• Short Summary

    The time - 7 pm Wednesday, Jan 21; the place - Monte Carlo; and the occasion the final of the Monte Carlo Rally as the first car starts the 270 mile Classification test.

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    The time - 7 pm Wednesday, Jan 21; the place - Monte Carlo; and the occasion the final of the Monte Carlo Rally as the first car starts the 270 mile Classification test.

    Of 186 crews surviving the initial 2,200 mile journey to Monaco, only 172 were able to start the final night-time dash through the Alpes Maritimes. There was little ice or snow but the roads were wet.

    About 15 miles from the start a Citroen skidding on a patch of ice plunged over the road edge. A tree prevented it careering down the ravine.

    Soon afterwards a Peugeot did the same thing and landed on the Citroen.

    This car was followed by the Sunbeam Rapier of Evans and Stephens.

    A few minutes later an Austin-Healey Sprite - driven by T.H. Wisdom and D. Johns - hit that same patch of ice but was able to continue after having two wheels over the edge.

    Forty-three cars failed to finish.

    The survivors now awaited the complex computation of the hidden check point reports. The winner, declared on Friday Jan 23, is the Citroen of Paul Coltelloni and Pierre Alexandra. The 'Coupes des Dames' was won for the second year running by Pat Moss - start of the famous Stirling - and Ann Wisdom in an Austin.

    322 cars started out on the Monte Carlo Rally and 129 finished.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA55A6NFZ9T85NSC3D4VP8Y11L7
    Media URN:
    VLVA55A6NFZ9T85NSC3D4VP8Y11L7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/01/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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