The Man Who Supercharged Bond: The extraordinary story of Charles Amherst Villiers

The Man Who Supercharged Bond: The extraordinary story of Charles Amherst Villiers

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844254682
Publisher: Haynes Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 02/01/2010
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

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. He lives with his wife Jane and three children in Teddington, Middlesex.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.

Table of Contents

Foreword Lord Montagu of Beaulieu 6

Acknowledgements 8

Introduction 12

1 Fiel Pero Desdichado 15

2 School 28

3 Quicksilver 35

4 Cordon Rouge and Cordon Bleu 51

5 First Forays into Supercharging 69

6 Bluebird 85

7 The First Supercharged Rolls-Royce 117

8 The Villiers Supercharge 128

9 The Enigma of the Blower Bentley 145

10 The Businessman 169

11 War 186

12 Rocketry 195

13 Painting 207

14 BRM 219

15 'Bond Drove it Hard and Well' 230

16 California 261

17 After Nita 272

18 The Final Automotive Projects 286

19 The Renaissance Man without a Medici 304

Notes and Sources 312

Bibliography 327

Index 341

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