On this day: the first Monte Carlo Rally

The first Monte Carlo Rally took place on the 21st of January, 1911. Twenty-three cars participated.

French driver Henri Rougier won the race amidst some controversy, as judging was not only based on driving skills, but also on the elegance and comfort of the car.

In this picture, Henri Rougier and his mechanic prepare for the race:

Henri_Rougier_and_the_25Hp_Turcat-Mery_before_the_inaugural_Monte_Carlo_rally. 1911.


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