'29 Bentley 4.5 litre16th June, 1929 : The British successes at the Le Mans 24-hour sports car endurance race, which have blossomed so dramatically since the Great War, reached triumphant climax this year with giant Bentleys taking the first four places. The Grand Prix d’Endurance was won by a 6-cylinder Bentley, driven by Captain Woolf Barnato and H R S Birkin, covering a record 1,765 miles in the 24 hours, some 70 miles more than the second Bentley and a full 200 miles more than the first non-British car to finish, a French-entered Stutz.

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