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Trackside Monaco Historique: Racing & Crashing Great F1 Cars

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The 2024 Grand Prix de Monaco Historique race day was again held under bright blue skies and a sizzling day to boot, with the main Formula 1 races interrupted and marred by crashes but still a feast for Boomers and anyone interested in the history of our sport.

Having the good fortune of attending the 14th edition this year, me with full media access and Paul with trackside photographer who lamented: “I was dismayed to witness far too many broken beautiful cars. Past me on a trailer was a pranged Penthouse Hesketh. In front of me, I witnessed a March being mangled into the barrier.”

Indeed, many incidents required Red Flag stoppages and tedious waiting for action to continue, with races shortened so that racing did not go into the night.

Too much F1 precious metal bent this weekend

The 2024 Grand Prix de Monaco Historique race day was again held under bright blue skies and a sizzling day to boot, with the main Formula 1 races interrupted and marred by crashes

Is it racing though? Sure there are several drivers who give these old masterpieces of F1 a solid and proper shot. Impressive stuff from the likes of Stuart Hall, Mike Lyons and Marco Werner. But the majority of the field are portly, elderly owners fortunate enough to be able to drive these iconic cars.

They deserve their time on the track, just for keeping these great F1 cars alive and roaring. That’s why the event is majestic bcause Monaco Historic is not so much about winning for everyone, but rather about reliving the sights, sounds and smells of a bygone yet still beautiful era of our sport.

Below are summaries of the track action on the final day of the Historic Monaco Grand Prix.

Pre-1961: Ladies First

Honour to the ladies! - Automobile Club de Monaco

The first race of the 2024 Monaco Historique was for front-engine Grand Prix cars, built before 1961 for the Juan Manuel Fangio Trophy.

Claudia Hürtgen from Germany driving a 1960 Ferrari Dino 246 took her second win in three years.

“I got off to a very good start and then focused on not making any mistake”, she said. Her margin of victory in the nine-lap race was 20s.

The German lady was greeted on the podium by Ruben Fangio, son of the Argentine “Maestro.”

The Ferrari 246 Dino was designed by Carlo Chiti. The car has a special place in Formula 1 history. It recorded the last Grand Prix victory for a front-engine car in the hands of Phil Hill at Monza in 1960.

1961 to 1965: Colin Chapman Era Begins

Race B: Middlehurst (Lotus) equals Graham Hill! - Automobile Club de Monaco

Andy Middlehurst took victory in his 1962 Lotus 25 in the race featuring rear-engine Formula 1 from the early to mid-sixties.

Introduced for the 1962 Formula 1 season, the 25 was the first monocoque design in Grand Prix racing from the mind of ACBC – aka Colin Chapman.

The car took Jim Clark to his maiden win at Spa-Francorchamps in 1962, and to his first championship in 1963. In fact, 14 of his 25 victories were scored with the Lotus 25.

The final win for the Lotus 25 came in grand style. Jim Clark started from pole position, set the fastest and led every lap to win the 1965 French Grand Prix at Clermont-Ferrand, homebase of tire manufacturer Michelin.

1966 to 1972: Adrian Newey invades Monaco

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Mobbed wherever he went in the paddock or pitlane, Adrian Newey was in action driving his Lotus 49B of the late sixties up against much faster F1 cars of the early seventies when the F1-wing revolution was booming. Hence the Red Bull design genius was never in with a chance of matching cars such as the Matra MS120C, Lotus 72 and Ferrari 312.

But Newey was on those iconic streets of Monte Carlo shifting a wonderful piece of kit, who cares where he finished?

The incredible Micahe Lyons disappeared into the distance in the Surtees TS9 after starting from pole. But his race ended at Rascasse with a technical issue of sorts. Thus Katsuaki Kubota in the Lotus 72 took the chequered flag.

Beauties & Beasts at Monaco: Ferrari Spazzaneve

Beauties & Beasts at Monaco: Ferrari Spazzaneve

Other beautiful cars in this field included the 1969 Mauro Forghieri-designed Ferrari 312. Lotus 49B, Brabham BT37 and playing ‘sound of music’ for the Senior community of fans was the V12 in the 1972 Matra 120C.

The Lotus 72 was a wedge-shaped design from the collaborative efforts of Maurice Philippe and Colin Chapman. Introduced during the 1970 season it featured inboard brakes and side-mounted radiators, a common practice in today’s racing cars.

This brilliant design was driven to championship success by Jochen Rindt in 1970 (posthumously) and Emerson Fittipaldi in 1972.

Super Swede Ronnie Peterson took his maiden victory in 1973 at Paul Ricard in a Lotus 72.

1973 to 1976: As good as it gets

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Lotus McLaren, Hesketh, Tyrrell, Ferrari etc etc. For boomers like me, this is when my F1 began. The love affair cum religion that prevails.

Stuart Hall, Michael Lyons and Marco Werner is always an interesting combo in these cars. No doubt the cream, in terms of speed. Hall led from pole in the McLaren M23 (with its gearbox not 100% healthy) with Werner in his mirrors driving the JPS Lotus 76. But soon he parked it with an issue which gifted P2 to the Lotus of Nick Padmore.

In conclusion, the ACM reported when the sunset on the 14th edition of the Moianco Historique: “There were over 50 makes represented and Lotus took the lion’s share of the honours, with 3 victories in 8 events on Sunday for the legendary brand founded by Colin Chapman: Andy Middlehurst in the B-Series, at the wheel of a Lotus 25 once driven by Jim Clark.

“Max Smith-Hilliard in the C-Series, the one for sports cars from the 1950s; and just like the icing on an English cake, Japan’s Katsuoka Kubota in the D-Series, aboard a priceless Lotus 72 which allowed Ronnie Peterson to claim a podium spot at Monaco F1 Grand Prix, in 1973.”

Monaco Historique growing in popularity

Paul Velasco (Photos) and Nasir Hameed (Reports) are trackside at the 2024 Monaco Histroic Grand Prix.

The ACM report adds: “The other lesson to be learned from this year’s event is that classic car racing is no longer the preserve of a minority of older and wealthy fans; it now attracts a younger, more feminine audience, at events that have become great popular festivals.

“Because there’s noise, fighting on the track, friendly drivers that you can talk to and, above all, racing cars that are works of art. Cars that ordinary people can admire, touch, see and hear, on-site or via streaming platforms. With a charm that is unaffected by the passage of time. Quite the opposite, in fact.”

We will be back, that’s for sure!

Paul Velasco (Photos) and Nasir Hameed (Reports) are trackside at the 2024 Monaco Historic Grand Prix.

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