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Old 23 Dec 2003, 15:38 (Ref:819125)   #16
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Does any one know if any of the Blower Bentleys are still being raced ( Goodwood or similar?? ) I know that they cost a fortune to buy let alone race, but if I could see and hear one running in anger as it was meant to, it would be a dream come true!
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Old 23 Dec 2003, 15:42 (Ref:819132)   #17
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I've looked at websites such as Stanley Mann Racing but never had the courage to drop them a line, as I don't have the means to purchase one of there cars why should they respond to a general enquiry from an oik like me
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Old 23 Dec 2003, 16:09 (Ref:819163)   #18
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Lots of Blower Bentleys are seen at BDC and VSCC meetings, though which of them are genuine ex-Birkin jobs I wouldn't like to say.
The red Birkin Blower single-seater does however race on a fairly regular basis. It was recently sold by George Daniels but I've forgotten who the new owner is...
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Old 23 Dec 2003, 17:15 (Ref:819214)   #19
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Thank you for the quick responce David it would be great to see that running. If anyone could post a list of next years meeting's as and when there published that would be great. Do you know how much the car was sold for? ( he says counting the change in his pocket! )
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Old 23 Dec 2003, 17:37 (Ref:819240)   #20
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Can't help with the unique Birkin single-seater, but I can give a benchmark price for a Bentley with a recognised racing pedigree.

A friend of my grandfather's died about six years ago and amongst his effects was a Bentley 4.5 litre which was raced at Brooklands by WB Scott. In fine order it fetched 300,000, which rather surprised my father who was still firmly of the belief that you paid about a hundred pounds per litre of Bentley (the going rate in about 1954!)
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Old 23 Dec 2003, 17:39 (Ref:819245)   #21
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I hasten to add, that figure of 300k is about twice the going rate for a really nicely kept standard four-and-a-half without a race history and six times the price of an entry-level Three.
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Old 23 Dec 2003, 18:34 (Ref:819297)   #22
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Hhhmmmm, lets home for a big win on the lottery.
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Old 23 Dec 2003, 18:35 (Ref:819300)   #23
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home should read HOPE it's been a long day, sorry.
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Should have mentioned that George Daniels also owned (and may still) one of the ex-Birkin Le Mans Blower Bentleys. He once gave me a lift in it from the Isle of Man airport to Douglas.
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I have read somewhere that Birkin used to live in the Norfolk area and his Bentley was often seen being driven enthusiastically along the old A11. Maybe someone could throw some light on this !
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Old 24 Dec 2003, 08:02 (Ref:819765)   #26
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GREEN with envy, you are a lucky lucky man!

Merry Christmas to everyone here on ten-tenths, thanks for all your help in answering my questions this past year.
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Old 24 Dec 2003, 08:09 (Ref:819771)   #27
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I know that Sir Henry lived in Blakeney (not sure of the spelling sorry) and is infact buried in the cemetry of the of the local church there. With regard to him driving enthusiastically along the old A11 in the DVD which I've got ( Full Throttle ) its said that he drove from Mayfair to the Norfolk border in an hour and if he didnt achieve this feat he would turn around and try again! Although I dont know if this was made up to makr the story sound better, does anyone know if it's true or not??
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Old 13 Jan 2007, 20:39 (Ref:1814522)   #28
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I notice that Birkins Bently teams' workshops in Welwyn Garden City have been standing empty for some months now since the last occupants, a motor spares retailer, moved out. Originally it stood in a row of about 7 identical factory units, over the years these have gradually been demolished such that there's only 2 left now. If somebody doesn't try to get it listed, or a motorsport enthusiast buy it, I doubt it will survive too much longer.
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Sir 'Tim' Birkin

For a time Birkin lived at Tacolneston Hall which is 10 miles SW of Norwich, he definatly used to shoot at Blakeney and is buried there. The Hon. Dorothy Paget who bank-rolled the Blower Bentleys lived at Brandon on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, the grounds now form Brandon Country Park which is open to the public. I have heard that Sir 'Tim' also raced a power boat on Diss Mere, but I have seen nothing in writing to back this up!
Apparently the nickname 'Tim' was given to him by his sister after a character in a childrens comic called 'Tiny Tim'
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Old 14 Jan 2007, 15:32 (Ref:1814969)   #30
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Hi quickoldtimer,
The units which used to house Sir Henry Birkin's workshop are now unfortunately a Topps tiles shop and a pizza/curry takeaway place along with a direct mailing office. It is a sad fact that the achievements there haven't been recognised by the town, but considering the state of the old Welwyn film studios opposite it is a miracle that they haven't either been demolished or left to rot. The council in Welwyn Garden City really don't seem bothered about the history and past achievements of the town.
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