Monaco Historic Grand Prix, May 12-13, 2018
One of the highlights every other year in the Principality of Monaco is the Monaco Historic Grand Prix races which will be held prior to the F1 Grand Prix, with practice sessions on the Saturday.
This event is a celebration of the golden age of car racing, and takes place on the famous street circuit that has hardly changed since the first race on 14 April 1929.
A series of races in 6 classes is scheduled for Pre-1947 Grand Prix cars, Pre-1961 Grand Prix cars (Front Engine), Pre-1953 Sports cars (Drum Brakes), 'Formula Junior' cars (Front Engine & Drum Brakes), Pre-1966 'Formula 1' cars (Rear Engine) and Pre-1977 'Formula 1' cars (3 litre non-supercharged).
The 11th Monaco Historic Grand Prix
The Monaco Historic Grand Prix usually takes place two weeks before the Monaco Grand Prix. The cars race on the same street circuit and the racing is viewed from the very same grandstands. Not only are the grandstand prices much lower but driver and car access is also much easier; classic car enthusiasts of all eras mingle with the drivers and owners in a very relaxed fashion.
Grand Prix cars and Sports cars dating from pre 1934 to pre 1979 are organised into 6 groups. Each group will take part in two official timed practices on Saturday. The Grand Prix is on Sunday when each race will consist of 10 laps or a maximum of 30 minutes. There will be 15 laps or a maximum of 40 minutes for the F1 - 3 litre race.
Fairmont Monte Carlo
The Fairmont Monte Carlo is one of the most famous in Monaco. This 4 star superior hotel is actually on the circuit facing out to sea.
The hotel is a unique and prestigious complex offering 619 rooms and suites; each room has its private terrace overlooking the sea or flowering gardens. It provides an exceptional range of services and leisure facilities, including its own casino.
There are only a limited number of rooms with a circuit view - please ask for details.
Hotel Columbus, Monte Carlo
The Columbus Hotel - formerly owned by David Coulthard - is a contemporary high-rise hotel facing the Princess Grace Rose Garden and the Mediterranean Sea.
Columbus is located close to the heliport (6 minutes from Nice) in Fontvieille and with easy access the Place du Casino. Columbus Monaco has contemporary interiors finished in leather and marble. Guests can work out in the gym, cool off in the outdoor pool
This superb superior 3 star hotel has 181 well appointed guest rooms and offers a restaurant and cafe, Bar and Nightclub and 24 Hour Room Service. The Columbus Monte-Carlo will be undergoing an extensive renovation program as of June 2017 and this is planned to be completed by April 2018.
Hotel Novotel Monte Carlo
The Novotel Monte-Carlo is situated at the heart of the principality, a short walk from the train station, the Place du Casino and the Grimaldi Forum. The hotel has 218 rooms (including 11 Junior Suites), some with stunning views over Monaco and the sea.
Take time to relax in the hammam, fitness room and outdoor pool. The restaurant opens onto the garden and offers delicious Mediterranean cuisine. A private car park is available.
You can view the Monaco Historic Grand Prix from one of the many grandstands along the circuit. Prices for weekend grandstands will be approximately £65-£70 per person.
These balconies are considered to be the best of the very many private balconies that look on to the Monte Carlo Circuit. Why? They are popular because they not only provide you with a prime view of the start finish straight but also offer exhilarating views of the whole harbour and beyond. Race viewing includes St Devote, Tabac, Virage Massenet for Casino, the exit of the Monte Carlo Grand tunnel and the Rascasse corner. Additionally, the giant TV screen is visible from the balcony.
Weekend guide price: On Request / For Groups Only
Palais Heracles Balcony
The Palais Heracles is a luxury apartment building, overlooking the start / finish line. The Heracles Rooftop provides views of around 60% of the track. You'll also be right above the chequered flag at the moment the race winner crosses the line.
Saturday & Sunday Price: £955
Sunday Only Price: £795
The Ermanno Palace building is located on the famous Saint Devote corner, more geographically known as Turn 1 of the idyllic Monte Carlo street circuit. The balcony over-looks the port and 60% of the circuit including the first corner, St Devote. You can also see the start-finish straight, the straight up to Casino Square, the tunnel to the chicane and the whole harbour area. There are also several plasma screens in the suite and a giant screen opposite our balcony. This really is one of the finest race-viewing locations in Monaco.
Saturday & Sunday Price: £795
Sunday Only Price: £635
La Condamine - Great View Overlooking The Port Area
Guide Price, per person: £295
Weekend Viewing & Luncheon: Port Palace Hotel
The 4 star Port Palace Hotel is located on the Grand Prix circuit and the top-floor (6 th floor) offers one of the most breathtaking rooftop terraces, with a panoramic restaurant offering a superb venue for viewing.
A spectacular streamlined façade with blue glass windows and satin finish stainless steel floor creates a unique atmosphere. The hotel is furnished to the highest standards of luxury and refinement and overlook the world's most luxurious and expensive yachts, moored in the harbour nearby.
A gastronomic multi-choice Lunch menu is served on on both days and will be served in the Michelin starred Mandarin Restaurant.
Viewing is from the rooftop and this provides a spectacular panoramic view of Monte Carlo; together with a K Grandstand ticket (not included in price) you would gain great views.
The facility is open from 11:00 to the end of racing. Drinks are not included in the package.
Weekend guide price: On Request
Saturday (20 minutes per group)
06:00am Closure of track to road traffic
RACES: 10 laps or maximum 30 minutes (except for races F and G (15 laps or max 45 mn)
07:00am Closure of track to road traffic