The Blue Train Challenge 2017
18 - 22 September, 2017
The Blue Train Challenge - Participants
No sooner were the ERA team back from the 2016 Alpine Trial than their attention turned to next year's Blue Train Challenge with the Rally Office booking staff reporting a good number of participants already reserving their Blue Train tickets for September 2017.
The Blue Train Challenge is obviously capturing the imagination of our friends in Europe with entries recently arriving from both Norway and Luxembourg. Heading down from Scandanavia, Alex and Anne Vassbotten are bringing an Alvis Speed 20. Similarly Alvis mounted are fellow Norwegians, Bjorn and Anne Berit Schage. They are joined by regular ERA competitors, Jean and Anne Steinhauser who will be enjoying the journey from Deauville to Cannes in their beautiful Bentley Derby Open Tourer.
It wasn’t long after the event was announced before the first Bentleys started arriving, a 1928 4½ litre Le Mans bodied tourer belonging to Swiss based Roland and Helen Frey, closely followed by the similar Bentley 4½ of Bill and Julie Holroyd, the first UK based competitors. Alpine Trial regulars Dominic and Jack Manser are expecting to bring their 1924 Bentley 3-4½ having decided to leave their Alpine Trial award winning diesel Bentley 'shed' at home this time.
The rapid but comfortable 1938 Jaguar SS100 of Philip Lunnon and Michael Draper could prove to be the ideal vehicle for a fast run across the byways of France, as could the brace of Lagonda M45s, one from Simon and Judy Skelding and a second, driven by Alpine Trial 2016 participants Urs and Denise Mezger, joins us from Switzerland.
Once the event reaches the mountain roads, maybe the nimble 1934 Aston Martin MkII of Nigel Dowding and Mary Antcliff, or the 1935 Riley Sprite of Bernd and Christiane Dannenmaier might prove the cars to beat? Having previously participated on both the Alpine Trial and Flying Scostman events, Richard and Tom Jeffcoate are bringing their 1938 Riley 16/4 Special. Another Aston Martin joining the event is the 2-litre 15/98 Sports of Christian and Matthew Brash.
Leading the trans-Atlantic charge is ERA regular James Gately who will be bringing his 1937 Cadillac over with Tony Brooks once again on the maps, adding Californian flair to this celebration of inter-war motoring. Of course, the dark horse might be the rare 1936 Aero 50 entered by Jan Hradecky and Dana Hradecka, you don’t see many of those outside the Czech Republic…
The next batch of entries to arrive at the Rally Office saw some ERA regulars booking their place on this "Belle Epoque" adventure. From across the water, we welcome back Americans Jeff Urbina and Chris Pike with their trusty 1936 Ford Cabriolet. They are joined by fellow Team Bodacious Racing members Tim Eades and Jack Baldwin in a 1938 Chevrolet Fangio Coupe. In the smaller engine classes, Gavin and Diana Henderson are wheeling out their familiar 1939 Frazer Nash BMW 328 while the Swiss team of Beat and Elizabeth Hirs are entered in a 1932 Alvis Speed 20. Also from Switzerland, we are delighted to welcome Alex and Christine Pesci with their 1949 Bentley Blue Train, can there be a more appropriate motorcar for this event?
To find out more about The Blue Train Challenge please call Annette, Eleonora or any of the Rally Office team or email us. We'll be happy to answer your questions and offer any guidance you may need.
Phone: +44 (0)1235 831221