wed31janAll Daywed07febRallye Monte-Carlo Historique - MONTE CARLO (MC)A tough nut to crack!(All Day) UTC+2 Montauban-sur-l'Ouvèze, Montauban-sur-l'Ouvèze Event Organized By: Automobile Club de Monaco Event Type :Classic race
Tradition respected… The 26th Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique promises, one more time, to be a remarkable event, thanks to the diversity and authenticity of its route, starting with the comebacks of Glasgow and
The 26th Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique promises, one more time, to be a remarkable event, thanks to the diversity and authenticity of its route, starting with the comebacks of Glasgow and Milano as starting cities. This 2024 edition will be as seductive as it was wished by the Organizing Committee at Automobile Club de Monaco (ACM), with several Regularity Stages (SR) on the menu where legendary pages of the event were written! Crews will again be fighting for one of the ultimate wins in historic motor racing, trying to replicate the success of Claudio Enz and Cristina Seeberger, the winners in 2023 in a 1970 Lancia Fulvia 1.3 S.
Three days only after the finish of the 92th Monte-Carlo Rally, the crews allowed to take part in the 26th Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique will have to face a very selective route as well. As always, the Historic version of the prestigious WRC event will be reserved to older cars having participated in previous editions of the Monte Carlo Rally, from 1911 to 1983.
The start of this 2024 edition will be given on Wednesday January 31, for the Concentration Route initiating in Glasgow. Then, on Thursday February 1, Bad Homburg, Reims and Milano will follow suit, with a common objective: the Principality of Monaco. A rallying point where the first crews are expected on Friday February 2 in the afternoon.
The first timed portions are scheduled as soon as Saturday February 3, for the Classification Leg between Monaco (first crew starting at 7 am) and Valence, the Drôme préfecture and once more a Host-City. With four Regularity Stages to take on, this first race day will not be a stroll in the park, starting with a magnificent stage: « Soleilhas – Castellane / SR1 / 9:50 am », where the final portion looks down on Lac de Chaudanne, followed by « Chaudon-Norante – Digne-les-Bains / SR2 / 11:05 am » via the renowned Col de Corobin (1211m). Then the midday checkpoint will also be set up in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence prefecture, on Tampinet Square, from 11:55 am. Driving back to the Drôme will be the afternoon topic, starting with « Ventavon – Chabestan / SR3 / 1:15 pm » through Col de Faye (922m), followed by the Vercors massif and « La Cîme du Mas – Col Gaudissart / SR4 / 17km / 3:45 pm », including the tricky Col de l’Écharasson (1146m). One last checkpoint is planned at Saint-Jean-en-Royans from 4:35 pm, in order to regulate the crews expected at Champ de Mars in Valence from 5:35 pm.
Ardèche will be on the cards for Sunday February 4, starting at 8 am for Part 1 of the Common Leg. Crews will have to check in Privas at 9 am, before heading for « Lyas – Pourchères / SR5 / 9:20 am », a stage which has not been used since the 90s. Then, on the road section, a traditional pause will take place in front of La Remise, where the Jouanny Family will celebrate its 60 years in style, with a brand new red and white patch of asphalt in front of the legendary restaurant to welcome the competitors. A good way to prepare for a rare version of Burzet, « Freyssenet – Saint-Martial / SR6 / 10:40 am ». The midday pause will happen from 12:10 pm on Place du Marché in Saint-Agrève, where all crews and staff will spend a pleasant time tasting local produce, before taking on « Saint-Bonnet-le-Froid / SR7 / 12:45 pm » followed by « Lalouvesc – Labatie-d’Andaure / SR8 / 1:45 pm ». On the way to Valence (4:20 pm), another tradition will be respected with a popular and festive stop on Quai Farconnet in Tournon-sur-Rhône from 3:30 pm.
Two other massifs, Diois and Baronnies, will host Part 2 of the Common Leg, on Monday February 5, starting at 8 am. On the menu, the first course will be « Valdrôme – La Piarre / SR9 / 10:10 am » via Col de Carabes (1261m), the natural border between the Drôme and Hautes-Alpes departments, followed by « Laborel – Montauban-sur-l’Ouvèze / SR10 / 11:25 am » with Col de Perty (1302m) on the way. The midday pause is scheduled in Buis les Baronnies from 12:40 pm. All remaining crews will then take on « Sainte-Jalle – Rémuzat / SR11 / 1:15 pm », via Col de Soubeyrand (987m) and, last but not least, « Recoubeau-Jansac – Pennes-le-Sec / SR12 / 2:40 pm » through the well-known Col de Pennes (1040m). The last pause of the day, before heading back to Valence (4:50 pm) will happen on Place du Champ de Mars in Crest with a checkpoint from 3:55 pm.
