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July 27, 1948 Bentley Boy Woolf Barnato passes away

On this day in 1948 British auto racer and Bentley Boy Woolf Barnato passed away at the age of 52. Barnato had a serious impact on the racing world, having financially saved Bentley Motors with his personal fortune, beginning in 1925. During this time he acquired a majority shares in the company, meaning he controlled the company.   Barnato began his racing career in 1921 when he imported a Locomobile from the US to race at the Brooklands Easter meeting. In 1924 he acquired a prototype Bentley 3 liter and was hooked on the vehicles. He entered the 24 Hours of Le Mans three times, in 1928, 1929 and 1930, and won each time. He had continued success in various races throughout Europe, including participation in The Blue Train Races in France.  From 1940 to 1945 Banato served as a Wing-Commander with the Royal Air Force, responsible for the protection of aircraft factories against Nazi Luftwaffe bombing raids. He continued various low-key business opportunities out of his office on Park Lane. He passed away in 1948 following complications with a surgery related to cancer and is buried at St Jude’s Church in Englefield Green, Surrey. Pics:Barnato and one of his racing cars.Bentley Speed Six Special Blue Train, driven by Barnato in The Blue Train Races

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