The best ever Monaco Grand Prix

The best ever Monaco Grand Prix

How much is the place? How much is the race? Tom O'Keefe explains the mystique of the Monaco Grand Prix

We have been blessed with some fabulous Monaco Grands Prix, which is amazing given what an improbable place it is to hold a race. But which race was the best, taking into account everything that makes Monaco so beguiling: the cars and drivers of course, but also Monaco's unique architecture in the strictest sense of the word, its buildings, balconies and balustrades and its hillsides, harbor, its tunnel, its roads and the Mediterranean Sea that defines, confines and embraces the Principality.

Before the modern Formula 1 World Championship began in 1950, we had Bugatti T35Bs and T51s holding sway from the inaugural race in 1929 which was won by the mysterious "Williams" (William Grover, newly re-discovered as a French Resistance hero in Joe Saward's book, Grand Prix Saboteurs).

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