On Tuesday February 6, the start from Valence is scheduled for 7 am. The first stage of Part 3 of the Common Leg will be the famous « Saint-Nazaire-le-Désert – La-Motte-Chalancon / SR13 / 8:35 am », soon followed by « Roussieux – Laborel / SR 14 / 9:50 am » where all crews will have to pass Col de Reychasset (1052m) and Col de Pierre-Vesce (1013m) successively. Then, heading for the Principality of Monaco, the last stage of the day will be « Collongues – Col de Saint-Raphaël / SR15/ 1:35 pm ». And the entering Parc Fermé in Monaco is scheduled from 4:10 pm.
The Final Leg, during the night of Tuesday February 6 to Wednesday 7, will start at 9 pm in Monaco. And two monuments of Monte-Carlo Rally will be on the cards: « Sospel – Col de Turini / SR 16 / 10:15 pm », with a finish line at the top, as in most recent WRC versions, and « La Cabanette – Col de Braus / SR17 / 11:20 pm » passing through Col de L’Orme (1000m) and Col de l’Ablé (1149m). The first crews will be expected on Port Herculis in Monaco around 1 am.
Finally, in keeping with tradition, the Gala Night and Prize Ceremony will happen on the evening of Wednesday February 7 in the prestigious Salle des Etoiles at Monte-Carlo Sporting Club (dark suit).
January 31 (Wednesday) - February 7 (Wednesday) UTC+2
Automobile Club de Monacoinfo@acm.mc 23 Boulevard Albert 1er, Monaco
wed31jan(jan 31)10:00 amsun04feb(feb 4)7:00 pmRETROMOBILE 2024 - PARIS (FR)PARIS EXPO PORTE DE VERSAILLES(january 31) 10:00 am - (february 4) 7:00 pm UTC+1 Parc des Expositions, Porte de Versailles, Paris, 1 Place de la Porte de Versailles, 75015 Paris, France Event Organized By: RETROMOBILE Event Type :Exhibition
Rendezvous event that made Paris the capital of the automobile in February , Retromobile is THE public fair passionate , curious and amateurs, with more than 1,000 vehicles on display
Rendezvous event that made Paris the capital of the automobile in February , Retromobile is THE public fair passionate , curious and amateurs, with more than 1,000 vehicles on display on 72 000 sqm ,135,000 visitors expected and many exclusive animations or outside the walls. Dream, rave , learn , invest, to meet artists , builders, clubs, federations, parts vendors and miniatures, restaurants, car dealers, back in time through exclusive collections … This is the promise of Retromobile for its visitors, large and small, from all over the world.
A legendary venue in the south of the Paris region, the UTAC Linas-Montlhéry racing circuit is today acknowledged as one of the most famous places in French motor racing history. Hardly surprising, either: over the years, the track and its ring have seen generations of people living out their automotive passion, and dozens of records broken. For the hundredth anniversary of the Autodrome, the 2024 edition of Rétromobile will play host to a special exhibition looking back on the history of this magical venue.
Following on from the announcement of the exhibition dedicated to the centenary of the MG brand, another big name in automotive history has invited itself to the party at Rétromobile to celebrate its centenary: the UTAC Linas-Montlhéry Autodrome! In partnership with UTAC (the current owner of the track) and the society Vintage Revival Montlhéry, the most exciting pop-up museum for collector vehicles will play host to a first-time exhibition dedicated to the hundredth anniversary of this temple of automotive passion. An opportunity for enthusiasts visiting Rétromobile to discover around 20 legendary vehicles that have left their mark on the history, and the tarmac, of the sporting venue. Whether pre-war vehicles (1925 Bugatti Type 36/35A Grand-Prix, 1928 AMILCAR MCO Grand-Prix, 1934 Jonghi Record 350) or more recent models (Peugeot 404, McLaren F1 GTR, Matra MS650 or the singular Isetta Velam specifically fitted out for the circuit), all will be turning out for the annual mecca for collector vehicles.
