Car vs train across the United States
A modern, decidedly Top Gear homage to the great Blue Train races: a head-to-head between Amtrak and a Bentley Continental...
Posted: 19 Dec 2012
They are the lights of oncoming traffic. Dan is driving. It's time to stop. A brief blip of interest as we pass the legendary Bonneville Salt Flats to our right, but we can't see them because it's pitch black. On to the town of Wendover, and the haven of a motel, except that in a miscalculation of insane proportions, I haven't realised that it's Speed Week, and Wendover's population has tripled. Eventually, after quite some desperation, we find a Motel 6 (think scary, think cheap), which costs us $120. Each. It's 1am, and we have three-and-a-half hours of rest ahead. I drop like a felled tree.
Only to wake up with a start, panicking again that the train has somehow managed 1,000 miles in under four hours and we've already lost. We refuel and slip back for a brief picture of the Bentley on the salt flats. Even at this early hour, the devotees of Speed start to rumble out onto the flats in a glorious hotch potch of home-brew Lakesters. We buy four coffees in polystyrene cups, cups neatly gutted by the plastic grip tabs in the Bentley's cupholders. Both cars have centre consoles full of cheap coffee by the time we stop. A disaster. I really needed that coffee.