All the leading contenders arrived safely in Monaco on Monday at the end of the first stage of the Monte Carlo Rally.
All the leading contenders arrived safely in Monaco on Monday at the end of the first stage of the Monte Carlo Rally. Apart from some fog and ice in the French Alps, the competitors had encountered few problems on their three-day drive from the nine starting-points throughout Europe.
In all, 219 of the 264 starters reached Monte Carlo and prepared to snatch a night's sleep before tackling the 1500 km (930 mile) second stage of mountain driving.
With the mild weather forecast to continue for several days, commentators were tipping the powerful Porsche cars to show well in the mountains. Drivers of the lighter Alpine Renaults, Opels, Fords, Datsuns and Lancias were said to be praying for snow.
The drivers of the two works-backed Porsches, Sweden's Bjorn Waldegaard and Frenchman Gerard Larrousse (first and second in 1969 and 1970) were confidently anticipating clear, dry roads to give full advantage to their extra power.