Bentley announces Goodwood Festival of Speed lineup

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Three of the most historically significant Bentleys are due to headline the Crewe firm's Festival of Speed display, it has been confirmed this week. 'Old Number 1', the Le Mans-winning Speed Six will lead the classic charge, with 'Old Number 2' and 'Old Number 3' in supporting roles.

'Old Number 1' is one of Bentley's most successful racers, having won Le Mans in 1929 and 1930, with Woolf Barnato and Sir Henry 'Tim' Birkin (1929) and Glen Kidston (1930) at the wheel. The car also scored well at Brooklands, winning the Double Twelve in 1929.

Both of the other cars raced alongside 'Old Number 1' at Le Mans in 1930, where they took the top three positions, but since then the trio have rarely shared the same stage. All three cars are set to run up the hill, offering a chance to see and hear them together that may not come again.

A Bentley spokesman told C&SC: "Old Number 1 currently has a coupe body on it, which was built by HJ Mulliner. The car does not belong to Bentley Motors and the reunion is only being made possible with the help of the owners, who have been very supportive."

In addition to the vintage racers, Bentley will also be bringing along a current GT3 race car, which is also set for a run up the hill. The 600bhp Continental will herald Bentley's return to top-flight motor sport when it enters the Blancpain Endurance Series this summer.

The firm's latest model, the Flying Spur V8, will also be making its Goodwood debut. Built for relaxation rather than speed, it is nonetheless capable of 183mph. It will feature on Bentley's stand.  

 

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