Preview: Bentley at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015

Ahead of the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015 to be held from June 25-28, Bentley has previewed its participation at the event.

Bentley’s two key highlights will be the recent record-setting Continental GT Speed and the original 1930 Blue Train. The Continental GT Speed in question broke the Flying Mile land speed record last month when being driven by actor Idris Elba.

Beyond these two cars, a range of other cars will be displayed and driven by the marque. They will stretch from the 1929 4 ½ Litre Blower as well as the race-spec Continental GT3. The hardcore Continental GT3-R will also race up the hillclimb.

Bentley will also have two stands at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. One will display the Mulsanne, Flying Spur and Continental GT while the second stand will host a range of desirable pre-owned Bentleys.

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“(Crewe, 11 June 2015) Two famous record-breaking Bentleys, separated by 85 years, are the highlights of the brand’s strong presence at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed (GFoS), 25-28 June.

Both the Continental GT Speed, recently piloted into the record books by Luther and The Wire actor Idris Elba, and the celebrated 1930 Blue Train car will be at Goodwood entertaining the anticipated crowd of over 150,000 motoring enthusiasts.

This year is the 85th anniversary of that most famous Bentley Boy adventure – the Blue Train race. The car that accomplished the feat will be at GFoS running up the world-renowned, 1.16-mile hillclimb, keeping the spirit of Captain Woolf Barnato alive.

In 1930 Barnato, then Chairman of Bentley Motors, was staying in Cannes when he accepted a wager that not only could he beat the Calais-Mediterranée Express (or ‘Blue Train’) back to Calais, but that he could be at his club in London before the train even reached the Channel. He was, and the remarkable victory has resonated with Bentley enthusiasts ever since.

Bringing the spirit and glamour of the Bentley Boys right up to date is the new Continental GT Speed, which broke the Flying Mile land speed record in May this year. Actor Idris Elba, who famously played Nelson Mandela in the multi-award winning Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, drove the striking Spectre GT Speed at Pendine Sands in Wales, to break the historic ‘Flying Mile’ UK land speed record set by Sir Malcolm Campbell in 1927.

These two famous Bentleys will be joined on Goodwood’s iconic hillclimb by racing Bentleys past and present – from the iconic 1929 4 ½ Litre Blower, to the modern Continental GT3 racer and the road car it inspired, the Continental GT3-R.

Bentley will once again have two stands at Goodwood. On the main stand is the newest line-up of the brand’s luxury and performance models – with the latest Mulsanne, Flying Spur and Continental GT Grand Tourers all on display.

At the same time, a selection of highly-desirable pre-owned vehicles will be presented on a separate, dedicated stand. Each of the Bentleys on display is covered by the brand’s industry-leading used car warranty*, offering peace-of-mind and an attractive introduction to Bentley ownership.

The Bentley pre-owned stand will be located close to the Hillclimb bridge crossing, just a short walk from the main Bentley presence. Alongside this selection of pre-owned cars, there will also be a display of wheel and styling options designed by Bentley to enable existing owners to further personalise the appearance of their vehicle.

For more information on the Bentley models on display please visit www.bentleymedia.com. Further details on the Goodwood Festival of Speed can be found at www.goodwood.com.

The Discovery Channel series, Idris Elba: No Limits, which documents his successful record attempt in the GT Speed airs in July.”
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