The Bentley Boys – The Playboy Racers

David Skillen


Region:
Anywhere
Notice Period:
Emergency (maybe less than one week's notice)
Type:
Professional Speaker
Fee:
Paid: £60 within 30 miles of Belper Derbyshire, £70 over 30 miles - I do not charge additional expenses
Category:
Sports
Updated:
8th January 2018
Tagged:
History | Sport | Cars

In 1919 Walter Owen Bentley built his first motor car. It was the beginning of one of the most charismatic marques in motor racing. But equally fascinating are the men-about-town who drove these magnificent cars, Woolf Barnato, Tim Birkin, Glenn Kidston, Dudley Benjafield and others. Their exploits, on and off the track, led to their name “The Bentley Boys”. They summed up the devil may care attitude of the Roaring Twenties. In this talk we will look at how the Bentley Boys came to dominate racing, especially Le Mans – illustrated with photographs of the men and their wonderful machines.

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About David Skillen

David is an engaging and animated professional speaker on a variety of historical subjects. During his 35 years in the Civil Service he ran training programmes on public speaking and spoke to audiences from 5 to 500 people. Since retiring five years ago he has travelled extensively across the UK giving fully illustrated talks to a variety of groups such as, Probus, WI, National Trust and U3A.

Married to Lynn he lives in Belper Derbyshire, where he was also a guide at the famous Belper North Mill for three years. They have travelled extensively across the United States visiting battlefields from the American Civil War as well as the Alamo. He has studied American Civil War in detail for many years. David and Lynn were members of the Towton Battlefield Society when they lived in Yorkshire, hence an interest in the Wars of the Roses. David was also a battlefield guide for the Society for 7 years.

More recently David has expanded his repertoire of talks to include such diverse subjects as The Royal Observer Corps, he was a member of the Corps for 10 years, The Bentley Motor Racing Team of the 1920's and his adopted home town of Belper and its key role in the Industrial Revolution.

What audiences have said about his talks:

“With our knowledge of this bit of history (The Alamo) mostly confined to a John Wayne/Davy Crockett film and song, it was a most entertaining and enlightening morning.”

"This is just to say thank you for giving us such a fantastic talk last night. I have been inundated with emails asking if we can please have you come to speak to us again sometime."

“You can almost smell the gunpowder”.

“I wish you had been my history teacher – I would have listened!”


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