Monte Carlo Classic Rally to get under way in Paisley

Monte Carlo Classic Rally Paisley is the only UK staring point for the 2014 Monte Carlo Classic Rally

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About 100 classic cars will gather in Paisley later for the only UK start of the Monte Carlo Classic Rally.

Crowds are expected in the Renfrewshire town where the cars will set off from Paisley Abbey on their 1,670-mile (2,688km) route to the French Riviera.

Legendary racing driver Paddy Hopkirk will help wave the cars off, 50 years on from his victory in the Rally.

Paisley was chosen as one of only five start venues, alongside Barcelona, Oslo, Stockholm and Reims.

The rally was created by Prince Albert I of Monaco in 1911 and initially featured 23 cars starting from six different European cities.

Only 16 completed it, with Henri Rougier winning in a Turcat-Mery.

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