Warsaw made her debut as a starting point for the Monte Carlo Rally. 27 drivers elected to start from there.
Warsaw made her debut as a starting point for the Monte Carlo Rally. 27 drivers elected to start from there. They set off Jan 18, the first one leaving at 18.34 hours, GMT.
Weather conditions are much the same as other groups are experiencing - snow, ice and poor driving conditions.
The Warsaw starters' route runs across Poland, into Eastern Germany, from Leipzig to Hanover, down to Trento , across to Turin, Gap, St. Claude and Chambery and then down to Monte Carlo.
There were 322 starters from nine points this year - Glasgow, Stockholm, The Hague, Paris, Warsaw, Munich, Lisbon, 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. By Jan 20 only 18 cars had dropped out, but weather conditions are such that many more will fall by the wayside before Monte Carlo is reached.
The Rally was first run in 1911, organized by Anthony Noghes. Then twenty-two cars took part with starting points at Paris, Boulogne, Madrid, Rome, Berlin, Vienna, Brussels, Amsterdam, Geneva, Lisbon and St. Petersburg, 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 organizers introduced a selection system, limiting the number of competitors to 360.