It is internationally known that I
have a desire to document the history of every Vintage
Bentley ever built, and in 2006 we created an interactive
web site where all Vintage Bentley owners and enthusiasts
could post information and photographs of every W.O
chassis ever built. Now, Clare Hay, the world's foremost
Vintage Bentley historian has compiled all available
information and photographs on Chassis 141 into a magnificent
work. She has done for owner Peter Briggs what every
owner tries to undertake a complete history of
"Chassis 141" tells the story of the first
British entry in the famed LeMans 24 Hour Race in 1923.
This is the origin of one of the most legendary teams
in motorsport history the "Bentley Boys"
a group of wealthy playboys who drove Bentley
racing cars in major events across Europe.
Australian motoring historian, editor and designer of
the book, Graeme Cocks points out that the book is appealing
as it chronicles the story of the people and the car
back in the 1920s and then traces it right through to
its discovery in a barn in the 1980s, then how the car
was shipped to Australia and totally restored by Peter
Briggs and John Hunting in Perth.
"We wanted this book to appeal to historians and
motoring enthusiasts who would be interested to see
how such a famous car is restored from start to finish
few books are prepared to show cars covered in
rust usually they just show the end results which
are always absolutely pristine," Mr. Cocks said.
"As one of the world's most valuable cars, we wanted
to make sure that the book did justice to its historical
significance and the research which went into its restoration."
Anyone who enjoys vintage cars and restoring them, will
find this book an inspiration to get out and turn a
wrench on their car. From rusty parts to a fine sporting
machine, just takes encouragement and this book is a
shot of adrenalin. Recommended to the true enthusiast.
Chassis 141: The Story of the First LeMans Bentley
has been produced in two editions a deluxe leather
case edition which has been limited to 200 copies and
a hardcover edition. It is available at www.lemansbentley.com.au.