Two of Monaco’s most eminent landmarks, the harbour area of its famous Grand Prix street circuit and the stunning Casino, yesterday celebrated the start of the 84th edition of the Rally Monte Carlo. The oldest and most famous rally in the world, was launched under the patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco marks the beginning of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) fourteen rally season, that takes places on four continents around the globe. The opening ceremony on Thursday also welcomed German TV personality Kai Pflaume as well as the World Champion of race walking Yohann Diniz.

Over the course of four days, motorsport lovers will enjoy high-speed action rides through the treacherous mountainous terrain of the French Alps. Also in attendance for this event will be top WRC drivers, including triple world champions Sébastien Ogier, Thierry Neuville; as well as rising stars Eric Camilli and Kris Meeke.

High profile personalities—such as: Swedish actor Mikael Nyqvist who is most known for his performance in Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium”; heir to the Monegasque throne Pierre Casiraghi; previous European Footballer of the Year (1996) Jean-Pierre Papin; and ex-Formula 1 driver Allan McNish will all be passengers during the high-octane weekend.

Good luck to all the riders!