James May's Great Train Race: Tarka Trail 2
By Bideford_ppl | Tuesday, June 07, 2011, 14:26
Sunday June 13th and James May returns to Bideford for the Great Train Race: Tarka Trail 2 Bideford to Barnsatple on BBC2 at 8pm.
James May and Oz Clarke in Bideford
James May in Bideford
James May The Great Train Race 2
BBC Top Gear presenter James May filmed this latest challenge in north
Devon – racing a crack German team of miniature railway enthusiasts
along the picturesque Tarka Trail.
The motoring journalist teamed up with engineer and wine expert
Oz Clarke on Saturday for a spin-off show to his Toy Stories series.
The pair, who formed an unlikely pairing of wine buff and committed
beer drinker for BBC's Big Wine Adventure, battle three brothers who
run the the world's biggest model railway exhibition in Hamburg.
The rival trains departed stations at opposite ends of the 9.1-mile section of track between Barnstaple and Bideford.
About 100 people cheered the start of the race which was simultaneously stared by two town criers and continued until about 7pm.
No official result has been released as the televised challenge
will be aired later this year but reports posted on Twitter suggested
the German locomotive broke down, hinting at a British victory.
May's previous attempts to run a model train from Bideford to
Barnstaple along the Tarka Trail in 2009 were foiled by bad weather and