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.