Winter Challenge to Monte-Carlo


18th – 22nd February 2018

Le Touquet - Monte-Carlo

Welcome back! To the original, most authentic winter epic, the challenge of driving the worst roads in Europe in the thick of mid-winter - and the satisfaction of surviving and finally descending from the Alpine snow and fog to the brilliant sunshine of the Mediterranean. It's Back! We return to the passes and Cols of the French Alps!

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Route update

Winter Challenge to Monte-Carlo, the route is being finalised, all hotels booked.

The 2018 running of the Winter Challenge to Monte-Carlo will see a combination of the traditional and favourite elements of the event but with new ideas and route that will take us higher than recent years into the Alps.  To complement the familiar names that the route will use from previous classic Winter Challenge to Monte-Carlo rallies, this year will see us scale classic sections that will offer a challenge to both crew and car – territories will be used during the event where it has been known to be covered in snow, offering the greatest challenge to crew and car but we are also aiming higher, over classic Cols such as Col du Tormalet and Mont du Chat.

New this year is an all-new French start with Le Touquet playing host to the event as we say goodbye to the North Coast of France and head South. Our aim is to get a test at the very beginning of the event on the seafront but this has not been confirmed as yet. The concentration run  – this traditional start to the event will get us deep into France to allow us maximum time in the mountains from leg two, but we are adding some competition to the day to prepare the crews for the four days that lay ahead.

Magnificent lunch locations – We have managed to secure some fantastic lunch locations, one overlooking the stunning Lac de Vauglans in the Jura Mountains. Another day we will enjoy the VIP treatment of the famous French Trophee Andros Ice Racing series where we will dine between tests on the Ice Circuit itself which is situated high up in its own ski resort. On leg four, after a challenging morning driving some of the famous stages from the modern-day Monte Carlo Rallye, competitors will dine at a prestigious vineyard in Chateauneuf du Pape.

Night Section – There will be one main ‘night section’ on the event. Approximately two hours of challenging evening section in the Ardeche Region with a mixture of TC and regularity sections will certainly be an important factor to who lifts the silverware in Monte Carlo.

As always, the Winter Challenge to Monte-Carlo wouldn’t be complete without classic places such as Beaune, Aix-Les-Bains (known to the older competitors as aches and pains), Monte-Carlo, where we will sample the delights of reaching the most rewarding finish line in motorsport. We look forward to seeing you on the event.

Event Description

Expert difficulty

The International Winter Challenge to Monte-Carlo will again be organised with the emphasis on historical authenticity, not just because car modifications are limited to correct period specification, but also in the way we run the actual event for you. Every detail will be a step back in time to the golden era of rallying – and of course the mountain roads of France will still provide the most challenging and enjoyable motoring anywhere in the world.

So it’s welcome back to duffle coats, silk scarves, flying jackets, thermos flasks, snow chains, tow ropes, fog lights and a shovel on the roof! It’s welcome back to climbing ice covered passes! It’s welcome back to driving through empty, snow bound landscapes. It’s welcome back to trusting your navigator as they struggle, with tired eyes and frozen fingers, and a sigh of relief when you finally find a lonely marshal keeping vigil by the roadside. But most of all, it is welcome back to competitors past and present who dare to join us on the most authentic winter adventure of them all – The Winter Challenge.

This is a winter event, held with the chance of deep snow. It is advisable that you have experience in dealing with driving in such conditions, and that your car is prepared to expect the harshest conditions and trickiest surfaces possible. You will be driving on mountain passes with the distinct possibility of ice and snow at all altitudes.
Navigation is via Michelin and IGN Maps, the majority of route information is provided in advance of the event so you are able to plot the route in the comfort and without time pressures. Regularity Sections are given out as a pre marked IGN Map at a scale of 1:50,000 so there is no need for plotting work on the event.
This event receives EXPERT accreditation. Entries are now open.

Event Characteristics

Start Date


(Excluding scrutineering)

Finish Date


Current Entry fee


(Starting from)

Length of route

1000 miles

(1600 km)

Pre-event training session


Approximate Leg mileage

290 miles

(460 km)

Vehicle eligibility


(Cars built before this date)

Navigation type


Night sections

Yes, one

Expected Tests


Expected Regularities


HERO Cup coefficient


winter challenge 2018 map


This event runs under the regulations of the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA)

Vehicle Information

  • All cars will be eligible for overall awards.
  • The cars will be spilt into classes, based on age and cc.
  • There will no differentiation between sports and saloon cars.
  • HERO continue to generally favour older cars and the route chosen has been planned around cars from the 1960’s but both older and newer cars will feel equally at home.
  • The scoring on the test sections is class based so you will be scoring against other similar aged cars.
  • Vehicle eligibility is defined in the HERO Standard Regulations, these are available in the event documentation section below.

