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.

£25 inc. P&P – UK
£30 inc. P&P ROTW


“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


Neil Bennett