The Bentley Team M-Sport race driver Steven Kane reinvigorated the famous event from eighty-five years ago, when the three-time Le Mans winner famously raced the 'Blue Train' from Cannes to Calais.
The legendary run took place in 1930, when the three-time Le Mans winner Captain Woolf Barnato drove the Bentley Speed Six like the wind and beat the famous "Blue Train" on it's way between Cannes and Calais. Despite poor driving conditions, Bentley reached London four minutes prior to the train reaching its final stop in Calais.
Kane decided to take on a similar challenge in Saudi Arabia behind the wheel of the new Bentley Continental GT V8 Convertible. He was to race the only desert passenger train in the entire country, connecting Riyadh deep in the heart of the Arabian Peninsula to Dammam on the Arabian Gulf. On August 15, which later proved to be the hottest day of the summer, he hit the gas and started the 480 km route from one city to another and reached it's destination in 4 hours and 14 minutes. He arrived to Dammam six minutes before the train did.
Bentley Team M-Sport driver, Steven Kane, commented on his achievement: "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."