Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Monaco GP, 1929

With all of the glitz and glamour that surrounds the Monaco Grand Prix, it's easy to forget that it's such a historic event. Every year we're swept up in the stories of extravagant parties, massive yachts and intriguing minutiae of the event (did you know, for example, that they have to weld the manhole covers shut to stop them being, ahem, sucked off by the downforce of the speeding cars?) - but the first ever Monaco GP was way back in 1929. Here, courtesy of The Chicane, are some photos of that inaugural event, along with some vintage footage from British Pathé.
The title was taken by British driver William Grover-Williams in a Bugatti Type 35B. Impressive how similar the track looks to today, isn't it? (Aside from the sandbags and people wandering about trackside, of course...)

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