Monte-Carlo or bust for classic Tony Dron Porsche
42 years after Tony Dron won the club racing championship in this plucky little Porsche his trusty 924 is back in action! The series was promoted by Porsche cars GB and Dron won 6 of the 9 races in UCN 201S. The car was prepared to strict regulations with a standard 140hp engine and just a few safety features. The following year Win Percy and Juliette Slaughter entered the same car in the Brands Hatch 6 hour endurance race. They won the GT class and finished 22nd overall.
As was the way with many classic race cars the Porsche 924 slipped into daily road use, passing through several owners. Andy Prill bought the car as an ebay bargain back in 2009. He now has UCN ready to race once more and what a race to choose for it's first competition in 41 years, the Monte-Carlo Historique Rallye!
Porsche aficionado Andy will fulfil a long term ambition by competing in his first Monte but he is in safe hands, beside him in the co-drivers seat is none other than Mexican Rally driver Angelica Fuentes Garcia. If you've been following my posts on World Rallies then you'll have heard of Angie before; as well as boasting a very successful race and rally career in Mexico, she has guided many others to victory from the co-drivers seat. As a regular competitor in the infamous Carrrera Panamericana and Chihuahua Express races Angelica is no stranger to tough rally stages. This will be her 5th Monte-Carlo Historique Rallye, fingers are of course crossed for a victory but, on such a famously tough rally, any team that finishes can claim a success!
But what of the Monte? Teams set out from different points across Europe, including Monte Carlo, and will converge on Buis-les-Baronnies. Team Prill Porsche chose to start from Monte-Carlo, rather than put extra strain on the car before the competitive stages even begin. Angie tells me she has seen teams start from further afield only to break down a few miles from the finish, knowing if they hadn't driven to the start they would have completed the rally.
Teams leave Monte Carlo at 8pm tonight(Friday 31st Jan) on a route that will take them 950km to Buis-le-Baronnies. The first cars are expected to start arriving there from 10:30am Saturday, as which point they will drive 2 regularity stages as part of the 'concentration leg' on their way to Valence. Sunday will bring the classification stages and racing begins in earnest. The competition concludes in Monte-Carlo at around 1.30am on 5th February. Angelica's husband Keith is on hand with a van full of spares and tools should the need arise but we hope he'll just need his camera to send us back some action shots!