Team RPS is in Monte Carlo for one of the toughest, most challenging events in the classic car calendar – Le Rallye Monte Carlo Historique.


In just a few hours’ time crews will be at the start line, ready to embark on the twenty third running of the Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique. Open only to cars that have entered the Monte-Carlo Rally prior to 1980, a gruelling challenge lies ahead.

Around 300 competitors departed on what are known as the ‘concentration legs’ from a number of European locations, including Glasgow, Athens, Reims and Milan. Their destination was Buis-les-Baronnies in Drôme Provençale, and by 11.30am on Saturday 1 February they will be ready to begin the rally proper.

After setting off on the first forty five kilometre stage taking the cars from Montauban sur Ouvèze to Saint Andre de Rosans, what then lies ahead are hundreds of kilometres of special stages, the cars and crews tackling challenging roads along with the potential for even more challenging weather conditions.

But what is certain is that the event will prove thrilling for spectators, the entry list a roll call of rallying greats from the likes of Lancia and Porsche, not to mention the giant-killing Mini Cooper S. And once again, the experts at Rally Preparation Services will be providing skilled support as the teams battle it out to get their car to the finish line.  After the final stage of thirty five kilometres from La-Bollène-Vésubie to Sospel, the event ends with the traditional gala party on Wednesday evening.

Run by the Automobile Club de Monaco, the Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique first took place in 1998, that inaugural event won by Patrick Lebon and Robert Vandevorst in an Alfa Romeo 2000GT. Last year, it was the 1969 Renault 8 of Michel Badosa and Mogens Reidl that took the honours.

It will be a few days before the winner of this year’s Historique is crowned, but in the meantime enthusiasts of historic motorsport are guaranteed to enjoy a truly spectacular event.


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