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Post  CDM on Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:45 am

Monte Carlo Rally that stage…

There was some chat on the old forum about this famous stage on the Monte Carlo Rally. Well a week or so ago I was lucky enough to be marshalling on an historic rally to Monte Carlo. We had been up and over the Col du Turini on Friday and just for the hell of it did it again the anti-clockwise direction on the Saturday on our way home.

We had been looking for this wiggly road for a while and stumbled over it.

Roquesteron is a famous Monte village in the mountains, on the D17. Travelling east the next village is Sigale. Between the two in the D10 heading SW for Aiglun. The really narrow section in the gorge can be found at the viewpoint. It is very narrow single track road with a very steep drop to the river. When we were there it was under perfect blue sky and 20 degrees.

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And another famous Monte Stage The Col du Braus on the D 2204 from Sospel to L’Escarene

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Post  Zeus on Mon Nov 18, 2013 2:59 pm

Awesome legendary stages. Lucky man Chris Cool 
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Post  mconboy on Mon Nov 18, 2013 4:13 pm

Very good story and nice pictures Chris..
Spectators at the exit of the tunnel haven't much room.
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Post  newt5550 on Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:26 pm

Not one bit jealous at all Rolling Eyes 

I do tell lies Laughing 

Excellent pic's Chris.
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Post  bmd on Mon Nov 18, 2013 7:02 pm

chris...brilliant m8!! Smile
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Post  reeft1 on Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:07 pm

Brilliant but terrifying. No wonder Schumacher always said he had no interest in Rallying as you needed to be insane. 100mph on ice/snow anyone? You know whats the size of spacehoppers are a must.
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Post  JOB on Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:36 pm

reeft1 wrote:Brilliant but terrifying. No wonder Schumacher always said he had no interest in Rallying as you needed to be insane. 100mph on ice/snow anyone? You know whats the size of spacehoppers are a must.
Guys you drive the road not whats at the other side of the wall even if there is nothing at the other side of the said wall but fresh air.

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Post  reeft1 on Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:05 pm

JOB wrote:
reeft1 wrote:Brilliant but terrifying. No wonder Schumacher always said he had no interest in Rallying as you needed to be insane. 100mph on ice/snow anyone? You know whats the size of spacehoppers are a must.
Guys you drive the road not whats at the other side of the wall even if there is nothing at the other side of the said wall but fresh air.
Not doubting you for a second James, but you still need the bravery pills from where I'm sitting - thats why i hold the rally drivers in such high regards
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Post  Niallod on Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:41 pm

Brilliant piece Chris, kicking myself I didn't drive them in the summer when I was down there, although the wife and kids would probably have freaked out looking out the side of a rental scenic, they are not as brave as James:P 

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Post  Simon6R4 on Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:48 pm

Fantastic photos Chris. Love how the guy spectating in the first pic is just perched on practically nothing !!
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Post  CDM on Tue Nov 19, 2013 6:24 pm

We looked at those ledges they stand on.

You can barely get two feet firmly on them. There is definately no room to shuffle in. One has a small tree on it, so something to lean on I guess??!!

Trevor P has a side on photo with the car showing the scale of it all. I will post it as soon as he sends it on to me.

On the rally we had everyting, hail, rain, snow and sunshine. On one day we were looking to do a control at the top of the Col de Faucille. But we had info that there had been a landslip and the route was closed. As we got to the barrier the snow was really getting heavy and not wishing to be stuck on the top we moved the TC to the village. Still a few of them went up to the top looking for us despite the Route Barrier.

All good fun and what rallying is all about.

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Post  rallypics on Sun Nov 24, 2013 1:10 pm

that looks enjoyable on a bike
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Post  turn the wheel on Sun Nov 24, 2013 9:32 pm

rallypics wrote:that looks enjoyable on a bike
Last time I drove the Col de Braus was in a van with a shuttle........really awesome.............the sat-nav was not accurate showing us that we were travelling on fresh air at times.......

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Post  Hampton Caught on Mon Nov 25, 2013 3:15 pm

Yikes! That wooden barrier wouldn't stop much, would it?!

I think I'll keep to spectating at rallycross events. They don't tend to be THAT dangerouns to watch! Great shots, Chris. Thanks for sharing.

Cheers, Steve
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