RMCH 2024: DECREMER WITH THE PROMOTOR COLORS AT THE COMMAND OF AN ALL-SPRING MONTECARLO HISTORIQUE RALLYE

RMCH 2024: 1st DAY OF COMPETITION – CLASSIFICATION ETAPE

The classification stage began at 7:00 am. The crews left from the port of Monte Carlo covering 128 km to reach the first timed race Soleilhas – Castellane of 16.087 km where the first competitor was expected at 9.55am and ended on Lac de Chaudanne.
The victory of this special is won by crew no. 243 Fabio Loperfido and Simone Calosi, aboard the splendid Lancia Fulvia Coupe 1.300 Rally. However, the duo was unable to continue their performance on the second timed race Chaudon-Norante – Digne-les-Bains of 16.085 km which crossed the famous Col de Corobin (1211 m) where they slipped to ninth place overall; instead we point out a great exploit of couple no. 25 Michel Decremer, representative of the Scuderia Promotor in the 2023 Italian Major Events Championship in which he won the overall classification of the media trials, reaching first position overall in the general classification, tied with 3 other crews. The competitors then reached the Digne Les Bains time control.

In the afternoon they continued north with the third Ventavon – Chabestan timed race of 20.292 km across the Col de Faye (922 m) and followed by the Vercors massif where Michel Decremer conquered the summit, leaving crew no. 243 Loperfido-Calosi in 14th place. After this special test, crew no. 209 Giorgio Schon and Francesco Gianmarino, are in third place overall aboard the marvelous Austin Mini Cooper S, a crew of Milano Autostoriche with a low average.
The day ends with test number 4 La Cîme du Mas – Col Gaudissart of 17.535 km including the difficult Col de l’Écharasson (1146 m) which saw the winner of crew 25 Michel Decremer who will start tomorrow in second place position.

At the end of the day our crew no. 156 Garosci-Briani aboard the Fiat Ritmo finished in 27th position in the General Ranking.
Only the first two special tests determine the starting order of the second day of competition.

The day was characterized by sun and serenity, and not even the coveted or feared Col de l’Écharasson reserved shivers except in a very small stretch where the very little snow on a very short stretch of the route was reported by a fun group of spectators, to give a little thrill to this race which has more of a spring flavor than a winter one as expected from Monte Carlo.
Last two time checks in Saint-Jean-en-Royans and finally Valance for the parc fermé of Camp de Mars, host city again this year.
See you tomorrow for new updates!

Cristina Biagi x Promotor Classic MAGAZINE

Photo Credits: ACM & Photo Renè Official Photographer

RMCH 2024: The Program Of The First Test Day

We get to the heart of the race with the first day of Special Tests at the 2024 Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique.

Today the crews will tackle the first 470 km with 4 Special Stages and 4 Time Controls to reach Valance in the evening.

Photo Credits: Renè Official Photographer

RMCH 2024: The Approach Stage Ends

The long approach stage has just ended. The crews, after traveling just over 1,000 km, parked the cars in Porto Ercole, in the splendid setting of the port of Monte Carlo, facing the first long night. They faced some inconveniences due to the alternate closure of the Frejus tunnel, which stopped many crews for an hour and the closure of some roads led to finding alternative routes, compared to the faster and smoother road, to be able to arrive in time at the established time checks. All this led to canceling the pre-established hours of sleep (already few in general, it was calculated around 3 hours of rest…) we therefore saw them very tired and worn out.
Unfortunately, the many kilometers have also led to the cars becoming tired and some problems have emerged: there are already withdrawals due to mechanical problems.

Crew 18 – Angelo Sticchi Damiani with Massimo Liverani arrived at the port, but broke the head gasket of the Fiat 124 Abart; 42 – Maurizio Verini and Laura Martines, already from Milan began to experience problems with the Fiat Many interventions were carried out on the roadside and even we reconnaissance personnel brought a driveshaft to a crew in difficulty.
Tomorrow morning we will see the list of starters and I will also update you on the weather conditions and the situation of the special tests; from tomorrow morning I will be busy carrying out the reconnaissance of the special tests to communicate to the crews what problems they will have to face test by test.


