RAL­LYE MONTE CARLO HIS­TORIQUE: UNITED KING­DOM START

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Event Report -

PAIS­LEY, SCOT­LAND, 27 JAN­UARY

Up­wards of 10,000 peo­ple braved typ­i­cally in­clement late-Jan­uary weather to watch 70 clas­sics set­ting off from Pais­ley for the 1670-mile jour­ney to Monaco on this year’s Monte Carlo Rally His­torique.

The Scot­tish town joined Barcelona, Bad Homberg, Oslo and Reims as one of the international start points for the one-week event, which more than 300 crews from across Europe have en­tered.

Among the UK en­trants tak­ing part was Ranald White in his 1964 Rover 2000SC (below), who was hop­ing for a more suc­cess­ful cam­paign than last year, when the car was plagued by me­chan­i­cal is­sues at both ends of the rally. The first car flagged away from the start was James Mag­gatt’s Chrysler Sun­beam (below right), spe­cially dec­o­rated to pro­mote Pais­ley’s bid to be­come the 2021 Euro­pean Cap­i­tal of Cul­ture.

Dou­glas An­der­son, co-or­di­na­tor of the rally’s UK leg says that more than 60,000 peo­ple have been to see the event since the Scot­tish start was in­tro­duced in 2011. ‘This year saw a new chap­ter writ­ten in the il­lus­tri­ous his­tory of the Monte in Scot­land, with a group of cars trav­el­ling down from John O’Groats, one of the orig­i­nal start­ing points for the rally,’ Dou­glas com­ments.‘Once again, the peo­ple of Pais­ley gave the driv­ers a won­der­ful send-off and I thank them and our col­leagues at Ren­frew­shire Coun­cil for host­ing an­other mem­o­rable start leg.’ Pho­tog­ra­phy by Andy Thom­lin­son & Dougie Coull

It wasn’t just UK teams start­ing the rally at Pais­ley – Bel­gian en­trant Jean-Marie Herman joined them in his 1951 Austin FX3.

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