|Being located a couple of gear changes away from the Brooklands Circuit, this is the pub and hotel where the high living Bentley Boys of the '20s used to stay during the racing season.|
Being located a couple of gear changes away from the Brooklands Circuit, this is the pub and hotel where the high living Bentley Boys of the '20s used to stay during the racing season. It was originally the summerhouse of the owner of Brooklands, Pete Lock King.
Benjafield’s member, Ian Andrews, had actively persuaded Youngs Brewery to commemorate the ‘Hand & Spear’ pub as it remains a true Bentley landmark, so he contacted Patrick Dardis of Youngs & Co Brewers who agreed that they should commemorate the Bentley Boys at this important location. The date of the unveiling, September 28, was chosen specifically because that was the very day that John Duff broke the Double Twelve record at Brooklands. Naturally he was driving a Bentley.
Various members of the Benjafield’s Racing Club brought a wide range of vintage Bentleys out for the occasion including a 3-Litre, a 41/2, Speed Six and 8-Litre. Luncheon was enjoyed by Ian Andrews, Peter Brennan, Stanley Mann, Philip Strickland and others as well as Eddie McGuire who had the good sense to bring along a very attractive navigator, Colette, and the day was completed with a visit to Brooklands circuit.