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History of the Monaco Grand Prix

Posted by adinaharlow01 on March 1, 2013 at 10:05 AM

The Monaco Grand Prix is probably the most famous and prestigious race in the world of Formula One racing. The long standing race on the circuit was first held in 1929 and continues to grow in popularity and excitement each year.

Before getting into the actual history of the Monaco Grand Prix itself, it might be nice to have a brief overview of the race itself. The race has been held 70 time since the first race in 1929. The race itself consists of 78 laps, totaling 260.520 km (161.887 miles) in length. The most wins by any manufacturer is held by McLaren with 15 and the driver with the most wins is Ayrton Jenna with 6. It is run on the streets of Monaco on the Circuit de Monaco, a very demanding course that is full of elevation changes, tight corners, is considered a very narrow course and even contains a tunnel. The Circuit de Monaco is considered one of the hardest and even dangerous courses that Formula One races on, which of course is part of the draw and is what helps to make this the most glamorous and popular race of the Formula One racing season.

First organized by Anthony Noghes through the Automobile Club de Monaco in 1929, the Monaco Grand Prix actually predates the current World Championship of Formula One racing as it is known today. The Grand Prix was created in order for the Automobile Club de Monaco to be accepted into and recognized as a full member of the Association Internationale des Automobiles Clubs Reconnus (AIACR). In order to be a full member, there had to be a race completely contained within Monaco, hence the Monaco Grand Prix was born, raced entirely on the streets of Monaco.

The very first running of the Monaco Grand Prix was an invitation only race, but since it was not yet recognized as the prestigious race that it is today, not everyone invited bothered to actually attend. That inaugural race was won by William Grover-Williams who drove a Bugatti Type 35B.

After the very first Monaco Grand Prix, it began to take off in importance and was recognized along side other European Grands Prix such as the Italian, Belgium, French and Spanish ones. However the start of World War II put a stop not only to the Monaco Grand Prix but all organized racing from 1939 until 1945.

After the war, racing picked back up and Formula One became the new premiere racing league in Europe, the first Monaco Grand Prix that was run under the new league and new rules took place in 1948. Various events caused the Monaco Grand Prix to be cancelled a couple of times in the next few years, but it has been run continuously since 1955 as part of the World Championship of Formula One Racing.

Due to the unpredictable nature of the course, the Grand Prix of Monaco continues to have unexpected results and is always sure to bring excitement into the championship ship race in Formula One, adding to its popularity today, and making it an event that features on many bucket lists.

With the important events of the F1 season just around the corner, you might be interested to know there are still tickets available for the exclusive  Formula 1 Paddock Club. While this is not the cheapest treat you can buy yourself it will offer you a once in a lifetime experience - so if you can afford a ticket you should definitely go for it.

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