Bentley – The Vintage Years

Third Edition - 2015

by Clare Hay

Published by Number One Press

This Latest Version is selling extremely quickly!!

The Vintage Years, in its two previous editions (1986 and 1997) has through the years become the recognised source for all with an interest in the Cricklewood Bentley.

The three volumes which make up Clare Hay’s new book, shown out of their individual slipcases.

Now, with the benefit of a further eighteen years research, Clare Hay has produced a superb update, three times the size. The set comprises Volume One, which covers the 3-litre and the 6½-litre, with the 4½-litre, 4½-litre Supercharged, 8-litre and 4-litre along with non-production cars and motor racing being covered in Volume Two. Volume Three is entirely taken up with hugely expanded, easily accessed, tables with, where available, more extensive ownership detail and known photograph references on individual chassis and also includes a section on motor show cars. 

Each volume comes in its own slipcase for easy handling and the price is £400 for the set, with postage extra. Please contact Ian Scott on 01295 738886 or to order your set.


Bentley Rotary Aero Engines

This important publication is now available. 

Click on the image of the cover for an order form



Following the success of some six previous books, the Foundation have planned a further publication in pursuit of their charitable aims of education and advancement of public knowledge. This latest initiative pursues an earlier monograph on the subject by Graham Mottram, Director of the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, who generously made it available for the Foundation to re-issue as Publication No. 3 in 2003.

Click here to read a write up on the Rotary Engine by Tom Dine.

Check out the website about the book

Book Review by Sabu Advani

(Editor of the FLYING LADY magazine published in the USA)

WO Bentley Rotary Aero Engines

by Tom Dine

The WO Bentley Memorial Foundation, 2014. 230 p., illustrations + CD-ROM, hardcover. £55. ISBN 978-0-9540901-6-6



The Motorcycling Bentleys


The Motorcycling Bentleys, by the late Vaughan Davis with David Burgess-Wise. Tells how the three Bentley brothers began their motor sport careers in 1907 – 1911.

Code No. B 1103

Price £6.50 +£3.00 p&p (UK)


Books and Pictures For Sale


Pictures For Sale

  There is a selection of limited edition photographs available for sale.

There is the choice of framed or unframed versions all of which are taken from images held in the Archives. An example of the framed version is shown above.


   The Foundation Publication No.5 "Battling Bentleys in Belgium" is now available in the Club Shop. Read more>

  £9.99 plus p&p.

  A pleasure to read as with all books by Johnnie Winther. His light style conveys the fun and disasters encountered when Bentley Drivers Club Members were let loose on the closed roads in Belgium in the 50s and 60s and early 70s and allowed to go as fast as they could. What is surprising are the speeds of some of the older cars.


  In pursuit of not only its educational obligations but also providing rich enjoyment to its readers the Foundation continues its publishing career. Following the last offering 'Battling Bentleys in Belgium' by Johnnie Winther, our publication No 6 is now available entitled 'EXP 5 - The story of the Bentley Boys and their Bentley', by Clare Hay.
Priced at £15 plus postage and packing, this book of 130 pages is copiously illustrated in both black and white and colour, and tells the story of the racing mechanics and their Bentley, Experimental  No 5, assembled out of racing specification parts which could be robbed in the event of a failure in the other cars.
Order your copy now from Club Shop as this fascinating book has only a limited print run.

Chassis 141

Chassis 141 by Dr Clare Hay.

The story of the first Le Mans Bentley.

Code No. B 1105

Price £6.00+£3.00 p&p (UK)

Lighter Moments


Bentley –Lighter Moments with our Heavy Metal.

186 pages of Bentley humour. Just reprinted.

A must.

Code No. B 1150

Price £10.00+£4.00 p&p(UK)

Bentley Rotary Engines

W.O’s Aero Engines, by Graham Mottram.

Originally produced by the now defunct W.O. Bentley Society.

Relates W.O’s significant contribution to the British war effort in WW1.

Code No. B 1104

Price £5.00+£3.00 p&p (UK)


To buy these online go to

Contact Ian Scott: or Noel Trewhela:

Tel: +44(0)1295738886

 The W.O.Bentley Memorial Foundation, W O Bentley Memorial Building, Ironstone Lane, WROXTON, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX15 6ED, England.  

Tel: +44(0)1295 738886, Fax: +44(0)1295 738811,     

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