VIDEO: Bentley desert race evokes images of the past

A SAND showered desert race which pitted a Bentley against a Arabian train has evoked scenes of a legendary duel 85 years ago.

Modern day Bentley Boy Steven Kane reinvigorated the legendary spirit of three-time Le Mans winner Captain Woolf Barnato’s famous race against Blue Train from Cannes to Calais with a four-hour 14 minute sprint against Saudi Arabia’s only desert passenger train.

The dune train takes a 480 km route from Riyadh — deep in the heart of the Arabian Peninsula — to Damman on the Arabian Gulf. 

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The new Continental GT V8 S Convertible raced this unique locomotive on August 15 across the scorched, barren landscape and won, with six minutes to spare.

Bentley Team M-Sport driver, Steven Kane, said: “Four hours is the same time as a stint at Le Mans. But this was far more stressful. The heat, the conditions, not knowing where the train was, while driving within the limits of the country’s regulations. It was a race like no other. I hope Barnato would be proud.”

Bentley released its official video of the duel between car and train earlier today.

To transport yourself away from Rotherham’s soggy climes to the sand of Saudi Arabia, take a look at the finished article, below.

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