Monte Carlo Rally

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  • #3820

    Martin
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    An atmospheric shot from the 1967 event showing the 911S of Hanrioud/Perret passing one of the many Citroen DS models that were entered. Hanrioud often rallied a 904 and on this occasion finished 13th, the second Porsche home after Elford’s in 3rd although it was overall victory for a works Mini on this occasion. Note the slim Bosch spot lamps on the 911.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #4040

    Martin
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    Thin tyres and flying show in 1971 for this 914-6, charging along between the snow banks and bearing some minor OSF damage so typical of this event. It is in the hands of Andersson/Thorszelius and was one of a number of 914’s on the event that year, although unfortunately this one failed to finish due to a gearbox problem. The best example came in third behind a couple of Alpines; see this film of the event.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #4043

    Martin
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    Eugene Bohringer/Rolf Wurtherich are seen in their suitably grubby works 904 on their way to second overall (and a class first) in 1964, only beaten by Mackinen’s Mini. The ability of the 904 to compete successfully in events like this while also turning in excellent performance in races such as the Targa Florio -and there will be a Targa thread starting soon- make it one of the great motorsport all-rounders.

    Rudolf (Rolf) Wurtherich was the man sitting alongside James Dean when he had his fatal accident, having been seconded to US West Coast Porsche dealer Competition Motors by the factory. Although he recovered and returned to work he never got over the psychological effects of the terrible crash and these led to the termination of his Porsche employment in America and later in Germany. His subsequent alcoholism caused his death at the wheel when he was only 53.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #4046

    Martin
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    This 356 enjoyed a varied competition career during the 1950’s, appearing in rallies, trials, hill climbs and races in the hands of Harry and Pauline Sutcliffe. Modifications visible include an additional wiper, windscreen demisters, a roof-mounted spot lamp, extra horns and four driving lamps, these and the headlamps wearing long anti-glare shields. The car is seen on the dockside at Dover during the 1953 rally, having already driven down from Glasgow, the British starting point. In those pre-roll on/roll off ferry days, slings are being fitted around the wheels to enable it to be hoisted aboard for the voyage to France.

    The Sutcliffes are the hatless couple beside and behind the car and during the decade they undertook a number of continental rallies in cars ranging from a Morris Minor to a Jaguar XK120 and a Frazer Nash Mille Miglia. They were out of luck on this occasion though, being one of the 404 starters who failed to make it to the finish, the event being won by Gatsonidies Zephyr, he of Gatso speed camera fame (or infamy!).

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #4976

    Martin
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    The 911SC of Frequelin/Fauchille leaps towards for 4th place on the 1982 Monte. The car can be seen in this film, along with some other 911’s including their team mate that came in 3rd. This film of the event is also worth a look.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

    • #5439

      Martin
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      Another shot of the car on the same event, its NSR wheelarch extension having been lost to the scenery.

      Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #4984

    Martin
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    With its striking red Boss livery this 924 Carrera GTS took Barth/Kassmaul to 10th overall in 1982. Rohrl won in an Opel and three 911’s also finished in front of them.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #4992

    Martin
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    The Dutch crew of Koob/Demuth took this Carrera RS 3.0 to 9th overall on the 1977 rally.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5081

    Martin
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    The 924 (#93A0190001) which Barth/Kassmaul took to 19th place on the 1980 event. Although entered by Barth (who had already contributed a lot to its development) rather than the works, it was effectively a further factory prototype for the forthcoming Carrera version that had first been shown as a concept at the 1979 Frankfurt show.

    By appearing to just be a modified 924 Turbo (a model that had been introduced the previous year) it enabled some surreptitious public testing of the Carrera components prior to the announcement of the new car some months later and its beginning production late in 1980.

    The badge looks to have been moved further to the right to take account of the tailgate catch, an apparently unnecessary detail but perhaps in keeping with wanting the car to appear more of a production model than it really was. The facilities are a contrast to what would be expected of the same situation today and that is an interesting sports prototype chassis in the background too.

    Photos: Ted Walker Archive

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    • #5700

      Martin
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      A picture of the above car in action on the event. Its starting point seems strangely appropriate given the location of the debut of the production model.

      Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5082

    Martin
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    The 911SC used by Barth/Kassmaul to achieve 11th place on the 1983 event. They were the first Porsche home and are surrounded by some of the Audi and Lancia models that finished ahead of them.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5093

    Martin
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    The Monte was a cut above the average even by the standards of international events, with the presence of the Head of State and some fine furnishings as can be seen here. The orange 911S belongs to the Italian crew of ‘Il Pilota’ (Leo Pittoni)/Alberto Brambilla and had finished 17th in 1972, the 3rd Porsche home.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

    • #5729

      Martin
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      In another shot from the prize-giving, this time from 1982, we see a smartly turned out Guy Frequelin with his Almeras-prepared 911SC. The car has had a wash and brush-up too, including reinstating the rear wheelarch extension missing in Post#5439 above.

      Finishing 4th, it was beaten by the 911SC of his Esso teammate in 3rd and Walter Rohl won – in an Opel Ascona! Frequelin was also to join the ranks of Opel drivers for the next four years, although he had already been a 911 user at times during the 1970’s and has driven one again more recently on historic events.

      One slight mystery about this picture is why the tyres on the left of the car are clearly marked right, unless that’s how they refer to the sides in France. That’s quite an impressive array of lights too.

      Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5533

    Martin
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    Vic Elford nearly won the 1967 rally in his 911S (above) until caught out by the changing weather conditions in the closing stages of the event. These placed him 3rd overall, although he was still European Rally Champion that year. He returned to win the event for Porsche in 1968 and just over a week after that won the Daytona 24 Hours at the wheel of a 907, so was a versatile driver indeed!

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5567

    Martin
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    Here on the 1979 rally the snow is turning to slush due to the rain but there is still a large crowd of eager spectators. This is the Danish pairing of Fleming “Kalechsmeden” Hjersted/Jan Warkentin who finished 62nd in their 911, an improvement on their 72nd of the previous year. They were the 10th Porsche home and certainly seem to be trying.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5634

    Martin
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    Looking to be going well in 1971, this 911S of Germans Walter/Lier was destined to finish 23rd out of 30 finishers and 224 starters.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5720

    Martin
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    Another snowy scene, this time taken on the 1967 event and showing the Franco-German entry of Buchet/Klass in their German-registered 911S on their way to a 42nd overall. Note how unusually high and far apart the spot lamps are mounted on the bonnet.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5860

    Martin
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    The first Porsche home on the 1975 Rally was this 911 Carrera 2.7 of Rouget/Chonez, which finished in 7th place in a year when less than a quarter of the starters completed the event. Later in the rally they rather reshaped the OS front of the car but that did not stop them securing the award for Class Two in Group 3. Here the car is obviously moving so it is not clear why the OS door is open. Perhaps the navigator was having second thoughts about continuing!

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5904

    Martin
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    We have shown the Bohringer/Wutherich 904 on the 1965 event previously, but here it is again in slightly unusual circumstances, passing a non-competing and badly damaged late model Panhard PL17. While the attitude of the chap with the hat suggests that there might have been a fatality, the 904 went on to finish second overall. Navigator Wutherich was no stranger to serious accidents of course, having been the passenger with James Dean at the time of his death.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5913

    Martin
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    Taken during a period when international rally cars still looked just like those that could be found in the showrooms, this is the 1967 Rally and the 911S of Grman crew Hans-Joachim Walter/Werner Lier. With a lineup of additional SEV lighting that predicts the four-lamp pods of the following decade (and which totally obscures the number plate), the crew were the third Porsche home in 14th position overall, a Mini being victorious that year. Walter had a considerable Porsche international rallying history that began with a 356 Carrera in 1956 and he concentrated on the Monte between 1966 and 1975.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5963

    Martin
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    Vic Elford/David Stone are shown on their way to winning the 1968 event in a factory 911T, making it a Porsche 1-2 that year. Some good footage of Vic and David can be seen in the first part of this film, while the second colour section (which comprises footage from the 1966 rally) gives a good impression of the variety of roads and conditions that the event encompassed. The cars certainly slide around only feet away from some large and unprotected drops.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

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