Top Ten Things Not to Do at The Second Monte Carlo Auto Rally in 1912

Henri Rougier and the 25Hp Turcat-Mery before the inaugural Monte Carlo rally 1911

 

This week marks the anniversary of the second auto rally at Monte Carlo in 1912. We all know we want to go there, and as usual, we need to take a list of things not to do to stay out of trouble. So here is the list.

Top Ten Things Not to Do at the Second Monte Carlo Auto Rally in 1912 by John W. Howell © 2020

10 If you go, do not ask anyone when the first rally took place. If you do, at best, whoever you ask will think you are drunk. At worst, you’ll be considered an outsider and non-rally buff. (The first rally took place in 1911, Jan. It was won by Henri Rougier under a ton of scandal around the vague judging rules. You now have the officials nervous thinking you might be a hired Pinkerton agent.)

9 If you go, do not encourage Tiny the WWF champ to join a rally team. If you do, at best, he will ignore you. At worst, he will join, and since he weighs so much, his team’s car could not manage the 22 Miles Per Hour needed to win. (Tiny, who has missed over a year’s worth of self-esteem and body shaming group sessions, is now looking for you, Janus. He plans to practice his new hold. He loosely describes it as the ‘Backbreaker.’)

8 If you go, do not promise to enter a car in the race next year and pay the entry fee. If you do, at best, the price is low. At worst, the high cost of entry will be held for you until 1923. (You see, Janyl because of tensions surrounding the circumstances leading up to WWI the race was canceled for next year. The race did not resume until 1923. Let’s hope you can make it back. That entry fee was very dear.)

7 If you go, do not talk about Peugeots, Mini-Coopers, Alpine-Renaults, Lancias, and Porsches. If you do, at best, no one will understand you. At worst, you’ll give the impression that you need mental care. ( The cars of the day are Turcat-Mery, Gobron, Dunkop, and Berliet, Japheth. Yes, we know you’ve never heard of them but take my word for it. Here come some guys in white coats, and they don’t look like they have a very good sense of humor.)

6 If you go, do not ask to buy tickets to the pits. If you do, at best, no one will know what the pits are. At worst, someone will take your money and show you to an underground jail. (The rally isn’t the kind of race where you have pit stops, Jaran. Competitors come from several cities and end up in Monaco. The idea at this time is to get there first and have the most elegant car. I hope you enjoy your stay in the pit. Pay no attention to that guy hanging from the wall in chains. He’ll try to make you believe he is innocent. Maybe like you will with the next sucker.)

5 If you go, do not ask where the VIP tent is set up. If you do, at best, someone will direct you to a restroom. At worst, they’ll think you are part of a radical political element. (The person thought the letters VIP stood for Vendredi International Partier which they loosely interpret ‘do away with the monarchy on Friday.’ So now the special police are headed your way, Jaren. You may end up in the pit after all.)

4 If you go, do not ask for directions to the t-shirt stand. If you do, at best, someone will point to the North (for no real reason). At worst, you will be asking a secret service person who now wants to know where you came from. (Don’t tell him anything, Jarin. If he discovers you are a time traveler, you will break all laws of the time continuum. Huh, it looks like he is heating up a poker. Yeah, I would spill my guts if I were you. That thing looks like it might hurt.)

3 If you go, do not kick the tires on the Turcat-Mery. If you do, at best, nothing will happen. At worst, your kick just happened to hit the weak spot on the front left tire. (Good for you, Jaromir. You now have flattened the tire on last year’s winner. It looks like they won’t place this year since there is no spare. By the way, Henri looks a little upset, and that monkey wrench in his hand appears very big and solid.)

2 If you go, do not congratulate Von Eismark for his second-place finish. If you do, at best, he may just step on your foot. At worst, instead of confronting Jules Beutler, the winner, he may turn on you. (Looks like you are in line for a duel, Jarrah. It seems there was a dispute on the road, and ole Von Eismark just couldn’t get over it. Just a word of advice. Don’t choose swords as the weapon of honor.)

1 If you go, do not ask Jules Beutler the winner for a selfie. If you do, at best, it’ll happen before he knows what is up. At worst, the police will think you are holding a gun and come get you. (Why on Earth would you take a selfie anyway, Jarrel. Just pulling out that camera phone causes riots in this time zone.)

