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Little Classics News: 10 June 2014

Vintage Talbot Repeats Inaugural Alpine Trial Win 80 Years on

Talbot 105 Alpine has won the Endurance Rally Association’s inaugural Alpine TrialA Talbot 105 Alpine has won the Endurance Rally Association’s inaugural Alpine Trial, 80 years after a Talbot won the 1934 original rally – with the 1934 winning classic car and driver also competing in the ERA event.

The all-British team of Gareth Burnett and Jeremy Haylock won the three day rally as well as being the only team to keep a ‘clean sheet’, while the original winner John Rushton and co-driver Michael Birch finished in seventh place.

Second place went to the 1937 Bentley Derby of Paul Carter and Robert Ellis while seasoned rally participants Bill Cleyndert and Matthew Abrey claimed third place in the 1929 Ford Model A Speedster.

Taking in the breath-taking views of Monte Blanc, the classic Col De La Colombiere and the Route Des Grande Alpes, the rally was centred around the stunning Imperial Palace hotel, on the shores of Lake Annency, covering over 600 miles and including various time trials and medal sections,

Special awards went to Ludovic Bois and Julia Colman for the driving of a 1938 Peugeot 402 Legere saloon, collecting the Spirit of the Rally Award. The Against All Odds Award was presented to Peter Little and Louise Cartledge for nursing a 1926 Bentley with no clutch. James and Dawn Gately from America won the Concours for their smartly presented 1937 Cadillac 75 series.

The next classic car Alpine Trial will take place next year, at the slightly later time of September 2015.


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