1925 Bentley leads 8600km Road to Saigon rally from start to end

Noel Edmonds, Martin Kemp, Tinchy Stryder and Jordan Stephens from Rizzle Kicks were among the crews on a remarkable 27-day historic rally across South-East Asia

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A 1925 Bentley Super Sports won the Endurance Rally Association’s The Road to Saigon rally, having lead from the start in Singapore to the finish in Ho Chi Minh City.

Shared by Graham and Marina Goodwin, they won the 27-day rally, covering 8600km and having beaten around 35 other entrants across a series of regularity and speed trials through Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

Andrew Webster and his co-driver Ian Robertson took second place in their 1939 Chevrolet Master 85.

The Classics class was won by Marco Halter and Claudia Engelhardt in the 1963 Ford Falcon following a battle with runners-up and former Peking to Paris rally winners Gerry Crown and Matt Bryson in a 1974 Leyland P76. Third place was secured by the 1972 Datsun 240Z of David Gainer and Kerry Finn.

Regular endurance rally competitors Karen and David Ayre had their run in a 1907 Itala cut short on day 22 when they broke a left-hand side halfshaft and lost a wheel.

The Spirit of the Rally award went to Russell Jordan and Bill Crossan for their efforts in a 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 whilst the Against all Odds award was taken by Adrian Hodgson and Eric Sia in a 1975 Peugeot 504 Ti for battling their way back into the rally after major mechanical issues meant they had to detour via Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The competitors were joined at the halfway point by four novice crews of famous faces, working with Optomen Television and BBC Two for a documentary to be aired later in 2018.

Original Top Gear presenter Noel Edmonds, actor Martin Kemp, chef Andi Oliver and her TV presenter daughter Miquita Oliver; and close friends and musicians Tinchy Stryder and Jordan Stephens – a member of Rizzle Kicks – competed in the final 12-days of the event.

The ERA’s next event is the tenth-anniversary outing of the Flying Scotsman rally for pre-war cars, with over 100 vehicles departing from Brooklands Motor Museum on Thursday 26th April.

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