Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2014

Earlier this month the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2014 returned to the principality.
Courtesy of Chopard
Continuing their role as official time keeper and sponsor, Chopard was there again this year as they have since 2002.
The event is held every other year, and utilizes the same course as that used by the Formula 1 professionals.

Courtesy of Chopard

Here are some more details, straight from the source -

Legendary racing cars
The oldest competing cars date back to the 1930s, when Bugatti ruled supreme on racing circuits, along with Alfa Romeo. F1 vehicles from the 1950s, 60s and 70s are the stars of the event, with Lola, McLaren and Tyrell models retracing the history of the progress of aerodynamics and engine research. Finally, GT cars from the Ferrari, Maserati, Jaguar and Aston Martin workshops represent the ultimate gentlemen drivers’ spirit. The Grand Prix de Monaco Historique revives the historical vocation of these legendary speed machines, with roaring engines powering drivers to exceptional performances and ultimate victory. The tight bends of the Condamine, the legendary Rascasse hairpin, the fast tunnel, as well as the redoubtably tight St. Dévote turn, are all on the menu of the three days of racing. The dangers are very real, both for the pilots and their four-wheeled mounts. Competitors reach maximum speeds of 240 km/h. Any overtaking move is a real fight, as always on the narrow track of the Monaco circuit. The authentic and hotly contested competition is the very reason for being of this Grand Prix.    

As you would expect, the folks at Chopard created a special series of watches to commemorate the event. One of them being the chronograph pictured below -

Courtesy of Chopard 

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