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Bentley 4 1/2 across America: Pic of the Week

5,000 miles, 22 days, two coasts, and one incredible 90 year-old Bentley...

By Matt Bird / Sunday, December 16, 2018

We all enjoy an epic roadtrip adventure, right? Bring together a great car, a huge journey and the company of your choosing and there's certainly going to be one or two stories to tell...

Some trips are always going to be more extraordinary than others though, as is the case with this Pic of the Week. Over the summer Bill and Julie Holroyd took their incredible 1927 Bentley 4 ½ - prepared by William Medcalf - to the Trans America Challenge, run by The Endurance Rally Association. Taking in 5,000 miles across the United States over three weeks, it's a journey of attrition for any car involved - let alone one now in its tenth decade.

The Challenge took in everything the US could throw at a car, including 40-degree heat, tropical storms, Pikes Peak, drag races and more. Bill described the driving as feeling "like I had undergone a full-body workout each day." That sounds easier than we'd have expected!

Anyway, driving such an amazing old car across the entire United States was guaranteed to create some fantastic images, as seen here. It comes from day 20 of the tour, and the drive from Boise in Idaho to Bend in Oregon. In the middle of a forest on a gravel path the vintage Bentley looks right at home, like it's part of some grand race of the Bentley Boys. After a feast of modern metal in this slot, it seemed high time something more historic took pride of place - enjoy!

 

Image: Gerard Brown for William Medcalf Bentley

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