The Bentley Speed 8, raced by Tom Kristensen to secure the win in the 2003 24hrs of Le Mans, will be reunited with the legendary racer at Race Retro, the international historic motorsport show held at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, from 24-26 February. With an estimated value of £10million, the Bentley was an evolution of the prototype designed by Peter Elleray. It has a strong resemblance to and shares some of the technology with the Audi R8C, a manufacturer Kristensen had a long and successful career with.
Kristensen will be reunited with the car in the Motor Sport Hall of Fame, the centre piece of the Race Retro, with over £100 million of motorsport heritage on display in the show and around the live interview stage. Other vehicles of note include the TS7 and TS14 of John Surtees’ DFV powered racers, and the 1957 Vanwall which SIr Stirling Moss and Tony Brooks drove to success in the British Grand Prix.
There will also feature a D-Type Jaguar which has raced at Seabring, an Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE, and a British Touring Cars Championship Rover SD1. Rally legends Markku Alén and Ari Vatanen are also represented with an ex-works Fiat 131 Abarth and a Peugeot 205 T16 displayed respectfully.
The 2017 outing of Race Retro will have more cars than ever before on static display as well as around 80 cars in action on the Live Rally Stage.
Tickets are now on sale for Race Retro, held from 24th to 26th February 2017 at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, with free parking and a free show guide for all visitors.