Clas­sic rally cars line up for a fly­ing start

Monte Carlo hope­fuls to take part in a daz­zling Scot­tish send-off in front of thou­sands of rally fans

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - OUT & ABOUT - David Mil­loy

Around 10,000 spec­ta­tors are ex­pected to gather at Pais­ley in Ren­frew­shire to watch rally hope­fuls head off for Monte Carlo on Wed­nes­day 25 Jan­uary.

Pais­ley Abbey will – for the fourth suc­ces­sive year – be the UK jump-off point for ve­hi­cles par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Ral­lye Monte Carlo Historique and Ral­lye Monte Carlo Clas­sique.

The en­try list for the Historique, in which en­trants par­tic­i­pate in 14 timed reg­u­lar­ity stages in the moun­tains of South­ern France, in­cludes the Mini Cooper S which fa­mously took Paddy Hop­kirk and Ron Cre­lin to sixth place in the 1967 Monte Carlo Rally, a 1970 Fiat 124 Coupé and a 1965 Austin 1800.

The Clas­sique event (re­stricted to cars made be­tween 1929 and 1959) tack­les the same roads as the Historique but does with­out the com­pet­i­tive el­e­ment. This year’s event has at­tracted an en­try list in­clud­ing an Austin Seven Ul­ster and a Ford Cortina MkI.

In ad­di­tion to the Monte Carlo-bound ve­hi­cles, around 50 other clas­sic cars will set out from Pais­ley on her­itage runs to a va­ri­ety of des­ti­na­tions in Scot­land.

The cars will take to the of­fi­cial start ramp from 6pm.

’En­trants in­clude the Mini that Hop­kirk took to sixth in 1967’

Dou­glas and June An­der­son set off last year in an Austin Healey. Dou­glas is the co­or­di­na­tor of the Ral­lye and the per­son who brought it back to Scot­land in 2011.

En­trants Ranald White and Karsten Brown in a Rover 2000 (be­low); John Roberts and Oliver Tom­lins in a Fiat 124 coupé (above).

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