MGs return to Borders for annual rally

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LOCAL roads and country lanes will echo to the throaty engine rumble of 75 MG cars when the Caledonian Centre of the MG Car Club returns to the Borders for its 2011 three-day scenic tour this weekend.

The cars, dating from 1931 to 2005, will gather in Kelso’s Horsemarket on Saturday before being flagged away on their three-day tour of the region’s byways.

Attracting cars from all over Britain, the Caledonian Centre Tour is now in its 20th year and is one of the MG Car Club’s premier touring rallies.

The event base moves around Scotland and each year is significantly oversubscribed, with the popularity of the Borders quickly proven as places are filled within less than two weeks of entries opening.

This is the third time the rally has taken place in the region and organiser Mike Howlett commented: “We are grateful to Scottish Borders Council for permitting us to start the rally from the wonderful setting of Kelso Square and we are looking forward to exploring what is a lovely area with magnificent scenery and historic sites. The Borders is a real hidden gem.”

The rally has attracted a wide range of examples of MG cars through the ages ranging from a 1931 F Type to a 2005 MG ZR saloon entered by the oldest participant on the event, Duncan Laing, from Glasgow.

Four Caledonian Centre members from the Borders are entered. The first car is scheduled to leave Kelso at 10am.