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Wheel turns full circle as Monte Carlo veteran rallies behind event
A former Rallye Monte Carlo driver has been reliving memories of the world-famous classic ca...r event as support builds for its return to Banbury for the first time since 1962.
John Gilley, 85, of Brackley, took part in the rally in 1955 when it was an endurance event with no overnight stops. Like many other local residents, he is now looking forward to Thursday, 1 February when the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique and Classique passes through Banbury for an official Passage Control.
Drivers now have several days to complete the 1,500 mile trip, which finishes in Monaco on Sunday, 4 February. But Mr Gilley recalls having to make the trip with no overnight breaks and having to contend with what one newspaper described as “minor collisions and near misses on ice-rutted roads”. His one moment of respite came when the captain of the ferry he was crossing the channel on took pity on him and gave up his cabin for the night.
Mr Gilley will be meeting this year’s drivers at Banbury Town Hall, where they will stop for lunch before being waved off by the crowds at one-minute intervals from 1.30pm in Market Place.
Mr Gilley, who was one of the youngest drivers in the race when he competed, said: “It all went by in a flash. We were treated rather well because we were young but a lot of the older chaps told us to keep out of the way. It’s going to be great to get back into the fun of it when the rally returns to Banbury and I’m looking forward to meeting this year’s drivers.”
His co-driver for the long haul drive was Henry Burke, and they made the trip in an MG Magnet, pictured. The duo competed in numerous car rallies throughout Europe after having met at hotel school in Switzerland, including the Tulip Rally and the Liège-Rome-Liège.
He has since gone on to see his daughter work for local motor firms such as ProDrive and Tuthill Porsche, both of which will be exhibiting historic cars on the day.
Mr Gilley contacted Cllr Kieron Mallon of Cherwell District Council about his souvenirs from the 1955 edition after reading about the Rallye Monte Carlo in a local newspaper. His memorabilia includes an official 1955 race brochure, numerous press cuttings and a photo of Henry and himself en route.
Cllr Mallon said: “Having the Rallye Monte Carlo pass through Banbury is a fantastic occasion for Banbury, and I was delighted to hear from John Gilley when he contacted me about his participation in the event. The day is all about promoting motoring heritage, and it is great to see that people such as John are coming forward to share their memories and help promote this important day for our town centre.”
The drivers taking part in the event will be accompanied by exhibitions of up to 100 classic and vintage cars, including famous models from local firms such as Prodrive, BGM Sport, Tuthill Porsche, Nissan and Cropredy Bridge.
Stallholders at Banbury Market will be serving teas, coffees and street food as they welcome rally supporters to town.
The event takes place between 10am and 3.30pm and during the event Bridge Street and Market Place will remain closed to traffic.q
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