W. O. Bentley
British automotive engineer
W. O. Bentley
Walter Owen Bentley, MBE engineer; designer of aero engines, designer and racer of motor cars, founder of Bentley Motors Limited in Cricklewood near London. He was known as "W.O. " without any need to add the word Bentley.
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Death penalty won't be sought in murder case - Palestine Herald Press
Google News - over 5 years
369th State District Judge Bascom W. Bentley III has issued a “gag order” in the case, but granted permission for the district attorney to inform the media of his decision to seek a life without parole sentence, according to Lowe
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Palestine man charged in murder - Athens Daily Review
Google News - over 5 years
... a bribery conviction relating to his former TDCJ employment, was charged with the August 2010 murder of William Earl Baker, 52, of Bullard Thursday before 369th State District Judge Bascom W. Bentley III at the Cherokee County Courthouse in Rusk
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US experts show mixed reactions to Obama's jobs plan - Xinhua
Google News - over 5 years
"The bill is overall a good idea," W. Bentley MacLeod, professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs, said. "It's the kind of thing that the economy has desperately needed for a while," David Epstein said, who specializes in political
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PublishAmerica begins the translates "The Changing Winds" by The Apprentice ... - Online PR News (press release)
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Dr. Douglas Bentley Pen name The Apprentice is the Author of "The Changing Winds" [Dr. Douglas W Bentley] is an expert in the field of [Your Expertise] and is well versed with the demands of [Counseling and comparative religious book] was published
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New Book “The Changing Winds” creates transformation in lives - Online PR News (press release)
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Dr. Douglas Bentley Pen name The Apprentice is the Author of "The Changing Winds" [Dr. Douglas W Bentley] is an expert in the field of [Your Expertise] and is well versed with the demands of [Counseling and comparative religious book] was published
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On exhibit: In-Organic at Collar Works in Troy - Albany Times Union (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The other artists in the show are Bren Ahearn, Jennifer Andrews, Keith W. Bentley, Ali Della Bitta, Lindsay Chandler, Ben Cuevas, Sage Dawson, Tod Hensley, Sara Jones, Aaron McIntosh, Hang Nguyen, Sonya Philip and Cathryn Sugg. The exhibition, however
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Plainfield Blotter/Aug. 15, 2011 - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
Lindsay E. Slota, 28, 23362 W. Bentley, Plainfield, arrested by the Will County Sheriff's Office and booked into the Will County jail on Aug. 15 on a charge of domestic battery. Jon Jackson, 40, 10 Washington Court, Plainfield, arrested by the
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Live Auction of American Art - Saugerties Post Star
Google News - over 5 years
... William Schumacher, Lucile Blanch, Konrad Cramer, Will Barnett, Carl Eric Lindin, John W. Bentley, Marion Greenwood and modern masters including Staats Fasoldt, HongNian Zhang, Eric Angeloch, Elizabeth Mowry and Kate McGloughlin and many more
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Former ASCO assistant indicted for allegedly taking Crimestoppers' funds - Palestine Herald Press
Google News - over 5 years
Raybin's bond on the charge is $25000 set by Anderson County 369th State District Judge Bascom W. Bentley III. On Friday, Lowe said the integrity of the Crimestoppers' program is critical. "Because it deals with such sensitive information," Lowe said,
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Milionerka w Bentley'u = najdroższa stłuczka w historii? - Puls Biznesu
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Na zatłoczonym Place du Casino w Monte Carlo zderzyły się jedne z najdroższych i najbardziej luksusowych samochodów świata. Wszystko zaczęło się od Bentley'a Azure za 250 tys. GBP, którego ofiarą najpierw padł Mercedes S Class za 75 tys.,
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Suspected theft ring leader arrested - Palestine Herald Press
Google News - over 5 years
As of late Tuesday afternoon, Baker remained in the Anderson County Jail in lieu of a “$25000 cash bond” set by 369th State District Judge Bascom W. Bentley III on the tampering charge, in addition to bonds totaling $100000 on the pair of firearm
