Two Bentley Blowers to take on 1,000-mile Mille Miglia endurance test

Article by Anita Panait, on May 18, 2012

Two 4½ Bentley Blowers will try to relive’s W.O. (Walter Owens) Bentley’s brilliance for creating strong and comfortable cars that could go as fast as pure racer by undergoing the 1,000 mile endurance test, Mille Miglia. The Bentley Blowers, both aging well at more than 160 years old combined, will try to prove that age does not matter with cars built for speed and endurance. 

One of the Blowers, the 4½ litre Supercharged ‘Birkin Blower' that was driven extensively by legendary Le Mans winner Tim Birkin,  completed the Mille Miglia in 2005 and in 2011. The other Bentley Blower was one of the 50 units assembled for road use and has been a regular participant in Bentley events around the world. 

This Blower was built in 1930 as of Bentley’s first showroom demonstrators, and remains one of the favorite cars for test drives. Rolf Frech, Bentley's Member of the Board for Engineering, will be leading the company’s team who will take on the challenge. 

Frech said the two Bentley Blowers embody many of the qualities that set Bentley apart from other marques, and personify W.O. Bentley's brilliance as an engineer. Another old Bentley model, a 1954 R-Type Continental, also made a feat of traveling from England to Italy.

The 1954 R-Type Continental, which has been regarded as of the most elegant cars bearing Bentley's ‘Winged B' logo, was world's fastest four seat luxury saloon during its debut in 1952 with a top speed of 115mph. The Bentley team’s thousand-mile journey to Italy will be joined by two modern Crewe-built cars:  the 6.0 litre W12 Continental GT coupe and the 4.0 litre V8 GTC convertible. Both models are key players in bolstering Bentley's status as one of the world's top luxury carmakers.

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