This is a 1931 “Blower” Bentley towing a Conti GT3 racer

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Who'd have thought a Thirties Bentley would make such a good tow-car...

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Well here’s something you don’t see everyday – a 1931 4.5-litre supercharged Bentley “Blower” TOWING a modern-day Continental GT3 race car. Look, there’s it filling up with fuel. For maybe the eighth or ninth time that day. Probably.

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“Why?” is the obvious question. Well the Silverstone Classic is coming up, and yesterday was a kind of preview day, where journalists were invited along to see what’s in store for July’s main event. Bentley was due to exhibit the GT3, but needed a way of transporting it to the circuit. Enter Martin Overington and the Blower.

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Martin has covered more than 60,000km in this thing, all over Europe. Races it too, including at last weekend’s Goodwood Members’ Meeting. A couple of years ago he fitted a towbar so he could tow his Porsche 962 (sounds like our kind of guy).

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Bentley thought having him tow the GT3 to Silverstone would be something of a spectacle. And it was absolutely correct.

STORY Tom Harrison

Author: TopGear
Top Gear is a British television series about motor vehicles, primarily cars, and is the most widely watched factual television programme in the world.