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The other major events of the year

  • The Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
    January 2020
  • Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo
    February 2020
  • Spring Arts Festival
    March 2020
  • Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters
    April 2020
  • The Historic Monaco Grand Prix
    May 2020
  • Grand Prix de Formule 1 de Monaco
    May 2020
  • Meeting Herculis EBS
    July 2020
  • Monaco Art en Ciel
    July 2020
  • Gala de la Croix Rouge Monégasque
    July 2020
  • Monaco Yacht Show
    September 2020

The Historic Monaco Grand Prix

The next Historic Monaco Grand Prix, which will be the twelfth in the event’s history, will be held in the Principality from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 May 2020. 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 part. 

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

A major 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 concerned:

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 drum brakes.
Class 3: Cars equipped with over 2L capacity engine and fitted with disc brakes.

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 December 1969.
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 Championship.

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