Biennially, two weeks before the F1 teams arrive in the Principality, the Automobile Club du Monaco stages the Grand Prix Historique, undoubtedly one of the most prestigious historic events in the European calendar. Such has become the popularity and accessibility of this event that for the 8eme Historique, free practice and qualifying took place on both Friday and Saturday, with racing on Sunday... supported by four auctions, in three locations, on two days.
Friday dawned warm and sunny, with a visit to the paddock and the Alpine-chalet inspired Credit Suisse Drivers Club, for their inaugural drivers forum. Chaired by Simon Taylor of “Motor Sport” magazine, the panel were ex F1 racers Jochen Mass and Emmanuele Pirro, ‘70’s F1 entrant and broadcaster Alain de Cadenet and the Historique’s most successful competitor, Duncan Dayton. The sixty minute discussion explored the passion and competitive elements of current historic motorsport, as well as giving insight into the differing approach prevalent within F1 fifty years ago versus today’s obsessive professionalism. The most humorous panellist was five time Le Mans winner and Audi ambassador Pirro, who combines his passion for the past with his part-time role as a current FIA Grand Prix driver steward.
Much has been written about the on-track action elsewhere
(All auction prices quoted included buyers premium and VAT at 20.6% on the hammer price.)
The 8eme Historique was superbly organised, with excellent racing and much to see off-track in the sparkling Cote D’Azur sunshine…roll on 2014!
With the very recent completion of the 2012 Mille Miglia retrospective and the forthcoming Villa D’Este Concorso, the European collectors car calendar is in top gear…..next stop for me is close to home and the fifth Cholmondeley Pageant of Power ….see you there!