Vintage Car rally is back for 2021

An firm annual favourite, over 100 exquisite examples of vintage sports cars from the 1920s and 30s will return for 2021 to take on the challenge of the steep mine access road that leads up the side of Fleetwith Pike at Honister Slate Mine on Saturday 13 November.

Spectators are welcome at Honister Slate Mine at £5 per vehicle, the only official viewing location for the rally, which provides the perfect setting to capture photographs of the cars on the day.

The vehicles will feature top classic racing cars including a 1920’s Bugatti Type 23, a 1927 Austin 7 and a 1930’s Chrysler 66 Sports.

Following a classic cruise through the spectacular landscape of the Lake District the drivers will assemble at the foot of Honister Pass, one of the highest roads in Cumbria with a gradient of 1-in-4 (25%) before making the ascent. Natural hazards include the snaking bends and Herdwick sheep roaming the open fells. Once at Honister Slate Mine they’ll assemble to be scrutinised to ensure road worthiness and correct vintage, before attempting the mine track, putting their skills to the test on the uneven surface and steep climb more familiar with Landrovers than sports cars.

The 4-stage event is organised by the Vintage Sports Car Club and takes in spectacular scenery around Buttermere and Keswick.

Vehicles will be arriving at Honister Slate Mine – England’s oldest working slate mine and year round adventure attraction from 8am onwards on Saturday 9 November 2019.

Honister Slate Mine’s café will be open and serving hearty soup, bacon butties, homemade cakes, and hot drinks.

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