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11eme Monaco Grand Prix Historique

Good friend of Auto Auctions Monthly, specialist, collectors car consultant Edward Brown recently attended this fantastic event in the principality and reported the following;

Biennially, two weeks before Formula One arrives in the Principality, the Automobile Club du Monaco
stages the Grand Prix Historique, undoubtedly one of the most prestigious historic events on the
European calendar.
Ambiente – (
With a record entry of more than 200 cars and 40,000 spectators, such has become the popularity
and accessibility of the event, that for the 11eme Historique….free practice and qualifying took place
on both Friday and Saturday, with racing on Sunday, supported by three collector’s car auctions;
Bonhams, La Vigie, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
RM Sothebys, Grimaldi Forum (
Coys, Espace Fontvielle (
– a harbour-side Maserati display (
– circuit demonstration of the unique Lamborghini Marzal by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco
– F1 Heritage Parade, led by double World Champion, Mikka Hakkinen, Emmauele Pirro, Ricardo
Patrese, Thierry Boutsen and Ulstermen, John Watson and Eddie Irvine
Headline sponsor Chopard, in partnership with the Porsche Museum, provided a 1960 718, 1962
Type 804, 1969 911 and 1973 936 for weekend lunchtime demonstrations, by six time Le Mans
winner Jacky Ickx and his daughter Vanina….supported by marque ambassadors, Derek Bell and Vic
Elford. The shrill of the 804’s flat eight-cylinder air cooled engine created much pit-lane attention,
alongside members of the Automobile Club du Monaco’s car display, where an immaculate Ferrari
250SWB and Daytona coupe caught my eye.
Much has been written about the on-track action elsewhere, here were my highlights:
– Jumped starts from Julian Bronson (Scarab F1) and Nick Padmore (Lotus 16) in Serie B, resulted in
drive-through penalties for both.. and repeat, back-to-back victories by six seconds, for Scotsman
Tony Wood (TecMec Maserati); whilst the record crowd enjoyed the harbour-side sun and Dr Klaus
Lehr’s superb car control aboard his 1948 Talbot Lago T26C.
– Chris Ward drove a peerless race in Derek Hood’s Cooper Jaguar to secure a rain-soaked Serie C,
for pre-’52 sports-cars, as organisers deserve much praise, for securing a fantastic entry of multiple
Maserati A6GCS and 300S(
– Serie D looked set to provide possibly the weekend’s only Ferrari win, as Joe Colassaco (racing
Fratelli Auriana’s 1512), chased multiple UK saloon car champion, Andy Middlehurst aboard Classic
Team Lotus’s 24 hard….sadly it was not to be and after a race-long dice, the latter too achieved back-
to-back wins, by a scant 0.6 secs.(
– The weekend’s closest winning margin (0.4 secs) and undoubtedly one of Europe’s best historic
races for many years, was Serie E; 2003 Formula 3000 champion Bjorn Wirdheim (March 711) was
pressured relentlessly by current GT racer and former FIA WEC LMGTE Am class champion, Stuart

Hall (aboard Roald Goethe’s McLaren M19A)…despite the safety car intervention to remove a
stranded competitor, third place Michael Lyons was some distance behind the leading duo, and the
winning Swede.(
Other categories:
Serie A –
Serie F –
Serie G –
The Grand Prix Historique routinely marks the start of a hectic six weeks in Northern Europe, most
especially in Italy. With the recent completion of the Mille Miglia retrospective and prestigious
Concorso D’Eleganza Villa D’Este, the collectors car season is now in top gear, heading towards
Modena for the annual Cento Ore and to Bassano del Grappa in the stunning Veneto region, for La
Leggenda (…Just enough time to post this, pack some
more euro’s and seek out some Ferrari V12 parts on the way…see you

Thanks to Edward of 2B Consulting Automotive Limited.

2B Consulting Automotive Limited are specialists in the sale, brokerage and acquisition of immaculate condition, fastidiously maintained, limited production, collectors, prestige and historic race cars, with complete history; more especially the Ferrari marque. Due to significant sales success, we urgently seek cars of the type we sell – if you’re contemplating changing, upgrading or making an addition to your collection, please contact us 


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