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|Prints issue||LIMITED EDITION 50 prints ONLY|
|Shooting date||January 19th, 1912|
|Original picture||Glass Plate|
This photo, published for the first time in the English magazine AutoCar in 1912, reflects the upper class atmosphere of the "adventurers motorists" of the time. Here, the departure of those who entered the race in Paris.
Created the year before by Monegasques Gabriel Vialon (usher) and Anthony Noghes (20 years old and son of Alexandre Noghes, the president of Monaco's velocipedic and automobile sport), he is a cigarette maker and creator of the Monaco Grand Prix in 1929), the Monte-Carlo rally is not yet a sports event, but rather a means of attracting the European jet set to Monaco.
Each competitor then leaves with its crew by the road, from the city where it has entered. It carries out the regrouping route linking this city to Monte Carlo, following a precise route, with certain constraints. At the time, crossing Europe in the middle of winter is a feat. Arrived at the destination, the winners are the crew who managed to reach Monaco by respecting an hourly average imposed by the organizers, but the presentation of the vehicle, after as many kilometers on difficult roads, is equally important.
For information, the winner of the 1912 edition was Julius Beutler, on a Berliet 16HP 12hp. He left Berlin with 4 people on board on January 19th to arrive on the 22nd, exactly fity minutes after midnight. The very mediocre organization of the event made that the next edition of the Rallye took place only in 1924 ...