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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Racing Bentleys at Goodwood


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

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