MONACO HISTORICS GRAND PRIX
Roar of Racing History on the Streets of Monte-Carlo
Monaco Historics Grand Prix, vintage car races through the streets
of the fabled principality (Grand Prix
de Historique de Monaco) recently
featured in the "Iron Man 2" motion picture, are held
the streets of Monte
the annual May running of the current F1 Grand Prix of Monaco, making
for a marvelous display of 60 years of racing cars. Cars from historic
eras in different classes careen around the
circuit between the armco barriers. 2012 features another running of
the classic vintage race cars. A Lotus driven by Jim Clark, and
Maserati driven by Alberto Ascari, Niki Lauda’s
winning championship Ferrari, the three Tyrells of Jackie Stewart all
on the same track over two days of carbureted fumes from throaty pipes
of Cooper, March, Brabham,
BRM, front engine and rear racing by the years of competition. While
the mtechnical precision of the modern Formula
One car is an amazing thing, it is a testament to the love of
racing to see drivers throwing these mostly privately owned, sometimes
dollar one-of-a-kind museum pieces around the
tight, narrow streets on the razor edge of control. Causing the admonition
for a safe race from
Grand Marshal, Formula One and and LeMans racing great
Jackie Ikxx, “The car is fast, the track is narrow, if you make
a mistake, you pay cash. Sometimes a lot of cash.”
Dates for 2012 Monaco Grand Prix de Historique Race Dates May 11-13
The F1 Grand Prix of Monaco (see Monaco Grand Prix) is hugely popular and extremely crowded and expensive, but for the same atmosphere and a bit of nostalgia, attending the historics is a much more relaxed affair, allowing you to get toe close to these magnificent machines in the public paddock between races. You can actually find a hotel room in Monaco during the Historics at a price to fit a budget and can see the Riviera principality without the crowds and madness of the full Grand Prix the following week.
How many Italian mechanics does it take to start a Ferrari?
The highlight of a past Monaco Historic Grand Prix race was to be the “Parade of Ferraris”. The planned grand display of the Formula 1 Grand Prix history of the famous Italian racing marque ran into a snag, literally - when one of the drivers ran into another in the hairpin turn, the whole parade came to a screeching halt, with the valuable cars driven in their competition days by the likes of Michael Scumacher and Jean Alesi had to be hauled away on trucks. Watch Ferrari Video. You never know what can happen at the GP Historique.
Getting to Monaco? Fly into Cote a’Azur airport in Nice and rent a car or take the train. If staying in Nice (see Choice Hotel Bargains in Nice ), the train ride is about 15-20 minutes to Monte-Carlo with a one-way fare of about 6 euros. Passes can be purchased at SNCF kiosks in Nice Gare main station and stops along line for multiple trips. © Bargain Travel Europe
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