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Bentley’s new Continental GT 4.0 litre V8 tried Goodwood’s hill climb for size and instantly hit its stride in preparation for this summer’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. Goodwood’s VIP guests got an early glimpse of this latest member of the Continental family as well as hearing the unique, sporting rumble of Bentley’s latest high performance engine.

The Bentley Driving Team also took the opportunity to give the world’s fastest luxury convertible, the 6.0 litre W12 Continental Supersports Convertible ISR, as well as the company’s flagship, the 6.75 litre V8 Mulsanne, some early season and high-speed workouts.

At the same time Jaguar won the ‘Most Spirited Getaway’ Award for the second consecutive year at the launch of the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The honour, won last year by Touring Car driver Anthony Reid in an XFR, was won at the 2012 event by Alex Buncombe at the wheel of an XJS TWR owned by JD Classics.

The light-hearted Award is given to the driver judged to have made the most enthusiastic, crowd-pleasing departure up the notorious Goodwood Hill.

The car, a 1984 Jaguar XJS TWR and chassis 005 of just seven produced was previously driven by Win Percy. It made a suitably dramatic start as the combination of slick tyres and a 485bhp, race-specification V12 and side-exit exhaust system ensured a visual and aural spectacle.

It was joined on the Goodwood Hill by the iconic Silk Cut Jaguar XJR-8/9 run by Don and Justin Law – the latter aiming to once again set the pace at the 2012 running of the event having completed the run in just over 44 seconds in previous years.

The 2012 Festival of Speed takes place between June 28 and July 1 with crowds expected to number in excess of 180,000 over the three days.

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Dates announced for Goodwood Events in 2012

Posted: September 19, 2011 by The Car Spy in Goodwood, Shows

At the opening of this year’s Goodwood Revival, The Earl of March, patron of the UK’s most celebrated motor sport meetings – the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival – announced the provisional 2012 dates for these hugely popular annual events, as well as the ever-growing Moving Motor Show.

The 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed is provisionally scheduled to take place over the weekend of 29 June-01 July, the same weekend that the world’s largest celebration of motoring culture has been held over the last three years.  The 2012 Festival promises to be packed with action and excitement as the planet’s most glamorous racing machinery and famous drivers gather together in the beautiful surroundings of Goodwood Park. The 2012 theme for this leading motor sport event is currently being finalised and will be announced in the coming months. 

The day before the 2012 Festival of Speed gets underway, on Thursday 28 June Goodwood’s third Moving Motor Show will be held, giving new car buyers and motoring enthusiasts the opportunity to see the very latest models up close, and in many cases drive them on a dedicated vehicle evaluation route within the grounds of the Goodwood Estate, which includes the famous Festival hillclimb.

The unique Goodwood Revival is provisionally scheduled for the weekend of 14-16 September next year.  The Revival is truly a magical step back in time and celebrates the halcyon days of motor racing as it used to be with all of the accompanying spectacle and glamour of the era.  Competitors and spectators alike dress in period fashions with the finest sights and entertainment of the pre-1966 era for all to enjoy.

All of the 2012 Goodwood motor sport events promise a spectacular array of cars and motorcycles, plus star drivers, riders and plenty of other fabulous attractions to thrill the crowds.  Goodwood will provide all the latest news and updates on these ‘must attend’ sporting and social events in the coming weeks and months, when the finalised dates will also be confirmed.

As in previous years, admission to both Goodwood motor sport events will be strictly by advance ticket only, with 2012 ticket sales commencing from Monday 31 October 2011. 

As in 2011, young adults aged between 13 and 18 can purchase Festival of Speed and/or Revival tickets for half the full adult price.  Previously all visitors aged 13 or over would have been charged at full price.  Children of 12 years or under remain free of charge, as does all car parking.

Tickets and further information for the 2012 Festival of Speed, Moving Motor Show and Goodwood Revival can be ordered by on the up-dated Goodwood website ( sport/), or via the Ticket Hotline as follows:
Telephone: +44 1243 755055
On-line via the Ticket section of the website sport/

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