59 comments

  1. I was actually going to ask about #10. Oops.

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    1. Hahahaha. Thanks, Charles.

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  2. “Don’t kick the tires.” LOL! Great list, John!

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    1. Thank you, Jill. 😊. You were tempted weren’t you?

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  3. So many rules, John. So many ways to get hurt. I’m not sure this is worth it. If only I could keep my mouth shut.

    This is a great list. I particularly like the VIP tent. Whoda thunk that?

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    1. I had to go into the French dictionary and fine three word that somewhat matched VIP. Thanks for the appreciation. 😁

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  4. Gwen M. Plano · ·

    Goodness, I’d be a tag along for sure and a silent one at that!

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    1. Might be a good idea (Tag a long and silent) Thanks, Gwen

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  5. Hey – can I ask for a model with air conditioning?

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    1. Here’s a fan. Now youare set. 😁

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  6. Gee sometimes you act like not remaining inconspicuous in the past is a very dangerous thing to do! Hold my beer and watch this !

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    1. Good luck. Did you spit in this beer?

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      1. Wasn’t there a 10 things to do in Texas when you tell someone to hold your beer ?

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      2. There should be. Top Ten Things Not to Do When a Texan Asks You to Hold Their Beer. Also, Top Ten things Not to Do in Texas When You Tell Someone to Hold Your Beer. Both can be funny.

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  7. I know nothing about cars – I’d probably be kicked out anyway.

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    1. You could just stand around with a coktail. That would work. 😁

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  8. Can I just stay home, and read about it later in the newspapers? I know they had newspapers back then!

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  9. When was the first one?

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    1. 1911. The picture is from the first. 😊

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      1. Thanks, John, for the info!

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  10. Seriously? A mere 22 mph would win?! Golly, it’s hard keeping today’s cars at anything under 30! I think I like Tiny’s new hold, but it sounds painful.

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    1. Yes. The winner had a 25 HP engine. You would think coasting down a hill would get a bigger speed than 22 MPH

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  11. Wonder if anyone would notice if I just quietly filmed the race with my drone.

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  12. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    Good thing I am not a tire kicker…another funny list John:)

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    1. Thank you, Denise.

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  13. I can’t believe rallies have been around so long!
    22 mph – they were just whizzing by, weren’t they?

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    1. You had to make sure your neck didn’t break on the take off. I can hear that rubber squealing now.

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      1. Hold on tight! 🙂

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  14. I want my selfie with the rally girls. Checkered dresses from neck to ankle. As for weapons, I choose tomatoes at ten paces.

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    1. Good choice. Hahahahaha

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  15. #5 is my favorite!

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    1. Thanks, Liz. I like it too.

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  16. Lol… When was your first… er… scratch that, oh darn, I think I kicked the wrong tire! 😁

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    1. Hahaha. Thanks, Kevin.

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  17. Reblogged this on Author Don Massenzio and commented:
    Here’s another great top ten post from John Howell’s Fiction Favorites blog: TOP TEN THINGS NOT TO DO AT THE SECOND MONTE CARLO AUTO RALLY IN 1912

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    1. Thank you, Don.

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      1. You’re welcome

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  18. What a funny set, dear John! And don’t ask about Michael Schumacher! People might think it is a new engine. 🙂

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    1. A sad story too. Thanks, Maria.

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      1. Agree, dear John. It teaches us how much the high speed might be dangerous.

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      2. It does teach that lesson. Also stay off skis.

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      3. Saint true,dear John!!!

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  19. You have shared some interesting facts here, John. A great post.

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    1. Thank you, Robbie. I managed to put a few in there. 😁

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  20. Turcat-Mery, Gobron, Dunkop . . . so many early car companies that have gone the way of the Dodo bird. I’d love to time travel there. I’d be mighty tempted to bring my camera phone.

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    1. Just be careful how you use it and you should be fine. Throw a jacket over your head and pretend you have a box camera. 😁

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      1. Hahahaha. Thaks, Mark.

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  21. A Turcat-Mery? Man, you sure do your homework.

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    1. Yeppers. I have you looking over my shoulder. Need to be accurate for sure. 😁

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  22. Hilarious, John. Tiny was at his best, or your best. I learned so much on this one. That was a real bonus!

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    1. Thank you, Jennie. Learn with a smile. 😊

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      1. Absolutely! 😀

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