A truly unique vintage racer

The author, Neil Bennett, has owned, modified, raced and charted the history of this vintage racer and its enthusiastic owner/drivers. This lovingly produced book chronicles the complete story of the Batten Brooklands Racing Special, from its origins in the mid-1930’s, to the present day.

Batten Special


Here you will find excerpts from the book on the history of this wonderful motor car, built in 1935 by the Beckenham Motor Company. There are technical aspects of its construction, photography of the car over the years, tales of its competition exploits, along with some humorous anecdotes from its enthusiastic owner/driver and author.


Here you will find on-board footage of the car as he powers up the hill at Shelsley Walsh, and a high speed sequence from the Pendine Sands Amateur Hot Rod Races.

The story of the Batten Brooklands Racing Special book

Own the book

A limited edition book that details the life of the Batten Brooklands Racing Special, by its enthusiastic owner/driver.


“There will be few who have attended VSCC speed events over the last 30-plus years who will not be aware of Neil Bennett and his red and very fast Batten Special. In this well produced volume Neil has set out the history of the car as far as his exhaustive research has enabled him to go.

All in all this is a most enjoyable book, nicely produced and well written with very good illustrations and a feeling of quality; it must be considered a bargain at the cover price and is a worthwhile addition to any motoring bookshelf.”

Extracts from the

Vintage Sports-Car Club

Bulletin No. 304 Summer 2019

“Neil has carried out an enormous amount of development on the Batten, and all of this is set out in this book, together with a fascinating amount of detail about the immortal Ford side-valve V8, so beloved of racers and hot-rodders for more than 80 years.”

“Some cars have more character than others, and few come with as much character as the Batten Brooklands Racing Special.”

Excerpts of foreword by

Simon Taylor

Writer, historian and commentator

“… prose is refreshingly sharp. This is a charming book, and illuminating too. Recommended.”

The Automobile

“We can’t recommend this book highly enough. It’s a must for anyone with the slightest interest in historic racing, old Fords, or just after a darn good read.”

Neil Fretwell

The Vintage Hot Rod Association
Read Neil’s review in full

“…this is a significant tribute to an important racing car. 

The Society of Automotive Historians in Britain

“What a fantastic little book, however you omitted to put an important message inside: ‘Beware: this book is addictive & may cause insomnia’ 

Keith Thomas

Hillclimb racer