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'Very best in youth': Abigail Mariam headed to Harvard, career in public policy - Tadias Magazine
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“Nestlé USA is dedicated to America's youth,” says Kenneth W. Bentley, Nestlé Vice President of Community Affairs & Educational Programs and author of the Nestlé Very Best In Youth book series, on the organization's website
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Man gets 55-year sentence for evading arrest - Palestine Herald Press
Google News - over 5 years
“I think our juries are really tough on crime,” Sokolowski said, “especially compared to the bigger counties.” Torres was represented by local defense attorney Bill House. 369th State District Judge Bascom W. Bentley III presided over the week's trial
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Murder retrial scheduled for October - Palestine Herald Press
Google News - over 5 years
Jury selection in the murder trial of 57-year-old Robert Lynn Pridgen of Palestine is set to begin Oct. 18 at the Anderson County Courthouse, with 369th State District Judge Bascom W. Bentley III presiding. Pridgen's first trial in March ended in a
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Bentley receives Doctor of Osteopathy from ATSU-SOMA - Southern Utah News
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Joshua's father, Dr. Scott W Bentley, was able to serve as a guest hooder and hooded the new Dr. Joshua Bentley in the commencement ceremony. Dr. Josh Bentley, of Kanab, Utah, attended Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University before
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Troutman Sanders LLP | Pre-Filing Injunctions: A Practical Solution to the ... - Linex Legal (press release) (registration)
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... Chesapeake E. Andrew Keeney, Chesapeake Mary Ann Hinshelwood, Christiansburg Edward C. Minor, Courtland Christopher J. Honenberger, Culpeper Darren W. Bentley, Danville W. Huntington Byrnes, Danville Debra L. Creasy, Danville Michael C. Guanzon,
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Bright Side - Times Daily
Google News - almost 6 years
Susan W. Bentley, a nurse practitioner in Sheffield, has had her research published in a recent edition of Clinical Therapeutics magazine. Bentley's research was titled “Comparative Effectiveness of a Prenatal Medical Food to Prenatal Vitamins on
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Z Astona Martina w Bentley'a i XXI wiek. Są nowe przygody Jamesa Bonda - Gazeta.pl
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Fot. Akira Suemori AP Właśnie ukazała się najnowsza odsłona książkowego cyklu o Jamesie Bondzie. Jak na idącego z duchem czasu agenta przystało, 007 XXI wieku wymienił samochód, zmienił styl życia (choć nie do końca) i swój stosunek do płci pięknej
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Four arrested in motor theft - Palestine Herald Press
Google News - almost 6 years
The bonds were all set by 369th State District Judge Bascom W. Bentley III. Additionally, Clark had "no bond" in relation to a probation violation on an original charge of possession of a controlled substance less than 1 gram, according to Black
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OP-ED COLUMNIST; A Reality- Based Economy
NYTimes - over 9 years
If you've paid attention to the presidential campaign, you've heard the neopopulist story line. C.E.O.'s are seeing their incomes skyrocket while the middle class gets squeezed. The tides of globalization work against average Americans while most of the benefits go to the top 1 percent. This story is not entirely wrong, but it is incredibly
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of W. O. Bentley
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1971
    Age 82
    Following his lengthy obituary printed in The TImes 16 August 1971 the same newspaper printed two more contributions. Woolf Barnato (1895–1948) served a term as president. W. O. agreed to become patron in 1947.
    More Details Hide Details Founded in 1936 this club now has nearly 4,000 members throughout the United Kingdom, Europe, US, Canada, Southern Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1947
    Age 58
    In August, 1947, J. R. Greenwood, Chairman of Lagonda, announced that although work had begun on the first 1,000 of the new Bentley-designed -litre cars, the project had been cancelled owing to continuing production difficulties and the recently imposed double purchase tax.
