Bentley Blower gets the Lego treatment

Published: 10 August 2020

► Bentley 4.5-litre 'Blower' in Lego form
► Submitted to the Lego Ideas program
► Could this be the next car Creator kit?

Bentley’s iconic 4½-litre ‘Blower’ has been turned into brick form by Ben Croot, and has been submitted to the Lego Ideas program, giving it a chance to become an official Lego set.

The Blower kit combines regular Lego Creator bricks and the more sophisticated Technic pieces to capture the visual drama of the classic racer. There’s working steering, a removable bonnet that shows the engine (which, itself, includes details like the supercharger, flywheel, carburettor and more) and a differential for the rear wheels that turns the engine’s crankshaft.

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Bentley’s Blower is arguably one of the brand’s best-known models and an icon of the era of the ‘Bentley Boys’, racing in the 1930 Le Mans 24hr event and the French Grand Prix of the same year. The 4½-litre Bentley was such a pain for Bugatti in the latter event that Ettore Bugatti called it ‘the fastest lorry in the world’. The ‘Blower’ nickname comes from the use of a supercharger – something W.O. Bentley was opposed to, favouring larger displacement engines for more power instead. Nevertheless, the Blower has become such an icon for the brand that Bentley announced it would make a series of ‘continuation’ models.

The Lego Ideas program is designed to open up the floor to Lego fans, giving them a chance to take part in contests and submit builds. The product ideas part allows fans and builders to suggest what could become a future kit, putting their idea on the Lego Ideas website and drumming up support from fellow fans. Builds that have made it into official sale include the set of Central Perk from TV show Friends and a model of the International Space Station.

If you want to show your support for Ben’s Bentley, you can find his Ideas page here.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches