It’s Craig Lowndes here, reporting in for my very first Postcards from Craig blog (they made me say that!) which I’ll update every day during the Monte Carlo Historic Rally.
The team and I are in transit and on our way to Glasgow to help recreate something very special. On the 25thof January I’ll join my fellow co-drivers with Team Australia – Richard Davison and Gary Poole – to kick off the 60th anniversary of the Monte Carlo Rally. We drive from Glasgow to Monte Carlo in an old but slick FX Holden, re-enacting the journey taken by the first Holden used in an international motorsport event.
Over seven days we will follow in the tracks of Lex Davison (Former F1 driver and four-time Australian GP winner, father of my rally co-driver Richard and grandfather to my 2013 V8Supercars ‘friend-emies’ Will and Alex), Stan Jones (winner of the Australian Grand Prix and father of the great Alan Jones) and Tony Gaze (World War II flying ace, former racing driver and the sole remaining 1953 driver). The event is an icon in Europe and this year 311 teams are racing cars from Glasgow, Barcelona, Reims and Copenhagen to meet in Monte Carlo.
All cars in the event must have previously competed in the rally between 1955 and 1980, so I’m sure there will be some running repairs for some teams on the trip!
It’s going to be a challenge enough just keeping the old girl on the road let alone through snow, ice and cold temperatures. We have ice tyres, but as they say, it’s about the journey not the destination, so if we can do our original crew proud then we are winning!
Looking forward to getting underway and keeping you up to date with our adventures.
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