Traveling back in time with 10th edition of Historic Grand Prix of Monaco

A vintage race that broke all records

This past weekend, from May 13-15, 2016, the Historic Grand Prix of Monaco celebrated its 10th anniversary, after being created in 1997, in honor of Prince Rainier, with a new  Race Control center inaugurated by Prince Albert on May 12, 2016.

This now prestigious classic competition was dreamed up for the 700th anniversary of the Grimaldi dynasty, 20 years ago, when each club or association tried to create a special celebratory event. The idea was to do something interesting that Prince Rainier loved, so the idea was born to create a GP F1 with vintage flavor but just for that year, but has staying power thanks to its success that perpetuated this event in the biennial calendar of the Principality, gaining in popularity year after year. More than 30,000 international fans that came to cheer the pilots, filled the tribunes and the adjacent terraces over the weekend breaking the record of the previous race in 2014.

Adding to the public affluence was the presence of more than 500 credited journalists, plus the simultaneous transmission on Monaco Info, France 3 and the specialised international channelMotor TV, counting more than sixty international TV channels, including CNN, BBC, RTBF or TF1, representing a billion spectators all over the world.

A real sprint race and a voyage down memory lane, the Historic Grand Prix of Monaco was specially designed for worldwide collectors, sentimental enthusiast drivers, and zealous supporters of older day’s mechanics. A total of 230 legendary cars racing on a mythical circuit two weeks before the GP F1 celebrate the glory of other times. Among the 72 brands a Bugatti 35 from 1925 and other rare machines from Talbot, Ferrari, Lotus, Frazer, Nash, Gordini, McLaren, Jaguar. This real time travel experience into automobile history takes place in Monaco every two years, so the next one will be in 2018.

Sunday races

Over fifty years of motor racing were commemorated through the following exceptional series:

A. Parade of pre-war racecars (Bugatti 35, Merrcedes Benz SSK, Maserati 6CM, Aston Martin Ulster, Riley Dobbs…)

B. Grand Prix F1 and F2 built before 1961, front engine (Gordini T11, Lotus 16, Maserati 250 F…) – 10 laps or 30 min

C. Sport cars with front engine that raced from 1952 to 1955 (Jaguar C-type, Ferrari 225 S, Aston Martin DB3…) – 10 laps or 30 min

D. Formula junior cars, front engine, drum brakes, from 1958 to 1960 (Elva 100, Lola Mk2, Osca Tipo…) – 10 laps or 30 min

E. Grand Prix F1-1500 cars, from 1961 to 1965 (BRM P57, Lotus 24, Cooper T66, Brabham BT11…) – 12 tours or 35 min

F. Grand Prix F1 cars, from 1966 to 1972 (Matra MS120, Ferrari 312B, McLaren M19, Tyrrell 001…) – 18 laps or 45 min

G. Grand Prix F1 cars, from 1973 to 1976 (Ferrari 312T, Williams FW05, Shadow DN5, Tyrrell 007…) – 18 laps or 45 min

Serie A – Pre-war racecars parade 

Serie E – Grand Prix F1-1500 cars, from 1961 to 1965

From 1961 to1965, the F1 rules vanished the compressor and limited the cylinders of 1500 cm3 cars. This necessary evolution took into account the danger represented by the increase in performance of the F1, due to the combination of several factors; the improvement of handling, after the adoption of the rear engine; the evolution of suspensions and tires and the lowering of their general line.  That explains at that time the presence of that type of cars on the roads of Monaco, that justified the organisation of the E series, to see them confront each other once again.

The winner was No. 9 Andy Middlehurst from the UK, on board a Lotus 25 (Climax) from 1962. He was closely followed by No. 18 Joseph Colasacco from the USA, driving a Ferrari 1512 from 1964 of Lawrence Ariana, and No. 21 Dan Collins from the UK on Lotus 21 (Climax) from 1961, arrived third.

Today’s Quote

“Once you’ve raced, you never forget it…and you never get over it.” Richard Childress



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