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Monaco Historic Grand Prix Trip 2014

Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2014

Every two years, two weeks before the Formula One cars of the Monaco Grand Prix take to the infamously difficult 3.34km track, Monaco plays host to the spectacular ghosts of Grand Prix past. On 9th May this year, the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique came round again, and reminded all of us why it's widely considered the greatest historic track event going.

Steeped in history, but also wealth and luxury, it's no surprise that Monaco's two Grand Prix attract swarms of rich and famous - or that Monaco's national drink is champagne. Nestled between the slopes of Mont Agel and the Mediterranean coast, and littered with Roman and Renaissance architecture, the setting could not be more picturesque, or more fitting. Since 1929, the many in the racing world have looked to Monaco as the pinnacle of the Formula One season.

The 9th biennial event in Moncao

Orchestrated by l'Automobile Club de Monaco, the 9th biennial event was made up of seven races, split into seven different historical categories and fought on the same track as the modern Grand Prix. In the sizzling Mediterranean heat, timeless classics like the Alfa Romeo RL, 1961 Cooper T56, and 1926 Bugatti Type 35 all came out on show, competing for attention, nostalgia, and pole position.

Close up of the Monaco course

This year's Monaco Historic Grand Prix also came with a few exciting surprises. The Credit Suisse Historic Racing Forum brought together former drivers Romain Dumas, Derek Bell, Jochen Mass, and Sir Stirling Moss to talk with fans and debate the perfect circuit. The event also took the opportunity to bring together Moss and a Maserati 250F, the car he won the Monaco Grand Prix in, in 1956. But this year's biggest surprise (for us at least) was a last minute visit by LHD Car Supermarket's own directors, Gavin Stafford and Adam Nicholson.

Bright yellow golf cart

After successfully delivering a top spec custom super car to a racing client at the last minute, Gavin and Adam hung around to enjoy all the Historic Grand Prix had to offer: the sights, the sounds, and something that looked like a bright yellow golf cart.

They managed to find a brilliant vantage point to watch the Pre 1961 Series B qualifiers fly around Port Hercule (and take some great action shots). Getting up close to the stars of the event in the Port De Fontvieille area, they fell in love with a classic blue Ferrari. Later on, Gavin even managed to take in some history.