Sun, 28 November 2021
100 years since the first race win for a Bentley, the winning car itself – known as EXP2 – returned to the famous Brooklands Racetrack in Surrey to lead a cavalcade of three-litre Bentleys to celebrate the centenary of its victory.
EXP2 is the oldest Bentley in the world, and only the second car ever built by W.O. Bentley’s fledgling company in 1921. EXP2 led a field of 24 three-litres from across the country, which formed up on the remaining section of the banked Brooklands circuit where Bentley took its first ever win back in 1921. The car took victory in the Whitsun Junior Sprint Handicap at the hands of ‘works’ driver Frank Clement, starting a series of race wins for the three-litre model that culminated in two victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans – Bentley’s first in 1924, driven by Clement and John Duff, and again in 1927. Between those successes, in 1925 Duff also used a three-litre to secure a total of 21 world records over the course of 24 hours.
These early victories for the three-litre engrained motorsport in the foundations of Bentley, and paved for the way for more than 1,600 three-litre models to be produced and sold. The collection of three-Litres and the event itself was organised by the Bentley Drivers’ Club.