The 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed, a British hill-climbing event that’s been running since 1993, starts tomorrow. Bentley Motors is sponsoring the event, so naturally they’ll be showing off their newest models, including the EXP 9 F concept SUV. The new Continental GT V8 will be taking on the hill. But they’ll have a couple of older cars there to do the hill climb as well, two former Le Mans racers to be driven by Bentley Boys Guy Smith, Juha Kankkunen, and Derek Bell.
|Bentley Speed 8 courtesy Bentley Motors|
The newer of the two is the 2003 Le Mans 24 Hours winner, the Bentley Speed 8. It does look fast, but I can’t see anything that low to the ground taking on a hill. Nonetheless, they say it will be making two runs per day.
The older car is one of the Birkin Blowers, a 4 1/2 litre supercharged Bentley built for racing in the early 30s. It’s completed the Mille Miglia three times, the third this year, and will also be doing two runs a day on the hill.
Tim Birkin at Le Mans (1930) courtesy Bentley Motors