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Little Classics News: 25 June 2014

Bentley to Roll out 95 Years of Heritage at Goodwood

Old No1 (Front) Old No2 Bentley prepares for the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed with an exclusive line up of cars. Spanning the company’s 95‑year heritage, the Bentley models on display at Goodwood hope to showcase the best in British luxury and performance.

Making its global debut on the Bentley stand is the new Continental GT3-R (below) – the fastest-accelerating Bentley ever produced. Inspired by Bentley’s race-winning Continental GT3 racer, the GT3-R is powered by Bentley’s race and road-proven 4.0 litre V8 engine, producing 572 BHP and 700 Nm of torque. Limited to just 300 exampled the lighter (100 kg lighter) with shorter gearing it delivers an outstanding performance.

The new Bentley Continental GT3-RThe inspiration behind the GT3-R – the Continental GT3 race car – will also be making an appearance at Goodwood. Fresh from its recent victory at the second round of the Blancpain Endurance Series at Silverstone, the GT3 will be piloted up the hill by modern-day Bentley Boy David Brabham, who drove a Bentley Speed 8 to second place at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2003, completing the famous Bentley 1-2.

Tracing the roots of the brand’s racing heritage, three historic Bentleys will reunite for the first time in over a decade to complete Goodwood’s famous Hillclimb. The Speed Six Bentley, affectionately known as ‘Old Number 1’ (top), won Le Mans in 1929 and 1930 with Woolf Barnato partnering Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin (1929) and Glen Kidston (1930) as well as winning at Brooklands.

This unique and celebrated racing car will be accompanied by two more classic Bentleys. ‘Old Number 2’ and ‘Old Number 3’ are both in their original form and raced alongside Old Number 1 at Le Mans in 1930.


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