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14th Grand Prix de Monaco Historique (May 10-12, 2024)
15 April 2024

14th Grand Prix de Monaco Historique (May 10-12, 2024)

Back to a hundred years of racing!

Following the resounding success of the previous edition, the Organizing and Selection Committee of the Automobile Club de Monaco (ACM) has decided to retain the same 8 series and classes unchanged for 2024. The event will culminate in tributes and anniversaries in the form of real races in the authentic and majestic setting of the Principality’s circuit. This 14th edition of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique is set to turn several pages in motor racing history. Idyllic flashback, by decade since 1924, on cars and drivers who will be in the spotlight in 2024!

It is in Lyon that the first memories go back to, 100 years ago (1924), with the unveiling of the iconic Bugatti 35, the compressor version of which won the first two Monaco Grand Prix in 1929 and 1930. Besides, in 1984, the Automobile Club de Monaco organized a Bugatti race to celebrate the 35’s 60th anniversary.

In 1934, the Mercedes single-seaters that had won the last three pre-war Monaco Grand Prix, in 1935, 1936 and 1937, appeared on the grid. Also appearing on the racetrack 90 years ago was ERA, which won the first Prince Rainier Cup in 1936, monopolizing the podium. ERA was again on the starting grid in 1950 for the 1st Monaco Grand Prix, part of the brand-new Formula 1 World Championship.

Later in 1954, that is to say 70 years ago, Mercedes was still at the top of the bill, with the appearance of the W196, which crushed the Grand Prix scene in 1954 and 1955, Juan-Manuel Fangio winning World Championship titles in the same two years. The unveiling of the Maserati 250F also left no one indifferent. Italian cars were present in Monaco from 1955 to 1959, winning twice: in 1956 thanks to Juan-Manuel Fangio, and in 1957 with Stirling Moss at the wheel.

Let’s go back to 1964 (60 years ago), when John Surtees, already a multiple Moto World Champion, also became one in Formula 1 with Ferrari. The Englishman was always present at the start of Monaco Grand Prix from 1960 to 1971, making 12 appearances. Later, Surtees became a full-fledged brand and manufacturer in the discipline, his single-seaters taking part in Monaco Grand Prix between 1971 and 1978. Some of them are among the entries this year!

Then, in 1974, the short-lived Hesketh brand got involved in the major discipline. It was then 50 years ago that the young and flamboyant Lord Thomas Alexander Fermor-Hesketh along with his driver James Hunt, gave F1 a glamorous image in keeping with that of the Principality. It was also the year of the revelation of engineer Harvey Postlethwaite, who not only designed the first Hesketh, but also the Wolf WR1, which won three Grands Prix in its very first season in 1977. Including the Monaco Grand Prix with the experienced Jody Scheckter at the wheel.

It was finally 40 years ago, in 1984, that Ayrton Senna‘s already proven talent, in his modest Toleman Hart, shone through when he took 2nd place, behind Alain Prost, at the 5th Grand Prix of his career, contested in torrential rain in Monaco…

The 14th Historic Grand Prix promises to be a weekend of celebration and passion for competitors and spectators alike. We look forward to a weekend of classic cars, history, and acceleration.

 

Monaco, March 21st, 2024

The FIA Girls on Track experience at the 2024 Monaco E-Prix
15 April 2024

The FIA Girls on Track experience at the 2024 Monaco E-Prix

As part of Season 10 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, an all-girls initiative will be held in the Principality, on the eve of the Monaco E-Prix, to celebrate and encourage the participation of women in motorsport.

Are you passionate about motorsport? Curious to discover the World of Formula E and what goes on behind the scenes? Are you aged between 12 and 18?

Register now to take part in FIA Girls on Track programme on Friday, 26 April 2024. A day to remember, with participants immersed in the unique, exciting and electrifying atmosphere of Formula E.

A day of activities, discoveries and conferences will take place in the Allianz Fan Village and the Pitlane. A day of activities, discoveries and conferences will take place in the Allianz Fan Village and the Pitlane. Teenage girls will explore the behind-the-scenes organisation of the 2024 Monaco E-Prix and get up close to the personalities of the sport.

