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Hartington village a 'lovely location' for vintage car rally

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: April 09, 2014

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THE quiet pot-holed lanes of Hartington and Tideswell acquired a touch of glamour and nostalgia as villagers were treated to a lane-side spectacle of the Flying Scotsman rally.

The rally features pre-war vehicles and is organised by the Endurance Rally Association. It attracts competitors from across Europe, the USA, Canada and Australia.

A succession of rare and classic motor cars rumbled and roared through the villages for two hours on Friday en route from the Forest of Arden, near Birmingham, to Gleneagles, in Scotland.

One of the highlights for the crowds was the noise of a 1926 Bentley 6.5-litre Tourer thundering from Fradley junction towards the village of Hartington.

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Kim Bannister, from the Endurance Rally Association, said: "The event featured 98 pre-war cars and the idea is to take in the best bits of the UK, and clearly this area is good.

"Hartington really popped up out of nowhere and proved ideal, a lovely location with a good pub and great people at the Charles Cotton Hotel."

Victory was celebrated by the Bentley Boys with the outright win of William Medcalf and newcomer to vintage rallying, David Kirkham, in their Bentley Super Sports.

Paul Carter, the leader of Kent County Council, and John Bayliss, arrived at the Gleneagles finishing point less than a minute behind, securing second place.

Mr Medcalf said: "This has been a fantastic event. We have driven roads none of us knew existed.

"The camaraderie was fantastic and it was brilliantly planned. For some of us, it's three days that we won't ever forget."

Third place, after a determined final day's effort, went to David Thomson and Alan Smith.

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