Got a classic car? Show it off when rallye hits Banbury

Monte Carlo Rally Historique 2019, UK Leg, Banbury, preview. From the left, Douglas Anderson, UK Leg Co-ordinator, John Lomas, Blue Diamond Services, Bicester, in a 1936 Riley Sprite, Cllr. Tony Ilott and Tom Duckham, CDC Street Scene Officer. NNL-180210-124037009
Monte Carlo Rally Historique 2019, UK Leg, Banbury, preview. From the left, Douglas Anderson, UK Leg Co-ordinator, John Lomas, Blue Diamond Services, Bicester, in a 1936 Riley Sprite, Cllr. Tony Ilott and Tom Duckham, CDC Street Scene Officer. NNL-180210-124037009

Owners of classic cars are being invited to display their pride and joy alongside race teams, car clubs and major manufacturers when the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique returns to Banbury at the end of the month.

Last February, the rally used Banbury as a passage control stop and this year, shortly before the rally arrives at 1.30pm on January 31, local car owners can display their vehicles, from 10am.

Banbury stage of The Historic Monte-Carlo Rally. Competitors wait for the start. NNL-180102-172247009

Banbury stage of The Historic Monte-Carlo Rally. Competitors wait for the start. NNL-180102-172247009

The event has been organised by Cherwell District Council with support from Banbury Town Council.

Cllr Debbie Pickford, Cherwell’s lead member for clean and green, said: “There were more than 100 classic cars in the town last year and the arrival of the Monte Carlo Rally was the only thing that could prise people from under car bonnets or away from chats with their owners.

“It is that enthusiasm and the knowledgeable crowd which makes the event so successful.”

Email tom.duckham@cherwellandsouthnorthants.gov.uk, or call 01295 221704.

Competitors gather at the start of the Banbury stage of the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique NNL-180102-171357009

Competitors gather at the start of the Banbury stage of the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique NNL-180102-171357009

To read about last year’s Monte Carlo stop in the town see: ‘In pictures: Classic cars galore in Banbury for vintage Monte Carlo Rally.’

Banbury stage of The Historic Monte-Carlo Rally. Classic cars on show. NNL-180102-171646009

Banbury stage of The Historic Monte-Carlo Rally. Classic cars on show. NNL-180102-171646009