The perfect opportunity for young motorsport enthusiasts looking to learn more about the serie to take their first steps into the exclusive World of Formula E.

Useful information

Who? Girls aged 12 to 18

When? On Friday, 26 April 2024, morning and afternoon

Where? Boulevard Albert 1er – Monaco Circuit

This initiative is part of a global movement to encourage diversity and inclusion in motorsport. By giving young girls, the opportunity to experience Formula E at first hand, the FIA Girls on Track experience aims to inspire the next generation of female drivers, engineers and leaders in this exciting field

How to take part?

Sign-up here

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Become a controller / placer for the 7th Monaco E-Prix
15 April 2024

Become a controller / placer for the 7th Monaco E-Prix

Applications for the MONACO E-PRIX 2024 event are now open.

Your application will ONLY be accepted after you have attended one of the presentation dates which will take place on:

  • Wednesday 13 March 2024 between 1pm and 7pm
    Or
  • Saturday 16 March 2024 between 10am and 1pm or between 2pm and 5pm

Location: Rue de Suffren Raymond in Square Gastaud (Bungalow) near the Sureté Publique.

Click on the link to start your registration:

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Become a controller / placer for the 81st Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco
15 April 2024

Become a controller / placer for the 81st Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco

Applications for the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2024 event are now open.

Your application will ONLY be accepted after you have attended one of the presentation dates which will take place on:

  • Wednesday 13 March 2024 between 1pm and 7pm
    Or
  • Saturday 16 March 2024 between 10am and 1pm or between 2pm and 5pm

Location: Rue de Suffren Raymond in Square Gastaud (Bungalow) near the Sureté Publique.

Click on the link to start your registration:

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Become a controller / placer for the 14th Grand Prix de Monaco Historique
15 April 2024

Become a controller / placer for the 14th Grand Prix de Monaco Historique

Applications for the Grand-Prix Historique 2024 event are now open.

Your application will ONLY be accepted after you have attended one of the presentation dates which will take place on:

  • Wednesday 13 March 2024 between 1pm and 7pm
    Or
  • Saturday 16 March 2024 between 10am and 1pm or between 2pm and 5pm

Location: Rue de Suffren Raymond in Square Gastaud (Bungalow) near the Sureté Publique.

Click on the link to start your registration:

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A vintage year for a very popular rally!
15 April 2024

A vintage year for a very popular rally!

Everything came together to make this 26th Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique a great vintage, from the perfect weather to the quality of the organisation by Automobile Club de Monaco, from the welcome given by the locals in all the towns and villages along the route, to the very high standard of the 233 crews who set off from the four corners of Europe. In the end, it all came down to a superb winning duo, the Belgians Michel Decremer and Jennifer Hugo, in a 1979 Opel Ascona 400, who led the way from Saturday afternoon until midnight on Tuesday, without interruption.

The winning tandem from the Low Countries has every reason to be proud: the one and only time an Opel has triumphed in a Rallye Monte-Carlo was back in 1982 in an Ascona, with the great Walter Röhrl at the wheel, assisted by the faithful Christian Geistdorfer.

Michel Decremer, who had already won here in 2017 in an Opel Ascona 2000, and his co-driver, for their second rally together, never faltered: no place higher than 55th (out of more than 200 competitors), no more than 60 penalty points collected in any of the 16 Regularity Stages (SR) contested over four days. With a grand finale on Col de Turini just before midnight.

This is the second victory for a Belgian duo in 15 days in a Rallye Monte-Carlo, since Thierry Neuville and Martijn Wydaeghe won in WRC at the end of January in their Hyundai i20. The final podium looks very impressive, with two Italian crews who spared no effort either: Giorgio Schon and Francesco Giammarino, at the front from start to finish in their Austin Mini Cooper S, and Maurizio Aiolfi and Carlo Merenda, who won two stages in their superb Lancia Beta Coupé 1800.

