To Monaco via Barnby Moor hotel

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IT is 100 years this week since the first Monte Carlo Rally.

The famous endurance race was started in 1911 by Prince Albert the First of Monaco.

Drivers with a sense of adventure take on the 2,035km route each year, taking their classic cars over the frozen Alps in winter into the sunshine of Monaco.

The race was immortalised in the 1969 film Monte Carlo or Bust. In that year only 16 out of 23 cars made it.

Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo also featured the car with the big personality taking on the rally challenge.

This picture shows drivers gathering at Ye Olde Bell Hotel at Barnby Moor, an official checkpoint, in 1959.

In this prestigious centenary year, a total of 328 cars have paid the £3,000 registration fee to join the rally, leaving the key cities of Marrakech, Warsaw and Glasgow with interim cities of Barcelona and Reims.

Forty-nine cars left Glasgow at 6.30pm yesterday, stopping off en route at Ye Olde Bell.

The first car was expected at 11.50pm last night, with other cars arriving at intermittent intervals over the following two hours.

They registered at the hotel checkpoint and then continued on to Dover and the crossing to Calais.

They are expected to arrive in Monaco tomorrow from 4.50pm onwards.