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Published 31 January 2019

Crowds gathered in Clydebank last night to wave off 80 cars as they began their journey to Monte Carlo.

The ramp in Aurora Avenue was the only British starting point for the historic rally event, and drew entrants from as far afield as America and France.

Last night, under the shadow of the Titan Crane, they were flagged off by Bailie Denis Agnew, Convener of the Cultural Committee.

Old cars lparked in a line beside the Titan Crane

Bailie Agnew said: “I was delighted to welcome back the Monte Carlo Rally to Clydebank.

“Seeing the cars gathered beside our iconic Titan Crane on our historic waterfront was a fantastic moment and I was honoured to wave them off.

“This Rally will be one of many events in 2019 which will project West Dunbartonshire onto a world stage, and hopefully will encourage visitors to this area.”

Douglas Anderson, the UK co-ordinator of the event and the man responsible for bringing the Monte start back to Scotland a few years ago, added: “It has been another wonderful Scottish start and it’s been great to return to Clydeside. The crowds got right behind the event and gave the crews a big boost on their demanding drive to the South of France. The Monte has  a special magic.”

3 chilrend beside a classic mini car

Crowds were given the opportunity to have an up-close look at the variety of classic cars taking part in the event before it began.

Cars on display included five Rileys from the 1930s – two of them driven by American crews and another which competed in the Monte Carlo Rally before the last war - and an MG TC from 1949.

Other cars taking part were a 1958 Standard Pennant and a 65 year old Ford Popular.