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Speed is of the essence as Edinburgh Airport hosts traditional Race the Runway event

Car enthusiasts from across Scotland have descended on Edinburgh Airport today for the airport's traditional Race the Runway event which sees some of the fastest cars in the world compete to raise money for charity.

Mercedes, Lamborghinis, Porsches and Ferraris were among the cars burning rubber on the runway – one of only a few events in the world which sees an operational airport allow members of the public to drive within the airport compound.

Official time keepers kept score as the 25 cars sped up the runway, whittling the competitors down to the final two. The overall winner will be announced later today when the event comes to an end around 15:00.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport welcomed the racers, and said: "Race the Runway is always a great event to be part of. It allows members of the public to drive as fast as possible for charity – some of these cars won't ever have reached speeds like this before and our secondary runway is the perfect place to do it.

"This is the first Race the Runway event since 2011 and it's always very popular. It'll also give incoming passengers a treat as they'll see some spectacular activity from the air. A big thank you should also go to Mercedes Benz for sponsoring the event."

All money raised will be donated to the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice and the Scottish Burned Childrens' Club.