1931 Talbot 105 Alpine wins Flying Scotsman vintage rally

1926 Bentley Super Sport makes a splash
Muddy but smiling faces in a 1935 Riley 12/4 Special 1495 on the Flying Scotsman Rally | Endurance Rally Associaiton photos
Muddy but smiling faces in a 1935 Riley 12/4 Special 1495 on the Flying Scotsman Rally | Endurance Rally Associaiton photos

There were 110 historic vehicles and their drivers and co-drivers facing rain, hail, sleet and snow on a 700-mile Flying Scotsman vintage rally that turned out to be the most challenging in the event’s eight-year history. At the finish, a 1931 Talbot 105 Alpine manned by Gareth Burnett and Martyn Turner won, ending Bentley’s winning streak.

The winning 1931 Talbot 105 Alpine
The winning 1931 Talbot 105 Alpine

William Medcalf had won the last two years in a Bentley, but Burnett reclaimed the trophy he’d won in the same Talbot in 2013.

“As much as we are delighted to win and grateful to the Endurance Rally Association for organizing such a fantastic event, I’d also like to thank all the other competitors for bringing out these amazing vintage cars out and doing with them what they were designed for,” Burnett said in a news release. “It’s a pleasure to be on the road with them.”

Finishing in second place was a 1937 Lagonda LG45 with John Abel and Leigh Powley aboard while a 1938 Bentley Derby 4 was third beneath Stuart Anderson and Andy Pullen.

A 1911 Knox Type R entered by Michel Laarson and Maryon Grief took, the oldest car in the rally, won the Pioneer class.

Special awards went to Matthew Abrey and Jasper Hulscher, who won the Spirit of the Rally honors when they had to do an all-night session to take the engine out of their 1931 Ford Model A speedster after the clutch failed, and Shane Houlihan and Richard Pain won the concours d’elegance trophy for their 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C.

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The ninth Flying Scotsman Rally is scheduled March 31-April 2, 2017, starting in Hexham, Northumberland.

A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.