The Organising Committee and the Historic Department of the Automobile Club de Monaco have opened up the race to a wide selection of categories.
The Historic Monaco Grand Prix was created in 1997, on
the 700th anniversary of the Grimaldi Dynasty. Unlike its Formula 1
counterpart, the Historic Grand Prix takes place every two years, a fortnight
ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix. Only cars built up to 1980 are eligible to take
Following the successful reintroduction of the “Series A” in race
format in 2018, the organisers have decided to retain the category for 2020.
This category has been THE unmissable world meeting of Grand Prix or “Formula
1” cars since the end of the war. The Sport race has been reworked since 2016
to offer a selection of the most beautiful sports cars from the late 40s and
early 50s, including of course those which raced in the only Monaco Grand Prix
to feature this category of car, in 1952.
Seven categories of car
meeting for classic car enthusiasts, the Historic Monaco Grand Prix will
feature over 230 vehicles built between the 1930s and the late 1970s. The cars
are grouped into seven categories. For 2020, the seven races - normally each
identified by a different letter of the alphabet - will be named after a top
driver who made an impact on motor sport during the time of the category
RACE A LOUIS CHIRON – Pre-war Grand Prix cars and Voiturettes
Class 1: Grand Prix cars
Class 2: Pre-war voiturettes
RACE B JUAN-MANUEL FANGIO – Grand Prix cars with front engine
built from 1946 to 1960
Class 1: Cars built between 1 January 1946 and 31 December 1953,
fitted with a supercharged engine of maximum capacity 1500cc or with
non-supercharged engine of maximum capacity 4500cc.
Class 2: Formula 2 cars built before 31 December 1953, with
non-supercharged engine of maximum capacity 2000cc.
Class 3: Formula 1 cars built between 1 January 1954 and 31 December
1960 with non-supercharged engine of maximum capacity 2500cc, or supercharged
engine of maximum capacity 750cc.
RACE C VITTORIO
MARZOTTO – Front-engine Sport Racing cars from 1952 to 1957
Class 1: Cars equipped with 1.5L to 2L capacity engine.
Class 2: Cars equipped with over 2L capacity engine and fitted with
Class 3: Cars equipped with over 2L capacity engine and fitted with
RACE D GRAHAM HILL – 1500 F1 Grand Prix cars from 1961 to 1965
Class 1: Cars equipped with a 4 or 6 cylinder engine.
Class 2: Cars equipped with a 8 or 12 cylinder engine.
RACE D JACKIE STEWART – 3L Grand Prix cars from 1966 to 1972
Class 1: Cars raced in F1 Grands Prix between 1 January 1966 and 31
Class 2: Cars built between 1 January 1970 and 31 December 1972,
equipped with a Ford-Cosworth DFV engine.
Class 3: Cars built between 1 January 1970 and 31 December 1972,
equipped with a different engine.
RACE D NIKI LAUDA – 3L Grand Prix cars from 1973 to 1976
Class 1: Cars equipped with a Ford-Cosworth DFV engine.
Class 2: Cars equipped with a different engine.
RACE D GILLES VILLENEUVE – 3L Grand Prix cars from 1977 to 1980
Class 1: Cars not designed to exploit the ground effect.
Class 2: Cars designed to exploit the ground effect and equipped
with a Ford-Cosworth DFV engine.
Class 3: Cars designed to exploit the ground effect and equipped
with a different engine.
Altogether, there will be more than 220 Grand Prix and Sports cars,
selected for both their historical value and their degree of authenticity,
competing in real races on the legendary circuit in the Principality of Monaco.
Each car and the event as a whole will provide spectators with a
truly exceptional experience at this 2020 edition. There will be five distinct
starting grids, offering a unique insight into the first thirty years of the
Formula 1 World Championship.
Over two and a half days, the competitors will share their passion
for high level motor racing with thousands of fans. The distinctive noise and
smell of racing cars, part and parcel of the industry in the past, will return
the heart of the Principality of Monaco, on the iconic circuit where 80% of the
straights and turns remain exactly as they were back in 1929, and are still
used every year for the most glamorous Grand Prix of the Formula 1 World
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