The initials W.O., will always be associated with fast cars and with that gay and uneasy period the 1920s, when the products of his genius swept the board at race after race.
W. O. Bentley and his great green cars, raced on the track by the millionaire playboys in his team like Woolf Barnato, Sir Henry Birkin and Glen Kidston, and bought by the rich and famous from Britain’s Royal Family and nobility to film stars and matinee idols, drew the public’s fancy and added a touch of colour, of vicarious excitement and glamour to a decade.
Only the ’20s could have produced “The Bentley Boys’; only W.O. could have produced the Bentley. But W.O. is also remembered for his Bentley Rotaries which helped turn the tide in the air on the Western Front, for his prowess on two wheels as well as four, for the great Lagondas of the ’30s and the design of the engine which powers Aston Martin cars today.
This is the life of the brilliant and modest man whose only standard is perfection, who has been the centre of greater controversy and has known more of triumph and misfortune than anyone else in the business.
Fourth impression of first edition 1958. Hardback in very good condition, with clean green boards and logo gilt embossed to front. Inside well bound, some minor spotting to page edges in places. Dust jacket a little scuffed with some small tears and marks, primarily to spine.