A demanding extra circuit of the High Alps and the incentive of a splendid gala prizegiving dinner amid Prince Rainier’s car collection are just two of the reasons why this month’s ninth Monte Carlo Challenge has attracted a record entry.
Former British Rally champion Russell Brookes (MGB) is among competitors from 17 nations on the 180-car entry, all seeking adventure and glory on the Classic Rally Association’s celebrated event, which starts from six points around Europe.
Previous winners Monty Karlan from Norway (in a VW 1500S this year), and Britons Nicky Porter (Mercedes-Benz 220SE, with Cohn Francis on maps) start among the favourites, with experienced Dane Hilmar Andersen (Volvo 123GT).
More than one hundred cars leave Brooklands from 9am on February 8, where spectators can mingle with competitors; refreshments are available. Checkpoints before the channel are at Whitbread’s Paddock Wood HQ and Hothfield, near Ashford.