Amazing pictures from Monte Carlo Classic Rally 2018

Tuesday 13th February, 2018

As you can see from these stunning pictures, there was a real party atmosphere in Paisley as the town played host to the start of the 2018 Monte Carlo Classic Rally earlier this year.

Thousands turned out in the town centre to wave off the cars and crews at the event, which took place in the stunning backdrop of Paisley Abbey with lights, music and fireworks galore.

This year saw the largest number of entries for the UK’s only start point of the Rally as 70 cars set off from Abbey Close – with the first 24 entries taking on the gruelling 1500-mile trip to the south of France.

It was the fifth time that Paisley hosted the start of the historic race, but it was a particularly special occasion for 10-year-old Emilia Kozlowska of the town’s St John Ogilvie Primary School.

Emilia won a Renfrewshire-wide schools competition to design a flag to send off the drivers and she joined Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron on the start ramp, flag in hand, to wave the cars off on their journey.

The Rally is split into three separate categories with the 70 entries taking part across the Historique and Classique classes, as well as the popular Monte Heritage Runs.

The Historique class is for car models which competed in the Monte Carlo Rallies between 1955 and 1980 and covers 14 test stages over eight days, while the Classique event is for older cars from 1911 to 1969 making the journey to the south of France.

The Monte Heritage Runs see a range of cars from over the years take on a series of short classic routes in Scotland, including Aberdeen, Dumfries and Stirling.

The Monte Carlo Classic Rally was the first in Renfrewshire’s 2018 major events programme – don’t miss more spectacular events coming up throughout the year.

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I regularly visit the Paisley Museum and Art Galleries and Paisley Arts Centre and try to attend as many of the festivals and events in the town as possible... I particularly enjoy Sma’ Shot Day.

Laura Gray

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