2018 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique Rally Ends With Disappointment And A Gala Dinner

The 2018 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique ended in disappointment.  One of the teams that I was following and hoping to have a good result was Michael Bruns/Frank Westenburger in their 1965 Ford Falcon. Michael and Frank were having an epic rally and were leading the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique after ZR13.  Michael and Frank were in Monaco with only two more competitive stages to go.  I heard from Dan Allven that the engine in the Falcon sounded bad, but the cars were in a “parc ferme” situation so repairs could not be made.  Apparently Michael also was concerned about the engine, but the obvious fact was that they were leading the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique with only two stages, including the famous Col de Turini, to go.  So go they did.  Alas they had a mechanical failure that resulted in a DNF on ZR14.  I have no specific information, but based on what little I do know, I suspect that his engine did fail.  I really feel sorry for those guys.  They almost had it.

Michael Bruns’ Ford Falcon At The 2017 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique

For the final overall standings in the 2018 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique click on the following file.

63-Classement-Final-Officiel

Another team that I was following was Michael Muller and Gerhard Spiesberger in Michael’s 1977 Saab 99 EMS. They had a good rally, even leading the rally after ZR2, eventually finishing in 80th place overall.  The picture below shows how nice it can be  at the Monaco harbor even in early February.

Gerhard Spiesberger & Michael Muller In Monaco After the Rally

The third team that I was following was Peter Fogelberg/Dan Allven in Dan’s 1965 Mustang.  Peter did the driving, while Dan worked the rally computer.  They had some difficulties during the rally and just limped back into Monaco with ignition problems.  It was obvious that they could not finish the rally if they went back out for the last two stages and because of “parc ferme” rules they could not fix the car, even if they could find the parts.  However the rules of the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique allow you to be classified as a finisher if you can check into the final checkpoint and complete all but two stages.  So when the last leg started, Peter and Dan checked out on their assigned out time, immediately parked the car near the control, went home for a sleep, and returned in time to check start the car back up and check into at the final control at 5:02AM, so they would be classified as finishers.  Although missing two stages results in considerable timing scores, at least they were able to say that they finished the 2018 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique.

Dan Allven & Peter Fogelberg After Finishing The Rally

The Rallye Monte Carlo Historque is an interesting rally and it attracts some interesting people.  Dan sent me the following picture taken in the hospitality tent in Valance.  The gentleman standing beside Dan, with Dan’s arm around him, is Kenjiro Shinozuka who won the 1997 Paris-Dakar Rally in a Mitsubishi Pajero.  He was not competing the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique, but you never know about next year.

1997 Paris-Dakar Winner, Kenjiro Shinozuka Was Observing The 2018 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique

At the conclusion of the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique the Automobile Club de Monaco puts on a very spectacular awards dinner.  This is the reason that all of the competitors pack a suit and tie in with their rally clothes for this event.  This is quite a show with entertainment, food, drinks, awards with lots of national anthems, drinks, and socializing with other competitors and drinks.

The Gala Awards Dinner in Monaco

The first year that a competitor competes in the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique the Automobile Club de Monaco gives the competitor and club/rally medallion with a hanging bar with the rally year.  The Automobile Club de Monaco keeps a record of this.  Then every other year that the competitor competes in the rally, the Automobile Club de Monaco will issue an appropriate year bar to add to the original medallion.  The picture below shows that Dan Allven now has three bars on his medallion.

Dan Allven Has Three bars With His Automobile Club de Monaco Medallion

But when it comes to Automobile Club de Monaco bars everybody takes second place to Willy Cave.  Willy has been involved with high level rallying since at least 1955.  Willy is now 92 years old.  When I met Willy Cave at last year’s Rallye Monte Carlo Historique awards dinner, I saw his impressive collection of year bars.  I asked Willy how many he had and he thought that he had 22 year bars.  Now he has one more.  The picture below shows Michael Muller and Willy Cave at this year’s awards dinner.  Willy plans on being back next year.

Michael Muller and Willy Cave At The 2018 RMCH Awards Dinner

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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