What is included?

Entry to the event for a  crew of two people

Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Sunday 18th through to Thursday 22nd Inclusive

A twin room (two people sharing – single upgrade available) for six nights – Sat 17th through to Thursday 22nd

Awards Presentation dinner on Thursday 22nd Feb at The Hermitage, Monte-Carlo

Lunch & refreshment halts, morning & afternoon,  on each day of the competition

Event regalia

Souvenir Rally plates & Door plates

Detailed road book and route information

Extensive Awards List

Mechanical Assistance on event

Note, Crews have a free evening on Saturday the 17th and can make their own dining arrangements

Entry qualification:

1. Entries are only accepted on receipt of a completed online application form and the deposit of £800 being received.

2. The entry is only confirmed once the balance in received on or before the due date of 19th November 2017

Entries received that do not meet the criteria of 1 and 2 above will be automatically moved to the event Waitlist and an entry on the Waitlist will be moved up to the entry.

Event Schedule


Documentation and Scrutineering

The 21st Winter Challenge to Monte Carlo is the definition of classic rallying: driving your classic car along challenging, stunning and adventurous winter roads to reach the greatest finishing ramp in Rallying History.
We have been listening to competitors’ feedback from previous events and we are devising a route to challenge all three components; the car, the driver and the navigator but also give you maximum enjoyment from a winter event, and as you descend into the principality of Monaco, you will be proud to have experienced an event of a lifetime.


Le Touquet - Beaune

Starting from the northern French coastal town of Le Touquet we will be travelling Coast to Coast via some of the most challenging winter roads Europe has to offer and we guarantee four full days of mountainous driving.
Our aim with introducing a French start venue to the event is to get the crews as far south as possible on Leg 1 to give you all an extra day in the mountains and also avoid any potential issues with ferries.
The event is going back to basics with a challenging but enjoyable concentration run from the northern start venue to the classic French walled city of Beaune, which hasn't been visited by the event since 2011. On the way we will include a couple of regularities and a test to sort out running order going forward.


Beaune - Aix-Le-Bains

From Beaune we begin our ascent into the Jura Mountains where the winter roads will twist and turn as we climb over the cols and descend into the frozen valleys towards the Alps and our overnight halt in Aix-Les-Bains. Our aim is to take the route higher this year to find the challenging winter conditions we crave from this event, we hope that this will be a true highlight for the crews.


Aix-Le-Bains - Valence

From the central Alps the route will twist it's way over some notorious alpine climbs where teamwork will be essential and the rural time control coffee halts in truly authentic French cafes and restaurants will be greatly appreciated. We then descend towards the Rhone Valley and the Ardeche for a great night time TC section before our overnight halt in Valence; a perfect stop-over as we return to the Ardeche for some infamous Rallying territory on Leg 3.


Valence - Mallemort

We're spoilt for choice on this leg as our route nestles in between some of the most stunning scenery in the Vercors, Ardeche , Cévennes and Luberon national parks. Our aim is to go as high as we can to seek out snow and test both crew and vehicle.


Mallemort - Monte-Carlo

After our final night's halt in the southern location of Mallemort, the final day will see us venture into the beautiful Gorges de Verdons before we make our final ascent into the southern Alps and climb the most famous mountain of them all, the Col de Turini.


Entry List

Winter Challenge to Monte-Carlo 2018 - Entries in age order

3 Mike Howells (Eng) Sue Hill (Eng) Morris Mini Cooper S 1275 1966
4 Paul Merryweather (Eng) Tony Jolly Ford Consul Capri 1498 1964
5 Tony Sutton TBA Lancia Fulvia 1600 1969
6 Michael Moss (Eng) Andrew Duerden (GBR) Fiat 2300S Coupe 2295 1965
7 Daniel Gresly Elise White Porsche 911 SWB 1998 1965
8 Paul Bloxidge (Wal) Ian Canavan (Sco) Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 2687 1974
9 Tim Lawrence (GBR) Tony Davies (GBR) MG BGT 1860 1967
10 David Maryon (USA) TBA MG B Roadster 1798 1966
11 Liam Hammond (Eng) TBA Rover 100 2625 1960
12 Jonathan Hancox (Eng) Richard Lambley (Eng) TBA TBA

Event Documentation

Equipment Check-List

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