Activities – MONACO (Historic Grand Prix, 09-11 May 2014)

The Grand Prix de Monaco Historique (Historic Grand Prix) is held 2 weeks before the Formula One Grand Prix of Monaco. It is run on the same circuit as the main Grand Prix, and features classic cars.

Historic Grand Prix (image copyright Access Riviera)

Historic Grand Prix (image copyright Access Riviera)

The event is organised by the Automobile Club of Monaco (ACM), and runs every 2 years. The dates for 2014 are 09 May – 11 May 2014.

I would highly recommend this event – in fact, I enjoy the classic cars event more than the modern Formula One race but that is my personal preference.

Historic Grand Prix (image copyright Access Riviera)

Historic Grand Prix (image copyright Access Riviera)

The races are split into 7 series including pre-war ‘voiturette’s up to 1939, Formula One cars from the 1960’s and sports cars including Ferraris, Jags and Aston Martins.

Historic Grand Prix (image copyright Access Riviera)

Historic Grand Prix (image copyright Access Riviera)

Previously, I have been seated in Grandstand T which was excellent for watching the cars come down the short straight (by the swimming pool) then slow right down to take the corner before roaring past Grandstand T towards the Rascasse corner. Grandstand T was directly across from the pits so it is great for photo opportunities.

Historic Grand Prix (image copyright Access Riviera)

Historic Grand Prix (image copyright Access Riviera)

Tips:

– Take the train as roads are blocked for both the Historic and F1 Grand Prix. No grandstand is more than 10-15 minutes walking from Monaco Monte Carlo train station. Be warned that trains first thing in the day on Friday 09 May will be busy with commuters and Historic Grand Prix spectators, and the very last train departing Monaco is extremely busy.

– Use the toilet facilities at the train station, or before you enter the Grandstand. Toilet facilities are sparse.

– Prepare for all weather conditions. Monaco has it’s own micro-climate and the weather can change quickly. The Grandstands are not covered, so you must prepare for hot sunshine and/or rain.

 

 

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