A record entry of 25 historic cars are expected to pass through the area during the UK leg of the Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique and the Rallye Monte-Carlo Classique 2018 events. The events, which are run side by side, will see drivers setting off from Paisley Abbey in Scotland, passing through Dumfries, before an overnight stay at Ye Olde Bell Hotel and Spa, Barnby Moor, near Retford, and then onto Banbury in Oxfordshire, before finishing in Folkestone in Kent.
The UK leg covers a total of 500 miles and is part of an international event that will see cars cover some 1,500 miles before converging in Monte Carlo in Monaco. The Historique class is being run for the 21st year and is restricted to car models that competed in the Monte Carlo Rallies between 1955 and 1980. It will run over 8 days on open public roads with the cars and crews having undertaken a series of 14 test stages in the mountains of southern France.