SCORES of people lined the streets of Banbury to catch a glimpse of the iconic Monte Carlo Rally.
One by one drivers taking part in the famous Rallye Monte Carlo Historique and Classique, stopped off in Banbury, one of the official passage control points.
It was the first time in 50 years the rally stopped in the town – and last Thursday classic cars of all shapes and sizes parked up in Bridge Street and Market Place.
Monte Carlo drivers started arriving in the town from 11am, having travelled from Barnby Moor in Nottinghamshire.
Cherwell District Council chairman Cllr Maurice Billington, who welcomed the drivers at Banbury Town Hall, said: “The Monte Carlo Rally event has been a great success and I am really glad that residents and visitors have enjoyed it.
“The high attendance, even on a weekday, is an international recognition for Banbury as a key place for motorsport.
Local classic and racing car businesses also staged an exhibition of vehicles in the town.
Among those taking part were Prodrive, Nissan, BGM, Tuthill Porsche and Cropredy Bridge, as well as a number of private owners.
Douglas Anderson, coordinator of the UK leg of the rally, said: “We chose Banbury because it is located in the centre of the motorsport valley and, given the successful turn out for the Monte Carlo passage, I must say we made the right choice.”
The 1,500-mile rally finished in Monaco on Sunday.