Monte Carlo Rally

Monte Carlo Rally

The Monte Carlo Rally Historique

The Monte Carlo Rally Historique is legendary and eccentric! The 1969 Peter Cook and Dudley Moore comedy ‘Monte Carlo or Bust’ perfectly captured this – lying, cheating and bumbling their way across Europe. It’s not about gadgets or v8 engines. It’s about historic cars with no heating, icy mountain roads, hitting snow banks, flying around hairpin descents to avoid time penalties, navigating with paper maps and not falling asleep at the wheel despite being awake for days.

Debra’s Role

Co-driver to Anna-Louise Felstead (aka A-L), my role was to utilise the years of experience I had gained while navigating on expeditions around the world to achieve a podium finish in the Ladies Cup of the 2010 rally. Sadly this goal has had to be put on hold for a future edition of the Monte as our 2010 entry came to an abrupt head-gasket-blowing end on the stage from Italy to France.


Turin, Italy – French Alps – Monaco


894 km


January 2010


6 Days (but only 1.5 completed)

try the journaling method that debra uses on all her expeditions:

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Debra Searle MVO, MBE shot to fame after rowing the Atlantic solo. As a sought after motivational speaker and author, she has spoken at 1,000 events in 40+ countries.  She has founded five companies and presented over 40 programmes for the BBC.

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