Which is faster... a Saudi train or a Bentley car?
The Desert Train Race commemorates a similar 1930s race from Cannes to Calais in France
Bentley racing driver Steven Kane has raced Saudi Arabia’s desert passenger train in a four-hour sprint from Riyadh to Dammam. Race commemorates Bentley ‘Blue Train’ run of 1930 The 480 km route was completed in a Continental GT V8 S Convertible and was won by Kane by a difference of six minutes. The event was planned to memorialise the 1930 Blue Train race where three-time Le Mans winner Woolf Barnato contested from Cannes to Calais. According to Kane, the occasion was far more stressful than a stint at Le Mans, which spans for four hours as well. “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,” said Kane.