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8-13 February 1998

9 th International Monte Carlo Challenge

Steady Go!
Starters are are waved off at 30 second intervals

Sunday 8th February - Brooklands - Weybridge - Surrey
The Monte Carlo Challenge is Europes longest and toughest winter rally for classic cars, though at the British start point, 'Brooklands' on Sunday 8th of February, it was more like a early spring day. Brooklands was just one of six starting points, the others being:

  • Oslo
  • Benevento
  • Biarritz
  • Noordwijk
  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber

  • (time to get that Atlas out!)
    For the drivers from Oslo it meant a Saturday start, a day earlier than the other five starting points, with all the 180+ competitors meeting up in Annecy, on Monday 9th February. Annecy, is close to the Italian/Swiss borders in the Alps and is about 30 miles south of Geneva, & lies in France's Haute Savoie region.
    There were all kinds of cars entered, the MG marque, of course being well represented as always in this paticular challenging event. Monday was to take the competitors on a loop into the Alps, then retuning once more to Annecy for the overnight stop on Tuesday 10 Feb. Wednesday the rally heads south to towards Monaco & Monte Carlo. Wednesday the competitors tackle some night driving, the first cars arriving at about 10 am on Thursday 12th. The top 60 finishers then go on to final mountain test during Thursday night.

    Below there is a selection of photographs taken at Brooklands of a few of the MG's
    Click on each of the small pictures to reveal a larger image

    Roadster  Roadster  Roadster
    All the competitors gathered in the collection area around and in front of the Brooklands Clubhouse

    Roadster      Roadster    Roadster      MGA
    After being flagged away, competitors completed a short course before leaving for the drive to Dover, which included a short section of the 'Brooklands' banked track

    Old Circuit    MG Magnette    MGA

    All photographs Copyright: Kelvin Fagan 1998

    This event is organised by the
    Classic Rally Association
    Ashbrook Mews,Westbrook St,Blewbury,Oxon,OX11 9QA

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