The 94 Stockholm Monte Carlo starters were on ice from the very first. Cars leaving?
GV.PAN. Car leaving start.
TOP V. Another car leaving start.
SV.PAN. Man drops flag, car away.
SV. Lookers on.
GV.PAN. To Back car leaves start.
LV.PAN. Jaguer skids at start PAN to BACK V.
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Background: The 94 Stockholm Monte Carlo starters were on ice from the very first. Cars leaving the starting line kidded and slew round on the icy roads. Prospects aren't too good either. It's ice all the way down to Denmark and ice, snow, rain and floods in France.
From Helsingborg, the Stockholm starters cross to Copenhagen and drive through Denmark to Hanover, down through France to Trento, in Italy, across to Turin, Gap, up to St. Claude, Chambery and then down to Monte Carlo. 2,200 miles and three days and nights of gruelling motoring. The first Stockholm drivers are due in Monte at 13.20 hours, GMT, Jan 21.
There were over 320 starters from nine points - Glasgon, Stockholm, The Hague, Paris, Warsaw, Munich, Lisoon, 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.
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, Lisoon and St. Petersourg, 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 oil competitors to 360.