Sport: Monte Carlo or Bust

The last-minute tinkering and tuning had been done. The standard stock cars—among them British Allards and Sunbeam Talbots, French Simcas and Citroëns, Italian Lancias and Alfa Romeos—were as ready as they would ever be. At a series of watch-tick signals, 328 grim-faced drivers from 18 nations set out from such widely scattered starting points as Lisbon, Palermo, Oslo, Glasgow, Munich, Stockholm. Their goal, some 3,300 roundabout kilometers (2,000 miles) away: Monte Carlo —and a million francs (about $3,000) first prize.

The annual (since 1911) Monte Carlo Rally, which ended last week, is not...

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