The 11 Italian and French Rome Monte Carlo Rally starters set of under spring-like weather conditions.
The 11 Italian and French Rome Monte Carlo Rally starters set of under spring-like weather conditions. Long stretches of autostrada through norther Italy lay ahead and for a start everything seemed as fine as it could have been. But further along rouble was brewing. There were reports of floods, fog, snow and icy roads - all in fact that rally drivers of other nations have been going through.
The Rome starters are going via Florence, Bologna, Turin, Briancon, Gap, Chambery to Monte Carlo where they will arrive after 13.20 hrs GMT on Jan 21.
There were over 320 starters from nine points - 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.
The Rally was first run in 1911, organized by Anthony Noghes. Then, 22 cars took part with starting points at Paris, Boulogna, Madrid. Rome, Berlin, Vienna, Brussels, amsterdam, Geneva, Lisbon and St. Petersburg, Russia. The following year 86 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.
It was reported late Jan 19 that six of the crews had dropped out of the Rally.