Export block placed on iconic Bentley

Published: 06:01PM Aug 1st, 2013
By: Web editor
In an unusual move an iconic single seater Bentley racing car has had a temporary export bar placed on it to provide a last chance to raise the £5,149,800 needed to keep it in the UK. Similar 'blocks' could apply to historically precious motorcycles...
Export block placed on iconic Bentley

The car, known affectionately as a 'Bentley Blower', was originally designed, owned and raced by Sir Henry Birkin, who enjoyed a superstar status comparable to that of some modern-day Formula 1 drivers.

Made primarily of steel, aluminium and wood, it was one of the first supercharged Bentleys. In the early 1930s, Birkin and the single seater were the darlings of Brooklands, widely regarded as the heart of the pre-war motor racing scene in the UK, and the car still holds the record for the fastest of all production-based racers at that track.

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey took the decision to defer granting an export licence for the racing car following a recommendation by the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest (RCEWA), administered by Arts Council England, on the grounds that it was of outstanding significance for the study of motor racing and automobile technology in the first half of the twentieth century.

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