Talbot triumphs on record-breaking historic rally

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More than 100 pre-1941 classics from 18 different countries made for a record entry to this year’s Flying Scotsman Rally from 19-21 April.

The competition, which was won by Gareth Burnett and Jeremy Haylock in their Talbot 105, covered almost 1000 miles from Hertfordshire to the Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland.

Talk of the contest, however, was the 3/4½ Litre Bentley of Sue Shoosmith and Trina Hartley that took second place, simultaneously making them the highest-placed female team on an international historic rally.

“One more day of this and we could have beaten all the blokes,” said an exhausted Hartley.

The top-ten finishers comprised four Bentleys, three Talbot 105 Alpines, an Alfa Romeo 6C, a 1500cc Riley 12/4 and a Lagonda M45R.

A 1912 Chalmers 10, crewed by Robert Abrey and Brad Webb, was the oldest car at the event and the sole entrant in the Pioneer class for pre-1920 vehicles.

Its 7500cc engine, meanwhile, was the second largest, just 500cc short of Neil Corner and Dick Crosthwaite’s ex-Jack Sears, 8-litre engined Bentley Speed Six, which would later retire from the rally.

Seasoned campaigner Jayne Wignall said: “This has been the best designed route so far.”

The next Endurance Rally Association scheduled event is the Peking to Paris Rally from 28 May – 29 June.

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