Bid to keep classic Bentley in UK

Bid to keep classic Bentley in UK

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has placed a temporary export ban on an historic Bentley racing car in an attempt to keep it in the UK.

It is hoped the move will provide enough time to raise more than £5 million needed to ensure the classic motor stays on home soil.

Mr Vaizey claims it would be a "tremendous loss to the nation" if it were to be exported overseas to a private buyer.

He took the decision to defer granting an export licence for the racing car following a recommendation by the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest.

The "Bentley Blower", as it is known affectionately, captured the imagination and hearts of the British public during the 1930s, and committee ruled that it that it was of outstanding significance for the study of motor racing and automobile technology in the first half of the twentieth century.

Originally designed, owned and raced by Sir Henry Birkin, it was one of the first supercharged Bentleys to be built.

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