I am interested in the history of the Monte Carlo Rally. Therefore I was pleased to acquire a copy of Michael Frostick’s book “A History Of The Monte Carlo Rally”. For me, the interesting thing about this book is that it was written in 1963. Therefore the book easily covers the rally’s early years, as they were still in the living memory at that time.
Michael Frostick’s Book Cover
In the early days many of the cars that took part in the Monte Carlo Rally were cars that were surprising close to production. An example of this is the Sunbeam-Talbot shown below. In addition, looking at the older pictures of the Monte Carlo Rally, it is evident that the snow removal equipment in those days is far less efficient than modern snow removal equipment.
E. S Sneath In A Sunbeam Talbot In The 1952 Monte Carlo Rally
An example of one of the many older pictures in Frostick’s book is the photo below of Donald Healey’s Invicta that he drove to victory in the 1931 Monte Carlo Rally despite having a rather low ground clearance.
Donald Healey In An Invicta Winning The 1931 Monte Carlo Rally
In those early days the use of horses was still very common throughout the European countryside. The photo below shows horses pulling a SS 1, the forerunner to the Jaguar line-up out of a ditch. I guess that sometimes a few extra horsepower can come in handy.
Horses Pulling A SS 1 Out Of The Ditch
“A History Of The Monte Carlo Rally” is not an extensive book with only a little less than 100 pages, but it is an informative 100 pages. It is very easy to read as it has many photographs. I am glad that I have it.
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