Thanks to Marty Feletto from Lake Tahoe who enjoys a good trip to Monaco now and then. And best yet, will share some of the fun. Thanks again Marty see you in September out at Lake Tahoe at the big International. Take it away Marty!
Every 2 years for the last 20 years the Automobile Club of Monaco has staged the Historic Gran Prix of Monaco for 3 days in mid May. This is set on the same street course winding through the streets and port of Monte Carlo as the Formula One Gran Prix two weeks later. Over 100 historic significant gran prix cars that either did, or could have, raced in past Formula One races there assembled from all over the world. The majority are driven by their owners, except for the last 2 classes of 60’s and 70’s formula one cars which have some paid professional drivers.
Old Race Boats:
This year the Riva family and Monaco Boat Service assembled a number of significant historic Riva race boats in the famous tunnel/ cave and threw a cocktail party to celebrate the release of Riccardo Sassoli’s new book on Riva historic racing boats.
Riccardo was there to give a presentation about the book, and about 10 historically significant race boats were on display.
One boat in particular stood out – Rafale V which is a 1935 unlimited race boat powered by an enormous 36 liter Aero Hispano Suiza V-12. The engine was rated at 850 horsepower and the boat is 33 feet long.
There were numerous other boats on display, all in the “cave”, surrounded by Riva Aquaramas above them in storage.
Old Race Cars:
Just outside of Monaco Boat Service and the “cave” was the paddock for the historic race cars. They occupied the entire area next to the port.
The cars range from the early 50’s to the mid 70’s and are split into 7 categories. They practice and qualify on Friday and Saturday, then race on Sunday. Each race last about 30 minutes.
Lastly – here is a picture for Reg!
Thanks again Marty for the report. Looks like a lifetime trip! Like the ACBS International in Tahoe in September! Click Here for info