Juha Kankkunen, Guy Smith and Eric van de Poele joined Bentley chairman and chief executive Wolfgang Dürheimer to lead all 170 competitors at the start of the legendary Nürburgring 24-Hour Race in a fleet of bodacious Bentleys in Germany the other day.

The Bentley lineup including the Continental GTC W12, Mulsanne, 630 bhp Continental Supersports and the new Continental GT V8 formed the official parade car fleet.

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This year’s doings saw Audi trounce the competition with a one-two finish to take top honors with a pair of eye-popping R8 LMS Ultras (above).

A fitting finale to the 40th running of the race to be sure…