Bentley to Mark Centenary at Goodwood Festival of Speed

By Paul Joseph

Bentley Motors will continue its centenary celebrations at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed with a programme of displays and cars that will bring 100 years of history to life.

The centrepiece of Bentley’s presence at the prestigious event will be the Centenary Concours, a 30-strong showcase of the most iconic models from the marque’s past and present.

Among them will be one of the rarest and most valuable Bentleys in the world – the 4¼-litre 'Embiricos' Special – alongside Bentley’s recently unveiled and all-new Flying Spur.

Other rare highlights will include a Gurney Nutting Speed Six, a 1948 Pininfarina Mark VI, a Continental GT Zagato and W.O. Bentley’s own 8-Litre from 1930.

Meanwhile the legendary Goodwood Hillclimb will feature more Bentleys than ever before, including the EXP2, the second experimental prototype built by W.O. Bentley and the oldest surviving Bentley in the world.

The racing Bentleys will be joined on the Hillclimb by four powerful Grand Tourers from the current model range. The Continental GT and new Continental GT Convertible will appear in the Supercar class, with the latter being piloted by rising British female racing driver Abbie Eaton.

The very latest additions to Bentley’s range – the Bentayga Speed and all-new Flying Spur – will also make their UK dynamic debuts as part of the First Glance class.

Finally, ahead of this year’s Festival, and to highlight Bentley’s long-standing partnership with the event, Goodwood and Bentley have also produced a joint film featuring some of Bentley’s most important cars from the last century being used across the Goodwood Estate.

The 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed will take place from 4-7 July.

By Paul Joseph