A PROCESSION of vintage vehicles made their way through the Tyne Valley on Saturday for the 11th annual Flying Scotsman Rally.

The three-day event, which took place between Friday and Sunday, saw around 90 classic cars, including Bentleys, Aston Martins and Rileys, follow a snaking 610 mile route from Lake Windermere in Cumbria up to the Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland.

The route included off-road sections, designed to test the skills of drivers, at predesignated points along the route.

On Saturday, the longest day of the event, competitors rose early for a rally around Slaley Hall golf course, and its access roads before making their way across to Hexham.

Covering a total 235 miles, the route then wound across to the regularity section via the Bewcastle Fells to the Scottish Borders and on to the morning halt in Newcastleton.

From there, drivers journeyed across the wild uplands of Dumfries and Galloway until they finally found their destination for the night at Turnberry.

Information of the race route was very limited however, as organisers were keen to stress the fact that the rally was also a race, and competitors had to rely on maps to navigate.

The race, now in its 11th year, is organised by the Endurance Rally Association (ERA).

A nail-biting finish at Gleneagles saw navigator Ali Proctor, of Ponteland, and driver Paul Crosby, of Lancashire, finish in second place in their MG TB Supercharged car.