    More Details Hide Details While Lagonda would continue with its other engineering activities, including the manufacture of a diesel-powered pile-driver, the company notified its 1,600 workers that some of them would inevitably become redundant. A month later, in mid-September it was announced that the Lagonda specification had been bought by David Brown & Sons (Huddersfield) Limited, gear-wheel manufacturer, which would combine production with Aston Martin bought earlier that year. Production was moved to Feltham, Middlesex. Brown had purchased Lagonda largely to gain Bentley's engineering expertise, and immediately placed W. O. 's newest creation, his 2.6-litre Lagonda Straight-6 engine, under the bonnet of Brown's other new acquisition, the Frank Feeley-designed DB2. This durable DOHC engine would continue in Lagondas and Aston Martins until 1959 and, W. O. noted, important design details were carried on through to their V8. W. O. moved from Aston Martin-Lagonda to Armstrong Siddeley, where he designed another twin-overhead-cam 3-litre engine before retiring. His team included Donald Bastow. According to one report the team's responsibility for the Sapphire project extended to the car’s chassis, but by the time their work ended in 1949 they had contributed little more than detailed inspiration for the production version of the car that was announced in October 1952. Although W. O.'s particular engine design was judged too costly for production, it was because of his involvement that the final Sapphire product received the respect of contemporary designers.
  • FORTIES
  • 1936
    Age 47
    Unable to persuade Harry Grylls to join his engineering staff at Staines, W. O. obtained Stewart Tresilian's services from February 1936.
    More Details Hide Details Tresilian brought Frank Stark and Reg Ingham with him., and Donald Bastow joined them. W. O. made Tresilian chief designer of the V12 project, and the engine was launched in 1937. Displacing 4480 cc, it delivered 180 bhp;hp (134 kW) and was said to be capable of going from 7 to 105 mph in top gear and revving to 5000 rpm. Tresilian left in early 1938 for a Hawker Siddeley subsidiary. Development of the V12 was not complete but Lagonda's financial difficulties prompted more staff to leave. The car was exhibited at the 1939 New York Motor Show. The New York Times commented: "The highest price car in the show this year is tagged $8,900. It is a Lagonda, known as the "Rapide" model, imported from England. The power plant is a twelve-cylinder V engine developing 200 horsepower."
  • 1935
    Age 46
    Rolls-Royce promoted its new line of Bentleys as "The Silent Sports Car". W. O. left Rolls-Royce at the end of April 1935 with a sense of freedom.
    More Details Hide Details A Lagonda M45R Rapide with a Meadows engine won the 1935 Le Mans 24-hour race, and a week later Lagonda was saved from receivership by Alan P Good. W. O. joined the new board as Technical Director and moved to Lagonda with the majority of Rolls-Royce's racing department staff. W. O. again went racing.
  • 1934
    Age 45
    In 1934 he married Margaret Roberts Hutton, née Murray, who survived him.
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  • 1933
    Age 44
    While he worked on testing the prototype he was only permitted to comment on the design of what would become the new Derby -litre announced in October 1933.
    More Details Hide Details Around that time he managed to begin to report in person to the design teams at Derby making friends in the process. Among them Harry Grylls and Stewart Tresilian who did some design-only work on a short-stroke replacement for the V12 engine for their Phantom III. W. O. had been effectively sequestered from the design team of the new car bearing his own name. But, he did admire their achievement.
  • 1932
    Age 43
    As obliged to do by the court he joined Rolls-Royce under a contract extending from 1 May 1932 to the end of April 1935.
    More Details Hide Details Rolls-Royce isolated him in London and Europe, keeping him occupied as liaison between customers and—at long range—the works, to test drive vehicles at Brooklands and for long test runs across the Continent and the Alps.
  • 1931
    Age 42
    W. O.'s winter of 1931/1932 was hard, his wife divorced him and he lost any form of personal transport, when he was asked to return his personal Bentley 8 Litre.
    More Details Hide Details Hearing of this W. E. Rootes arranged for him to test a new Hillman each weekend.
    At the very last minute arch-rival Rolls-Royce topped Napier's bid, announcing their acquisition of Bentley on 20 November 1931.
