Flying Scotsman car rally making pit stop in Whitby

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More than 100 pre-war cars will be rolling into Whitby today (Friday) as part of the Flying Scotsman Rally.

Organised by the Endurance Rally Association, it is a 750-mile journey from Leeds to Gleneagles and this year will be taking the most northern route since it was established in 2008.

Around 200 drivers and crew will take in the sights of the North York Moors and visit Scripps’ Garage in Goathland before making a pit stop and enjoying a traditional seaside lunch in the town courtesy of Quayside.

Cars will be parked on Endeavour Wharf while owners tuck into fish and chips.

Setting off from Leeds at 7am the route for day one covers Aldwark Manor, Ampleforth, Hutton-le-Hole, Rosedale Abbey, Goathland and Whitby.

After lunch the rally heads for Kildale and then to Newcastle where it stops over for the night.

Carol Fusco of Quayside said: “We are delighted to be hosting the car enthusiasts and hopefully our fish and chips will provide enough ‘fuel’ for the drivers to head off over the North Yorkshire Moors to Newcastle.

“It will be quite a sight in Whitby, and I am sure will draw a crowd of vintage car lovers to the town, which is always good for business and tourism. The 115 cars must have a value of millions of pounds, and we are told this number is hardly ever seen all together.

“We wish drivers good luck and Bon Voyage, and look forward to serving the best fish and chips about.”

Cars taking part include Bentleys, Jaguars, Chevrolets, Aston Martins, Cadillacs and Fords.