Sat, Jun 13, 2015

Record-breaking Bentleys for GFoS

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), which will be held in the UK later this month.

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.

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

A famous annual motoring festival that features both classic and new supercars in hillclimb races and some of the biggest names in motorsports, the Goodwood Festival of Speed will be held in Sussex, from June 25 to 28, 2015.

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