Bentley Mother Gun: 350 hp from an eight-liter in-line six-cylinder, a maximum torque of 530 Newton meters - key data of an 82-year-old beautiful monster on four wheels. Chassis ST 3001, completed in June 1927, is actually the first 4.5 liter model, and the nickname comes from Bentley-Boy Woolf Barnato, which rhymed with the chassis number: "ST-Three-OO-One - Old Mother Gun! "
A few days after completion, Mother Gun was involved in the infamous White House Corner Crash at Le Mans - while in the lead - in which seven cars crashed into each other. The following year, the car (then still painted dark green) won the 24-hour race under drivers Woolf Barnato and Bernhard Rubin, and in 1929 it came second with Jack Dunfee and Glen Kidston at the wheel on the circuit at the Sarthe. After a few changes of ownership and minor appearances, Mother Gun finally received the 6.5-liter six-cylinder Speed Six in 1934, which in 1930 had clinched Bentley's fifth Le Mans victory. It was then converted into a single-seater for use in Brooklands, and in 1936/1937 its new owner Robert Jackson provided it with the current body made of bare aluminum. In this form, Mother Gun circled the Brooklands Oval in 1937 under Kit Baker-Carr and George Harvey Noble at an average speed of 134.97 mph, i.e. 217 km / h. Mind you: in average!