Bentley Boy Kidston honoured at Silverstone Classic
The largest field of pre-war race cars ever assembled competed at the 2015 Silverstone Classic n the inaugural Kidston Trophy – named for legendary Bentley Boy and Le Mans winner, Glen Kidston.
Among the 57 competitors were 12 of the rarest and most valuable Bentleys in the world, including several Bentley 3 Litre models, and a collection of 4½ Litre racers including a legendary Supercharged ‘Blower’.
Glen Kidston and Bentley Chairman, Woolf Barnato, famously won the 1930 Le Mans 24-Hour race in the Bentley Speed Six ‘Old Number 1’. This was the second year in succession that the Speed Six had taken the chequered flag and the fourth year in a row that a Bentley was victorious.
Richard Charlesworth, Director of Royal Relations and Heritage, said:
“For one of Bentley’s most famous characters to be honored like this, at such a major classic car event, is wonderful. Kidston lived to race and his triumph at Le Mans alongside Barnato in 1930 will forever be remembered as the crowning glory of the Bentley Boys era.”
The Silverstone Classic took place from the 24th to 26th of July 2015, with the Kidston Trophy contested at 12:00 on Saturday 25 July.
Glen Kidston: Bentley Boy
Adventurer and aviator Glen Kidston was one of the original Bentley Boys. A former Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy, he was famously torpedoed twice in the same morning during World War 1. He later became a submarine commander but when not at sea he set records as an aviator and motorcycle speed trialist.
Kidston died less than a year after his Le Mans win when the de Havilland Puss Moth he was flying crashed during a dust storm over the Drakensberg Mountains in southern Africa. A memorial to him stands at the crash site – an aluminium propeller set in stone designed to warn passing aviators.