RAL­LYE MONTE CARLO HIS­TORIQUE/CLAS­SIQUE START, PAIS­LEY, RENFREWSHIRE, 25 JAN­UARY Thou­sands line the streets at Pais­ley for a spec­tac­u­lar clas­sic rally start

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Out & About -

For the fourth year in suc­ces­sion, the streets around Pais­ley Abbey re­ver­ber­ated to the sound of clas­sic car en­gines as 80 ve­hi­cles de­parted from the UK’s jump-off point for the Ral­lye Monte Carlo on Burns Night.

Provost Anne Hall flagged off the first of the en­trants – the 1978 Opel Kadett GTE crewed by fa­ther and son team Gordon and David Glen – in the com­pet­i­tive His­torique cat­e­gory in front of a 10,000-strong crowd, prompt­ing a colour­ful dis­play of py­rotech­nics.

Time will tell whether Gordon and David can repli­cate the form they showed last year, when they ri­valled the crew that ul­ti­mately took vic­tory. Gordon is joined on the His­torique by his cousin David in a gen­uine fac­tory X-Pack Ford Es­cort RS 2000.

Other crews com­pet­ing for honours in­clude Michael Hy­rons and Pa­trick Ha­ley in the Mini Cooper S that Paddy Hop­kirk took to sixth place in the 1967 Monte.

En­trants for the non­com­pet­i­tive Clas­sique cat­e­gory in­clude the 1952 MG YB in which Gre­gor Grant, founder of

Au­tosport mag­a­zine, com­peted in the 1954 Monte.

The Monaco-bound en­trants were fol­lowed over the ramp by 60 clas­sic cars par­tic­i­pat­ing in lo­cal her­itage runs, in­clud­ing a Ford Capri 3100 RS, a Clan Cru­sader pow­ered by a BMW mo­tor­bike en­gine and a replica of an Opel As­cona 400.

Provost Hall and UK event or­gan­iser Dou­glas An­der­son praised the pub­lic and en­trants alike for the way that they have em­braced this his­toric event and the cars tak­ing part. And, ac­cord­ing to Dou­glas, it seems likely that the Monte will re­turn to Pais­ley in 2018. David Mil­loy

First away! Fa­ther and son team Gordon and David Glen are crew­ing the right-hand drive 1978 Opel Kadett GTE – a se­ri­ous con­tender for over­all honours in the His­torique.

A 1971 Clan Cru­sader par­tic­i­pat­ing in one of the her­itage runs pow­ers away from the Pais­ley start. The orig­i­nal Imp mo­tor has been re­placed by a BMW mo­tor­bike en­gine.

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