You’ll probably not need reminding that, 20 years ago, a Bentley won Le Mans. It was the culmination of a three-year project and while I understand why it didn’t return to defend that victory in 2004, I still think it was a shame. By then the Speed 8 race car was so much faster than anything else I am given to understand that the team would have had to do little more than turn up to triumph again.
Driving a Le Mans‑winning Bentley through Paris | Thank Frankel it's Friday
Andrew Frankel has been racing cars for over 20 years and testing them for nearer to 30. He is senior contributing writer to both Autocar and MotorSport magazines, sits on the Car of the Year jury and was chief car tester for the Sunday Times for 15 years. He cites driving and writing as the only disciplines for which he has any talent and therefore considers himself vocationally employed. When he is not working he lives quietly in the Wye Valley with his family, a small and unimportant accumulation of cheap old cars and some sheep.