RSF 303 pitted against Venice train

One of the world's most famous D-Type racing cars, the RSF 303, is to be pitted against the Orient Express in a 30-hour race from London to Venice, it has been revealed.

The contest, organised by Octane magazine to commemorate Woolf Barnato's famous victory against the Blue Train in 1930, will begin on Thursday, with Jonathan Turner, the vehicle's owner at the wheel and editor Robert Coucher as his co-driver.

"We wanted to re-create the famous challenges," said the magazine's David Barzilay. "When we heard that the owner of the famous car planned to take part in this year's Mille Miglia, we suggested the challenge and he agreed."

Co-driver Coucher added: "I have taken part in many famous motoring events around the world but never one quite like this. It recreates the glamour and passion of the 1930's. This sort of thing rarely happens. For a car of this importance to take part in something like this is phenomenal."

The car, which has previously taken second place at Le Mans and third place at Reims, was built in 1956.

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