The Oldest Bentley In The World Celebrates Racing Glory

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Check out the EXP2 at the Isle of Man TT.

Bentley has been very busy of late. It has just revealed a new version of the Continental GT called the Mulliner GT, and it's the most luxurious Continental yet. If luxury isn't up your alley, a more driver-focused version of the Flying Spur has been unveiled too. While the Crewe-based luxury automaker has been looking toward the future and offering new models, it has also been looking back at its past of late, and a large selection of turbocharged Bentleys was showcased at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed. That wasn't the only big British event that Bentley got involved with though, and last weekend, the oldest remaining Bentley in the world, the EXP2, returned to the famous Isle of Man.

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The event marked 100 years since the EXP2 was part of Bentley's team win in the 1922 RAC Tourist Trophy (TT). But it was not alone. 78 Bentleys and period competitors returned to the island, with all of them gathered on Douglas promenade to form "one of the largest static displays of Bentley 3-Litre models ever seen." The rare collection had an estimated value of more than £40 million (almost $48.5 million). The Mayor of Douglas, Janet Thommeny, was in attendance to welcome the owners to the island, remarking that "it was great to see the energy and passion that the participants and their cars had created." After this, the owners were invited to visit Government House and meet Sir John Lorimer KCB DSO MBE, the Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man.

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As shown above, some time was taken to recreate iconic photos from that early race. The weekend trip was capped off by a Sunday drive the following morning, with the entire cavalcade of Bentleys and the race-winning 1922 Sunbeam forming on the pit lane ahead of a parade lap that commences at 2 PM. As was the case 100 years earlier, the cars were battered by heavy rain and strong winds. Fortunately, the weather quickly improved and a police escort led the procession out on the famous course. The entire drive took around 90 minutes, and no breakdowns were reported by Bentley. Owners came from as far away as the US, New Zealand, and Switzerland. If your name has been put forward for one of the new continuation models Bentley will be making, you can look forward to events like this in the future.

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