Sport: Destination Monfe Carlo

Time was when the venerable (since 1911) 2,000-mile Monte Carlo Rally was an adventurous endurance race rich in such hazards as rutted roads, unreliable engines and collapsing tires. Even in recent years, sleet, ice and blinding fog have brought hazard and death to the competitors. But last week, blessed by the balmiest weather in Rally history, a record percentage of finishers—331 of 363 starters—whizzed through the flag-draped finish gate on Monte Carlo's Quai Albert Premier. The only American entrant, Frederick Cramer, 48, a history professor from Mount Holyoke College, summed up this year's mild competition as "an agreeable hobby for middle-aged...

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