Some of the finest vintage cars int eh world competed in a seven-day trans-European rally, which ended at Monte Carlo in the Mediterranean principality of Monaco on Sunday (7 July).
LV PAN sign 'Annecy' TO vintage cars lined up
Cu and SV 1938 Bugatti (No.93) starts (2 shots)
SV PAN FROM woman working in fields TO vintage car along road
SV PAN 1927 Mercedes (NO. 162) along road
TV 1939 BMW (No.174) precedes another vintage car around bend
TV and SV 1937 Rolls Royce (No. 154) passes (2 shots)
SCU PAN 1926 Bugatti (No. 156) passes
SV PAN FROM sign 'Col de la Croix-Haute' PAN TO 1939 BMW passing
SV and CU 1932 Bentley (No. 129) passes through check point watched by crowds (3 shots)
CU PAN 1926 Bugatti (No. 144) leaving check point
SV Crowd waiting in Monte Carlo
SV PAN 1930 Ford (No. 131) arrives in front of casino at Monte Carlo
Initials OS/1916 OS/1938
SPORT - MOTOR RALLYING
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Background: Some of the finest vintage cars int eh world competed in a seven-day trans-European rally, which ended at Monte Carlo in the Mediterranean principality of Monaco on Sunday (7 July).
A total of 199 cars from all over Europe and North and South America took part in the competition, the first event of its kind.
The regulations governing the Rally - known as the "Rallye Monte-Carlo dos Voitures Anciennes" - are based on the annual Monto Carlo Rally. But only vehicles manufactured between 1923 and 1939 were elegible.
The overall winner was a 1926 Hispano-Suiza, driven y the French husband and wife team, Jacques and Andree de Mathieu. The second car across the line, a 1929 Bugatti, was also driven by a husband and wife team, Phillipe and Marie-Andree Vernholes, also of France. The third car was a Danish entered Bugatti made in 1926, which was driven by Eric Koux and Jacob Bonfils.
The event was organised by the Automobile Club of Monaco to mark the 25th Anniversary of the accession of Prince Rainier of Monaco. It followed the now-traditional routes to Monte-Carlo from 18 starting points around Europe, ranging from John O'Groats in the north of Scotland to Athens, Palermo, and Stockholm. All the competitors made for Annecy in the French Alps, where together they set off on the final 471 kms. (about 300 miles) stage to Monaco.
Despite their age, the cars were expected to maintain an average speed of between 35 and 45 kms. an hour (22 - 28 m.p.h.). They also had to be in their original condition, with a special prize being awarded for the best restored vehicle. Other special prizes were awarded for a speed-slalom competition which took place in Monaco
SYNOPSIS: Annecy in the French Alps, was the starting point at the weekend for the final stage in a seven-day trans-European rally for vintage cars. The old-timers were heading for that Mecca of motor rallying, Monte Carlo in the principality of Monaco. The Rally had been organised by the Monte Carlo Automobile Club to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the accession of Prince Rainier of Monaco.
It is the first rally of its kind ever held, and a total of a hundred and ninety-nine cars took part. Only cars made between nineteen twenty-three and nineteen thirty-nine were elegible to take part. Despite their age, the competing vehicles were expected to maintain an average speed of between twenty-two and twenty-eight miles and hour over the last three hundred mile section to Monaco.
The regulations governing the Rally -- known as the "Rallye Monte Carlo des Voitures Anciennes" - are based on the annual Monte Carlo Rally for modern cars. Before reaching Annecy, the cars had set out from eighteen starting points around Europe, including John O'Groats in Scotland, Athens, Palermo and Stockholm.
To keep in the race, the cars had to keep within their time schedules, which were checked at points along the route. Only cars in their original condition had been allowed to enter. The overall winner was a nineteen twenty-six Hispano-Suiza, driven by a French husband and wife team, Jacques and Andree de Mathieu. Another French couple, Phillipe and Marie-Andree Vernholes, driving a nineteen twenty-nine Bugatti, came second, and a Danish entered nineteen twenty-six Bugatti, driven by Eric Koux and Jacob Bonfils, ware third.