| Monte starters head for the hills - 21 January
Photos courtesy Iain Provan - Motorsport Scotland
Three of the 'Monte' starters headed for the 'Paisley Alps for a photoshoot overlooking Paisley and Glasgow.
is preparing to roll out the red carpet for some very special visitors
when one of world motorsport’s most glamorous events rolls into
town this week.
Legendary racing driver Paddy Hopkirk and
Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall will wave the cars off from
6.00pm on Thursday 23rd on the 2,688km journey to Monte Carlo, via
the Channel Tunnel and over the snow-covered Alps.
to 100 classic cars from through the decades – including vintage
Porsches, Jaguars and Mini Coopers – will assemble outside Paisley
Abbey for the only UK start leg of the Monte Carlo Classic Car Rally.
are expected to turn out for the event, which will see live
entertainment during the afternoon before the cars start to depart for
France at 6pm.
Renfrewshire town has been chosen as one of five start points for this
year’s event – with the others being Barcelona, Stockholm,
Oslo and Reims.
Malcolm Oswald, who is marking his 60th birthday
by travelling to Monte Carlo in a 1.5 Riley, see above behind the
Stratos and Volvo, which had been lying in bits in a garage for 37
years before being lovingly rebuilt and restored.
“"My father was mad keen on the Monte Carlo rallies in the 1950s
and I grew up with it. I always wanted to do it so I put my application
in this year.
"The car was basically days from being scrapped.
It lay in an awful state in a garage under dust and the last tax disc
was 37 years beforehand. We've done quite a bit of work on it, and, if
we can make it, it will be a wonderful feat."
The event will see
road closures in place in Paisley’s Bridge Street and Cotton
Street. The cars will travel along the town’s Barrhead Road to
the M77, then take the A76 though Mauchline and Cumnock on their way
Clyde One DJs will host the live entertainment from 4pm
on the stage in Cotton Street, which will also feature the Kennedy
Cupcakes dance troupe as well as music.
Free event parking will be available at Wallneuk and at West College Scotland.
Before then - Remember
On Wednesday 22nd (TONIGHT) the pre gala dinner at the Blyhswood Hotel will feature special guests and rallying legends Paddy Hopkirk and Rosemary Smith.
celebrates a 50th anniversary double. In 1964 Paddy Hopkirk and Henry
Liddon drove a mini cooper S all the way from Minsk of all places, to a
win on the Monte, and Linwood's Hillman Imp celebrates the 50th
anniversary of production starting at Linwood, and of course became the
competition car of choice for Rosemary Smith around the same time!
and hear some great stories, no doubt with those off camera extras that
the drivers had to deal with in those 'old school' rallying days.
You don't need to be an entrant to the rally to join the dinner
party. Anyone interested in historic classic rallying is welcome.
Tickets cost £35 and Janet Garner is the contact for tickets for the dinner. Her email address is email@example.com. An evening not to be missed. Still a feww seats available.
Full story at Motosport Scotland
Updated 22 January 2014