story and photos by christian chazalon
The real fun began right after the 82nd Monte Carlo Rallye came to a close. Competitors were ushered by the Automobile Club of Monaco to participate in the 17th Rallye Monte Carlo Historique.
This year’s event was commemorative one marking the 50th anniversary of the victorious finish by Paddy Hopkirk and Henry Liddon’s in a Mini Cooper S back in 1964. So, of course the Steering Committee of the Automobile Club of Monaco wanted this year’s event to be a very special one.
map displaying the convergence of the competitors from various points in Europe
This event is only open to cars that participated in the Monte Carlo Rallye between 1955 and 1980, so the selection is exclusive. The rallye began on Wednesday, January 22nd with administrative checks done in the cities of departure which include Barcelona, Glasgow, Monte Carlo, Oslo, Stockholm, and Reims.
Competitors from northern Europe ran the Concentration Leg on Thursday, January 23rd, while competitors in the south started on Friday, January 24th. All of the competitors converged in the town of Die, France where after driving 1000km across Europe all will have to compete on the very first regularity test, or TSD rallying (Time Speed Distance) through the “La cime du Mas—Col de l’Echarasson—Col de Gaudissart” which is one of the high points of the course before rejoining again at Saint Nazaire-en-Royans and on through Valence, the host city at the end of this intense Concentration Leg.
No less than 6 Porsche 924 Turbos were competing in the event, and if you recall, Jürgen Barth raced it and finished 20th in 1979 in a Porsche 924 and 19th in 1980 in a 924 turbo, he even nailed 10th in 1982 in a 924 Carrera GT!
These are some of the images of the 924s I managed to capture this year…what an absolute pleasure seeing them in their natural element once again.
flüssig is honored to have Christian Chazalon as our correspondent in France reporting on the most interesting happenings involving Porsches, Porsche Culture, and Porsche Passion. Christian owns a Porsche 928 and a 924 for his racing exploits and is always immersing himself right in the middle of all the action.
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