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Photo Credits: Cristina Biagi & Renè Official Photographer

RMCH 2024: GAROSCI – BRIANI ON BOARD THE FIAT RITMO N°165

The Rallye Montecarlo Historique is a one-of-a-kind race, described to us by the crew 165 Riccardo Garusci and Rudi Briani

Riccardo Garosci, can you tell us about this race from your point of view?

I find myself, for the fifth time in my almost fifty-year career as a driver, at the start of the Monte Carlo Rally. It is the fifth time: 3 editions of the modern WRC and 2 in the Historique version, like this one which starts from Milan. It’s a beautiful race, almost the same route as the modern one but on roads open to traffic and therefore with double attention, where sometimes even an ‘easy’ average of 50/h is impossible to respect (e.g. Turini). I do the Monte because, in addition to the sand of the deserts (Rudy and I are among the very few Italians to have done the Dakar on 3 continents…) I like the snow. But, this year too, as in 2022, I fear that we will remain… dry! That’s fine too: Alessio De Angelis and Promotor have made a great car available to us (especially if there is snow) as in 2022: the Fiat Ritmo with Alitalia colors which debuted at Monte in 1975. We are here, as always to have fun and be with mates from different teams and countries. We will have the colors of Grifone, the historic team that brought many champions to rallies. With Promotor’s preparation and assistance, I am sure that we will put a car on the road that has made many enthusiasts dream. After all, I myself chose the Rallies because that day in January 1972, still without a driving licence, I too, a young boy but already a fan, was there in the port of Monte Carlo, rejoicing in the victory of the ‘little’ Lancia Fulvia driven by ‘Great’ Sandro Munari…

Your navigator, Rudy Briani, returning from the Dakar Classic and the WRC as a reconnaissance team, you are a close-knit team…

Faithful companion of many adventures is Rudy Briani with whom last year in January, in our first Dakar Classic (after 4 of the modern ones for me and 7 for him…) we finished fourth overall out of 90. This January he returned, to improve: second overall with Traglio jr. and again with a Nissan Terrano as in 2023.

I remember when I involved him in (our) first Paris-Dakar in Africa, in 2001… he was just over twenty years old but already with clear ideas and determination, sometimes too much so! Then together in 2007 as winners of the Rally Raid World Cup in T2 with Ralliart’s Pajero (and in T1 the winner was Carlos Sainz, now over 60 like me and just winner of the modern Dakar in Arabia). 

Rudy, who left in early January for the Dakar Classic, came down to get into the WRC reconnaissance car and now to the historic… 

I’m very happy with second place in the Dakar classic, very close to first, this year has been a tough adventure. Then the Monte Carlo WRC went very well, rallying is my strongest passion, it was wonderful even though being a scout and therefore starting well before everyone else, you see very little. You can savor the environment a little from a distance, but you experience the atmosphere. Now let’s start with the historian with a splendid car and his friend Riccardo with whom we will soon celebrate 25 years together. This year there are some regulatory changes… we’ll play it and see how it goes. The current weather conditions indicate roads without particular atmospheric conditions that could have a particular impact… there is no snow or ice. It is always a great emotion to leave for this rally which boasts participation of the highest level with a number of participants. Doing well here has great value.

And we will follow them and collect other testimonials and comments!

Cristina Biagi x Promotor Classic MAGAZINE

Cristina Biagi x Promotor Classic MAGAZINE

RMCH 2024: THE CITIES OF BAD HOMBURG, REIMS AND FINALLY MILAN START!

At 8.30 this morning the first 5 crews left Glasgow, the first city to start the 26th edition of the Rallye Montecarlo Historique:
N° 53 GOLDET Etienne FRA NEYMON Vincent FRA ALPINE-RENAULT A310 V6 1977
N°134 OKANE Paul IRL GEJL Tage DNK PORSCHE 911 CARRERA 3.0 1976
135 STANSFIELD Ian GBR DODSWORTH Keith GBR FORD CORTINA GT 1967
176 OLIVER Neil GBR GAIR Alastair GBR VOLVO 123GT 1968
187 BROWN Ken GBR WALSH Aidan IRL MG B GT 1978


After the first two passage checks in Dumfries and Barnby Moor, the ferry awaits them in Calais at 12.30pm on Thursday 1 February to head towards Langres where they will concentrate with those departing from Bad Hambourg (departure at 2pm on Thursday 1 February) and Reims (departure at 7pm on Thursday 1 February) to all meet together in Bourgoin-Jallieu with also the competitors who will leave from Milan on Thursday 1 February at 6pm.

Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique 2024: Let’s Go!

At 8.30 this morning the first 5 crews left Glasgow, the first city to start the 26th edition of the Rallye Montecarlo Historique:
N° 53 GOLDET Etienne FRA NEYMON Vincent FRA ALPINE-RENAULT A310 V6 1977
N°134 OKANE Paul IRL GEJL Tage DNK PORSCHE 911 CARRERA 3.0 1976
135 STANSFIELD Ian GBR DODSWORTH Keith GBR FORD CORTINA GT 1967
176 OLIVER Neil GBR GAIR Alastair GBR VOLVO 123GT 1968
187 BROWN Ken GBR WALSH Aidan IRL MG B GT 1978


After the first two passage checks in Dumfries and Barnby Moor, the ferry awaits them in Calais at 12.30pm on Thursday 1 February to head towards Langres where they will concentrate with those departing from Bad Hambourg (departure at 2pm on Thursday 1 February) and Reims (departure at 7pm on Thursday 1 February) to all meet together in Bourgoin-Jallieu with also the competitors who will leave from Milan on Thursday 1 February at 6pm.

The 2024 Retromobile Show in Paris Celebrates the Centenary of MG

The 2024 Rétromobile Show, scheduled from 31 January to 4 February in Paris, promises to be an exceptional event for enthusiasts of historic cars, with a leading role reserved for the centenary of the English car manufacturer.

The poster of the event pays homage to the centenary of the British brand MG, with an exhibition of original vehicles never exhibited in France, including the MG Old Number One from 1925 and the EX 135 from 1938, together with the protagonist, the aforementioned EX 181 of 1957.

Mercedes-Benz Classic and the Gem of Motoring: the 300 SL “Hobel”

The heart of the Mercedes-Benz Classic division’s activities will be the iconic 300 SL. Among the collectibles on display, the rare 300 SL “Hobel” racing prototype stands out, a true jewel in the history of motorsport.

The 300 SL “Hobel”: An Unfinished Masterpiece

The “Hobel” is a testament to advanced German engineering. Conceived in 1953, building on the success of the 300 SL of 1952, this unique car was equipped with a 215 HP engine with direct petrol injection. However, its history is marked by “what might have been”, as Mercedes turned towards Formula 1 in 1954, leaving the 300 SL “Hobel” without ever competing.

At Rétromobile 2024, Mercedes-Benz Classic will offer three examples of the W 198 generation Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster for sale. Two of these cars have been restored to the high standards of the Mercedes-Benz Classic Centre, while the third offers a fascinating project of restoration with its completely original technology.

The German brand demonstrates excellence in services for classic vehicles, aiming to preserve originality through restorations that keep the original substance intact as much as possible.

Dakar Rally: the success story

Auf diesem Mercedes-Benz 280 GE der Baureihe 460 gewinnen Jacky Ickx und Claude Brasseur die Rallye Paris–Dakar 1983. Jacky Ickx and Claude Brasseur won the Paris–Dakar Rally in this Mercedes-Benz 280 GE from model series 460.

The Dakar Rally is a legendary race that began in 1978 under the leadership of Thierry Sabine. Every year several thousand competitors compete over thousands of kilometres. In 2024, Rétromobile pays homage to this monument of motor sport with a unique exhibition focusing on the vehicles and drivers who have left their mark on the history of the competition. But that’s not all, because some adventurers who took part in the Dakar Rally will be present at Rétromobile to tell their adventures and anecdotes of all kinds. Among them: Jacky Ickx, Claude Marreau, Thierry de Montcorgé, Cyril Neveu and André Dessoude!

Renault: 125 Years of History on Display

Renault will be a protagonist of the 48th edition of Rétromobile, celebrating its 125 years of automotive history. On display, five highly successful racing models, including the 1956 Renault Etoile Filante powered by a 270 HP turbine.

To celebrate the iconic Renault 5, ahead of the debut of the Renault 5 E-Tech Electric at the Geneva International Motor Show, Renault will present three resin models of the profile of the Renault 5 Prototype, revealing the official colors of the production model.

The 2024 Salon Rétromobile promises to be an unmissable event for historic car enthusiasts, with Mercedes-Benz and Renault leading the celebration of automotive history.