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Gentleman Heroes - YU 3250 - The first Blower Bentley and the men who made it happen

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£ 95.00 GBP

By Giles Chapman

This beautiful book tells the story of the birth of the infamous Blower Bentley, through the life of the first ever example – YU 3250. Starting with W.O. Bentley and his band of brothers, we join them at the end of the Great War, following them from the prototype 3-litre through to the Bentley Boys and other notable investors, before Tim Birkin takes on the production of his Blower project at Welwyn.

Extensively researched by Bentley authority Clare Hay and written by Giles Chapman, this hard-back book offers a wealth of period and contemporary photos, documenting the life of the most famous Bentley of all. 

The author

Giles Chapman is the author of over 40 books and specialises in car culture, design, history and industry. He worked as Editor of Classic & Sports Car before becoming freelance in 1994. Since then he has worked across a variety of media and is a hugely respected contributor to national newspapers and motoring publications.

Published by Speed Age

ISBN 978-0-993025-11-2

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Steven T.
A winner of a book

As a lover of all things Bentley, I've seen more than my share of informative, but sluggish historical text covering this marque. "Gentleman Heroes" does not fall into this category. The book has energy and movement. The core narrative covers the history of the Blower Bentley, of course, and of YU3250, the first Blower Bentley, in particular. It is, however, much more than that. The book is replete with back stories, anecdotes, and seldom seen imagery, all brilliantly presented in 250 high quality pages. It is a rich and textured snapshot of an epic (dare I say "heroic") slice of the interwar years. The book combines the unparalleled authority of Clare Hay with Giles Chapman’s dexterous presentation. Whilst I devoured the book from cover to cover, even for those readers less inclined to look as deeply “under the bonnet” as I, the book is a trove of interesting information. I was not disappointed. Kudos to the publisher for making this book happen. It is a rich addition to my library.

patrick n.
Gentlemen Heroes

The history of a certain car is often as important or even more so than the car itself.Tim Birkin is a man who's life i wanted to have lead.A man who dedicated his life to racing and living the good life and wanted to go faster and further than Bentley wanted himself. Its a wonderfull book,beautyful written,beautyfull made and a joy to reed.I'm so happy to have discoverd this book in a dutch carmagazine called Carros.I will enjoy it for years to come and i believe i will purchase some other books from the Porter Press catalog.

Robert B.
Quality by Porter press

Once again I'm delighted to have purchased another fine book by Porter Press.This book is of the quality of the wonderful Great cars series books. Rob Bailey Kew Melbourne.