Surprisingly, W.O. Bentley was initially opposed to the concept of Le Mans, citing it as an unnecessary tournament to run the cars under such rough conditions. But the Bentley boys changed his mind by winning five of the six Le Mans 24-hour races between 1924 and 1930.
To honour the brand’s close association with the historic event over several years, the city of Le Mans has renamed a street to celebrate the indomitable spirit of the Bentley Boys. The street will now be named as ‘Rue des Bentley Boys’.
Celebrations to Celebrate the Catenary
A special parade lap will feature 25 Bentley Models before the start of this year’s Le Mans race to honour the completion of 100 years of the company. The parade will be led by the 2003 Le Mans winner – the EXP Speed 8.
A new display will also be put in place on the trackside 24 Hours of Le Mans Museum, featuring the rich heritage of Bentley racing cars. Furthermore, replicas of the Speed 8 and Speed 6 will be put in place to honour the six Bentley victories at Le Mans.
The Legacy of Bentley Boys
The Bentley boys not only won five of the six Le Mans races between 1924 and 1930, but they also showed an abominable spirit that got Bentley Motors the recognition it deserved. The team was undoubtedly an important part of the company’s success over the years.
W.O. Bentley first worked with “Bentley Boy’ John Duff to prepare a machine for the 1924 Le Mans race, getting the first ever win for its company that year. The adventurous group further went on to win four consecutive races between 1927 and 1930, dominating one of the toughest endurance races on this planet.
The Bentley Girls also worked along with the Bentley Boys to break the stereotype and show the world their spirit and will to make a difference. Every part of their hard work contributed to creating a legacy that the company stands on today.