100 Years After The First Bentley Raced At Le Mans It Sells For Over £3m
The sale brokered by Kidston SA, a company founded by Simon Kidston, the nephew of Glen Kidston, who won the 1930 Le Mans 24 Hours at the wheel of a Bentley.
This car is historically significant as it represents the beginning of the Bentley legend, and the establishing of the tradition of ‘The Bentley Boys’. The likes of Kidston, Clement, Duff and others like Sir Tim Birkin, Dr Dudley Benjafield or one-time Bentley Chairman Woolf Barnato became known as The Bentley Boys for their hard-charging racing lifestyle.
Company founder W.O Bentley said of this group’s antics:
“The public liked to imagine them living in Mayfair flats. Drinking Champagne in nightclubs, playing the horses and the Stock Exchange, and beating furiously around the racing tracks at the weekend. Of several of them, this was not such an inaccurate picture.”