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Bentley Continental GT V8 S & ‘Old Number 1′ at 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0700

The Bentley Continental GT V8 S (pictured) will make its Goodwood debut in June

It’s only three months before the world’s greatest petrolhead gathering takes place in Sussex, and the offerings for the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed are now starting to come in to focus. As you’d expect, Bentley are as keen as ever to make a good showing at Goodwood and are taking along plenty of new stuff to keep Goodwood visitors happy, with the new Bentley Continental GT V8 S making its Goodwood debut, as is the Flying Spur V8.

The more powerful GT V8 S turns the power up on the regular GT V8 to 521bhp, enough to make its 0-62mph the match of the W12 GT but with a more focused driver appeal thanks to better throttle response and a tweaked chassis, as well as a few go-faster bits like a diffuser at the back and a butch set of side sills.

The GT’s track sibling will be at Goodwood too with 600bhp Continental GT3 race car tackling the Goodwood hillclimb through the three days of the Festival as Bentley return to top level Motorsport in this summer’s Blancpain Endurance Series.

But it’s not just new stuff Bentley are taking to Goodwood, there’s also a healthy dose of Bentley’s history to wallow in too.

Bentley are taking ‘Old Number 1′ – the Speed Six that won Le Mans in 1929 and 1930 with Bentley Boys Woolf Barnato, Tim Birkin and Glen Kidston – as well as ‘Old Number 2′ and ‘Old Number 3′ which raced alongside ‘Old Number One’ in 1930 – a real treat for classic Bentley lovers.

Bentley will be at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed from 26-29 June 2014.

Bentley Old Number 1 pictured after winning 1930 Le Mans

By Cars UK