Classic motor rally set for Banbury return

The world’s most famous classic car rally is returning to Banbury this week.

Published: Tuesday, 28th January 2020

Following the warm reception for drivers and exhibitors early in 2019, the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique will be passing through town again in on Thursday 30 January with the support of Cherwell District Council.

The 17 vehicles that started the UK leg of the rally the previous evening in Glasgow will arrive in Banbury for an official passage control before they head off on the remainder of the gruelling 1,300-mile endurance race to the south of France.

The event will take place from 10am to 3pm on Thursday 30 January in Banbury town centre. The participating rally vehicles are set to arrive late morning before leaving the start ramp from 1.30pm.

The council and its partners will be using the passage control as an opportunity to host a display of up to 150 classic and notable cars from major motorsport firms, local companies, classic car clubs and private owners.

The event, which coincides with Banbury Market, has been extremely well attended over the past two years, giving the town another opportunity to give the rally participants a warm Banbury welcome and send-off.

Douglas Anderson, coordinator of the UK leg of the rally, said: “You have to be a bit of a masochist to go on such an arduous journey in the depths of winter but the stop-off in Banbury is a chance for the drivers to get a well-earned rest and a hot meal.

“We’re coming back to Banbury because it’s really the capital of motorsport, it’s motorsport valley down here. We’re delighted to be here and we’ve had a fantastic turnout. It will be a great atmosphere so come along.”

The Banbury stop will be a chance for the veteran vehicles to be serviced by Bicester’s Blue Diamond Riley Services. Meanwhile the drivers and navigators will take a rest and eat thanks to Banbury Town Council, who will be hosting them and laying on food.