Bernard Rubin

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Bernard Rubin in Le Mans in 1928

Bernard Rubin (born December 6, 1896 in Carlton , † June 27, 1936 ) was a British racing driver of Australian origin.


Bernard Rubin was born in Australia to the pearl merchant Mark Rubin and Rebecca de Vahl Davies, who came from a respected Jewish family . Rubin came to Europe as a young man to serve as an artilleryman in the Royal Garrison Artillery during World War I. He was so badly injured in the war that he could only fully recover after more than three years of convalescence .

After the war Rubin began to be interested in motorsport. He met Woolf Barnato , whose close friend he became, and made his debut in Brooklands in 1928 and soon afterwards came to the 24 Hours of Le Mans as a partner of Barnato . Against some resistance from within the team, Barnato put the completely inexperienced Rubin through as a driver. The duo won the race and Rubin is one of the few drivers who could win their Le Mans debut race. A year later he came back to the Sarthe, the Bentley that he shared with Earl Howe , but retired after seven laps with a technical defect.

However, Rubin's career ended after a short time. At the Tourist Trophy 1929 his Bentley overturned on the first lap and Rubin was seriously injured again. He became a team owner and supported Tim Birkin's career with money and vehicle material. Once he started himself and won his class at the Mille Miglia in 1933 together with Birkin in a MG K3 . After Birkin's death, Rubin gave up racing completely and switched to aviation, in which he set several records.

Rubin - who married Audrey Mary Simpson in Paris in 1935 - died of tuberculosis in 1936 at the age of 40 .


Le Mans results

year team vehicle Teammate placement Failure reason
1928 United KingdomUnited Kingdom Bentley Ltd Bentley 4½ liter "Old Mother Gun" United KingdomUnited Kingdom Woolf Barnato Overall victory
1929 United KingdomUnited Kingdom Bentley Motors Ltd. Bentley 4½ liter United KingdomUnited Kingdom Earl Howe failure Electrics

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