Vintage rally to fly through the valley

Over 100 pre-war cars will make their way towards Widdop Moor on Saturday, April 20, as part of the Flying Scotsman vintage rally.

The event, now in its fifth year, will see vintageants complete a 700-mile route over three days from Hetfordshire to Gleneagles, starting on Friday, April 19, and finishing on Sunday, April 21.

Among the 106 vintage motors travelling along Widdop Road, Heptonstall, to Colne from around 11.30am to 1.30pm on the Saturday will be Aston Martins, BMWs, Alfas, Alvises, Lagondas, Rileys, Talbots, Bentleys, MGs, Chevrolets, Fords, Jaguars and more.

To enhance the atmosphere of the whole event all crew members are requested to dress in period attire.

There will spectator points at Blackstone Edge Reservoir (A58/B6138 between 09.45am to 11.30am) and in Heptonstall from 10am to 11.45am.

An event spokesperson said: “The Flying Scotsman is organised along totally authentic lines and is nothing more, nothing less, than a grand pre-war Time Trial with a bunch of highly eccentric drivers, who all are determined to enjoy each other’s company in the evenings, and like nothing more than to drive like hell all day down remarkable roads in an effort to stay on time.

“This ambition, we can now say with the benefit of four years past experience, is totally impossible.

“You have to be nuts to think you can do any good, and it’s always a delight to see so many drivers wilt at the knees as their ambitions of getting hold of a ‘True Grit’ tankard, or even a class award, evaporates in the haze of the event’s red mist.”

The principal awards for the event will be the category and class cups.