The Automobile Club of Monaco, founded more than a hundred years ago, initiated the Monte-Carlo Rally and the Monaco Grand Prix, among other events.
The history of the Automobile Club of Monaco dates back to 26 August 1890. Its origins were in … a cycling association. It was on this day that the “Sport Vélocipédique de la Principauté” (“Velocopedic Sport of the Principality”) association was created; it changed its name several times, becoming the Automobile Club of Monaco in 1925.
The association, which was originally kept confidential, attracted attention as early as 1909, when Alexandre Noghès was elected as its head. As soon as he was elected, he proposed creating a specific sporting event, which came into being two years later with the help of his son Antony – the Monte-Carlo Automobile Rally, the first of which took place in January 1911.