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Little Classics News: 11 June 2015

Trans-America Challenge Takes the Roads Less Travelled

Jaguar MK1 Trans-America Challenge 2015

Three days in and the Endurance Rally Association’s second Trans-America Challenge has again gathered a fantastic entry list of 45 classic cars and crews from ten different countries, including some familiar faces and some unusual cars that crossed the start line on Sunday 7th June.

MGB Trans-America Challenge 2015

Spanning 22-days, the Rally set off at the famous Citadel Hill also known as Fort George in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Canada’s East Coast, heading for San Francisco on the West Coast of America, and the finish line at The Fairmont Hotel on 28th June.

Bentley Trans-America Challenge 2015

The route hosts testing roads and spectacular views as it gets off the tourist trail and into the roads less travelled, while still finding time to visit iconic locations such as the Battle of Little Bighorn site and Mount Rushmore.

Porsche 911 Trans-America Challenge 2015

ERA Rally Director Fred Gallagher said: “The first Trans-America Challenge used many of North America’s classic locations but this time we wanted to do something different. Clerk of the Course Kim Bannister has planned a fantastic route following an extensive recce and I’m sure it will be a huge hit with the participating crews.”

Classic Porsche 911 Trans-America Challenge 2015

2013’s Peking to Paris winners Phil Garratt and Kieron Brown are giving their 1930s Chevrolet Coupe a well-deserved rest and have entered a 1977 Triumph Stag (below) . The classic British Grand Tourer is little seen away from its homeland, and even less so on a rally of this kind. At set off it was thought the V8 Triumph would raise the eyebrows of a few of the other crews. Well, it certainly has. Three days in and the Stag is leading the rally.

Triumph Stag Trans-America Challenge 2015

Another familiar face is Australian Gerry Crown and his trusty Leyland P76. The two also took part in 2013’s Peking to Paris and this year’s Road to Mandalay, so Gerry’s well acquainted with grueling roads and just how his big saloon takes to the challenge. And there’s no rest for this car, because it’s already entered in the next Peking to Paris in 2016!

Rolls Royce Trans-America Challenge 2015

The event’s oldest car is a 1927 Bentley 4½-litre entered by Martin and Olivia Hunt, and in the pre-1941 Vintageant class it’s up against a later, ‘Derby’ Bentley, a Rolls-Royce Phantom II, a pair of Alvis Speed 25s and a 1936 Packard Super 8.

Alvis Trans-America Challenge 2015

In the pre-1975 Classic class Mercedes-Benz is the weapon of choice, with three ‘Pagoda’ SLs being joined by a later, 1976 model and a 1966 230 saloon.

Classic Porsche and Mercedes Trans-America Challenge 2015

Having to punch above its weight is a 1967 VW Beetle, but potentially high temperatures could benefit the air-cooled American entry. Also flying the rear-engined air-cooled banner is a pair of Porsche 912s.

Jaguar E-Type Trans-America Challenge 2015

British cars entered include an Aston Martin DB5, two Jaguar E-Types, MkI and MkII saloons and an XK120dhc, as well as MGB and MGC GTs, a Triumph TR250 and a Daimler SP250, while Alastair Caldwell’s 1963 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III will take on the rally in classic comfort.

Daimler Dart Trans-America Challenge 2015

Alongside the Packard to represent American makes is a 1961 Ford Galaxie Sunliner and a 1963 Falcon Coupe, flanked by flamboyant muscle cars, including a 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302, a 1968 Camaro, an early 1965 Shelby GT350 and a 1973 Chevrolet Corvette.

Ford Galaxy Trans-America Challenge 2015

Crossing 15 states and travelling 9,500 kilometres, the Trans-America Challenge is the Endurance Rally Association’s third rally of 2015, with two more to follow. The Alpine Trial for pre-war cars takes place early September, while the Sahara Challenge is revived for October as a shakedown for next year’s Peking to Paris.

Jaguar XK120 Trans-America Challenge 2015

We’re just waiting for the year that Little Classics joins the fun!



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