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June 20, 2007
Speeds on the outer circuit were exceptional, with cars like ‘Tim’ Birkin’s Single Seat Blower Bentley taking the lap record twice, raising it to over 137 mph. Of the 84 drivers earning a ‘120 mph’ badge, 15 drove a Bentley.
The highly coveted ‘130 mph’ badge was earned by a mere 16 cars, three of which were Bentleys. In the late 30s, the Barnato-Hassan Bentley driven by Oliver Bertram became one of only three cars to exceed 140 mph when in 1938 it achieved 142.6 mph.
Margaret Allan, driving a Marker Bentley affectionately known as ‘Old Mother Gun’, proved that women were equally courageous and skilled at the wheel, when she achieved 134.97mph at Brooklands in 1938.
In this centenary year, Bentley is celebrating its proud racing history with the introduction of a thoroughly contemporary new coupe, the Bentley Brooklands.
The new coupe is the ultimate Bentley: a stylish, four-seat, grand touring coupe with classic British proportions and muscular performance. Hand-assembled, employing traditional coachbuilding techniques, it will go on sale in early 2008. To ensure exclusivity, lifetime production will be strictly limited to just 550 cars.
In keeping with its sporting pedigree, the new Bentley Brooklands coupe possesses the most powerful V8 the company has ever produced – a 530 bhp, twin-turbocharged 6.75-litre unit that also develops a enormous 1050 Nm (774 lb ft) of torque for truly effortless performance.
Commenting on the new Bentley Brooklands coupe, Dr Franz-Josef Paefgen said:
“Bentley is one of the most successful racing teams in the illustrious history of the Brooklands circuit and it is this proud sporting pedigree that was the inspiration for the new Bentley Brooklands coupe.”
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(June 15, 2007)