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The very first automobile race for Monaco was held in January 1897: the Monaco - Marseille - Monaco. The winner, Monsieur De Chasseloup-Laubat drove the distance with an average speed of 30,06 km/h.
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Monaco has always been embracing the automobile and already in 1920 created from the bicycle club, the automobile club. The driving force was Alexandre Noghès and his son Antony Noghès, who imagined and created the world famous Rallye de Monte-Carlo, which was first held in 1911. Following this event, many automobile agility, hill climb and other competitive motorised events were created during the 1920’s.
In 1928 a small committee was formed, presided by Antony Nogès to organize a ‘Race in the City’. For months studies were made for a circuit in the town. Many citizens and shopkeepers were against this crazy idea that would upset their lives forever. When they were offered compensation from a special fund, the residents reluctantly came to see the race and moreover the accidents that were bound to happen.
Compilation of Car crashes in Monaco
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The prizes consisted of: the winner; the cupof H.S.H. the Prince of Monaco and 100.000 Francs, 2nd 30.000 Francs, 3rd 20.000 Francs, 4th 15.000 Francs and 5th 10.000 Francs. Also for every 10 laps there was a prize of 1.000 Francs for the leader and 3.000 Francs prize money for the lap record.
From then on the Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco was held every year, with a 10 year pause from 1938 to 1947 and some years were jumped for various reasons in the 50’s ('49, '51, '53, '54).
The circuit has changed many times over the years, but still consists of fairly narrow streets, lined with crash barriers, with no view and no space for any mistake. Monaco remains the most prestigious Grand Prix event and winning in Monaco is still the cherry on the cake for every driver.
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References and texts: Paul Frère, Pete Fenelon, My two lives (Rene Dreyfus), Le Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco Histoire d'une Légende (Yves Naquin), Le petit Nicois, Nice Matin, l'Equipe, La fabuleuse histoire du F1 (Johnny Rives, Gerard Flocon, Christian Moity), Jody Scheckter, GrandPrix.com, ddavid.com, wikipedia.org, Roy Hulsbergen
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