    More Details Hide Details Rolls-Royce had been disturbed by the 8 Litre's encroachment upon the market segment of their Phantom II. Rolls-Royce's agents had posed as the British Equitable central trust to avoid alerting Napier and inflating the price. The old business had not troubled to register their Bentley trademark. Rolls-Royce took immediate steps to remedy that. Cricklewood was closed during 1932. Thereafter production was from Rolls-Royce premises in Derby and, postwar, Crewe. Rolls-Royce had acquired the Bentley showrooms in Cork Street, the service station at Kingsbury, the whole establishment at Cricklewood and Bentley himself. This last was disputed by Napier in court without success. Everything was sold but some 8-litre chassis which were taken to Derby. The name alone was to be kept and used for a smaller economy car but that prototype proved to be as complex and expensive as the bigger Rolls-Royces and its development was halted.
    By July 1931 Barnato’s financial support had dwindled, and Bentley Motors went into voluntary liquidation.
    More Details Hide Details On 10 July a Receiver was appointed to the company. W. O.'s cars had accumulated losses of £136,220 and had worked through three fortunes including Barnato’s. D. Napier and Son entered negotiations as prospective purchasers. However it was Rolls-Royce who bought the company, whereupon Lord Hives was able to terminate production of the Bentley 8 Litre, which competed directly with the Rolls-Royce Phantom II. Cricklewood production Year! 3-litre! 4-litre! -litre! -litre!
  • 1930
    Age 41
    Although Barnato continued racing Bentleys with distinction, and even though the company sold a hundred of its 8 Litre model, which was launched as a grand car for the ultra-rich in October 1930 (Bugatti sold three of his equivalent model, the Royale), the Great Depression took its toll.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1928
    Age 39
    W. O. continued his design work as Barnato’s employee. The racing version of the W.O.-designed six-cylinder Speed Six—the road car was introduced in 1928—proved to be the most successful Bentley in competition, and won Le Mans in 1929 and 1930.
    More Details Hide Details In 1929, against W.O.’s wishes, Barnato approved the development of a supercharged, "Blower" version of the 1927 4½ Litre. Tim Birkin’s brainchild, the car was made in separate, purpose-built workshops, away from W. O., in Welwyn Garden City. As W.O. had feared, durability proved poor and the car failed on the track.
  • 1925
    Age 36
    Neither of the two Bentleys entered in the 1925 race finished it, but subsequent models won again in 1927, 1928, 1929, and 1930, with the factory team managed by W.O.’s old school friend Richard Sidney Witchell.
    More Details Hide Details Ettore Bugatti is said to have commented that W.O. made “the fastest lorries in the world.” With Bentley Motors Ltd. in financial difficulties, and the company’s board of directors critical of W.O., Kimberley diamond magnate Barney Barnato’s heir Woolf Barnato purchased the business’s assets and became chairman.
  • 1924
    Age 35
    A Bentley 3 Litre won at Le Mans in 1924.
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  • 1923
    Age 34
    In 1923, when a rather skeptical W.O. was persuaded to attend the inaugural Le Mans race, he saw John Duff and Frank Clement’s private entry take fourth place.
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  • 1922
    Age 33
    Bentley entered a team of his new 3-litre modified and race-prepared cars in the 1922 Tourist Trophy driving himself in Bentley III; the only team to finish they received the Team Award thereby launching Bentley’s reputation; Jean Chassagne (later himself a ‘Bentley Boy’) on a 1921 Grand Prix Sunbeam winning outright.
    More Details Hide Details Bentleys set many records at the Le Mans 24-hour races, with "Bentley Boy" Woolf Barnato the only driver to win all three times he entered.
    W.O.’s motto was "To build a good car, a fast car, the best in class." His cars raced in hill climbs and at Brooklands, and the lone 3 Litre entered by the company in the 1922 Indianapolis 500 mile race and driven by Douglas Hawkes finished thirteenth at an average speed of 74.95 mph.
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  • 1920
    Age 31
    In 1920 W. O. married Poppy (Audrey Hutchinson), a fun-loving society woman who disliked factories, whereas Bentley was said to love spending time in the workshop. They divorced soon after the business was sold in 1931.
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    A plaque marks the building in what is now Chagford Street NW1. W.O.’s first complete Bentley 3 Litre car began road tests in January 1920 and the first production version, made in Cricklewood, was delivered in September 1921.
