The 20th edition of this event pays official tribute to Johnny Hallyday and Henri Chemin, who drove a Ford Mustang in the 1967 Monte-Carlo Rally. Half a century later, many are still ready to fight to the finish to follow in the footsteps of Daniel Perfetti and Ronnie Kessel, who rode to victory in 2016 in the Alpine-Renault A110.
As usual, cars that have participated in the Monte-Carlo Rally between 1955 and 1980 are eligible to take part in the Historic Rally. In order to give all competitors the chance to obtain a decent ranking, competitors must once again respect three average speeds throughout the 2017 race.
The race will begin on Wednesday, 25 January with the first Concentration Runs starting from Stockholm (2735 km / 9am), Glasgow (2092 km / 6pm) and Lisbon (2212 km / 7pm), followed by Copenhagen (2074 km / 12:10pm) on Thursday, 26 January, and Bad Homburg (1242 km / 2:20pm), Barcelona (1050 km / 4:30pm) and Reims (1004 km / 7pm) on Friday, 27 January.
Following their concentration runs, all competitors will meet at 10am on Saturday, 28 January in Digne-les-Bains and from 10:55am in Saint-André-les-Alpes near the Verdon lakes and gorges. The first Regularity Section, Entrevaux – Val de Chalvagne – Entrevaux / 15.78 km / 12:10pm, will mark the beginning of the competition. After this initial leg, which includes scaling the Col de Félines (930 m), competitors will stop in Monaco for the night.
The Classification Run will begin at 6am on Sunday, 29 January with the Col de Corobin (1211 m) – a classic leg of modern rallies – featured for the first time ever in a regularity run: Chaudon-Norante – Digne-les-Bains / 18.63 km / 7:55am. This will be followed by another legendary run, Thoard – Sisteron / 35.74 km / 9:40am, made famous due to the very complex route through the Col de Fontbelle (1304 m). After a stop at the Place de la Mairie in front of Sisteron’s town hall from 10:50am, competitors will head for Baronnies Provençales Natural Park for Orpierre – Laborel – Saint-André-de-Rosans / 39.34 km / 12:00 noon, another classic run for rally regulars. The fourth and final Regularity Section, Vassieux-en-Vercors – Saint-Jean-en-Royans / 23.55 km / 2:45pm through the Col de L’Echarasson (1146 m), should once again have a few surprises in store for our competitors before they stop overnight in Valence, where they are expected to start arriving around 4pm.
From there, the competitors will head to France’s Ardèche region at 7am on Monday, 30 January for the first part of the Common Run. The run begins with La Croze – Saint-Julien-du-Gua – Antraigues-sur-Volane / 50.64 km / 8am and ends with the traditional stop at the restaurant La Remise owned by the Jouanny family. And then it’s off again to Burzet – Le Chambon / 39.70 km / 9:53am.
On Tuesday, 31 January, competitors are scheduled to leave Valence at 5am. The second part of the Common Run will begin with Col de L’Echarasson (1146 m) – La Cime du Mas / 17.96 km / 6:22am, a Regularity Run that was absent from last year’s rally. This will be followed by a classic from the Drôme Provençale region, Saint-Nazaire-le-Désert – La Motte-Chalancon / 21.60 km / 8:19am, and finally another legendary run, Verclause – Laborel – Eygalayes / 37.70 km / 9:11am. The final time check before the entering the staging area in Monaco will be at Place Neuve in La Turbie from 2:50pm.
The Final Run will start in Monaco at 9pm on the night of 31 January to 1 February. This night run features two challenging legs: Luceram- Lantosque / 26.89 km / 10pm at the heart of Vésubie Valley, and La Bollène-Vésubie – Moulinet – Sospel / 52.78 km / 10:45pm and the scaling of the majestic Col de Turini (1604 m). The competitors who are still in the race after this last night will go against the clock to finish at Monaco’s Hercules Port, where they are expected to arrive around 1:20am.
The prize ceremony and gala will take place in the evening on Wednesday, 1 February in the Salle des Etoiles du Sporting Monte-Carlo. (Evening dress or dark clothing required).
To find our more about the details of the programme and itineraries, consult the ACM website.
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