In 1930, Bentley Boy Woolf Barnato bet £100 that he could race the famous Le Train Bleu from Cannes to London before the train could reach Calais. 83 years on, Steve Cropley tells the story.
In January 1930 Rover claimed its Light Six had gone faster the Le Train Bleu, one of the world's most luxurious trains, which ran from Cannes in the south of France to Calais in the north. One evening at dinner, Bentley Boy Woofe Barnato said that was nothing special, and he could race the Blue Train, reach Calais, cross the English Channel and reach the Conservative Club in London before the train arrived in Calais. He succeeded with four minutes to spare. Here, Steve Cropley retraces the Bentley Boys' London haunts in the very car than Barnato made the journey.
Published: 8th July 2021.
Welcome to Late Brake Show Car Caves, where Jonny explores private car garages and drives one of the vehicles in the collection. This time it is the Lister Bell STR - or better known as the 1970s Lancia Stratos replica rally car. The car was featured in episode 3 of this Car Caves, where Kevin Johnson - aka Miura Man - opens the doors on his characterful Bedfordshire barn conversion full of heavenly mid-engined supercars.
Thanks for stopping by The Late Brake Show. Climb onboard the ultimate Lancia Stratos rally replica - volume up for this one!
This private tour was of huge interest, because Kevin (originally from Wales) owns the kind of supercars normally associated with vast collections. He is not a collector - he is a supercar driver. Kevin can afford an original Stratos, but he chose to buy an LB Specialist Cars STR instead. Jonny drives it to see what the fuss is about.
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Engine: 3.0 V6 24v Alfa Romeo Busso, mid-engined, 220bhp (est)
Gearbox: 5-spd manual Alfa Romeo, RWD
0-62: 5 (est)
Top speed: 150mph (est)
Integrated roll cage
RHD with adjustable pedal box
Removable rally light pod
A huge thanks to Kevin and his wife Nicola for granting us permission to visit and film their vehicles.
Published on 11 Apr 2018
At the peak of the Brecon Beacons sits the peak of Caterham's line up, a 620S and 420R. Both of these ultimate editions of the Caterham Seven ethos are very capable of hunting hypercars, but in these tricky, cold, slippery conditions, which of these cars gives the bigger buzz?