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Historic cars head to the ninth Flying Scotsman Rally on Friday

29 March 2017

The ninth Flying Scotsman Rally, Britain’s most famous competitive vintage car rally, will start on Friday 31 March with just over 100 participants crossing the start line at Slaley Hall, Northumberland.

The youngest car to compete in this year’s 800-mile event is a 1948 MG TC, while the oldest is an Itala 40 dating from 1907.

The 2016 winning combination of the 1931 Talbot 105 Alpine of Gareth Burnett and Martyn Taylor also return to the entry list.

The 2017 Rally, organised by the Endurance Rally Association (ERA), will give enthusiasts the rare opportunity to appreciate historic cars ranging from a 1937 SS Jaguar 100 and a 1925 Vauxhall 30/98 to a 1938 BMW 328 and a 1933 Aston Martin Le Mans.

The competitors will face changeable weather and demanding roads through the North of England and Scotland over three days of intensive driving.

ERA Rally director Fred Gallagher said: “Each year we have ventured further and further north. Our goal was to explore more of Scotland before we return to the original format for the tenth anniversary in 2018. The line-up is exceptional and we can guarantee that whatever the weather, the motoring will be second to none.”

The first stage commences at Slaley Hall in Hexham, and the route encompasses the stunning forest lands of Castle O’er, the Eskdalemuir moorlands and the Moorfoot Hills before resting and moving on towards the Forth Road Bridge before progressing towards the Cairngorm Mountains. Before nightfall, they will have to navigate the remote highways in the regions of Braemar, one of the coldest places in the UK and Tomintoul, believed to be the highest village in the Scottish Highlands.

On Sunday 2nd April will see the many drivers journey along the roads around the Forest of Athol and Loch Tay before they reach the finishing line at Gleneagles Hotel in the late afternoon.

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