The Trans America rally competitors have brought a large number of interesting rally cars to the event. When I caught up with the rally in Old Forge, New York I photographed most of them. For this post, I picked out several of the cars that I found interesting.
1935 Alvis Speed 25
The Alvis Speed 25 has a nice low slung look to it and it sounded great when it when passed me on the road as I was taking pictures. The car has a 3,571cc 6-cylinder engine with triple SU carburetors which produces 106 horsepower. This will take this Alvis to 95 miles per hour.
1966 Mercedes-Benz 230S
I know some history of the 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230S shown above. This car is a very well prepared car that is based on the qualities of Mercedes-Benz cars such as being over-engineered and over-built, but in a marathon rally these are desirable qualities. This car is fitted with a floor mounted four-speed transmission which is not commonly found in Mercedes-Benz sedans in North America. It is also fitted with an early model of the new GaugePilot navigation/timing instrument.
1968 Triumph TR250
The Triumph TR250 was an interim or transitional model between the TR4A and the TR6. The car has the body of the TR4A and the engine of a TR6. I noticed that this car was a right-hand drive car. This is a little surprising to me as I thought that the English market right hand drive version of this car would be the TR5 model.
1968 Volvo 122
The Volvo 122 looked like a good performer. The stance of the car was impressive with the oversized tires and the stiffer suspension. These cars have strong, reliable engines and this car looked like it was well prepared for a rally of this nature.
1961 Jaguar Mk. II
The Jaguar Mk. II would also be a good choice for this rally. It is fast and comfortable with sufficient space for the various items needed for a marathon rally. I don’t know which engine is in this particular car because I understand that Jaguar Mk. IIs were available with the 2.4, 3.4 or 3.8 liter 6-cylinder Jaguar engines. These cars have a top speed of more than 120 miles per hour and a 0 to 60 miles per hour time in the mid-8 second range. And they can stop too with their disk brakes.
1965 Aston Martin DB5
The Aston Martin DB5 has achieved almost cult status as the car of James Bond, Agent 007. This car is very impressive to look at, with performance to match. The owner of this car has removed the front bumper and mounted rally lights in its place. The DB5 has a 4 liter 6-cylinder engine producing a little over 280 horsepower. If needed, this car will reach speeds over 140 miles per hour. The scoring for the Trans America rally has included some lap times at some smaller race tracks which would be this car’s strong suit.
1967 Jaguar E-Type
The Jaguar E-Type is perhaps one of the most famous car designs in the world. It has it all – great looks and great performance. It is not surprising that this car is doing very well in the rally.
1973 MGB GT V8
The MGB GT shown above with the 3.5 liter V8 engine is a car that was not available here in the USA. This V8 engine is same Rover V8 that powered the Triumph TR8. I have always been an admirer of the MGB cars (I’ve owned two.) and this MGB has the benefit of the extra power of the V8 engine.
The Trans America rally has a number of other interesting cars in the competition. If anyone has a chance to see the cars of this rally, then I would recommend that they do so.