £10 for the Saturday or Sunday or £15 for the weekend. Children aged 15 and under go for free.