The next Grand Prix de Monaco Historique will mark the 12th edition of this prestigious event in the Principality and will take place from 8th to 10th May 2020. The Organizing Committee and the Historic Department of Automobile Club de Monaco (ACM) gambled on a large selection of categories.
Major innovation this year. The seven races, usually called by a letter from the alphabet, will be named after a pilot’s name, who made an impact during the time of the cars of the concerned race. The program of this 12th edition is :
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 January 1st 1946 and December 31st 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 December 31st 1953, with non-supercharged engine and a maximum engine capacity of 2000cc.
Class 3 : Formula 1 cars built between January 1st 1954 and December 31st 1960 with non-supercharged engines of a maximum capacity 2500cc, or supercharged engines of maximum capacity 750cc.
RACE C VITTORIO MARZOTTO – Front-engine Sport Racing cars from 1952 to 1957
Class 1 : Cars equipped with capacity engine from 1.5L to 2L.
Class 2 : Cars with an engine capacity of more than 2L fitted with drum brakes.
Class 3 : Cars with an engine capacity of more than 2L fitted with disk brakes.
RACE D GRAHAM HILL – 1500 – F1 Grand Prix cars from 1961 to 1965
Class 1 : Cars equipped with a 4 or 6 cylinders engine.
Class 2 : Cars equipped with a 8 or 12 cylinders engine.
RACE E JACKIE STEWART – F1 Grand Prix cars 3L from 1966 to 1972
Class 1 : Cars raced in F1 Grand Prix in between January 1st 1966 and December 31st 1969.
Class 2 : Cars built between January 1st 1970 and December 31st 1972, equipped with a Ford-Cosworth DFV engine.
Class 3 : Cars built between January 1st 1970 and December 31st 1972, equipped with other engines.
RACE F NIKI LAUDA – F1 Grand Prix cars 3L from 1973 to 1976
Classe 1: Cars equipped with a Ford-Cosworth DFV engine.
Classe 2 : Cars equipped with other engines.
RACE G GILLES VILLENEUVE – F1 Grand Prix cars 3L from 1977 to 1980
Classe 1 : Cars designed not to exploit the ground effect.
Classe 2 : Cars designed to exploit the ground effect, equipped with a Ford-Cosworth DFV engine.
Classe 3 : Cars designed to exploit the ground effect, equipped with other engines.
After being reintroduced as a race in 2018 and subsequent to its tremendous success, the ‘Race A’ will remain a fully-fledged race. This category represents THE unmissable world meeting of Grand Prix cars, which were called « Formula 1 » as soon as World War II ended.
The Sport race has been rethought since 2016 in order to present a panel of the most beautiful sports-cars from the first after-war decade. Without eliminating, of course, cars that took part, in 1952, in the one and only Grand Prix de Monaco reserved to sports-cars.
All in all, there will be more than 220 Grand Prix cars, selected for both their historical value and their degree of authenticity. They will enter proper races on the mythical track of the Principality of Monaco.
In fairness, this 2020 edition will be rare and exceptional for all spectators, whether you consider the global picture or give a closer look to the menu: five distinct starting grids covering the first thirty years of the Formula 1 World Championship. A unique sight for motor racing fans, worldwide collectors and nostalgic enthusiasts.
During three days, all competitors will share their passion for high level motor racing with thousands of fans. The noise and smell, which were part of the car industry in the past, are back in the heart of the Principality of Monaco. On a mythical track where 80% of the straight lines and turns are exactly the same as in 1929, and still used every year for the most glamorous Grand Prix of the Formula 1 World Championship.