83rd Monte-Carlo Rally

83rd Monte-Carlo RallyFrom Monday 19 January to Sunday 25 January, Principauté de Monaco
Jan 13

83rd Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo from January 19 to 25, 2015

The Automobile Club de Monaco Organizing Committee has come up with an unusual course – changes have been made to over 75% of the route compared with 2014 – which already looks set to be one of the most difficult in the event’s history

The route for the 83rd Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo is likely first and foremost to surprise, but it should also please many of the competitors who, in the first of the new features introduced for 2015, will be able to resort to the Rally 2 regulations in the event of that they have to retire.


After three familiarization days, from Monday 19 to Wednesday 21 January 2015, things will really start to get serious on the morning of Thursday January 22 with the traditional shakedown (testing) stage, a 3.52 km route which is typical of the rest of the course and, like last year, will be held in the village of Chateauvieux, 6 km south of Gap.


Competitors will return to the Principality of Monaco where, at the end of the afternoon, the event, which is the first round of the FIFA World Rally Championship 2015, will officially kick off in Place du Casino, Monte-Carlo.


The competitors will then need to tackle the first two timed stages at night. These will be Entrevaux – Rouaine (21.31 km) in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and Norante – Digne les Bains (19.68 km) on the road which will lead them towards the city of Gap.


Also new for this year, the second day – Friday January 23 – will be held to the north of Gap, between Hautes-Alpes and Isère. This will be a brand new loop consisting of three timed stages which are very close geographically, to be driven twice. Thus, La Salle en Beaumont – Corps (15.84 km), Aspres les Corps – Chauffayer (26.08 km) and Les Costes – Saint Julien en Champsaur (25.40 km) are set to be critical stages which will be enjoyed by everyone.


Day three, Saturday January 24, will consist of more traditional stages, including Prunières – Embrun (19.93 km), to be driven twice, Lardier et Valença – Faye (51.66 km) and Sisteron – Thoard (36.85 km) before the competitors make their final return to the Principality in the afternoon.


The final day of the race, Sunday January 25, will see the competitors head to the inland region of the Alpes-Maritimes first thing in the morning. The day’s stages include La Bollène Vésubie – Sospel (31.66 km), also known as the extended version of the Col de Turini, and the Power Stage, which has still to be determined in line with the new regulations for 2015.


The traditional award ceremony will take place from 3 pm on the Place du Palais Princier in Monaco.


For more information, see: http//www.acm.mc
Jan 22

Exhibition by Alain Pinede at the Novotel Monte-Carlo

For the second consecutive year, the painter and automobile rally enthusiast will be exhibiting at the Novotel Monte-Carlo, until 6 February 2015

On the occasion of the 83rd Monte-Carlo Rally, the painter Alain Pinede is showing ten or so paintings on the theme of motor racing.  The exhibition will be on display at the Novotel Monte-Carlo until 6 February 2015.

Alain Pinede is one of the few painters who depict vehicles "in action."

The paintings featured include "The Dauphine 1093 driven by Guy Monraisse and Jacques Ferret" and "The R17 Gordini driven by Jean-François Piot and Jean Alexandris," as well as "modern" models driven by Loeb, Ogier and Otsberg.