UTAC Linas-Montlhéry autodrome: a witness to the history of the French automobile
In the aftermath of the First World War, one question remained on the lips of every car enthusiast: how could France, creator of the motor car and organiser of so many motoring events, still not have a test track worthy of the name? In response to this question, Alexandre Lamblin, an industrialist with a passion for motor sports, began building a speedway a few kilometres from the capital in 1924. It took just six months to build the ring, which rested on a framework that required almost 1,000 tonnes of steel and had one astonishing characteristic: in places, its banking was too steep to stand upright on. The speed ring was soon supplemented by a 12-kilometre road circuit through the surrounding forest, which would subsequently become a favourite with French manufacturers and drivers.
After the Second World War, the autodrome, which had in the meantime been bought by the French state, was handed over to the Union Technique de l’Automobile, du Motocycle et du Cycle (UTAC). From its reopening in 1947, the venue was a favourite with professionals looking to establish new records, so much so that in 1955 it accounted for 74% of world records. While the UTAC Linas-Montlhéry Autodrome gained notoriety and hosted a growing number of international races, it also became infamous for the many fatal accidents that occurred on the circuit. Louis Rosier, Peter Lindner, Franco Patria and Jean Rolland were just some of the famous drivers to lose their lives on the track.
Although the circuit has not hosted racing events since 2004, retirement does not appear to be on the agenda. Every year, the circuit welcomes numerous manufacturers who come to test their vehicles, and many events dedicated to classic cars are organised there.
Clubs and federations
Parts and tools vendors
Car art galleries
January 31 (Wednesday) 10:00 am - February 4 (Sunday) 7:00 pm UTC+1
RETROMOBILEhttps://www.retromobile.com/A-team-at-your-service Parc des Expositions, Porte de Versailles, Paris
fri23feb(feb 23)9:00 amsat24(feb 24)8:00 pmTHE ICE - St. MORITZ (CH)The International Concours d'Elegance9:00 am - 8:00 pm (24) UTC+2 Sankt Moritz Lake, 7500 St. Moritz Event Organized By: The ICE Event Type :Concours of Elegance
The ICE St. Moritz has been created to enjoy driving, showing and watching some of the world’s most exciting motor cars in the unlikely environment of the frozen lake. Polo
The ICE St. Moritz has been created to enjoy driving, showing and watching some of the world’s most exciting motor cars in the unlikely environment of the frozen lake. Polo matches and Horse-Racing have been held there for decades, and a high class motoring event seemed the natural choice to expand the winter lake activities.
The idea first came in mind in the mid-Eighties and it took many years to make it true.
UNIQUE AND MAGIC
The ICE St.Moritz is a very different event, a refreshing concours. A completely magical environment where drivers, collectors, and just plain car enthusiasts enjoy a late winter day in the sunshine, surrounded by the landscape and atmosphere that only St.Moritz, at the top of the world, is able to offer.
WE ARE HOSTED BY NATURE, AND BY ST. MORITZ
As anyone who frequently visits the Mountain or the Sea knows very well, Nature must be respected, known and feared. As you know, we will not only walk, but also drive on the (frozen) water. As mere guests of the Lake, we need to be humble, prudent and wise.
This means that all our efforts have taken into consideration the environment around us, in terms of temperature and lake/ice conditions, but also in terms of pollution. We must be very thankful to St. Moritz for letting us play on their white jewel. We must act wisely, and give them back their lake as nice and clean as possible, as we want to repeat this event – and see it grow – in the future.
The frozen lake has been one of the assets of St. Moritz for more than a century, and one of the things that has contributed in creating and developing its legendary position as the world’s top winter destination. In the last decades, the use of the frozen lake has morphed from an art to a science. As we will see, nothing is done by chance.
St.Moritz has created a dedicated organisation, See Infra AG, who looks after the lake. They monitor the ice thickness with many different systems and with the help of renown glaciologist, Dr. F.Keller.
As soon as the ice reaches a thickness of 27 cm, crash tests are carried out with weights of 7,700 kg and by driving a special 3,500 kg snow-track vehicle with safety floats. After this the lake is cleared for the construction of the event-village. Ice-thickness checks are continuously carried out and at the time of the event the ice was roughly 45 cm thick, guaranteeing it perfect stability.