William Medcalf, owner and founder of William Medcalf Vintage Bentley, will line up the fearsome Pacey-Hassan Bentley on the grid at this year’s Goodwood Members’ Meeting, on behalf of owner Andreas Pohl, as it competes in the Bolster Cup race (Date: 17th and 18th of March). Despite the car’s impressive motorsport and speed pedigree, ‘Pacey’ has never raced at Goodwood.
Wally Hassan was arguably the greatest Bentley mechanic of his generation; after the company was sold in 1932, Hassan was retained to work directly for Ex-Boss Woolf Bernato on his personal cars. Barnato decided to build an 8 litre Bentley Brooklands outer circuit single seater (later to be known as the Barnato-Hassan). The purpose was to take the outright record at Brooklands. Bill Pacey approached Barnato and asked if his ‘mechanic’ could build him a 4 ½ litre version at the weekends. As a result, the Pacey-Hassan was born.
Pacey built a completely new frame and pulled the engine down. The latter was also fitted with compression plates under the block. For the 1936 season when the car was successful, fresh handicaps were applied. The Pacey-Hassan reached a top speed of 129.03 m / ph
It is now looked after by the team at William Medcalf Vintage Bentley. The Pacey is now reported to produce over 230bhp. Recently the car has been seen at the Brooklands Double Twelve event. It was also run up the hill at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed.