||8-10 May 2020
Like the Le Mans Classic, the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique is a biennial event run on closed public roads. And, for spectators and entrants alike, both race meetings are rather frustratingly held the same year.
But, the pain of organising racecar transport twice is worth it as the stunning track, so familiar from TV screens, is one the world’s finest, and perhaps the most charismatic. Racers can drive in the tyre treads of Stewart, Moss, Nuvolari et al, while spectators will enjoy seeing Bugattis, Alfas and Maserati 250Fs, plus more modern Ferraris, Brabhams and McLarens tackling the Monegasque gradients.
To be eligible for the meeting you must have a car of the type that competed in period up to a date set by the organisers. When the regulations were announced in March 2016 this was 1980.
The big news for the 2018 event is that the pre-War race is back. In 2016 this was just a demonstration. The F3 race is taking a break, while the sports car round – intended to be for cars that raced only in 1952, when the GP was for two-seaters – has been expanded to include “Front-engine Sport and Prototype Racing cars with engine capacity of 2L or more and which raced between 1952 – 1957 inclusive.” So, expect to see D-types. Maserati 300Ss, Aston Martin DB3Ss and Ferrari 750 and 860 Monzas.
As always, do check with the organisers, the Automobile Club de Monaco.
Full race breakdown (at March 2017):
Seven races – Restricted to cars that took part in International Races and that are in conformity with the regulations for the relevant period.
Pre-war Grand Prix Cars and Voiturette
Pre-1961 front-engine F1 Grand Prix and F2 cars
B.1: Cars built between January 1st 1946 and December 31st 1953 fitted with a supercharged engine of maximum capacity 1500cc or with an unsupercharged engine of maximum capacity 4500 cc.
B.2: Formula 2 cars built before December 31st, 1953, fitted with an unsupercharged engine and a maximum capacity of 2000cc.
B.3: Formula 1 cars built between January 1st, 1954 and December 31st, 1960, fitted with an unsupercharged engine of a maximum capacity 2500cc, or with a supercharged engine of maximum capacity 750cc.
Front-engine Sport and Prototype Racing cars with engine capacity of two litres or more and which raced between 1952 – 1957 inclusive
C.1: Cars equipped with a 2.0-litre engine.
C.2: Cars equipped with an engine of over 2.0-litre and drum brakes.
C.2: Cars equipped with an engine of over 2.0-litre and disc brakes.
F1 Grand Prix cars from 1961 to 1965 inclusive
D.1: Cars fitted with 4- or 6-cylinder engine.
D.2: Cars fitted with 8- or 12-cylinder engine.
F1 Grand Prix cars from 1966 to 1972 inclusive
E.1: Cars having participated in F1 Grand Prix races between January 1st 1966 and December 31st 1969.
E.2: Cars built between January 1st 1970 and December 31st 1972 equipped with a Ford-Cosworth DFV engine.
E.3: Cars built between January 1st 1970 and December 31st 1972 equipped with any other make/type of engine.
F1 Grand Prix cars, from 1973 to 1976 inclusive
F.1: Cars equipped with a Ford-Cosworth DFV engine.
F.2: Cars equipped with any other make/type of engine.
F1 Grand Prix cars, from 1977 to 1980 inclusive
G.1: F1 Grand Prix cars designed without ground effect.
G.2: F1 Grand Prix cars designed with ground effect equipped with a Ford-Cosworth DFV engine.
G.3: F1 Grand Prix cars designed with ground effect equipped with any other make/type of engine.