I went in 2003 and had a great time. The start at the casino and the finish at the palace to the stages in the mountins everything is 1st class. Try to go to shake down and later in the same day they line all the drivers up in front of the casino for a group shot. Lots of great stuff you will have a fun time. Our groups going back in 2006
>Thx, John, I appreciate your input.
>There are some sour grapes around here you can eat...let me
Sorry but it's disheartening that the idiots at FIA and the meglomaniac Dave Richards have managed to very nearly kill what was once recently a very exciting show.
I went in 1993:
Round 1 of the FIA World Rally Championship 1993
Start: 21 January 1993 in various European cities
Finish: 27 January 1993 in Monte Carlo
Distance: 3091 km including 593.72 km over 22 special stages
Special stage surface: Asphalt with an occasional icy patch
Participants: 170 teams at the start, 86 at the finish
The opening round of the FIA World Rallies Championship, the 73rd Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo, will be held from 20th to 23rd January 2005.
It has been entirely changed from the 2004 edition and will be centered around the port of Monaco where the rally´s single service park will be set up. The events themselves will be run along the Alpes-Maritimes departmental roads.
As every year, the tuning session planned for Thursday, 20th January will be held in Sospel. Competitors will take the C.2566 leaving town for about 10 km via the Col de Castillon and will arrive not far from Col St. Jean on C.54. In the afternoon, there will be a photo-call in Jardins des Boulingrins for drivers and co-drivers taking part in the F.I.A. World Rallies Championship to be followed by the traditional ceremonial start at 6:30 pm at the Place du Casino.
On Friday, 21st January, as of 7 am, it will get serious. Competitors will leave Monaco for the hamlet of Irougne in the Ilonse municipality where the first event will start: Ilonse / Pierlas via Col des Sinnes totalling 22.93 km. After a short liaison, competitors will continue with Saint-Antonin / Toudon (20.16 km) and then on to the service park in Monaco. In the afternoon of the first day, there are 2 events on the menu, namely twice Lantosque / Col de Braus via Col St Roch, Cabanette and Col de l´Orme (32,71 km) involving another passage through the Monaco service park.
The day´s total distance will be 483 km and four events representing a little more than 108 km of specials. Arrival in the Principality as from 6:15 pm.
Saturday 22nd January, new event: Col de Braus / Lantosque (32,62 km), with return to Monaco for 30 minutes´ service. This will be followed by a loop to be run twice with one passage through Monaco: Toudon / Saint Antonin (19,52 km) then Pont des Miolans / Les Sausses (28,41 km), totalling 562 km for the day including 128 km for 5 specials.
Sunday, 23rd January, there is a change for the final loop, namely Col de Braus / Col de l´Orme (SS 10 and 13) then La Cabanette / Lantosque (SS 11 and 14) ending in the traditional ascent of Col du Turini, but starting at La Bollène Vésubie / Sospel (SS 12 and 15) and including a passage through the Monaco service park. The last day´s total will be 314 km of which 116 km will be special stages.
The arrival of the first car is expected at the Port as from 2:30 pm and after a short service, the prize-giving ceremony at 3:30 pm at the Place du Casino will conclude the event.
Christian Tornatore, Clerk of the Course commenting on this edition, said: « In the end, the rally has rhythm, with liaisons reduced to a strict minimum, new trials, a more concentrated Monte-Carlo Rally which can look forward to some fine skirmishes. The Principality will participate fully in this rally because competitors will pass through several times a day as they call in at the only service park to be set up at the port ».
I completely understand your feelings and I am in agreement, but we cant just give up. Support the sport you love! It might be a down year or even a down decade, but the WRC wont die so long as their is a fan base that can be marketed to by sponsors and manufacturers.
All of motorsport, short of ASSCAR, is in a slump right now and probably will be for another few years. I'm sure people were doomsdaying after group B died, but cmon rally lives on...its just differant. Keep the faith brothers and support the motorsports you love.
Besides, mark my words...ASSCAR will come out as a rigged sport like wrestling and soon after that it will lose all validity. The wheels have already started on this.