Grand Prix de Monaco, Monte-Carlo
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As you exit the train station,
one of the first things you see
is a nice monument dedicated
to William Grover-Williams, the
winner of the 1st Grand Prix in
Monte Carlo - 1929 ......
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Every second year, two weeks ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix historical cars from all over the world gather in the Principality for the Historical Car Grand Prix.
The event takes place along the Formula One race track. Prior to the event cars are being displayed close the Monaco Yacht Club. Tickets for the main event can be purchased from the Monaco Automobile Association.
The Monaco Grand Prix is one of the most exciting and prestigious Formula One races in the world. It is considered the "jewel of the Formula One crown" by some racing authorities (the other 2 being the Le Mans and the Indianapolis 500). The Grand Prix has a lengthy and interesting history starting with its beginning in 1929 when it was organized by Anthony Noghes and under the auspices of the Automobile Club of Monaco.
The famous Grand Prix circuit consists of the almost impossibly tight turns and narrow streets of Monte Carlo and La Condamine much of which is directly next to the beautiful bay. The winning driver will have safely and successfully completed the approximately 2.1 mile circuit, 78 times or laps for a total of approximately 162 miles. Hair raising!! The first winner of the Monaco Grand Prix in 1929 was William Grover-Williams in a Bugatti and the 2007 winner was Fernando Alonso in a McLaren-Mercedes.
The Grand Prix will be held this year (2008) from May 22 - May 25th. The Historic Grand Prix featuring vintage racing machines will be held earlier--May 9 - May 11, 2008. A quick search of the net showed lots of package deals, some of which include everything from tickets, accommodations to airfare and other events. If you have a really heavy wallet, you can even rent a yacht in the harbor!!
Without a package, tickets are available online from the Automobile Club of Monaco or can even be purchased from booths near the circuit. Tickets range from 90 Euros to more than 500 Euros depending on viewing location.
We crossed over part of the Grand Prix Circuit near the harbor when we climbed the vertical stairway leading up to the Prince's Palace!!
For more detailed information about the Grand Prix, check out the official website under "Major Events": www.visitmonaco.com. It has many links including recommended hotels and tours operators. It also gives race dates for 2009 & 2010.
Each year, Monaco hosts its own F1 Grand Prix. Held on an incredible street circuit, it basically covers the whole country.
Check out this picture of the famous hairpin.