Thursday, 4 August 2011
Dove Digital: The Complete Bentley
Full-colour ebook edition of the luxury hardback that gained the author's second Montagu Award in 2009. The only single publication giving details of every Bentley model since the first in 1920.
This account of Bentley history and exhaustive chronology goes back to WO Bentley's early days as a scion of a wealthy North London family, so fascinated by railway locomotives that he took a premium apprenticeship with the Great Northern works at Doncaster. Commissioned into the Royal Naval Air Service in the 1914-1918 war, he created the Bentley rotary aero engine for fighter aircraft on the Western Front. His adventure into high-quality cars, which brought Bentley Motors a unique series of Le Mans victories, produced a dynasty of classics but ended in financial disaster. Rolls-Royce took over in 1930. The reputation of Bentleys never faltered; by the turn of the century ownership by Volkswagen AG brought new engineering achievements and another Le Mans triumph under the generalship of Ferdinand Porsche's grandson, the gifted Ferdinand Piëch.
Kindle edition ISBN 978-0-9554909-9-6, price £8.99, includes pictures.
Ebook (Adobe Digital) edition ISBN 978-0-9554909-6-5, price £15.99 – colour pictures throughout. Publisher: Dove Publishing Ltd.