Impressive statistics!

If we look at the figures for this 26th edition, there are two that stand out: firstly, the presence of 9 different makes of car in the Top 10 of the final and official general classification, published at 12:30 on Wednesday by the ACM; secondly, the fact that 10 car manufacturers won at least one SR, sometimes tied with another make. In detail, Porsche finally beat Lancia (6-5), while Austin (3 wins), Sunbeam and BMW (2 each) also came out on top, with the rest of the laurels shared between Mazda, Alfa Romeo (18 cars at the start), Citroën, Volkswagen and of course Opel, the winning brand this year.

For fans of old-fashioned statistics, here comes another one: Germany, with 10 victories in the SR (for four makes, Porsche, BMW, Opel and VW), beat Italy (only 6, including 5 for Lancia and one for Alfa), and Belgium succeeded Switzerland on the list of winners, since Claudio Enz and Cristina Seeberger won last year in a Lancia Fulvia.

A hugely popular event!

It was certainly a long and testing rally for the crews and organisers, but the support of the local population all along the route was heart-warming, in all the departments crossed, from Ardèche to Drôme, from Isère to Hautes-Alpes, from Haute-Loire to Alpes de Haute-Provence, with Alpes-Maritimes to finish in style, in the great tradition of Rallye Monte-Carlo, on the mythical Col de Turini.

The 26th Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique drew big crowds everywhere, and reassured all fans of old-school motorsport, old racing cars and charming, approachable drivers, never short of anecdotes and good stories. It was a great vintage, so we look forward to an even better rally in 2025!

RS16: Porsche finishes in style!
15 April 2024

RS16: Porsche finishes in style!

The Porsche 911 SC of Samuel and Klaus Thiele (#9) took the last honours of this 26th Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique, in Col de Turini, winning RS16 ahead of the surprising Volvo 121 of another family team from across the Rhine, Michael and Julius Pan (#215), tied 2nd with the Italian runners-up in the overall standings, Giorgio Schon and Francesco Giammarino, in their Austin Mini Cooper S. With everyone focusing not to jeopardise a week’s efforts, this RS16 didn’t produce any big surprise. The Belgian leaders had to be content with a tied 4th place.

They didn’t crack under pressure. Belgium’s Michel Decremer and Jennifer Hugo, who had been leading the 26th Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique since Saturday afternoon, after RS3, in their Opel Ascona in the colours of Radio Monte-Carlo, were still in front at midnight on Tuesday, when they returned to the port of Monaco after the 16th and final Regularity Stage (RS) of this 2024 edition. On the final podium, they were joined on Wednesday by two Italian crews, Giorgio Schon and Francesco Giammarino (Austin Mini Cooper S) as well as Maurizio Aiolfi and Carlo Merenda (Lancia Beta Coupé 1800).

While awaiting the Final and Official General Classification, due to be published at midday on Wednesday by Automobile Club de Monaco (ACM), the Decremer-Hugo tandem was able to relax with the satisfaction of having managed their business perfectly, including this RS16 ending at the top of prestigious Col de Turini. Early in the evening, the organisers had made the wise decision to cancel RS17 altogether, between La Cabanette and Col de Braus. There was so much fog on the road that launching over 200 tired crews in these conditions, at night, would have been far too dangerous.

A tribute to Prince Rainier!
15 April 2024

A tribute to Prince Rainier!

As a prelude to the departure of the 213 remaining competitors for the night of the Turini, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco took the opportunity to pay a vibrant tribute to his father, H.S.H. Prince Rainier III, and to his passion for beautiful cars.

It was a vibrant tribute because at 8pm, the public on Quai Albert 1er heard the roar of the engine of a rare Deutsch-Bonnet (DB) Frua, restored for the occasion. And Prince Albert II was at the wheel, for a whole lap of the Monaco Circuit.

This DB Frua has been completely restored in the workshops of the Prince’s Collection, from a wreck purchased in the United States. It is an exact replica of the car that Prince Rainier himself drove in the Tour Auto in 1953, using a clever pseudonym to avoid being recognised. The adventure was cut short by a minor accident, but 70 years later his son paid him a fitting tribute.

