Classic Bentleys Speed 6 Blue Train Continental R-Type

If you’re a Bentley enthusiast, then this summer’s hottest tour isn’t your favorite band, but a collection of curated classic Bentleys that will be touring around the world.  Included with the cars on tour are the very first Bentley, the EXP 2, the Blue Train Bentley, and one of the original Speed 6’s.

Bentley is celebrating anniversaries for several of the cars, which will be at events around the globe between May and October.  If you’re in the States, our only chance to see a priceless Bentley is at the Concours d’Elegance, Pebble Beach, California.

About The Cars

Blue Train Bentley

This is the 85th anniversary of Woolf Barnato’s famous race against the Blue Train. To celebrate, Bentley will have ‘Blue Train’ Bentley, a Gurney Nutting two-door fastback coupé, on the tour. The car is iconic and was for years was believed to be the car Barnato drove. Bentley still prefers this car when references the race, despite evidence recently discovered that indicates that Barnato actually drove a Mulliner saloon (sedan) bodied Speed 6 and after the fact, ordered this car to commemorate his achievement.

Team Blower Bentley

There will also be a Blower Bentley at a couple of the events this summer. One of just five built for racing, the Team Blower was used by the original Bentley racing team of the late 1920s. 

This summer also marks the 85th anniversary of Woolf Barnato and Glen Kidston Le Mans victory in 1930. Although this car isn’t the one that won Le Mans for Bentley, this is still a rare and remarkable period car. It still runs great too!

EXP2

A legacy of the Cricklewood era, EXP2 is the oldest Bentley in existence. Built in 1920, the 3-litre 4-cylinder car has a top speed of 80mph, and is the beginning of Bentley’s racing legacy. 

Driven by W.O. Bentley’s mechanic Frank Clement, the EXP 2 win its first race in May 1921 at the Whitsun Junior Handicap. 

8 Litre

Built in 1930, the 8 Litre was W.O. Bentley’s personal car. It was acquired by Bentley in 2006 before being restored to its original condition.

With a top speed of 100mph, the luxurious 8 Litre combines craftsmanship with performance, drawing parallels with Bentley’s current flagship, the Mulsanne.  You’ve seen this car previously in photo shoots with the Mulsanne. 

Continental R-Type

It was the R-Type which first brought the Continental name into Bentley lexicon in 1952. With a top speed of 120mph this was the fastest four-seater in the world at the time. Only 208 R-Types were built, many with coach work by Mulliner.  They are very rare and are becoming quite collectible. 

Event Dates

May 25-31, 2015 – Kitzbuehel Alpine Rally, Austria

Cars scheduled: Blue Train Bentley

June 12-14, 2015 – Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, Cheshire

Cars scheduled: EXP2 and Blower Bentley

June 12-14, 2015 – Le Mans

Cars scheduled: Team Blower

June 25-28, 2015 – Goodwood Festival of Speed

Cars scheduled: Blue Train and Team Blower

June 27-18, 2015 – Bentley Drivers’ Club Weekend, Banbury

Cars scheduled: 8 Litre and R-Type Continental

July 17-19, 2015 – Schloss Bensberg Classics, Bensberg, Germany

Cars scheduled: Blue Train Bentley

July 31 – August 2, 2015 – Schloss Dyck Classic Days, Jüchen, Germany

Cars scheduled: Blue Train Bentley

August 12-16, 2015: Pebble Beach, Concours d’Elegance, California

Cars scheduled: Blower Bentley

September 4-6, 2015 – Concours D’Elegance, Hollyrood, Edinburgh

Cars scheduled: Blue Train Bentley and Team Blower Speed 6

October 8-11, 2015 – Zoute Grand Prix, Knokke Le Zoute, Belgium

Cars scheduled: Blue Train Bentley

 

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Source: Bentley Press Release