This really wasn't how it was supposed to be. Standing on the road into the Digne, officials from the newly former World Rally Championship watched as the police arrived to quell an angry mob. Of competitors.
Round one, 499 rounds ago, was the 1973 Monte Carlo Rally. And, midway through the Burzet stage a Ford Capri spun and wedged itself between the two snowbanks. Around 150 crews were following and had no chance of getting around the stricken car. So the Automobile Club de Monaco excluded them all.
That was when the police were called. Having extricated themselves from the stage, the 150 or so excluded crews decided to block the road into Digne to bring WRC round one to a halt entirely.
It didn't work.
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David Evans is the rallies editor of Autosport and Motorsport News. A successful rally driving father ensured an early introduction to motorsport and, fascinated as he was by rallying, the fourth estate was of equal interest. Having read (or at least looked at the pictures) from the age of two, he joined <i>Motoring News</i> in 1996 and later moved to Autosport in 2002.@davidevansrally More features by David Evans