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  • Family – how Amherst’s strong will was forged in the wake of his father’s singular Parliamentary career and his mother’s determination to marry for love rather than money, and why his cousin Winston Churchill became godfather to his son
  • Cordon Rouge and Cordon Bleu – how Amherst delivered almost twice as many revs from the Brescia Bugatti, prompting Ettore Bugatti to invite him to Molsheim to see his methods at first hand
  • The world’s first supercharged Rolls-Royce, and how, aged 90, Amherst came to be re-united with its supercharger
  • Designing Malcolm Campbell’s first land speed record-breaking Bluebird, and why Amherst  walked away from the project before the record was clinched
  • The Villiers Supercharge – how Amherst  so enhanced the performance of Vauxhall’s attempt at a Grand Prix car that it was still breaking records when it was 12 years old
  • The enigma of the Blower Bentley – why his supercharger sticks proudly beyond the radiator, why he sued Bentley, and how a car which never won a race became one of the most desirable classics of all
  • ‘Bond drove it hard and well’ – the friendship between Amherst and Ian Fleming, why Fleming had 007 drive a Blower Bentley in the early Bond novels, and why Amherst gets a name check in the movie Casino Royale
  • The aero-engine Amherst named after his wife, and his attempt on the world land-plane record
  • Amherst’s war – flying with the ATA, the U-boat attack on his ship, and his six-engine, twin-deck passenger aircraft design for the Canadian government
  • His part in the US space programme, from Presidency of the American Rocket Society to Boeing’s lunar vehicles and calculating the shortest route to Mars
  • His consultancy work on the BRM engine that powered Graham Hill to his first world championship
  • Art – studying under Annigoni in Florence, the portraits of Hill and Fleming displayed in London’s National Portrait Gallery, and his meeting with Pope John Paul II
  • Villiers vs Rolls Royce – how Amherst’s belief in his own legend turned his final project into a High Court action