An iconic institution of the Principality, the Automobile Club de Monaco organises the country’s famous motor racing events, including the Monaco Grand Prix and the Rallye Monte-Carlo.
It was in 1890 that the forerunner to the Automobile Club de Monaco, Sport Vélocipédique Monégasque (VCM, the Monegasque Cycling Sport Association), was formed, with Prince Albert I serving as honorary president. As four-wheeled vehicles driven by combustion engines grew in popularity, the association – now known as the Sport Automobile et Vélocipédique de Monaco (SAVM, Monaco Automobile and Cycling Sport Association) – organised the first Rallye Monte-Carlo in 1911. Competitors were to set off from several cities across Europe (Berlin, Paris, Vienna, etc.) and converge in Monaco. The “Monte-Carlo” is thus the doyen of car rallies.