MONTE CARLO CLASSIQUE

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Event Report -

JOHN O’GROATS – MONTE CARLO, 27-30 JAN­UARY

This tour ded­i­cated to pre-1959 car was a great event run­ning along­side the main Monte Carlo rally, with a dozen clas­sic own­ers tak­ing their cars on a four-day run to the prin­ci­pal­ity of Monaco.

Among the cars tak­ing part was Michael Grim­mond’s 1927 AC Sports, which his grand­fa­ther orig­i­nally used to break a string of speed records after com­pet­ing in the Monte Carlo Rally in the 1920s. It was used to mark the 90th an­niver­sary of John o’Groats fi­first be­ing used as a start point and the for­mat of the tour brought in many of the chal­lenges that would have faced the orig­i­nal event’s com­peti­tors, in­clud­ing a con­cen­tra­tion run. Com­peti­tors had to set off in dark­ness to have enough time to meet their rally coun­ter­parts in Pais­ley later that day. Anne Dun­nett, Lord Lieu­tenant of Caith­ness, did the flflag wav­ing.

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