Brooklands at Goodwood
Goodwood paid a fitting tribute to the spirit of Bentley in its 100th year by staging a very special
one-off Brooklands Trophy race at the 2019 Revival, held exclusively for vintage Bentleys of the 1920s. The race promised a hair-raising and roof-dropping feast of the best of British motor cars, and it truly delivered.
In the 1920s Le Mans cars started the 24 hour race with their hoods up and this tradition was revived at Goodwood with all the cars starting with their hoods affixed and pitted during the race to lower them, making for Pit Lane pandemonium.
Rich British Racing Green coachwork and velvety exhaust notes then loudly heralded the arrival of 30 vintage Bentleys – the majority prepared by us here in-house at Hill Brow –evoking the time when W.O.’s fine machines ruled the Le Mans 24 Hours race.
The cars then had come into the Pit Lane for a compulsory lowering of their hoods – if there was no hood to be lowered, the driver had to run around the car four times before making a quick exit much to the delight of the cheering crowds.
Commenting on this unique vintage Bentley Centenary celebration race, William says “It was a real privilege to compete in this experimental car ‘EXP4’ 1922 3 Litre. Starting the race with the hood up, vintage Le Mans-style, was an inspired move, and having to come into the Pits to take the hood down added real pressure, excitement and a great bit of theatre.”