• Short Summary

    NEARLY 350 CREW FROM OVER 20 COUNTRIES TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AND SATURDAY SET OUT ON THE DESTRUCTIVE MONTE CARLO RALLY -- 33RD IN THIS ANNUAL SERIES OF GRUELLING TESTS FOR CAR AND DRIVER.

  • Description

    NEARLY 350 CREW FROM OVER 20 COUNTRIES TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AND SATURDAY SET OUT ON THE DESTRUCTIVE MONTE CARLO RALLY -- 33RD IN THIS ANNUAL SERIES OF GRUELLING TESTS FOR CAR AND DRIVER. THE CARS WILL START FROM NINE DIFFERENT POINTS IN EUROPE INCLUDING, FOR THE FIRST TIME, MINSK -- STARTING POINT FOR FIVE SOVIET CREWS IN MOSKVITCH AND VOLGA CARS.

    TODAY, IN PARIS AND MONTE CARLO ITSELF, DRIVERS WERE KEPT BUSY WITH THE HUNDRED AND ONE DETAILS OF LAST-MINUTE PREPARATION. AMONG THEM WAS GRAHAM HILL, FORMER GRAND PRIX WORLD CHAMPION AND RUNNER-UP LAST YEAR. TOGETHER WITH BRITISH RALLY EXPERT IAN WALKER, HE FORMS ONE OF THE SIX CREWS ENTERED BY THE AMERICAN FORD MOTOR COMPANY, MAKING ITS MOST DETERMINED EFFORT YET AT VICTORY IN THE RALLY.

    THE TEAM IS FITTED WITH SPECIAL "INTERCOM" HEADSETS INSIDE THE CRASH HELMETS, MAKING THE DRIVERS LOOK LIKE SPACEMEN. IT'S BELIEVED TO BE THE FIRST TIME THAT SUCH A COMMUNICATION DEVICE, LINKING DRIVER AND NAVIGATOR, HAS BEEN USED IN AN INTERNATIONAL RALLY. FORD'S POWERFUL TEAM WILL BE DRIVING 4.7 LITRE FALCON FUTURA SPRINTS RAISED BY 60 B.H.P. TO 285 B.H.P. AND FIVE HUNDREDWEIGHT LIGHTER THROUGH THE USE OF GLASS-FIBRE CONSTRUCTION.

    AHEAD OF THE RALLY DRIVERS LIES A VIRTUALLY NON-STOP JOURNEY OF ABOUT 2,900 MILES (4,600 KM) BEFORE THE END OF THE ROAD SECTION. SURVIVORS SHOULD START PULLING IN TO MONTE CARLO SOMETIME ON TUESDAY MORNING. JUDGES WILL THEN SELECT THE 120 CREWS WITH THE BEST ROAD RECORDS -- IF AS MANY MANAGE TO COMPLETE THE COURSE. LAST YEAR THERE WERE ONLY 100 CLASSIFIED FINISHERS FROM 296 STARTERS. THE TOP GROUP WILL BATTLE OUT A SPEED TEST OVER THE MONACO GRAND PRIX CIRCUIT ON THURSDAY NEXT WITH ROAD AND TRACK RESULTS FINALLY COMBINED TO PRODUCE THIS YEAR'S WINNER.

    LATEST WEATHER REPORTS INDICATE A HARD DRIVE FOR MANY COMPETITORS WITH ICY CONDITIONS THREATENED AND SNOW IN SEVERAL PARTS. BUT REGARDLESS OF THE VARYING HAZARDS, CREWS MUST MAINTAIN AN AVERAGE SPEED OF 31 M.P.H.(50KPH) TO AVOID PENALTIES FOR ARRIVING LATE AT CHECKPOINTS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8GWM5G7PD8BVPBAJTPY7FGGP2
    Media URN:
    VLVA8GWM5G7PD8BVPBAJTPY7FGGP2
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/01/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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