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    Thick fog with roads clear of snow and ice. These were the weather prospects this?

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    Background: Thick fog with roads clear of snow and ice. These were the weather prospects this side of the Continent for the British contingent of 58 which left Glasgow on Jan. 18 for one of the toughest motoring trials in the world --- the Monte Carlo Rally.

    Crowds of several thousand were at Glasgow to give the drivers a rousing send-off as they were flagged away by the Royal Scottish Automobile Club. The cars ranged from the 3.4 litre Jaguar to the half litre-engine Berkeley, weighing only seven cwt.

    Most of the cars were fitted with every aid to winter motoring - tow ropes, snow chains, seats transformable to beds and even electric wipers to keep head lamp glasses clean. Only one of the several husband-and-wife teams in the Rally left from Glasgow. They were Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Vivian of Norwich, whose 64 gadgets include a wash-basin with hot and cold running water.

    The week-end thaw in Britain had dispelled the ice and snow but the outlook was thick fog in Yorkshire and further south.

    The competitors were due at Dover at 9.2 am. Jan. 19. Weather reports from France indicate bad weather.

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