Thousands of people are expected in Banbury as a world-famous race comes to town.
The final preparations are in place as Banbury gets ready to host a passage control point for the famous Rallye Monte Carlo Historique and Classique.
On Thursday, 1 February this free event will see Bridge Street and Market Place filled with the sights, sounds and smells of a classic car display.
Organisers hope for a repeat of the rally’s last visit to Banbury in 1962 when crowds filled Horsefair edge to edge wanting to see the cars and speak to the drivers.
The historique class features vehicles built between 1955 and 1980, while classique class includes vehicles built between 1911 and 1969.
The event is being coordinated locally by Cherwell District Council, with help from partners Banbury Town Council and the Oxford Motor Club.
Cherwell chairman Cllr Maurice Billington, said:
“Motorsport is part of this region’s DNA and I can’t wait to hear the rumble of those classic cars echo around the town centre. We will also be part of their adventure. When the historique rally last came to Banbury the streets were filled with people excited to see some fantastic cars. Those cars are now beloved classics and I hope as many of you as possible will head in to town on 1 February to greet the intrepid rally drivers and give them a raucous send off.”
Bicester’s Blue Diamond Riley Services which has entered a 1949 MG TC in to the classique rally will be servicing other rally vehicles during the stop in Bridge Street.
Other exhibitors include Pro-Drive, Brackley based BGM, and local classic car enthusiasts.
The event takes place between 10am and 3:30pm and rally vehicles will start leaving the town from 1:30pm at one minute intervals.
The event also coincides with Banbury market and there will be extra street food stalls to help fend off the February weather.