Behind the wheel of the Grand Prix and Rallye Monte-Carlo: the Automobile Club de Monaco
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.Read more