RAL­LYE MONTE CARLO HIS­TORIQUE: THE FI­NAL STAGES

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Event Report - VAR­I­OUS LO­CA­TIONS, FRANCE, 27 JAN­UARY-3 FE­BRU­ARY

An Alpine-Re­nault A110 pi­loted by a driver bet­ter known for his ap­pear­ances in the Bri­tish GT Cham­pi­onship stormed to vic­tory on this year’s clas­sic bat­tle to Monte Carlo.

Swiss driver Daniele Per­fetti and co-driver Ron­nie Kes­sell beat more than 300 other en­trants from across Europe, with Ford Es­cort RS2000s, Porsche 911s and a Lan­cia Ful­via among the other clas­sics to fifin­ish in top 10 po­si­tions. Un­like last year’s event, which was won by an Italian­crewed Volk­swa­gen Golf GTI, the sharp end of this year’s re­sults was dom­i­nated by more tra­di­tional rear-driven sports cars.

Among the event’s Bri­tish en­trants to suc­cess­fully make it to the fifin­ish was David Brown and Tom Fitzsim­mons in their V4-en­gined Saab 96, John Roberts and Tom Oliver in their Fiat 124 Coupé and Robert Liv­ing­stone and An­to­nia Skel­horn, whose 1964 MGB made it through the tricky Alpine stages.

An­other UK team who sur­vived through to Monte Carlo was Ranald White and Karsten Brown, who ini­tially had a poorly per­form­ing 1964 Rover 2000SC but man­aged to mend it us­ing ad­vice de­liv­ered via Face­book from mem­bers of the Rover P6 Club.

‘We’d like to thank the club for their undy­ing sup­port through­out the event,’ says Ranald. ‘With­out it, we would still be in Guild­ford, rather than sip­ping cock­tails on a ter­race over­look­ing the Med!’ Pho­tog­ra­phy by Jo Lillini/Au­to­mo­bile Club de Monaco

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