RECORD-BREAKING BENTLEYS IN ACTION AT GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED
- Idris Elba ‘Flying Mile’ world record car to climb Hill
- Blue Train car celebrates 85th anniversary of famous feat at event
- Continental GT3 racer and GT3-R roadcar both set to tackle hillclimb
- New and Pre-Owned Bentleys displayed on two dedicated stands
(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.
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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* The Bentley Pre-Owned warranty provides up to three years of cover on any Pre-Owned car up to 11 years old. It has no mileage or claim limit. All mechanical and electrical components are covered, as are consequential damage and MOT test insurance.
Bentley Motors is the most sought after luxury car brand in the world. The company’s headquarters in Crewe is home to all of its operations including design, R&D, engineering and production of the company’s three model lines, Continental, Flying Spur and Mulsanne. The combination of fine craftsmanship, using skills that have been handed down through generations, alongside engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology is unique to UK luxury car brands such as Bentley. It is also an example of high-value British manufacturing at its best. Bentley employs around 3,800 people at Crewe.