Vintage Cars and the Historic Grand Prix

29th October 2015


The Monaco Grand Prix is unquestionably one of the most anticipated events in the Formula One racing calendar. Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg race around the elegant architecture and surroundings that this beautiful principality has to offer. Two weeks prior to this prestigious event, the racecourse plays host to the Historic Grand Prix, where gorgeous vintage cars are pitted against each other.

Combining the Star Clippers tall ship sailing experience with the Historic Grand Prix is a perfect match, allowing passengers to visit a bygone era of transport. As well as enabling you to witness the race, the Corsica, Cote D’Azur & Historic Grand Prix itinerary will take you from Cannes to Mediterranean destinations around the French coast. Star Clippers takes a closer look at the Historic Grand Prix and why this is an opportunity not to be missed.

Vintage Cars

Historic Races

The Grand Prix de Monaco Historique will celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2016, with the event having first been held in 1997. It has been held every two years since and is always immensely popular with nostalgic racing enthusiasts.

Practice sessions are held on the Saturday prior to the main races, which are due to commence on Sunday 15th May. There are eight races held throughout the day, with the first race starting at 9:30 in the morning and the final race finishing at 6:00 in the evening. Each race will pit vehicles against each other either over ten laps or for a maximum of 30 mins around the historic track, which has barely changed since 1929.

Whilst the course has remained the same, the cars used to navigate around the track have changed considerably. Grand Prix cars from decades gone by are split into the eight race categories, with the oldest vehicles dating back to pre-war. The provisional schedule for the day is as follows:

  • Race A - Pre 1947 Voiturettes and Grand Prix cars
  • Race B - Front engined Grand Prix cars (1947 - 1960
  • Race C - Pre 1953 Sports cars
  • Race D - Formula 3, 1000 cc (1964 - 1970)
  • Race E - Rear engined Grand Prix cars (1954 - 1965)
  • Race F - Formula 1 (1966 - 1974) 15 Laps or maximum 45 minutes
  • Race G - Formula 1 (1975 - 1978) 15 Laps or maximum 45 minutes
  • Race H - Formula 3, 1600 cc and 2000 cc (1971 - 1984)

Whichever your favourite motor may be, these eight race events will take you to a golden era of racing that you will never forget. Soaking up the sun in the glorious surroundings of Monaco will leave you feeling like royalty. After departing from Cannes on board the Star Flyer on May 15th 2016, your tall ship will nestle among the other grandiose yachts of Monaco, allowing you to rub shoulders with the rich and famous.

After departing from Monaco, the seven-night Corsica, Cote D’Azur & Historic Grand Prix itinerary will take you to a variety of stunning French destinations. You will sail on board the Star Flyer around the island of Corsica, stopping in L’ile Rousse, Figari Beach and Bonifacio; before visiting popular French beach locations such as St. Tropez and Sanary-Sur-Mer.

As well as the French coast, Star Clippers also provide traditional tall ship sailing experiences around the Eastern Mediterranean, Cuba, the Caribbean and, as of December 2016, Far East Asia.

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