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2014-06-13 07:12

VINTAGE CARS TAKE ON THE ALPS: A Talbot 105 Alpine won the Endurance Rally Association's inaugural Alpine Trial. Image: ERA

  • Annual rally for vintage cars
  • 1934 Talbot 105 Alpine victorious
  • 1937 Cadillac 75 series wins Concours

PARIS, France - A Talbot 105 Alpine has won the Endurance Rally Association’s inaugural Alpine Trial (1000km route in the Rhone-Alpes region of France) 80 years after another Talbot won the original rally in 1934.

Britons Gareth Burnett and Jeremy Haylock won the three-day rally at the wheel of a 1934 Talbot 105 Alpine. They were also the only team with a "clean sheet" throughout the event.

The original winner, John Rushton, and co-driver Michael Birch finished seventh.

AWESOME IMAGES: 2014 Alpine Trial

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


The route took participants along the twisting mountain passes of Mont Blanc (highest mountain in the Alps) and included time trials and medal sections.

Special awards went to Ludovic Bois and Julia Colman (1938 Peugeot 402 Legere sedan), 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 that ran without its clutch.

James and Dawn Gately won the honours for their 1937 Cadillac 75 series.


The Alpine Trial is an annual event for pre-war vintage cars. The first Alpine event was held in 1898 as the Austrian Touring Club took on a three-day vehicle test through Austria's Tyrol and included Italy's Stelvio Pass.

The next Alpine Trial will take place in September 2015.

Click here for the 2014 Alpine Trial results

The Endurance Rally Association has a track record of more than 60 international events, among them the Flying Scotsman Rally and the Peking-Paris Motoring Challenge. –Newspress

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