    More Details Hide Details Its durability earned widespread acclaim.
  • 1919
    Age 30
    After the war, in early 1919, W. O. and his brother founded Bentley Motors Limited.
    More Details Hide Details They formed a group at small premises in Cricklewood to turn his aero engines business into one of car production. In a group that included Frank Burgess (formerly of Humber) and Harry Varley (formerly of Vauxhall Motors), they set about designing a high quality sporting tourer for production under the name Bentley Motors. Clive Gallop joined the team as an engine designer to help develop their straight-4 engine. The 3-litre engine ran for the first time in New Street Mews, Baker Street, London.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1914
    Age 25
    W. O. married three times. In 1914 he married Leonie Gore, daughter of Sir St George Ralph Gore, ninth baronet of Magherabegg.
    More Details Hide Details She died in 1919, in the Spanish flu epidemic.
  • 1912
    Age 23
    In 1912 he joined his brother, H. M. (Horace Millner) Bentley, in a company called "Bentley and Bentley" that sold French DFP cars.
    More Details Hide Details Dissatisfied with the performance of the DFPs, yet convinced that success in competition was the best marketing for them, W.O. was inspired by a paperweight to have pistons made for the engine in aluminium alloy. Fitted with the alloy pistons and a modified camshaft, a DFP took several records at Brooklands in 1913 and 1914. At the outbreak of war Bentley knew that using aluminium alloy pistons in military applications would benefit the national interest: they improved power output and ran cooler, allowing higher compression ratios and higher engine speeds. As security considerations prevented his broadcasting the information to engine manufacturers, he contacted the official liaison between the manufacturers and the Navy. That man, Commander Wilfred Briggs, would be his senior officer throughout the war. Commissioned in the Royal Naval Air Service, Bentley was sent to share with the manufacturers the knowledge and experience he had gained from the modifications to the engines of the DFP cars he sold in Britain. Following his first consultation, which was with the future Lord Hives at Rolls-Royce, the company’s first aero engine, named the Eagle, was designed with pistons of aluminium instead of cast-iron or steel. Bentley next visited Louis Coatalen at Sunbeam, with the result that the same innovation was used in all their aero engines.
  • 1910
    Age 21
    He did not finish in either event; in 1910, his Indian’s rear tyre burst on the second lap
    More Details Hide Details After he studied theoretical engineering at King's College London, he took employment with the National Motor Cab Company, where his several duties included overseeing the maintenance of the fleet’s 250 Unics. He was fascinated by the cabbies' ingenuity at fiddling the meters.
  • 1909
    Age 20
    He competed in two Isle of Man Tourist Trophy races, on a Rex in 1909 and as a member of Indian's factory team in 1910.
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    In 1909 and 1910 Bentley raced Quadrant, Rex, and Indian motorcycles.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1902
    Age 13
    Bentley, born in Hampstead, London, was the youngest of his Adelaide-born parents’ nine children. His father was retired businessman Alfred Bentley, and mother was Emily, née Waterhouse. As the son of a prosperous family he was privately educated at Clifton College in Bristol from 1902 until 1905, when at the age of 16 he left to start work as an apprentice engineer with the Great Northern Railway at Doncaster in Yorkshire.
    More Details Hide Details The premium five-year apprenticeship with Great Northern, which cost his father £75, taught W.O. to design complex railway machinery and also gave him practical experience in the technical procedures to cast, manufacture, and build it. He later recalled: "The sight of one of Patrick Stirling's eight-foot singles could move me profoundly." While with Great Northern, he came close to realizing his childhood ambition to drive one of their Atlantic express locomotives, when at the end of his apprenticeship he acquired footplate experience as a second fireman on main-line expresses. "My longest day,” he said, “was London to Leeds and back, on the return journey doing Wakefield to King's Cross non-stop for 175 miles. This was a total day's run of 400 miles, entailing a consumption of about seven tons of coal, every pound of it to be shovelled. Not a bad day's exercise." He completed his apprenticeship in the summer of 1910 but decided that the railways did not offer him enough scope for a satisfying career.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1888
    Born
    Born on September 16, 1888.
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