Monte Carlo Historic Rally 2011 Information

Monte Carlo Historic Rally 2011The Monte Carlo Historic Rally 2011 will be staged January 26th to February 2nd. The 14th Monte Carlo Historic Rally will pay homage to the rally that spawned it, the Monte Carlo Rally, which itself will be celebrating its centenary year.

The 2011 Monte Carlo Historic Rally will celebrate the centenary of the Monte Carlo Rally with a completely new itinerary for the concentration legs. The organising committee of the Historic Rally has elected to honour the early days of the Monte Carlo Rally by replacing the usual start points with three historic starting cities. They selected Glasgow, Marrakech and Warsaw from several candidate cities, adding two intermediate starting points, Barcelona and Reims, for very old cars or those with small engine capacities.

The 2011 Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique format has attracted many competitors, resulting in a resounding success for the winter historic rally organised by the Automobile Club de Monaco, with no fewer than 360 applications received. As a token of appreciation for all these devoted fans of the event, the ACM has decided to accept 328 applications rather than the 300 initially planned.

First indications show that the British are back again after an absence over the last few years. Drivers from Eastern Europe, North America and Japan are also showing good numbers. In all, 24 nationalities will participate, driving 42 different makes of vehicle. Warsaw is the most popular departure city, followed by Marrakech, Reims, Glasgow and finally Barcelona.

On 29th January, contestants will gather in the Principality of Monaco, and then head off to Saint-Andre des Alpes (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence) for the start of the first Regularity Stage.

Michel Ferry, ACM Historic Vehicles Committee President, said: “We are extremely pleased with the number of competitors who have chosen to leave from the most distant cities – we were not sure what to expect with Barcelona and Reims being reserved for only small-engined vehicles. The mix of nationalities participating has continued to change, with fewer Spaniards – a result of the financial crisis, no doubt – but a return of the British and Eastern Europeans. The Germans have once again confirmed their passion for the event and Italian commitment has not wavered, in good times and bad. 24 nationalities will be represented in all, driving 42 makes of car – a clear reflection of the event’s large number of devoted followers.”

The Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique will combine a mixture of great drivers that have forged World Rally Championship history alongside motorsport personalities. Renault, which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Renault 4, is entering three cars, driven by Jean Ragnotti, “Manu Guigou”, and motorsport journalists.

Additional star entrants include Bob Neyret, a former driver for Citroen, who drove a Citroen DS in rallies and participated in several Monte Carlo Rallies, 1967 Monte Carlo Rally winner Rauno Aaltonen, as well as Bruno Saby, 1981 French Rally Champion. Saby drove for Renault, Peugeot and Lancia and won the 1988 Monte Carlo Rally.

[Source: Monte Carlo Historic Rally]

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  1. would love it if anyone had a list of the cars competiting this year, its for research . as im doing a press release to multiple agencies, newspapers and tv shows trying to publicise the event. thank you

  2. I believe this is stopping at Waltham Cross on Jan 28th, but can’t find any details.
    I’d like to get my SP250 Dart out and see it. Can you please confirm times and any entry list, or details of where I can get this info from.
    Thanks
    Paul

    1. Hi Paul

      The Monte Carlo Historic Rally 2011 is stopping at Waltham Abbey Town Hall (cars to be parked in Cornmill Car Park behind) for the drivers to rest and get refreshments in the early hours of the morning on Friday 28th January due to arrive between 1.00am and 7.00am on route from Glasgow to Monaco.

      Anyone is welcome to come down and view this unique spectacle or volunteer to help.

      More details can be found on my local community website: http://www.aboutmyarea.co.uk/en9

      Kate Towerzey, Site Editor, AboutMyArea EN9 Website

  3. Thanks for the prompt reply, excellent.
    I’m really struggling to find a list of entrants even though trying all links I can find.
    Do you have a Glasgow contact I can try?
    Paul Noton

  4. Does anyone know if there is going to be a commemorative poster for the Monte Carlo rallye since it’s the 100th anniversary?

    1. Kate
      That’s excellent.
      I’ll probably try and come down with some of them from the Harlow M11
      junction in my 1960 SP250.
      Thanks again

  5. Hi Brad

    Making some enquiries about the commemorative poster, it looks like they are available at all the start venues. Unfortunately we will not have any available in our town of Waltham Abbey as we are a stop over venue on route not an official start.

    Will let you know if I find out any more.

    Kate Towerzey, Site Editor, AboutMyArea EN9 Website

    1. Thanks Kate.
      Any help would be greatly appreciated and if anyone can get me one I would reimburse for cost and shipping as long as it’s not some crazy amount.
      Brad

  6. Hi Paul

    It will be good to meet you at Waltham Abbey Town Hall, I have volunteered to help and take photos for my community website. I could take a photo of your car too. I should be there all night – if I can stay awake that long! Uncertain which and when the 49 competitor cars (+ crew cars) will arrive, they are leaving Glasgow at 6.30pm and are expected in Waltham Abbey from 1.00am on route to Dover.

    Kind regards

    Kate Towerzey, Site Editor, AboutMyArea EN9 Website
    http://www.aboutmyarea.co.uk/en9

  7. I am a competitor navigator to MGB car no 289 starting from Reims but have two or three British friends starting from Glasgow. You can find info on the rally on acm.mc selecting rallye historique from menu along the top. Shame all the spotlight TV coverage-wise is given to the IRC we never get a look in. 6th time of competing, can’t wait till next week!!