Foundation Corner

Life Associate of the Foundation

We are now receiving requests to become a Life Associate at a greater rate as the initiative becomes more widely recognised.

The work of the Trustees and the Volunteers who so willingly give their time to help with the Archives, Museum, Library, and the many requests received for information needs support in the form of donations and bodies to do the work.

The Trustees thank you for your support.


Tom Dine has been digging into WO History

Guest Editor’s Note : It is part of the remit of the W O Bentley Memorial Foundation to continue to research the life and works of W O.  Now that Rotary Aero Engines  have been covered , although this is continuing, Tom is uncovering further connections with the Great Man as an on-going exercise. More


Brochure  The WOBMF Brochure

  is now available


The Eddie Hall Model



The Foundation is pleased to announce the arrival of the Model of the famous Eddie Hall car, B35AE.

The Model has a special history in the Bentley Story and, of course, the Eddie Hall story.

Further information on its history and provenance will be available shortly. Read more

Latest news on the Eddie Hall model.


   The Foundation Publication No.5 "Battling Bentleys in Belgium" is now available in the Club Shop. Read more>

  £9.99 plus p&p.

  A pleasure to read as with all books by Johnnie Winther. His light style conveys the fun and disasters encountered when Bentley Drivers Club Members were let loose on the closed roads in Belgium in the 50s and 60s and early 70s and allowed to go as fast as they could. What is surprising are the speeds of some of the older cars.

Friends of the Foundation

Why not become a

Friend of the Foundation

Anyone donating a small sum, (currently £10.00 or more), automatically becomes a “FRIEND” of the Foundation, for the current year.


A request for volunteers - Archivists Wanted

The Foundation needs Volunteers. If you have some time to spare to enjoy yourself and indulge in the delights of the "dusty" archives at Wroxton in the company of like minded souls, why not contact Tom Dine or Ian Scott at Wroxton. They will give you dates and times for the fun!!

Lunch in the local pub is obligitory.

Click on the link above for details


Bentley – The Vintage Years

Third Edition - 2015

by Clare Hay

Published by Number One Press

This Latest Version is selling extremely quickly!!

The Vintage Years, in its two previous editions (1986 and 1997) has through the years become the recognised source for all with an interest in the Cricklewood Bentley.

The three volumes which make up Clare Hay’s new book, shown out of their individual slipcases.

Now, with the benefit of a further eighteen years research, Clare Hay has produced a superb update, three times the size. The set comprises Volume One, which covers the 3-litre and the 6½-litre, with the 4½-litre, 4½-litre Supercharged, 8-litre and 4-litre along with non-production cars and motor racing being covered in Volume Two. Volume Three is entirely taken up with hugely expanded, easily accessed, tables with, where available, more extensive ownership detail and known photograph references on individual chassis and also includes a section on motor show cars. 

Each volume comes in its own slipcase for easy handling and the price is £400 for the set, with postage extra. Please contact Ian Scott on 01295 738886 or to order your set.


The Life Associate Badge




Life Associates will be receiving, or have already received the new bar mounted badge for their car.

Each badge is numbered and supplied according to the order the donations were made.

You will notice that the badge is distinctive and easily identified from a distance.

Bentley and the Clerget 9B

Tom Dine has been delving into more information on the Bentley Rotary Engine and its forerunner the Clerget Rotary Engine and has come up with a fascinating video on YouTube showing an animated assembley of the engine:

Tom has also written a brief piece on its association with the Bentley range of Rotary Engines here.

Bentley Rotary Aero Engines

This important publication is now available. 

Click on the image of the cover for an order form



Following the success of some six previous books, the Foundation have planned a further publication in pursuit of their charitable aims of education and advancement of public knowledge. This latest initiative pursues an earlier monograph on the subject by Graham Mottram, Director of the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, who generously made it available for the Foundation to re-issue as Publication No. 3 in 2003.

Click here to read a write up on the Rotary Engine by Tom Dine.

Check out the website about the book

Book Review by Sabu Advani

(Editor of the FLYING LADY magazine published in the USA)

WO Bentley Rotary Aero Engines

by Tom Dine

The WO Bentley Memorial Foundation, 2014. 230 p., illustrations + CD-ROM, hardcover. £55. ISBN 978-0-9540901-6-6





  In pursuit of not only its educational obligations but also providing rich enjoyment to its readers the Foundation continues its publishing career. Following the last offering 'Battling Bentleys in Belgium' by Johnnie Winther, our publication No 6 is now available entitled 'EXP 5 - The story of the Bentley Boys and their Bentley', by Clare Hay.
Priced at £15 plus postage and packing, this book of 130 pages is copiously illustrated in both black and white and colour, and tells the story of the racing mechanics and their Bentley, Experimental  No 5, assembled out of racing specification parts which could be robbed in the event of a failure in the other cars.
Order your copy now from Club Shop as this fascinating book has only a limited print run.

"This book is a very worthwhile read for those who are interested in the "behind the scenes" activities(and pranks) of the people involved in getting the cars into shape and producing them on the day, in addition to that of the history of the car. It makes easy reading and will be an ideal Christmas present even for non enthusiasts of old cars." AGS.




The W.O. Bentley Memorial Foundation 

Caring for the history of W.O. Bentley.

The Foundation is a Charitable Trust formed on 17th February 1998 .

Charity No. 1069179

The object of the Trust is “the advancement of public knowledge and appreciation of the Bentley Motorcar and its history by the establishment and maintenance of a Museum, Library and Archive for the preservation, exhibition and study of the Collection”.

The history is that of “W.O.”, the Man, the Engineer, and the Cars that bear his name.

 The W.O.Bentley Memorial Foundation, W O Bentley Memorial Building, Ironstone Lane, WROXTON, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX15 6ED, England.  

Tel: +44(0)1295 738886, Fax: +44(0)1295 738811,     

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