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Bentley Has Big Plans For 2019 Goodwood Festival Of Speed

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One of the rarest and most valuable Bentleys in the world will make an appearance.

It's that time of year again, the time to start getting excited about the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed. This year's festival will celebrate some of the most amazing automotive achievements, from land speed records and fastest laps to successful drivers with the most consecutive wins and most poles set by a manufacturer. While last year's Festival of Speed commemorated Porsche's 70th anniversary, Bentley will be celebrating its centenary at Goodwood this year.

The main highlight will be what Bentley calls a "Centenary Concours," featuring a display of 30 of the most iconic models from the company's past and present, including one of the rarest and most valuable Bentleys in the world: the 4¼-liter 'Embiricos' Special. Other rare highlights 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.

Six R-Type Continentals will also be displayed this year's Concours d'Elegance. Only 208 R-Type Continentals were built, making it one of the most desirable models from Bentley's past. The new Continental GT's styling can be traced back to the R-Type Continental, with its power line, rear haunch and sloping fastback roof echoing the older Conti.

More Bentleys will also see some action at the Goodwood Hillclimb than ever before. Four iconic cars from Bentley's motorsport history will underpin the Bentley Racing Class curated by Goodwood: the EXP2, the 1929 Birkin Blower, the 2003 Speed 8, and the 2018 Continental GT3.

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The racing Bentleys will be joined on the Hillclimb by four powerful Grand Tourers from the current model range, and the Continental GT and new Continental GT Convertible will appear in the Supercar class, with the latter being driven by racing driver Abbie Eaton from The Grand Tour. The Bentayga Speed and all-new Flying Spur will also make their UK dynamic debuts as part of the First Glance class.