RALLY cars from the last half century are being displayed at a classic car gala, which will also feature a star driver.

The Durham Classic Car Gala, which took place for the first time last year, is being held in the city centre on Monday, between 11am and 4pm.

More than 100 cars are taking part, with racing and rallying heritage cars in the Market Place, a selection of classic American cars in Millennium Place, Minis on Framwellgate Bridge, MG sports cars on Elvet Bridge and more than a dozen classic Mercedes on Palace Green.

One highlight will be Nicky Porter’s 1970s Mercedes in which he competed in the Lombard RAC Rally, and the driver himself will be with the car for some of the day, and happy to answer visitors’ questions.

Organiser Malcolm Vance said: “We’re eager to build on the success of last year’s inaugural Classic Car Gala.

"This year, we’ve sought cars with a racing or rallying heritage, and are looking forward to Nicky Porter joining us with his 1970s rally car. We’ll also have a 1970 Simca, a Ford Sierra Cosworth and more.

"For anyone with a passion for motor vehicles, this will be a great opportunity to see a wide range of cars and chat with owners.”

Colin Wilkes, managing director of Durham Markets, who has helped organise the event, added: “Whether you’re interested in cars, or not, it will be quite a spectacle in the city centre on Bank Holiday Monday, and a great reason to come into Durham.

"It’s an event that appeals to all ages, from the youngest to the oldest. Bank Holiday Monday will be a great day out in Durham.”

The Full Moon Market will also be in the Market Place, with vendors selling a variety of food.