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Grand Prix – glamour and beyond

Thousands of spectators and cars will flock to the Riviera at the end of May for this year’s Monaco Grand Prix, to catch a glimpse of the exhilarating Formula 1 race.

Between 23rd – 26th May the Principality of Monaco will transformed in to the world’s most exciting motoring arena.

The jewel in the Formula 1 crown

Monaco is not only one of the most glamorous races in the F1 calendar.  It is also one of the shortest and the oldest.  The first competition was held back in 1929. Despite new rules and new drivers over the years, it is this long-standing and significant place in motor-sport history that makes Monaco Grand Prix such an exceptional event.  That, and the layout of the city that allows throngs of spectators to look down on and feel part of the action.

The 3.3 kilometre track passes through the heart of Monte Carlo, along the narrow and twisting streets and right in front of the Monte Carlo Casino.  19 tight corners make overtaking notoriously difficult. Drivers must change gear a staggering 54 times per lap at Monaco, meaning more than 4,200 gear changes over the course of the race. It is a truly unique race course.

It’s easy to understand why Brazilian F1 champion Nelson Piquet once declared that “a win here was worth two anywhere else”. No other Grand Prix offers more spills and thrills.  The infamous 1982 race saw five lead changes take place in the last two laps – making it possibly the most eventful finish in F1 history.

Exploring the French Riviera by car – in style

While there’s an undisputed thrill to spectating, motoring enthusiasts will agree nothing beats getting behind the wheel themselves.  The coastal roads of the Riviera provide plenty of opportunities for exciting driving.

This summer you could take it up a gear by hiring a vintage convertible. Rent a Classic Car has a fleet of iconic vehicles to choose from. Why not try a Jaguar E-type roadster, a Corvette C1 or an Austin-Healey 100/6?  Alternatively Riviera Classic Car Hire leases legendary motors such as the Alfa Romeo Duetto, the Aston Martin DB9 or the Morgan 4/4.

A stylish automobile will permit you to drive along the Corniche de l’Esterel, from La Napoule to St-Raphael.  It is a spectacular road with vast rocks rising up on one side of the road with the Mediterranean Sea sparkling on the other.   Follow the route east from Nice to Monaco (avoiding joining the Grand Prix, of course).  Stop at St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and the Villa Ephrussi, the villages of Villefrance-sur-Mer and Beaulieur-sur-Mer.  Visit the perched village of Eze with its exotic garden and fabulous Chevre d’Or Hotel.  For more ideas about beautiful villas you can visit in the area, click here.

Whether you own a vintage vehicle or a little run-around, Parc du Cap residents can sleep soundly!  Our development provides secure underground underground car parking and 24-hour security.

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