15

May
2018

Best Vintage Race Car Event

Posted By : Mike Owen/ 226 0

Best Vintage Race Car Event

Monaco Historic Grand Prix

It doesn't get any better than this.

Vintage race cars, sports cars and motorcycles, yes, motorcycles. How about a tribute to Porsche's 70 year anniversary? If that doesn't do it for you, then the elusive one of a kind Lamborghini not publicly driven in 51 years?

Fantastic Weekend.


Feasting our eyes on some exquisite machines, we were trreated to the sights, sounds and smells of vintage race cars doing what they were built for: racing.

Stepping into the time machine we saw 1950's Gran Prix cars take to the track and duke it out. Wood steering wheels, skinny tires, no ABS or driver assistance. These drivers gave it their all to win. Every time we heard the squeal of tires or saw a car drifting periously close to the wall,we were thinking how much will it cost to fix and could it even be fixable. Thankfully no major incidents.

Parade Laps


There was a parade of classic cars including Ferrari Daytona, '57 Thunderbird, '58 Corvette, 427 Cobra, Ferrari 250 GTO, '76 Porsche Carrera, Mercedes Pagoda, Maserati Quattroporte, big Healys, Bentleys, '65 Mercedes 300SE convertible, Ferrari Dino and many more.

Much to our surprise a 3 lap parade of vintage bikes. The last time that bikes competed in a Grand Prix in Monaco was way back in 1948. We were delighted to salute our 2 wheeled brothers exercising vintage machines dating back to the early 20th century.
Stepping into the time machine we saw 1950's Gran Prix cars take to the track and duke it out. Wood steering wheels, skinny tires, no ABS or driver assistance. These drivers gave it their all to win. Every time we heard the squeal of tires or saw a car drifting periously close to the wall,we were thinking how much will it cost to fix and could it even be fixable. Thankfully no major incidents.

Recent Era

Moving forward in time we watched the evolution of the F1 race car as the engine moved to the rear and it grew wings, which in turn spawned ground effects, turbos, active suspensions, the kind of high tech assistance to turn unbelievable lap times. There wer a number of encounters with the wall and in each case the wall won. We watched wistfully as damaged cars were transported on flatbed wreckers, only hoping that skilled artisans and their financiers will piece these cars back together so we can see them race again in 2 years.

See you there in 2020

Seeing the Historic Monaco Grand Prix was better than visiting any auto museum and looking at thoroughbred race cars just begging to hit the circuit. We commend the owners for letting the public enjoy these beauties in all their glory. We also salute the drivers who pilot these machines without any driver assistance, and put on a great show doing so.

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