Endurance Rally Association’s third Trans-America rally will cross the USA in style, with an all-new route.
Covering more than 5000 miles from Charleston, Georgia to Seattle, via some of the USA’s most spectacular scenery, the Endurance Rally Association’s next Trans America Challenge has been announced for 2018.
While there’s no doubting the ‘endurance’ aspect of the rally, the event takes in some of America’s best scenery with five-star luxury crews to cater for the crews’ every need. But that’s not to say it won’t be an epic, thrilling drive.
The rally – which starts on May 27, 2018 and ends on June 17 that year – was put together by ERA Rally Director and former World Rally Championship co-driver Fred Gallagher with the support of American historic rally guru Steve McKelvie.
‘The first Trans-Am in 2012 was very much following the famous tourist route, while the 2015 event took the northern route encompassing some well-known landmarks. Having competed in six professional USA rallies in the 1970s and ‘80s, I know there is a great wealth of terrain and stunning locations that have yet been untapped by historic rallying,’ he said.
‘Bringing in Steve will add a whole new dimension to the event. Our combined experience and knowledge will create a desirable route that not only takes in the best of the beautiful south but also features a fantastic range of gravel trails and forest regularities as we head towards the west. This will be the best Trans-Am yet!’
The rally starts in one of America’s most charming and oldest cities, Charleston, on Sunday 27 May. From here, competitors will head to Charlotte, home of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, on to Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee, before heading into the deep south of Jackson, Mississippi, and a rest day in the amazing city of New Orleans.
Then it’s into Texas with Galveston, Austin, Wichita Falls and Amarillo on the route before entering Santa Fe, New Mexico. After experiencing ‘cowboy country’, it's time to head north to Colorado Springs and a luxurious rest day in the famous ski resort of Aspen before heading to the stunning desert plains of Moab and Sundance, Utah, Boise, Idaho and Newberg, Oregon.
Competitors will then finish in Seattle, one of the biggest cities on the northerly west coast. The Trans-America Challenge is the first of the ERA’s 2018 calendar to be revealed with the remainder to be announced at the forthcoming Goodwood Revival.
The 2017 calendar features two brand new events – The Baltic Classic, for vintage and classic cars, and the Blue Train Challenge, for pre-1948 vintageants. These will run alongside the ninth outing of the extremely popular Flying Scotsman and the Classic Safari, which sold out within hours of being announced.