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Little Classics News: 30 June 2015

1973 Porsche 911T Wins Trans-America Challenge

1973 Porsche 911T

It was Peter and Zoe Lovett who crossed the San Francisco finish line as overall winners of the Endurance Rally Association’s Trans-America Challenge - and it's their second long distance rally win this year.

Competing in their 1973 Porsche 911T (top) for the 22-day rally across Canada and America, the Lovett’s also won the inaugural Road to Mandalay Rally back in February behind the wheel of another Porsche.

1977 Triumph Stag

The pair had been hot on the wheels of the long-time leaders Phil Garratt and Kieron Brown in the 1977 Triumph Stag (above), constantly in the top three since the off. When the Stag had mechanical problems on day 17, the Lovett’s took the top spot and finished with an overall total of 0:09:07.

1974 Mercedes 450 SL

In second place was Paul and Sandra Merryweather in the 1974 Mercedes 450 SL (above) on 0:10:05, with Philip and Yvonne Haslam in the 1954 Jaguar XK120 DHC (below) right behind them in third place with 0:10:11.

1954 Jaguar XK120 DHC

The 1927 Bentley 4½ Le Mans (below) of Martin and Olivia Hunt won the Vintageant Class, while there were also class wins for Marco Halter and Claudia Engelhardt in the 1963 Ford Falcon Coupe, and David and Jo Roberts in the 1968 Triumph TR250.

1927 Bentley 4½ Le Mans

Two special ‘Spirit of the Rally’ awards were presented during the prize-giving at the iconic Fairmont Hotel. The first went to Malaysia’s Hok Kiang Sia and Eric Kuan Rong Sia who had battled through the rally in their 1934 Rolls Royce Phantom II (below), the biggest car on the event.

1934 Rolls Royce Phantom II

The second went to Richard Martin and Travis Cole who started the rally in a 1936 Alvis Speed 25 but ended up on a recovery truck on the first day. After a few days in a rental car, the crew purchased an unprepared Datsun 240z (below) in Duluth and then set about having parts and spares delivered to each hotel they stayed at to create a rally car by the end of the event. Now a fully prepared rally car, the Datsun will be the car of choice on next year’s Rally of the Incas.

Datsun 240z

ERA Rally Director Fred Gallagher said: “This has been another superb event with a fantastic mix of cars, crews and driving skills. Our Clerk of the Course Kim Bannister planned a brilliant route which offered iconic scenery, competitive tests and challenging terrain – everything you could hope for in an event such as this.”

Triumph TR

Around 40 vintage and classic cars arrived at the San Francisco finish line of the Endurance Rally Association’s second Trans-America Challenge, having crossed 15 states and travelled 9,500 kilometres by its end.

Classic Mercedes

The route has used testing roads and enjoyed spectacular views as it has used America’s roads less travelled, while still finding time to visit iconic locations such as the Battle of Little Bighorn site and Mount Rushmore.


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