Articles tagged Brian Gush

Page 78 of September 2014 archive issue thumbnail Page 78, September 2014

Go with the Blow

In 1930 Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin defied Bentley by supercharging its beloved 4½. Eighty-four years on, we take an unforgettable ride as the Blower blasts back to the track where its legend was written Writer Rob Widdows We thunder through the night; I cannot feel the top of my head, so fierce is the wind buffeting from the bonnet. I try to snuggle down into the warm footwell but to no avail. On we...

Page 102 of March 2014 archive issue thumbnail Page 102, March 2014

Middle Eastern promise

Bentley returns to racing this year, but its new GT3 has already created a stir on its competitive debutWriter: Rob Widdows The boys are back in town. Bentley’s new Continental GT3 racecar went up against its rivals on the Yas Marina circuit, Abu Dhabi, for the last race of the 2013 season – and impressed in its first outing. “An unforgettable weekend of glamour, sporting and schmoozing at the...

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And that reminds me...

I have enjoyed many Bentley-borne adventures, but none so surreal as my 2005 attempt to drive a Flying Spur at 200mph The idea was simple and slightly silly. The double-ton was a fairly common claim among supercar manufacturers, but the idea of achieving such a speed in a four-door saloon appealed to my sense of the surreal. Bentley claimed the car was good for 195mph but after talking to Dr...

Page 12 of November 2011 archive issue thumbnail Page 12, November 2011

Le Mans central to Bentley's race plans

Bentley is planning a return to international sports car racing and promises to be back at the Le Mans 24 Hours inside five years. The British manufacturer, which is part of the Volkswagen Group, has revealed that it is already evaluating options for its return to Le Mans for the first time since winning the event with the Speed 8 in 2003. Bentley chassis and powertrain director Brian Gush, whose...

Page 84 of December 2012 archive issue thumbnail Page 84, December 2012

What's the big idea?

Bentley will return to racing, but before it does, it needs to transform its heavy Continental Speed road car into a fast and competitive racer  By Rob Widdows Bentley is back. One of the most famous names in the sport is to return to racing, with its Continental GT Speed model in 2014. We have all devoured the tales of derring-do by those ‘Bentley Boys’ back in the 1920s, and we all remember the...

Page 74 of April 2012 archive issue thumbnail Page 74, April 2012

An Audi with a roof? Put a lid on it...

Bentley conquered Le Mans all over again in 2003 with this stunning Speed 8. Just don’t suggest it’s a German car in disguise… Unalloyed triumphs are rare events. With almost every victory comes a tinge of regret, a sense not just of a job well done, but ways in which it could have been done even better. Bentley’s successful three-year campaign to win the Le Mans 24 Hours at the start of this...

Page 18 of August 2013 archive issue thumbnail Page 18, August 2013

The Motor Sport Month - International News

New Porsche on trackFuture Le Mans contender tests at Weissach. By Gary Watkins Porsche's new LMP1 hybrid ran for the first time early in June. Built to challenge Audi and Toyota at Le Mans next season, the Porsche is the first car built to next year's LMP1 rulebook to hit the track. Long-time factory driver Timo Bernhard put the car through its paces, at the manufacturer's Weissach test track....

Page 112 of December 2011 archive issue thumbnail Page 112, December 2011

Road Cars

With the predictability of leaves falling in autumn, no sooner has the Government announced that it is consulting on the wisdom of raising the motorway speed limit to 80mph than the self-styled road safety charity BRAKE responds with full fury, its chief executive Mary Williams saying the move "will achieve nothing other than carnage". To be fair, you can't expect a balanced response from such an...

Page 19 of July 2012 archive issue thumbnail Page 19, July 2012

Bentley studies race options

Bentley has stepped up its drive to return to motor sport with the recruitment of Le Mans 24 Hours-winning designer Graham Humphrys. The designer of the 1999-winning BMW V12 LMR has joined John Wickham, who was also team director during Bentley's SPEED 8 campaigns at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2001-03, in undertaking a feasibility study on the British luxury car maker's return to motor racing in the...

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