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Every two years, the Monaco Historic Grand Prix gives motor racing fans another opportunity to see the cars that have made the Monegasque street circuit legendary.

It is an unmissable event for those who are passionate about motor sports and a certain way of life. Founded in 1997 to celebrate the 700th anniversary of Grimaldi reign, the Monaco Historic Grand Prix is a competition which pits classic cars against each other on the Monegasque circuit, completing a series of tight turns on a narrow track in the heart of the city and revving their engines at full power.

This unusual Grand Prix, organised every two years by the Automobile Club of Monaco, presents 50 years of motor racing.

A total of 240 classic cars (F1, F2 and other competitive single-seaters) from all four corners of the globe line up by age category, from pre-war to a more contemporary era (1980s).

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© Direction de la Communication - Michael Alesi

A ritual gathering of vintage automobiles, the Historic Grand Prix sometimes also offers an opportunity to catch a glimpse of legendary Formula 1 drivers such as Alain Prost, Jacky Ickx or Mika Häkkinen as they step back into service and behind the wheels of cars driven by the icons of the past.

For example, at one event, Eddie Irvine drove one of James Hunt’s cars. Josh Hill, the grandson of a five-time winner of the Monaco Grand Prix, has competed in the Lotus driven to victory by his grandfather in 1968.

“I always love driving in Monaco.”

Alain Prost, quadruple world champion and winner of the Monaco Grand Prix.

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The 2020 event has been postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus crisis. The Principality of Monaco will, exceptionally, hold three Grand Prix motor racing events in 2021: the 12th Historic Grand Prix (from 23 to 25 April), the Formula E E-Prix (8 May) and the 78th F1 Grand Prix (from 20 to 23 May).

“Organising three competitions within the space of just a month will be a major first,” explains Christian Tornatore, General Commissioner of the Automobile Club of Monaco. A logistical challenge.

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