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2014-05-09 08:14

SUPER BLOWERS: Bentley has entered the 2014 Mille Miglia (Thousand Miles). The car above is from the 2013 race. Image: Bentley

CREWE, England - Bentley Motors has entered the 2014 Mille Miglia (Thousand Miles) with two of the company’s famous 4.5-litre supercharged ‘Blowers’ taking on the 1700km route.

The 1930 Le Mans ‘Team Car’ once owned by Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin, one of the most celebrated members of a group of British gentlemen racers known as The Bentley Boys, will be joined by a former company demonstrator Blower with its original Vanden Plas Open Sports Four-Seater body for the renowned race.

It will be run over May 15-18.

DELIGHTFUL FOR ALL

Even after nine decades on the road, the 'demo car' Blower continues to delight customers and guests from around the world with drives during visits to Bentley’s headquarters in Crewe, central England.

Both Bentleys have completed the modern Mille Miglia several times and, with their classic dark green livery and distinctive, rumbling exhaust, they’re welcomed by the thousands of fans who line the route.

To celebrate the start of the 2014 Mille Miglia the Bentley team will meet customers and friends from the Bentley Drivers' Club in Brescia, Italy, on the afternoon before the race.

The pre-race gathering will see Bentley owners from as far away as Australia, Hong Kong, South Africa and the US and from across Britain meet the Blowers and bring their own cars to create a unique line-up of machines bearing the famous Winged B emblem in Italy.

Steve Miller, secretary of the Bentley Drivers' Club, explained: “We plan to see the Blowers and their drivers off in style. There will be Bentleys from all eras, some of them extremely rare, in Brescia to mark the start of Mille Miglia.

"It should be a real celebration of great cars."
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