Rallye Monte Carlo Historique

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With the Monte Carlo rally just around the corner Simon Arron explains how you can relive the event's glory days thanks to the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique.

If you were introduced to rallying during the recent past, you might struggle to spot a link between the modern version of the sport and its forebear.

Today, Britain's world championship round runs over a weekend in Cardiff. Its predecessor lasted five days and covered much of the UK. Damaged cars were not refettled overnight, as they are now, but had to struggle on.

Echoes of the past survive, however, through events such as the Roger Albert Clark Rally (which invokes the spirit of the RAC) and, later this month, the 14th Rallye Monte Carlo Historique.

As in the days of yore, competitors have to cover many miles just to reach the event's Monte Carlo hub: crews will set out from Marrakech, Warsaw, Reims, Barcelona and, at 18.30 on January 27, Blythswood Square, Glasgow. They finish in Monaco during the early hours of February 2.

The event features many iconic rallying bygones, such as Ford Escort RS2000s, Datsun 240Zs and Mini Coopers, but crews need to be accurate rather than brisk – the goal is to maintain ultra-precise average speeds between set points on public roads....

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