Le Mans first winner returns 100 years on

100 years ago, John Duff set off from Brooklands Circuit destined for Le Mans in the Bentley 3 Litre Sport. Alongside teammate Frank Clement, they would go on to triumph in the 24-hour endurance race, becoming the first Bentley to do so.

Fast forward to the present day and that same journey in that very same car is to be rein acted. Alongside the Automobile Club de L’Ouest (ACO), Vintage Bentley are thrilled to be driving the 1924 Bentley 3 Litre Sport Le Mans winning car from Brooklands to Le Mans to mark the beginning of her centenary celebrations.

Setting off from Brooklands circuit, the Bentley 3 Litre Sport will cross over to France and navigate south travelling through, Boulogne, Berck, Dieppe, Rouen, Evreux, Mortagne, and Mamers before reaching Le Mans.

This historic return will culminate in the 1924 Bentley 3 Litre Sport leading the procession at the end of Saturdays scrutineering session. Featuring nine Hypercars, one LMP2 and seven LMGT3s, the Bentley 3 Litre Sport will lead the cars through the streets of Le Mans City Centre before remaining in Le Mans as an exhibit at the 24 Hours of Le Mans Museum (from 9th June).

The Bentley 3 Litre will feature across the Le Mans race weekend (14th – 16th June) with further details being announced imminently.

As the world’s leading specialist in W.O Bentleys, Vintage Bentley are proud to be supporting the ACO in these celebrations. A small yet well-established business with over 25 years knowledge and experience, Vintage Bentley offer workshop services, parts, sales, and event support across the world. Vintage Bentley are a verifiable nature positive organisation that are leading the way for sustainability within the classic car world.

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