Monte Carlo Rally begins at John O’Groats

October 21, 2019

CLASSIC car owners will be heading north to John O’Groats in January 2020 to take part in the annual Monte-Carlo Rally.

John O’Groats is again the starting point for the two-day heritage run which will link up with the Historique and Classique rallies, which next year see British entrants motoring out of Glasgow on the evening of January 29.

Article credit: John O’Groat Journal Website

The heritage drivers will leave John O’Groats on the morning of January 28 to go to Aberdeen, where they will stay overnight before continuing on to Glasgow.

Organisers would like cars on the heritage run to represent those that would have taken part in the Monte-Carlo rallies from the 1940s through to 1981.

Glasgow is the only British starting point of seven European cities including Athens, Milan and Barcelona. On the evening of January 29 the competing crews will set off from the start ramp in front of Glasgow City Chambers in George Square for the 1300-mile drive to the south of France.

The Historique class is being run for the 23rd year and is restricted to car models which competed in the Monte-Carlo rallies between 1955 and 1980. It will run over eight days on open public roads with the cars and crews undertaking a series of 14 demanding test stages in the mountains of southern France.

The Classique event is for older cars from as early as 1911 to 1965 and follows the same route to Monte-Carlo but does not include any test stages, the goal simply being to finish in Monte-Carlo after checking in at a series of control points on the way.

Picture credit: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios.

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