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Monte Carlo Classic Rally hits the road in Paisley

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The UK start of the Monte Carlo Classic Rally has hit the road with cars flying off the ramp in Paisley.

About 70 classic cars - including Porsches, Mini Coopers and Linwood-built Hillman Imps - set off from Paisley Abbey.

They will join competing cars from the other start cities of Barcelona, Turin, Copenhagen and Reims on the 1,670-mile (2,688km) route to the French Riviera.

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

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The Monte Carlo Classic Rally was created by Prince Albert I of Monaco in 1911 and initially featured 23 cars starting from six different European cities.

Only 16 completed it, with Henri Rougier winning in a Turcat-Mery. The 104th rally marks the second consecutive year that Paisley has hosted the only UK start.

Renfrewshire's Provost Anne Hall said: "We are delighted to be able to host the world-famous event here in the historic town centre of Paisley."

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