Here’s a biennial pleasure: the Historic Grand Prix Race of Monaco, which took place last Sunday.
(It’s an 8-hour video, watch it in segments or by race.) The only thing which spoiled it for me was the ubiquitous appearance of facemasks — okay, also the lack of crowds, because only Monegasques (citizens of Monaco) were allowed to watch because of you-know-what.
One of the most beautiful race cars ever made.
The second race featured pre-WWII cars (1928-1938), a.k.a. the “supercharged” models: Frazer-Nash, Talbot-Lago, Bugatti 35, Mercedes SSK, Riley, Maserati 6CM, Delage… be still, my beating heart. Here’s the Bugatti 35B:
Supercharged… woof woof.
The next race was for the teeny 1961-1965 F1 era cars… the era of Lotus, a.k.a. the era of Jim Clark and Graham Hill, driving 1500cc engines.
…all following the Colin Chapman maxim: “Make it faster. Add less.”
Race 4 (1966-1972 era) was the time when aerofoils made their first appearance in F1 — and turned the cars from tubular shapes (like the Lotus above) into space-age machines, with wider tires as well. Also, the engines grew from four-cylinder 1500cc into flat-12 three-liter monsters, and (other than Ferrari) the marque names changed a little, too: McLaren, Surtees, Brabham… and here’s the Matra 120C:
The cars are getting wider, here: in earlier eras, the cars could fit three across the track, comfortably. No more.
Anyway: let me not go on and on — watch the whole thing for yourselves. And enjoy… I certainly did. And from a later race, here’s an Aston Martin DB3S:
…also, the peerless Maserati 300S:
And if that doesn’t make your bits tingle, I don’t wanna talk to you no more.