The Spring-like weather Athens had enjoyed for nearly a week ended abruptly, within twelve hours of the Monte Carlo Rally start Jan 18.
The Spring-like weather Athens had enjoyed for nearly a week ended abruptly, within twelve hours of the Monte Carlo Rally start Jan 18. Snow flakes fluttered onto the roads of Northern Greece, steadily increasing throughout the day. When the first of the eighteen Athens starters had left the Parathenian Stadium the country-side was well covered and driving condition varied from bad to treacherous.
Conditions all along the route to Monte Carlo have undergone a sharp change. During the run through to Belgrade, Trieste, Padua, Trento, Turin, Chambery and finally Monte Carlo, snow and ice will probably take toll of many of these Athens starters.
There were 322 starters from nine points - Glasgow, Stockholm The Hague, Paris, Warsaw, Munich, Lisbon, Rome and Athens. After zig-zagging across Europe for three days, those that arrive within the specified period will face a 270 mile Classification test. By Jan 20, only 18 cars dropped out.
The Rally was first run in 1911, organised by Anthony Noghes. Then twenty-two cars took part with starting points at Paris, Boulogne, Madrid, Rome, Berlin, Vienna, Brussels, Amsterdam, Geneva, Lisbon and St. Petersburg, Russia. The following year eighty-six cars started. There wasn't another Rally until 1924. Year by year the number of entries increased until after the second world war the organisers introduced a selection system, limiting the number of competitors of 360.