|BCC124||Centenary of the Monte Carlo Rally Coin Cover, unsigned||£20.00||Buy Now|
|BCC124S1||Centenary of the Monte Carlo Rally Coin Cover, signed by Erik Carlsson||£25.00||Buy Now|
|BCC124S||Centenary of the Monte Carlo Rally Coin Cover, signed Paddy Hopkirk||£30.00||Buy Now|
|BCC124SP||Centenary of the Monte Carlo Rally Coin Cover, signed Paddy Hopkirk & Erik Carlsson||£45.00||Buy Now|
Issue Date: 11/01/2011
Issue Name: Centenary of the Monte Carlo Rally Coin Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
In 1911 Prince Albert I of Monaco set up a rally to test the innovations and improvements to cars. The route was over a huge variety of terrains – mountains with vertiginous hairpin beds, long flat straight roads and town streets. The conditions vary from deep snow and wet slippery surfaces to fast dry motoring and to difficult narrow streets.
Winning the rally gave the car a great deal of credibility and publicity. Since then, the Automobile Club de Monaco has run the Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo most years, except during the war. The 1966 event was the most controversial in the history of the Rally.
Our lovely cover features a €1.40 Monaco stamp and postmark along with a genuine 1911 penny, and is available signed by Paddy Hopkirk, Erik Carlsson, or double signed by both.
Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo
The first four finishers driving three Mini-Coopers, Timo Mäkinen, Rauno Aaltonen and Paddy Hopkirk, and Roger Clark's 4th-placed Ford Cortina "were excluded for having iodine vapour, single filament bulbs in their standard headlamps instead of double-filament dipping bulbs." This elevated Pauli Toivonen (Citroën ID) into first place overall. The controversy that followed damaged the credibility of the event. The headline in Motor Sport: "The Monte Carlo Fiasco."
From 1973 to 2008 the rally was held in January as the first event of the FIA World Rally Championship, but since 2009 it has been the opening round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) programme. As recently as 1991, competitors were able to choose their starting points from approximately five venues roughly equidistant from Monte Carlo itself.
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