From the Mitcham News and Mercury
30th January 1959
Damaged steering failed to prevent three men from completing the dangerous mountain circuit of the Monte Carlo rally.
Mr Colin Sproxton, 39-year-old owner of Home Radio, London Road, Mitcham, said on Monday : “We are very pleased with the result. We finished the course 66th in the general classification and 19th in our own class. We did better than several champions.”
Mr Sproxton – it was the third time he had entered the rally – was co-driver of a Ford Zephyr belonging to Streatham garage owner Mr Gordon
Danger spot for the enthusiasts was in the mountains. They hit a boulder which had fallen into the road.
“The road was too narrow to avoid it and too icy for us to stop. We were very lucky – it could have had us out of the rally.”
“As it was, it damaged the steering rod and steering was very difficult, but not impossible. We later had it straightened, but steering was not perfect.”
The Zephyr came through the course almost unscratched.
“Apart from lamps which were smashed by falling stones we had little trouble. We spun round once or twice, but somehow always ended up pointing in the right direction.
Conditions were pretty good, although we did experience a bit of everything including fog and ice,” said Mr Sproxton.
He returned home on Sunday. On Monday he was back behind the counter of his shop.
For photo, see Merton Memories.