Metropolis of Le Mans names a road after the Bentley Boys

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Bentley on Thursday obtained a excessive honor within the metropolis of Le Mans, France, the place the famed endurance race takes place. One road was renamed “Rue des Bentley Boys” in a ceremony presided over by the mayor of Le Mans.

Translated to English, the signal reads “Road of Bentley Boys.” Beforehand, the street was often called “Rue de Laigne.”

For these less than pace on Bentley motorsport historical past, the “Bentley Boys” have been a gaggle of rich males who raced a few of W.O. Bentley’s first race automobiles on the 24 Hours of Le Mans between 1924 and 1930. They posted their first victory in 1924 working with Bentley Boy John Duff and claimed 4 extra consecutive victories between 1927 and 1930. Not solely did the Bentley Boys win races, they broke pace information within the British race automobiles.

Le Mans renames road ‘Bentley Boys’ to honor Bentley

After a 73-year dormancy, Bentley returned to Le Mans in 2001 and received the endurance race in 2003.

The respect comes as the luxurious marque celebrates its 100th anniversary, and apart from the street-naming ceremony, Bentley has extra deliberate for this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. To kick off the race on Saturday, Bentley will run a 25-car-strong parade of assorted automobiles from its historical past across the racetrack. Among the many automobiles would be the 2003 Le Mans race-winning EXP Pace eight, the 1925 Three Litre “Pace,” the four ½ Blower, a Brooklands, and a Continental GT3-R. The automobiles can be paced by the just lately revealed 2020 Flying Spur sedan because it makes its dynamic debut.

 

Le Mans renames street 'Bentley Boys' to honor Bentley

Le Mans renames road ‘Bentley Boys’ to honor Bentley

On Friday, noteworthy historic automobiles are additionally participating within the celebrations at a trackside show exterior of Dunlop Curve referred to as “Bentley By way of The A long time.” They embrace the 1927 Three-Litre No 2 Group Automobile from the 1930 race, a Group Blower, an R-Kind Continental, a Collection 1 FS Continental, and the 1926 Three-Litre Group Automobile No eight EXP 2. The latter is the oldest surviving Bentley and though it by no means raced at Le Mans, it racked up 11 first-place finishes elsewhere.

July 10 formally marks Bentley’s 100th birthday. Different celebrations are scheduled around the globe all year long.

 

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