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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.

In 1925, Alexandre Noghès, who was keen to support and encourage the development of motor sport in the Principality, wanted the newly renamed Automobile Club to be admitted to the International Association of Recognised Automobile Clubs, the forerunner of the current International Automobile Federation. However, this would entail holding an event on national territory, which was not the case for the Monte-Carlo Rally. Despite the complexity of holding a car race in a city, Antony Noghès decided to take up the challenge.

Thanks to his perseverance and that of the Monegasque racing driver Louis Chiron, the project was made possible. On 14 April 1929, Prince Pierre inaugurated the first Monaco Grand Prix, in which sixteen cars competed. It was won by the British driver Williams at the wheel of a Bugatti 35B. The success of this city-based Grand Prix was immediate and has continued ever since, despite an interruption during the Second World War.

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Since then, its legendary history has seen a succession of amazing feats, from those of the Argentinean driver Juan Manuel Fangio, who was victorious in 1950, to the successes of the British driver Lewis Hamilton, not forgetting, of course, six wins by Ayrton Senna and four by Alain Prost, during the height of their rivalry, plus five wins by Michael Schumacher.

Thanks to this exceptional hall of fame, the Automobile Club of Monaco has continued to develop; its headquarters on Port Hercule also feature a restaurant, a bar and private lounges for members, as well as shops and technical areas.

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