Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Sun / Mon 27th / 28th January - Concentration Run

We started as planned at 7.00pm from Reims Centre and set off for the Passage Controls at Sezanne, Bar sur Aube, and Langres. We arrived at Langres around midnight and all was well. The trouble started at Champagnole where snow began to fall heavily. We were running 145 x 10 Black Rocket studded tyres, which proved to be the right choice. Our passage over the Col de la Croix de la Serra in deep snow was interrupted by a small collection of stuck rally cars trying to untangle themselves. We had to wait several minutes before being able to push past. A Volvo 122 Amazon which we had been following closely lost it in the grande manner in front of us and lunged into a snow bank - nearly taking us with him. The Col de Granier, also laden with snow,  was challenging but well ploughed and had an alarming amount of civilian traffic going up and down. The time control at Annecy was thick with snow, and inspite of pushing hard we only had 7 minutes in hand. We got to our final destination at Valence with a clean sheet  and without further incident.

A trio of E-Types at the busy start in Reims

Bar sur Aube Passage Control

The snow starts to fall hard at Champagnole.

Langres Control at about midnight  - the last warm meal until day break. Peter, Lisa and Nigel enjoying their soup

Film: - 'The Concentration Run' - 2013 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique - 40 minutes of fun filled action on the very snowy run from Reims to Valence.

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