The Eddie Hall Model

WO Bentley Memorial Foundation – latest acquisition

 

L – R, Tom Clark, Jeremy Harnett and Ken Lea with the Model of Eddie Hall’s Derby racer in 1936 TT guise.

 

During December 2012 the Foundation acquired for display a very historic and important model, that of the Eddie Hall Derby Bentley racer. This is a model of an early car (B 35 AE), 17th chassis made, and was used by Eddie Hall in three Ulster T.T. races, (1934, ‘35 & ‘36) all of them run at the Ards circuit outside of Belfast. In each of these races, under handicap, Hall finished second, missing first place in 1934 by 17 seconds! Before the 1936 TT, the car was prepared for Le Mans and the body was given a streamlined rear section, but this race did not take place due to strikes in France. After this, in preparation for the TT held in September of that year, the body was further modified. As indicated, the car had several bodies during its racing life and the one on the model is that constructed for the 1936 TT race. The model was probably made by the Models Manufacturing Company of London SE1 in 1936, and remained the property of the Hall family and stood in their Monaco flat for many years.

Equipped with a hardtop and a more streamlined body, the car ran in the 1950 Le Mans, in which race Hall drove solo for 24 hours and finished 8th at an average speed of 83m.p.h. The Bentley was then retired and has been in the USA since 1952.

His racing career had started in 1928, when he drove a 2-litre Lagonda in the TT. An Arrol-Aster followed in 1929, but in 1930 he drove  his own 4½ Litre Bentley into 12th place in that year’s TT, again driving single handed. Driving MGs he finished 3rd in the 1931 TT and won the 1933 TT. 

Will Morrison

 

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