Le Mans-Winning Bentley Speed 8 to Star at Bentley Drivers Club 60th Anniversary
In 2003, Tom Kristensen, Dindo Capello, and Guy Smith drove the Bentley Speed 8 prototype to victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours. The same car will be featured at the 60th Anniversary of the Bentley Drivers Club at Silverstone.
The Bentley Drivers Club 60th Anniversary meeting promises to be a “moving-museum” of Bentley’s motor racing heritage. Bentleys of every era, ranging from a 1925 3 Litre to the 2003 Speed 8, will appear in the paddock and on the track.
Bentley will be bringing several of its more famous racing cars to the track, including at least two cars that helped the marque win the famous Le Mans race five times between 1924 and 1930. The first official Le Mans works Bentley- a 1925 3 Litre- will be featured as one of them and the 1926 3 Litre, “MK 5205”, is another of the featured Le Mans works Bentleys of old.
In stark contrast to the older racing Bentleys, are the Speed 8 and other Brooklands cars and Bentleys that have raced at BDC events in the past 60 years. The Bentley handicap race is set to show the full mix of Bentley’s racing heritage by pitting classic 3 Litres against more modern Turbo Rs.
The Bentley Drivers Club 60th Anniversary meeting takes place at Silverstone on August 8th and 9th.
Image of Benley at Le Mans in 1925 credited to the W.O. Bentley Memorial Foundation