Leading cars in the Monte Carlo Rally arrived in the Principality today (Monday, Jan 25th.) to complete the first stage of the annual rally.
SV Car No.98 Past Camera.
SVA Cars No.91 and 89 through snow covered road.
SV No.13 and 74 past camera.
SV Car no.88 round bend. (no snow on road)
SV Cars No.99, 92 40/Round bend and down hill. (2 shots)
GV Checkpoint sign in Monte Carlo. TILT DOWN TO cars under sign.
GV Cars lined up.
SV Cars arriving at checkpoint No.249 and given form. (2 shots)
Initials JB/PN/CO/1.38 JB/PN/CO/1.56
SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: Leading cars in the Monte Carlo Rally arrived in the Principality today (Monday, Jan 25th.) to complete the first stage of the annual rally.
The leader at Monte Carlo was Ove Andersson of Sweden driving a French Renault Alpine. Second was Jean-Luc Therier of France, also driving a Renault. And third, Sandro Munari, of Italy, in a Lancia.
Renaults filled five of the first 10 places. They were placed first, second, fourth, sixth and 10th. The French cars were putting up their strongest challenge yet for victory in the rally.
German Porsches and Italian Lancias are expected to give the Renaults a hard fight. Three Porches and one Lancia were in the first 10 cars.
Bjiorn Waldegaard, of Sweden, who won the last two rallies, had the fourth fastest time over the snow-covered speed section above Monaco, but a one-minute penalty for being late at a control point pushed him down to 12th place. Waldegaard was driving a Porsche.
Of the 248 cars which started in the rally, 197 reached Monte Carlo after battling through snow and ice on twisting roads. Many cars bore the marks of minor accidents, but officials said no competitors had been injured.
Some drivers complained they lost valuable points because they could not overtake slower drivers on the narrow roads.