The Monte-Carlo Rally is a classic racing competition event, held annually in January in the South of France. Drivers set off from different starting points around Europe, each with equal distances to Monaco. The team that manages to complete the journey under a certain time, with their car in good condition, wins the race.
On January 21st 1964, the Mini Cooper S won its first Rallye Monte Carlo at the hands of Patrick Hopkirk and Henry Liddon. Sports car designer John Cooper helped tune the Mini into a competitive race car, equipping it with a four-cylinder engine, an output of 90 hp and a capacity of 1071cc. However, the car’s true differential lay in its front wheel drive, lightweight and extreme agility which allowed it to take the lead in the snowy Col de Turini and wrap up a victory after the final stage of the rally through Monaco.