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Monte Carlo Classic Rally to get under way in PaisleyBack

MonteCarloRally1Thousands of people are expected to arrive in Paisley today to celebrate the start of the Monte Carlo Classic Rally 2015.

Around 70 classic cars will set off from Paisley Abbey at around 18.45 tonight to include Porsches, Mini Coopers, and Linwood-built Hillman Imps. The classics will then join competing cars from other start cities across Europe to include Barcelona, Turin, Copenhagen and Reims on the 1,670-mile route to the French Riviera.

Created by Prince Albert I of Monaco in 1911, the Monte Carlo Classic Rally initially began as a small rally with just 23 cars featured from six different European cities. Only 16 cars went on to actually complete the circuit with Henry Rougier taking the winning place in a Turcat-Mery.

MonteCarloRally3104 years later, the rally is still going strong and it is the second year that Paisley has hosted the only UK start.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall, who will help wave the drivers off from the start ramp, said: “We are delighted to be able to host the world-famous event here in the historic town centre of Paisley.

“Last year’s event was a really memorable night with a great atmosphere and the sight of the cars setting off from outside Paisley Abbey made for a magnificent spectacle.

“We have a programme of entertainment laid on from 4pm and we look forward to seeing another bumper crowd.”

The rally is expected to generate more than £1 million for the Renfrewshire economy.

Posted by Sue Robinson on 28/01/2015