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The Man Who Supercharged Bond

The extraordinary story of Charles Amherst Villiers

The Man Who Supercharged Bond

Paul Kenny

Format: Hardcover, 360 Pages
ISBN: 9781844254682
Illustrations: 64 b/w ill
Size: 6 x 9
Weight: 0.06 lb.
Published: Feb. 1, 2010
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A close relation of Winston Churchill, Amherst Villiers is perhaps best known as the man who supercharged the Blower Bentley (which his close friend Ian Fleming had James Bond drive in Casino Royale and Moonraker). However, he also developed racing cars, designed Malcolm Campbell's first land speed record breaking Bluebird and made a return to front-line motor racing in the 1960s with BRM and in the 1970s with Graham Hill's eponymous Grand Prix team. He spent the best part of 30 years in North America working for the likes of Grumman, Douglas and Boeing on a variety of space projects. In his spare time, he was a society portrait painter, and his paintings of Fleming and Hill hang in the London's National Portrait Gallery.
Paul Kenny is one of the few Chartered Accountants who hold a degree in Archaeology, and runs a UK division of a US corporation. A lifelong motor racing enthusiast, he has written for Motor Sport and lectured at Brooklands. This is his first book. He lives with his wife Jane and three children in Teddington, Middlesex.
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September 24,2010
This is a recounting of the extraordinary life of Charles Amherst Villiers, gifted portrait painter, rocketeer, and the man who supercharged Bentley. Learn More.