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A classic car enthusiast and his wife are revving up to drive 1,670 miles all the way to Monte Carlo in a famous motoring event.

Alan Duncan has always wanted to take part in the Monte Carlo Rally and today (Thursday 23) his dream will come true.

Alan and his wife, Catherine, from Kirkintilloch, will travel in their 1974 Toyota Celica.

Setting off from Paisley Abbey, the couple will be joined by around 50 other classic car enthusiasts for the first stage of the rally.

After that, around 14 cars will make the long journey from Scotland to Monte Carlo.

The historic event will see a total of 314 cars set off from locations across Europe and Scandinavia, including Reims, Barcelona, Oslo, Stockholm and Monaco.

Alan (54), a member of Kirkintilloch and District Classic Vehicle Club, has previously driven in the heritage runs of the rally to Yorkshire and is looking forward to going the full distance in his 40-year-old car.

The dad-of-two said: “I always wanted to do it. Catherine had booked a Caribbean cruise when I heard it was coming up last year. I thought, if it’s on next year, I will do it.

“I did the John O’Groats run recently, which was the original starting point for the Monte Carlo Rally, and I went to Glencoe and Oban on New Year’s Day in preparation.

“I’ve still to receive the exact route, but I’m fairly confident the Celica will make it all the way.

“A friend did it last year and said you go from driving in the mountains in the snow to very warm temperatures.”

The first Monte Carlo Rally took place in 1911. It was stopped for the First World War and started again in 1924.

The original starting point in Scotland was John O’Groats, up until the Second World War. After that it left from Glasgow.

Alan added: “I’m not going with the intention of winning prizes ‑ I just want to be able to say I’ve done it. It will also be nice to see the sights of Monte Carlo. I’m really looking forward to it. I think it will be a great event to be part of.”

 

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