14. Bentley 4.5 litre at Le Mans 1928

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Woolf Barnato and Bernard Rubin with their Bentley 4.5 litre at Le Mans 1928  in action.

Bernard Rubin was the son of an Australian pearl salesman. He moved to London with his family in 1908. Bernard Rubin became close friends with Woolf Barnato, the director of Bentley Motors and even lived together for some time. Rubin made his driving debut at Brooklands in 1928 where he finished in sixth place before he made his first appearance at the 24 hours of Le Mans. Driving alongside Barnato, the two won the event in a Bentley 4.5 litre, even though the car had been damaged before the end of the race. He remained at Bentley for Le Mans in 1929 but his car failed after seven laps. Despite “Australia’s”rich motorracing history, it would take until 1983 that another Australian (Vern Schuppan) won the French classic. In July 1929 he became eight in the Irish Grand Prix. In August 1929 Rubin was injured when his Bentley overturned during the Tourist Trophy on the first lap with his injuries, Rubin turned to team ownership and helped find fellow “Bentley Boy’Henry Birkin’s racing efforts. In 1933 they shared the wheel of an MG K 3 in the famed Mille Miglia race and won their class before Birkin raced Rubin’s Alfa Romeo with George Eyston and Whitney Straight. Birkin drove Rubin’s Maserati 3000 in the Tripoli Grand Prix in May 1933 during which,  while reaching over for a cigarette during a pit stop, he burnt his forearm on the exhaust and died five weeks later.

Original watercolour of Bentley 4.5 litre

  •  Signed by the Dutch artist Giovanni Casander himself
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