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Brand new Bentley at Goodwood

Bentley will unveil a brand new model at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed, as the Crewe luxury brand prepares for its largest ever presence at the motor show.

Details on the new car are being kept secret by Bentley for the time being, but it will appear as part of the Supercar Run up the iconic Goodwood Hill and on the Bentley Motors stand.

Alongside the new model, Bentley's EXP 9 F SUV concept will make its UK premiere at the Festival. Also on show will be the Mulsanne Mulliner Driving Specification and the new Continental GT V8, with the latter also undertaking the Hillclimb.

Joining the modern Bentley models on the Hill are two cars from the Company's Le Mans heritage. The Bentley Speed 8, victorious at the 2003 Le Mans 24 Hours, makes two runs per day, as will the 4*-litre supercharged "Birkin Blower". Fresh from completing the Mille Miglia for the third time, the car was raced extensively by renowned Le Mans winner and Bentley Boy Tim Birkin of the 1920s.

Driving duties for the past and present Bentley models will be shared by three modern-day Bentley Boys. Le Mans legend Derek Bell MBE will be joined by four-time world rally champion Juha Kankkunen together with Guy Smith, who drove the winning Speed 8 across the finish line at Le Mans in 2003. All three star drivers will be on-hand throughout the Festival to meet visitors.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed runs from 29th June to 1st July.

Posted on 13.06.2012
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