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The third revival edition of the Cap Corse rally was back for three days of racing on 9-11 March, offering more than 225kms in 11 special stages and a further 250kms of sinuous liaison sections. The Ronde de la Giraglia, which took place in the ‘70s in the wildest part of this rugged and unspoilt Island, was once a round of the European Rally Championship. Now, like then, it took four loops around the Cap Corse Peninsula, with the rhythm increasing with each loop.
To celebrate the 21st birthday of the ever-popular Rallye Monte Carlo Historique, the Automobile Club of Monaco altered the itinerary of the event quite considerably for the first time for many years. Gone was the requirement to arrive in Monaco, and then leave again to Valence, only to return for the final night. This time the Monaco start point was revived and all routes led to a ‘Zone de Montage’ not far from Lyon St Exupéry at Bourgoin Jallieu.
John Whiteman went to Paris for the annual celebration of all things automotive
The 43rd edition of Retromobile, the Paris show that traditionally starts the European historic season, took place from 7-10 February spread over three halls of the Expo Centre at Porte de Versailles. This year’s show was joined, as usual, by auctions from RM Sotheby’s at Place Vauban and Bonhams at The Grand Palais as well as Artcurial within the exhibition, all enlivened by the arrival of three to four inches of snow on opening day.