While our editors traverse the country to find the best content for those magazines, we find other oddities related to the old-car hobby that we really had no place for - until now. With this blog, we're giving you a behind-the-scenes look at what we see and what we do during the course of putting out some of the finest automotive magazines you'll ever read.
This weekend and into the week, the 25th Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique will see small fleets of vintage cars taking to the Alps to relive rallying scenes from decades ago. The weather, as always, is unpredictable, but it being winter in the mountains, there's bound to be some snow or ice, and the roads may or may not be passable. Even in completely dry conditions, the narrow twisty roads hemmed in by steep drop-offs and walls of rock make this far from the average old-car tour, and some sort of damage is to be expected. Participation is limited to cars that originally ran the rally between 1955 and 1980. Still, the event draws a variety of cars, and probably the best time to catch them all - at least, unless one wants to camp out on a rocky precipice to see cars flash by every few minutes or so - is before they get underway, as we see from the series of videos that Banz 75 shot of rally entrants gathering in Torino.
As Paul's Yard UK noted, for the first time since 1969 a group of entrants is leaving for the rally from England, specifically the Brooklands Museum. Not many, about a half dozen, but a group worth noting, nevertheless.
So what do the rally's entrants have ahead of them? Fortunately, there's plenty of videos from prior Monte Carlo Historique rallies, including last year's, to give us a preview.
Certainly no 10/10ths driving, but entertaining nonetheless.
Finally, if what you really want out of Monte Carlo rally videos is flaming exhausts, high-revving engines, tail-out slides around corners, rally legends, and crowds lining the course to cheat death like this were the running of the mechanical bulls, then let's turn the WABAC machine to 1993 for that year's edition of the rally.