The Mysticism of Historic Monaco
70th anniversary special
In 2022, the Historic GP celebrated two important anniversaries. The 70th anniversary of that special 1952 sports car GP weekend where Monaco organized unique races: on Sunday, the Monaco GP for sports cars over two liters, and on Saturday for small displacement for the Monte Carlo Prize.
The GP winner was the aristocratic Vittorio Marzotto, while Bristol’s Tony Crook finished third in the 1952 Frazer Nash ‘Le Mans Replica’ (Mk 2), which raced that year’s Historic.
This year also marked the 40th anniversary of the death of Lotus boss Colin Chapman. No less than 35 Lotus were on the track to pay tribute to him. Lotus was present every year in the Formula 1 GP from 1958 to 1995, winning 79 victories. Seven of those victories came at Monaco – Stirling Moss in 1960 and 1961, Graham Hill in 1968 and 1969, Jochen Rindt the following year, Ronnie Peterson in 1974 and Ayrton Senna in 1987. drivers’ world champion with Jim Clark doubled in 63 and 65, Graham Hill in 68, Rindt in 1970, Emerson Fittipaldi two years later and the last in 1977 by Mario Andretti. No wonder nearly 20% of that classic field was made up of Chapman’s incredible product.
Congratulations to all of the 675 ACM Stewards, whose numerous interventions enabled all the drivers to race in complete safety, if not without incident, throughout the weekend. And congratulations to the winners who each received the SAS Le Prince de Monaco Cup for their significant efforts on the Riviera.