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Bentley Le Mans Cuneo


Original vintage motor sport poster titled Bentleys at Le Mans, 1929 celebrating the wins by the British car manufacturer Bentley Motors at the 24 Heures du Mans endurance car race in June 1929. Dynamic painting by the notable British artist Terence Tenison Cuneo (1907-1996) dated August 1968 depicting the Bentley 4½ Litre car (No. 10) driven by British driver Dudley Benjafield (1897-1957) and French driver Andre d'Erlanger refuelling their 4½ Litre car as mechanics look on from the side, the Bentley car (No. 9) speeding past the pits on the other side in front of spectators with flags flying overhead and more cars in the background, the margin below featuring sketches and annotations, including a Bentley engine "The envy of a million motorists" and an image of W O Bentley (1888-1971) "The man who started it all" with an arrow bird logo and text on the side on the side of the image - Presented with the compliments of Bowaters printed on Beaublade 20 cartridge. The 1929 Le Mans race was won by the following Bentley racing car drivers known as the Bentley Boys - 1st place: Woolf Barnato (1895-1948) and Tim Birkin (1896-1933) in a Bentley Speed 6 car (No.1); 2nd place: Jack Dunfee (1901-1975) and Glen Kidston (1891-1931) in a Bentley 4½ Litre car (No. 9); also taking 3rd place (No. 10) and 4th place (No. 8). The 24 Hours of Le Mans / 24 Heures du Mans motor race has been held near Le Mans in France since 1923. Horizontal. Good condition, creasing, pinholes, staining, tears.

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