Despite coronavirus, the 90th Monte-Carlo Rally starts on Thursday, from Monaco.

The preparation work is being carried out in full view of the public on Port Hercule for the first time since 2005, with 12,000 square metres of space dedicated to the 75 crews and their cars.

Romain Pugliese, deputy general commissioner and logistics manager of the rally, said that the organiser, the Automobile Club de Monaco, has plenty of experience to call on. “ It’s a mini Grand Prix after all,” he said.

Among those involved behind the scenes are 500 volunteer commissioners, who will be present from January 20 until the rally’s end on January 23. The rally will also engage more than 1,000 police officers and 650 firefighters along the full length of the event, which ends in Monaco on Sunday.

PHOTO: Ford’s hybrid Puma rally car in Port Hercule on Tuesday Jack Brodie