The Historic Grand Prix (11th-13th May 2012) is a magnificent event that commemorates the golden age of motor racing on the glamorous streets of Monaco. It is a must for any motorsport enthusiast!
The race takes place on the very same circuit as it did back in 1929. The Monaco circuit is considered one of the most demanding in the world and a very dangerous place to race. You’ll witness some of the finest cars in history tackle the twists and turns of the track, whizzing through Casino Square and through the infamous tunnel. The Historic Grand Prix showcases a range of cars from the 1920s to 1974 – the beginning of modern F1 racing. The main race takes place chronologically, starting with the Formula 1 cars of the 1920’s such as Bugattis and Alfa Romeos. This will be followed by the 1930s era with the Maseratis, then the 1950s Jaguars, Ferraris and Lotus and finally the 1960s and 70s Formula One cars all racing flat out.
For the ultimate Historic Grand Prix experience, stay at the fabulous Hotel Metropole. This Belle Epoque landmark hotel is situated in the heart of Monaco, just steps away from Casino Square. The stunning 5* hotel features an outdoor pool, fitness centre and a fabulous spa.
As for mouth-wateringly fabulous cuisine, gourmet Mediterranean cuisine is served in the 2 Michelin starred Joel Robouchon restaurant (within the Metrolpole). Yoshi (also headed by Robouchon) boasts 1 Michelin star and serves Asian-fusion food with a contemporary twist. Or alternatively, enjoy an aperitif at the Café de Paris followed by dinner at Louis XV. Located inside the opulent Hotel de Paris, this is the height of sophisticated dining. The restaurant contains the world’s largest wine cellar, with 250,000 bottles of wine stashed in a stone cave! If time allows, head to the hills of St Paul de Vence and to the internationall renowned Colombe d’Or. Food here is delicious and the art collection is magnificent with pieces by Matisse, Picasso and Chagall (artists used to pay their bills with paintings or sculptures). There is a beautiful terrace and the views are breathtaking… leaving you with wonderful memories of the Cote d’Azur.
Naomi Whiteley works for the UK-based boutique tour operator Grand Tourist.