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Excitement is building as one of world motorsport’s most glamorous events returns to Paisley this week - and a group of schoolkids got a special preview of what to expect.

Magnificent machines from through the decades will descend on the town centre on Wednesday for the only UK start leg of the Monte Carlo Classic Rally, with around 70 cars leaving from Abbey Close.

And a group of pupils from Glencoats Primary in Paisley got up close to one of the cars set to take part when a 1962 Austin Healy Sprite turned up in the playground.

The car belongs to Douglas Anderson, chair of the rally start committee, and the man who brought the event back to Scotland

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Monte Carlo Classic Rally preview at Glencoats PS Douglas Anderson (L) and Deputy Provost Caldwell (R) with pupils Kiana McLeod, Chanelle Kerr, Calum Clark and Connor Turley

in 2010 after a near-40-year absence, netting millions for the country;s economy.

Glencoats is one of four local schools which took part in an art project to celebrate the arrival of the rally, alongside St Peter’s, Langcraigs and St Catherine’s, and some of the pupils will be there on the night.

Wednesday’s start is being hosted by Renfrewshire Council and a programme of entertainment has been laid on from 4pm, before the cars start to leave from 6.45pm.

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Paisley is the largest town in Scotland. The town  has a rich history; from it’s 12th century Cluniac Abbey, it’s world famous Paisley Pattern Shawls, and its position at the forefront of the Thread Industry all of which brought great wealth and prosperity to the Town, enabling it to build it’s inspiring Town Hall, Museum and Art Gallery, Observatory, Schools and numerous fine Churches.

Paisley is surrounded by many historical towns and villages and is also ideally situated as a gateway to the Highlands and Islands, with Loch Lomond only 20 minutes away and Edinburgh a mere 45 minutes, and with the airport within 2 miles of the centre of Paisley, it really is the ideal base for visitors from near and far.



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