In January, I went off to film the 42nd Monte Carlo Rally. It was the first rally to count for the World Rally championship. 298 cars were entered and they started from Almeria, Athens, Glasgow, Frankfurt, Monte Carlo, Oslo, Reims, Rome and Warsaw. Read more
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Easter came round again and we made the long flight down to Nairobi. There had been no rain and there would be no rain while the Rally was being staged.
This would make things very difficult for the crews in the rally and for us. The cars would be speeding across the Murrum blowing up huge plumes of dust which flew into the air to about forty feet and trailing away as a tail two hundred yards long. Read more
January 1972, we were off again to Monaco for the Monte Carlo Rally. The team consisted of Paul Badin, Julian Botras, Vittorio Della Valle, Jacques Hubinet and his soundman Monsieur Corsi. Pierre Deus was handling the UPITN News coverage, but he was invariably working alongside us during the Rally. He was the great provider. He knew everyone in Monte Carlo and they knew him. He obtained our passes and permissions. He arranged for a police motor-cyclist to take our rushes to Nice Airport for shipment back to England. He is also well remembered for his crew lunches where we could partake of tuna and anchovies that he had caught in the Med the previous year and bottled for the winter. Read more
We had not been invited to cover the 1969 or 1970 Monte Carlo Rallies because, we were told, Nissan got involved in some feature film which took out their annual budgets for filming the documentaries.
Our crew for the 1971 Rally comprised Vittorio Della Valle, Paul Badin, Julian Botras and Jacques Hubinet with soundman Monsieur Corsi.
We covered the rally in the way we had done previously because Nissan liked the way we did it and I saw no reason to change a successful formula. Read more
Before I left, Kenneth Coyte, UPITN Vice-President called me into his office in ITN House. He said ”You have been using the “per diem” system for expenses (on location). This has got to stop”. I said, “It wasn’t my idea, it was introduced by UPI years ago, but it does seem to have worked well up to now”. (We had been using the system under the instruction of the former boss Dick Clark) Coyte said “In future, I want to see receipts for hotels and meals”. Read more
When taking on a major assignment that we had not done before, such as the 1967 Monte Carlo Rally, I thought it desirable to keep a daily diary. This was to be made available to anyone in the company contemplating the repetition of such an assignment and also to inform the commissioning editor, in this case Ken Watanabe of UPI Japan, of what had taken place. In the case of the 1967 Monte Carlo Rally, he could judge that our budget was too low for the job in hand. Read more
To read the first article, click on Monte Carlo Rally 1967 Part One
For transportation in and around Monte Carlo, we used a local taxi. We had wanted to hire a taxi from the start and the manager of the Hotel Forum phoned down to Monaco for one to come up. Upon arrival we were dismayed to find that the driver was quite an old man, together with an ancient taxi. We explained the expected rigours of the job to be done and asked him if he could recommend a younger man. He said he would send someone. Read more
Towards the end of 1966, we got a message from Ken Watanabe in Tokyo. Ken was the UPI commercial representative and a photographer of some note within Compix, the commercial picture division of UPI.
He said that Nissan Motors of Japan had commissioned UPIN (Comfilm) to film the forthcoming Monte Carlo Rally. The Monte is always held in January. Depending on the outcome, we might also be commissioned to cover the East African Safari Rally which is always held at Easter. Read more