A 1925 Bentley Supersports, Triumphs, MG Bs, Porsches and a Mini Cooper were among the classic cars to cross over the finish line in Chester for the RAC Rally of the Tests.
The rally is the forerunner of the Wales Rally GB that visited the city on Friday, October 28.
Sunday’s event (November 6) saw 100 competitors take part in a three-day 750-mile drive from Bournemouth to Chester on public roads at normal road speed. The cars stopped off en route to take part in various off-road tests on private land.
While the original RAC Rally ultimately evolved into the Rally of the Forests, this 15-year old race harks back to the form it took during the post-war era.
Spokesman Kev Haworth explained: “It’s a re-creation of the original motorsport event that brought rallying to the public. What we do is recreate the events from the 1950s and 1960s and allow these old cars to come out and compete and let people see wonderful, wonderful examples of these vintage vehicles.”
Mr Haworth said Chester was chosen as the finish because of its rallying heritage.
“Chester is a very, very historic place. It’s a place that’s really in rallying history as it’s been the start and finish for many RAC rallies in times past,” said the media coordinator. “It’s a beautiful city. The people are very welcoming to us and the whole atmosphere of the city centre is wonderful.”
The presentation event was due to be held on Sunday evening at a gala dinner held in the Crowne Plaza hotel.