Classic Bentley racer heads to London Classic Car Show
The upcoming London Classic Car Show is to host an important piece of Bentley Motors' motorsport history.
The British carmaker's first works vehicle to take part in Le Mans 24hrs will make a public appearance at the show, from February 18 - 21, where it will be piloted by Georgina Riley, a member of the Bentley Belle female racing team.
The Bentley 3 Litre Team Car, road registered MH 7580, first competed in the 1925 edition of the endurance race, but was forced to retire on lap 19.
The works vehicle, which features a large 25-gallon fuel tank, stiffened suspension and a 'Supersports' specification engine, then went on to become the company's demonstrator model before being sold to a private owner.
William Medcalf looked after the car, which remains in a remarkably original condition, for 14 years, before selling it to its current owner. During his ownership, Medcalf gave the Bentley a complete, historically accurate restoration in 2001, and another full rebuild in recent years.
Commenting on the vehicle, Medcalf said: "It has been a privilege to work on such an important part of British motorsport history, and it will be fantastic to see it make a rare appearance in front of British crowds. The London Classic Car Show's special set-up means that attendees will not only be able to see this car up close, but watch it on the move as well."