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
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).