Monte Carlo. Beginning of May, Monaco was all about retro: the 11th Grand Prix Historique, as in the old days, brought the urban canyons of the dwarf state to shudder. The Grand Prix de Monaco Historique takes place every two years.
To follow in the footsteps of racing legends like Stirling Moss, Ayrton Senna or Graham Hill, is the dream of many owners of historic racing cars. The unique Historic Grand Prix in Monaco makes it possible. You only have to have the right car, because the rush of the starters is so great that only historically valuable vehicles come into play. For the spectators, the event is at the same time a venue for vehicles that you would not otherwise see on the street. In 2018, around 300 racing cars participated in this event.
With loud rumble, the racing cars drive over the historic race track, which was created specifically for racing in the 50s. The race course is tight and has a lot of pitfalls. The steep curve at the Fairmont Hotel, the ascent to the casino or even the fast section through the tunnel towards the harbor. The racetrack continues as before through the street canyons and the port of Monaco. Famous pictures from racing archives like in front of the Casino or the Hotel Paris come to life again.
In contrast to today’s Formula 1 races, the classic cars only cover 10-15 laps, depending on the category (instead of the 78 laps). Otherwise everything remains the same: the same route, the same hectic bustle in the pit lane. The Grand Prix de Monaco Historique has a very special flair.
While in the class E, Formal 1 vehicles from 1966 to 1972, the two racers Bjorn Werdenheim in the March 711, Stuart Hall in the MCLaren M19A on wet track deliver a fierce battle, you completely forget what time you are.
In addition to the races in the individual classes, there were also some demonstrations. Including a show ride of some historical Formula 1 legends. Behind the wheel sat heroes of the Fomel 1 story like Mika Hakkinen, Eddie Irvine or Emanuele Pirro. Chopard presented 70 years of Porsche and sent for example Jackie Ickx in his Le Mans winning car Porsche 936 on the track. His daughter Vanina Ickx drove the Porsche 718 F2. Derek Bell and factory racer Dan Gurney each drove a Bell 804 F1.
A special sports car class offered a fine selection of Maserati sports cars, including a range of 300S, A6GCS and the highly successful 200S prototype, which was recently painted in bare aluminum after many years.
The 11th edition of the Monaco Historic Grand Prix was once again a great racing experience. Based on the World Championship Grand Prix, with its track that is not really suitable for racing, the professional teams ensured a smooth running. The selection of vehicles and the drivers of the racing cars gave the audience a perfect idea of what the races were like and what the drivers had to do at the time.