One hundred and seventy four cars - eighty three of them British - left Noordwijk, a Dutch seaside resort, at half past midnight May 2 at the start of the 12th International Tulip Rally, the Dutch contribution to the European Rally Championship.
SV PAN Floral decorations pan to sign at start.
TOP GV PAN..cars at starting point.
SV PAN..No. 1. Jaguar.GB. crew E.J. Haddon and Ch.H.Vivian leaves.
SV PAN..No. 7. Mercedes. NL. crew W.J.J. Tak and R.S. De Boer leaves.
CU Time clock.
STV No. 9. Austin Healsy. GB. crew D.J. Morley and G.E.Morley leaves.
AC PAN..No. 10. Austin Hoaley. GB. crew Pat Nose and Ann Wisdom leaves.
SV PAN..No. 15. Triumph TR3A.F. crew Annio Soisbault and Renee Wagner leaves.
SV PAN..M. Gatsonides stamps card in time clock.
SV Gatsonides joins co driver H.L'Steunebrink in car No. 71. Jaguar. NL.
SV PAN..Car No. 71 leaves.
SPORT: CAR RACING
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Background: One hundred and seventy four cars - eighty three of them British - left Noordwijk, a Dutch seaside resort, at half past midnight May 2 at the start of the 12th International Tulip Rally, the Dutch contribution to the European Rally Championship.
Competitors face a gruelling 2,500 mile route through Holland; Belgium; France to Monaco on the outward run, and back over the Alpes Maritimes, in and out of the Voyages, briefly visiting Germany and re-entering Holland near the Belgium border before returning to Noordwijk May 5.
A tight time schedule will be ensured by 47 control points enroute. To help classify competitosr, there are 15 special sections, with a higher average speed over the more difficult parts of the route, and several speed tests.
Only two events are provided to help drivers relax. They will enjoy the outward section drive through the tulip fields of Holland, now in full bloom, and a 22-hour rest period in Monte Carlo.
A prize-giving supper, and Tulip Rally ball will be held in Noordwijk on May 7.