Monte Carlo News January 19, 2017

Monte Carlo has been on my mind a lot in the last few days.  I am getting ready to go over to Europe to take part in the 2017 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique.  There is a lot to think about as, from my perspective I have to get our car set-up for precise navigation in about 6 hours once I get there.  Up to now I have only seen pictures of the car and there is no going back if I forget something.  I have to be right the first time.

The first day of the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique is modeled after the old continental rallies of the 1950s and 1960s.  A summary itinerary of the first day from the various starting cities is shown below.  We will be staring from  Bad Homburg, where the times are shown on the far right-hand side of the chart.

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Summary Of The First Part of the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique

As can be seen from the chart, on our first day, the first car in the group of cars that is starting from Bad Homburg will get away at 14:20 on Friday.  That first car is due in the Monte Carlo Parc Ferme on Saturday at 19:31.  That’s right, our first day will involve over 29 hours on the road!  We will be running near the last of the starters from Bad Homburg, so our times will be that much later.  Considering our probable wake up time on Friday morning to the end of the welcoming meal in Monte Carlo on Saturday night, that first day will likely be 36 to 38 hours long!  At each time control, the out-time is equal to the in-time, so time for any rest period, vehicle servicing, food, fuel breaks, and bio-breaks needs to be won from the time schedule.  It’s a long day.  Then the real competitive portion of the rally begins.

I was sent some pictures from the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique stages today and it certainly looks like there is snow on the roads at this time.  But who knows what the roads will be like at the time of the rally.  These photos of the roads are shown below.

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Lots Of Snow On The Road

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There Might Even Be More Snow At The Col!

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The Snowbanks Have Started To Bury The Sign

In other news from Monte Carlo, the World Rally Championship Monte Carlo Rally has just started.  I was advised this week by Evan Gamblin that there is a Canadian entry into this WRC rally. Ian Crerar and Patrick Levesque are running a Peugeot 208 in this year’s Monte Carlo Rally.  Very few Canadians have competed in WRC events over the years.   I wish them great success, but surely just taking part in the rally is its own reward.  Best wishes guys!

If you have any comments or questions about this post or the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique, then leave a comment below or you can send me a private email message at the following address: shanna12 at comcast dot net

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2 Responses to Monte Carlo News January 19, 2017

  1. charlie says:

    Hello Steve,
    sorry i didn’t get this to you before the race start, but good luck, hope you brought snow tires and a warm coat.
    charlie PV 544

    • Hi Charlie,
      The opportunity that you gave me to sit in your PV544 at the Swedish Car Day at Larz Andersen was very important to me. It allowed me to formulate a plan for the rally navigation equipment. We do have the permitted studded snow tires, apparently a good heater, and I’ve packed warm clothes. I’ll be posting lots of photos after the rally.
      Steve McKelvie

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