One of the most famous classic racers of all time – the 4½-Litre Bentley ‘Blower’ has been recreated in LEGO by a young student of architecture and it looks wonderful…
Created for racing by Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin in the late 1920s, the ‘Blower’ remains synonymous with the sepia-toned era of British motor racing history and is instantly recognisable to everyone connected to classic automobiles.
Few cars have enjoyed the impact of the legendary Bentley ‘Blower’ with its finest hour coming in the 1930 French Grand Prix at Pau when, amid a field of lighter Bugattis, Birkin drove his two-ton car to a remarkable second place podium finish. The ‘Blower’ is still believed to be the heaviest car ever entered in a Grand Prix.
Another version of the Blower was later converted into a single-seater and raced on the banked circuit at Brooklands in Surrey. With the engine output increased to 240 bhp, Birkin achieved 222 km/h (137.9 mph) when breaking the Brooklands lap record, his car often witnessed being airborne due to the poor quality of the track.
LEGO Bentley ‘Blower’
As yet LEGO hasn’t ventured into the world of vintage motoring which led to 18-year-old Ben Croot deciding it was time to bring something British and classic to the legendary toy brand.
“Classic race cars such as this Bentley are bulky and robust in shape, unlike most of the cars of today, which I believe allows you to recreate them better in Lego form. I see this project as a way of bringing an old classic icon back into the spotlight.”
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Having done significant research, studying images, Haynes Manual and various other sources of information about the car and how it was originally conceived, the LEGO model took Ben around eight months to build.
It features an impressive and working ‘worm and wheel’ steering and even a ‘removable bonnet’ to reveal the powerful 4½ litre power unit.
Drive and crankshaft are made by utilising Technic parts, which are then connected to the rear wheels. This innovative transmission design allows the pistons to move as the model is being pushed along.
Typically historical, the car is dressed in British Racing and Camouflage Green, both of which don’t exist in the current LEGO brick library, so each part had to be carefully spray painted to achieve the much needed authentic look.
The model is now on LEGO Ideas, where projects try to reach the golden 10,000 votes within a time limit. Doing so grants them the exciting opportunity of becoming a fully-fledged LEGO set.
Ben has managed to attract a positive 5,902 votes in a short time frame and encourages those excited by this fabulous project to cast their vote via this link.