After completing his lap of the circuit in the DB Frua, H.S.H. Prince Albert II returned to the ACM podium to give the start to the first competitors in the overall classification. Their goal: Col de Turini, the Mecca of Rallye Monte-Carlo since the beginning of last century. The challenge for all the drivers involved, whether Belgian, Italian or French, in an Opel, Lancia or Alfa Romeo, was the same: to win this 26th Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique hands down, with maximum panache!

RS15: Lancia ready for the grand finale!
15 April 2024

RS15: Lancia ready for the grand finale!

The suspense is total ahead of the final night of the 26th Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique, made of two Regularity Stages (RS16 and RS17) in the hinterland of Nice, close to and in Col de Turini, for a grand finale worthy of the legend of the world’s most famous rally. There are five crews grouped together in 210 points, so anything is really possible at the top of the overall standings. And after 15 hard-fought RSs, there are 8 different makes in the top 8 spots. Phenomenal.

Lancia finished the Common Leg with a bang, winning the last two Regularity Stages on Tuesday on the way back to Monaco. The grey Lancia Beta Coupé 1800 of Maurizio Aiolfi and Carlo Merenda (#2) proved the most effective in RS14, at Laborel, before the Lancia Fulvia 1.3 S of Claudio Enz and Cristina Seeberger, the Swiss pair who won last year, set the record straight by winning their first RS of this 2024 edition.

After a welcome lunch break in Saint-André-les-Alpes, the number 1 Fulvia, with just 30 penalty points, did better between Collongues and Col de Saint-Raphaël (19.3 km) than seven cars finishing this RS15 in a tie for 2nd place, with 40 penalty points. Among them was the Ford Capri of Bruno Saby and Denis Giraudet, perfectly repaired on Sunday and fully ready for the final festival in the Turini.

Before the last two stages, the leading duo is still the same, with Belgians Michel Decremer and Jennifer Hugo still leading in their Opel Ascona in Radio Monte-Carlo livery, ahead of Italians Giorgio Schon and Francesco Giammarino (Austin Mini Cooper S). But their margin of safety has been reduced and the battle for the last place on the podium is going to be fierce between three cars, including that of the juvenile tandem made up of Jules Picoreau and Camille Béal in the number 7 Alfa GTV. Anything is possible, really.

RS14: Lancia and Porsche ahead, again...
15 April 2024

RS14: Lancia and Porsche ahead, again…

The mano a mano between German and Italian makes had a new episode in RS14, which took all the competitors to Laborel, where the whole field had already passed by on Monday. And this time there was a perfect tie, with a Lancia, the same as on Monday in SR12, and a Spanish Porsche, the same as on Monday in SR10, at the top of the leaderboard.

They’ve been shining since the start of this 26th Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique, in a blue 911 turbo bearing race number 4: Spaniards Alvaro Ochagavias Temino and Manuel Macho Gomez once again stood out, between Roussieux and Laborel (18.6 km), and they again finished joint first, this time with the very beautiful grey Lancia Beta Coupé 1800 of Maurizio Aiolfi and Carlo Merenda (#2).

It was another very fine SR in this 2024 edition, contested in very clement weather, and concluded in front of the Monte-Carlo Rally Museum, created by a passionate fan in the heart of Laborel. Other crews took advantage of it to take as few penalties as possible and move up in the overall standings, starting with the only team to finish 3rd: Ferruccio and Carlo Nessi, in a little 1965 Morris Mini Cooper S (#217).

To complete the roll of honour, in 4th place, Luc and Louis Dumas in their 1977 Porsche 924 (#118) did as well as Charles Offel de Villaucourt and Alexandre Moreau-Lespinard in their pretty 1971 Alpine 1600 S berlinette (#72), and as well also as Laurent and Sonny Manzoni in one of many Alfa Romeos entered this year (18 all together), a 2000 GTV (#188) coming all the way from 1972.

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