TR250 triumphs in the ERA’s Trans-America Challenge

| 20 Jun 2018
TR250 triumphs in the ERA’s Trans-America Challenge – Classic & Sports Car

The British crew of David and Jo Roberts claimed their maiden win in the Endurance Rally Association’s Trans-America Challenge.

In their 1968 Triumph TR250, they emerged victorious after 22 days and over 9360km (more than 5800 miles) of competition, which started in Charleston, North Carolina and finished in Seattle, Washington.

And it was a long-time coming. The husband and wife team from Yorkshire have competed in a host of endurance rallies, including the Flying Scotsman, the Classic Safari, the Peking to Paris, the Road to Mandalay and Saigon, and every Trans-America Challenge, and despite finishing every event, they’ve never won before.

TR250 triumphs in the ERA’s Trans-America Challenge – Classic & Sports Car
TR250 triumphs in the ERA’s Trans-America Challenge – Classic & Sports Car
Second-placed PV544 (left) and third-placed Cadillac

“Our crews have embraced all weathers and terrains over the past three weeks as we have journeyed through around a dozen states and enjoyed fabulous tests and competition throughout,” said Rally Director Fred Gallagher.

The second-placed car was Mike and Lorna Harrison’s 1963 Volvo PV544, while completing the podium was the Cadillac Convertible of Jim Gately and Tony Brooks.

This was no mean feat for a 1937 car! You’ll not be surprised to learn that the crew also scooped the Vintageant class win.

TR250 triumphs in the ERA’s Trans-America Challenge – Classic & Sports Car
TR250 triumphs in the ERA’s Trans-America Challenge – Classic & Sports Car
Pagoda crew battled back (left), while it was an emotional event for the two-car team given the Spirit of the Rally Award

Mick and Grace De Haas in their 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL ‘Pagoda’ received the Against All Odds trophy, after they fought to rejoin the event in Aspen, following a fuel-pump issue in Santa Fe.

A poignant prize was the Spirit of the Rally Award, which was presented to the two crews comprising the http://www.drive4stageiv.com team, who were raising money for breast cancer awareness.

Crew member Pam King withdrew from the rally at the midway point as her own battle with cancer worsened, and as the car crossed the finish line, she sadly passed away.

All photos: Gerard Brown/ERA

TR250 triumphs in the ERA’s Trans-America Challenge – Classic & Sports Car
British crew David and Jo Roberts celebrate their first win