Benjafield’s Racing Club proudly pitches itself as the world’s smallest racing club, its mission to keep alive the Bentley Boy spirit through numerous activities involving great pre-war cars. It’s named after Bentley Boy and BRDC founder Dudley Benjafield, who was part of the 1927 Le Mans winning team.
In October, the club will pull off perhaps its boldest event yet: Benjafield’s 24, a 24-hour endurance event for pre-war cars. It comes 90 years after Bentley’s first win at Le Mans and it’s 75 years since such cars have been subjected to anything similar.
It will take place at the 2.9-mile Portimao circuit in Portugal, the recently built facility that’s used for F1 testing. Two cars have already completed testing to ensure the suitability of the venue and, with a couple of hairpins removed, it will suit the Benjafield’s 24 – despite some reasonably challenging gradient changes. (See the video filmed last year – below)
Against the modern backdrop, Benjafield’s 24 aims to recreate the automotive sights, sounds and smells of 1920s and ’30s racing. The video below gives a little hint of that, but the romance of 90-year old cars charging through the dead of the night and the glow of sunrise will need to be experienced to be fully appreciated.
The event is open to all suitable marques of the era (not just Bentleys!), and there are still some places available. We know where we’d like to be on the 2nd to 5th October…
More on the Benjafield’s website here.