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VIDEO: Porsche and McLaren supercars hit North Devons roads

By NDJWill  |  Posted: April 08, 2013

  • The rally started from the Commodore Hotel in Instow

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A Porsche rally hit the roads of North Devon on Saturday as a group of 12 cars headed out from Instow on a tour of the area through Braunton, Barnstaple, Woolacombe, Hartland and Bideford.

The super cars left the Commodore Hotel in Instow, where the drivers stayed last night, at around 10am this morning for a full day touring the North Devon countryside.

The cars will cover around 140 miles during the day before returning to the Commodore this evening for a gala dinner.

The tour is made up of members of the Porsche Club GB's 997 register, although not every car involved is a 997 Porsche.

One member was driving his McLaren MP4-12C road car, which he bought four months ago after trading in his Porsche.

Rally organiser Clive White said he was looking forward to a day of driving on North Devon's "brilliant driving roads".

Clive, an ex-rally car driver from Braunton, said: "We've got a route planned from here towards Braunton, where we'll drive arouind the burrows for a while, before heading down towards Woolacombe, over Exmoor for a little while before stopping in Barnstaple.

"Then we're heading for Hartland for our lunch and back via the Bude road, Kilkhampton, Stibb Cross and Bideford.

"We try and do a bit of sightseeing as well as some driving roads."

He also said it was nice to be able to show off North Devon from drivers who travelled from around the country.

"It's nice to be able to bring people down here," he said.

"Some of these people don't get to drive there cars on anything less than a six lane road, so to see them able to use them properly is brilliant.

"And with the sun shining hopefully they'll come back."

One driver who hadn't visited North Devon before is Gary Willn, the owner of the McLaren.

Self employed electrician Gary, who lives just outside Coventry in the Midlands, said the weather had made a big difference for him.

"I'm very pleased with it," he said. "The fact it's not raining makes it so much more pleasant.

"And North Devon is quite spectacular. The view here in Instow is amazing, it's like a little cottage box village.

"It's so picturesque, I'm sure we'll have a great day."

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