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About Quiz # 332: Tim Birkin’s workshop


birkin-workshop-332-1Last week's photo of the rundown sheds was send to us by Jonathan Kinghorn as a possible quiz (click main pic!). And a good quiz it was! We suspect that either you were at a complete loss when looking at the shacks, or knew the answer instantly. We received several good answers telling us about racing driver Tim Birkin, but only two (Philippe de Smet and Barrie Down) came up with a photo of the old days. Philippe found the photo above and Barrie supplied even two photos, one of the exterior and one of the interior. Although giving different details, both Philippe's and Barrie's answers were spot on, so we decided to award two prizes this time! Congratulations to Barrie and Philippe! See 'Read more' for their answers and the list of the other contestants that came up with the right answer.

Philippe De Smet: "Sir Henry Ralph Stanley "Tim" Birkin, 3rd Baronet (26 July 1896 ? 22 June 1933) was a British racing driver, the most illustrious of the "Bentley Boys" of the 1920s. His workshop was located at 19/21, Broadwater Road, Welwyn Garden City. The Birkin Blowers, the supercharged 4.5 L Bentley came about a result of Birkin's quest for greater speed. No great wins neither except for the single seater that holds the Brooklands outer circuit record. The five proper Birkin cars: YU3250, UU5871,UU5872, UR6571, and finally UR9155 that was built out of spares from the first cars. The photo is of the original Birkin workshop located at 19/21 Broadwater road, Welwyn Garden City, UK.

Barrie Down: Tim Birkin was a Bentley team driver in the 1920s. In 1928 he found these premises in Welwyn Garden City, near the Bentley works, where he established a separate engineering works to develop a supercharged version of the 4.5 litre Bentley, funded by the Hon. Dorothy Paget. Bentley manufactured 50 chassis for homologation purposes, to which Birkin added the supercharged engines. Dorothy Paget withdrew her support for Birkin's road team in October 1930 after Bentley Motors failed, but continued to support Birkin's single seater track car. Birkin's workshop survived until 1932 in partnership with Mike Couper doing high performance tuning." (The two contemporary internal and external photos of Tim Birkin's workshop are taken from the book "The Bentley Era" by Nicholas Foulkes.)

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