F1: Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2016

F1: Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2016
Jordan Grogor in the ISO Marlboro - Williams FW03

Jordan Grogor in the ISO Marlboro – Williams FW03

May 25th 2016 – Report & Photos by Paul Velasco –

A couple of weeks ago I got a call from GPXtreme General Manager Stehane Clain.

He asked: “Do you want to come to the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique with our team? We have four cars entered for the race…”

“Wow!” was immediate (and wise) answer. Of course I did and a week later I was returning to Monaco for the first time since 1992 when I went there to cover the grand prix that year as a photographer.

This time I was returning in style, as a guest of a racing team, staying on a yacht and at the same time committed myself to taking some ‘snaps’ during the course of the weekend. Life can be very hard at times!

Of course, as a photographer at heart, I wanted track-side access which was kindly given to me by Richard Micoud, ACM Communication & Media Manager, despite my very late application. Good guy Richard and I owe him one.

Returning to Monaco for the first time in 24 years as a photographer, Paul Velasco relives his youth

Returning to Monaco for the first time in 24 years as a photographer, Paul Velasco relives his youth

So there I was in among the cars that ignited my passion for Formula 1 around 1973 as a lad. From then on I devoured everything about the sport. Thus it was great that the cars from 1973 to 1976 – no less than 43 of them – were the headline act on a sumptuous bill that included race cars from the pre-war era.

But honestly anything before 1966 I know very little about, so my focus was to savour three classes during the course of the weekend which were Grand Prix Cars from 1961 to 1965, 1966 to 1972 and 1973 to 1976.

All I can say is that I wallowed in pure bliss as I trudged up and down the pit lane and paddock, in qualifying I made my way to La Rascasse, Piscine and Tabac areas and then for the races it was Saint Devote for the start and then up the hill to Massenet and Casino.

The GPXtreme yacht, where we ate and were kept well entertained by a myriad of the team’s associates, was anchored at the Chicane. Five star and more is the only way I can describe life in the Monaco harbour aboard a yacht.

The team had four cars in the field for ex-F1 driver Jean Dennis Deletraz in the Durex Surtees TS19, Dubai 24 Hours class winner Jordan Grogor in the ISO Marlboro (Williams FW03), Ron Maydon in an Amon AF101 and GPXtreme boss Frederic Fatien in a Hesketh 308 (yes the one that James Hunt won his first grand prix with at Zandvoort in 1975)

Former F1 driver Alex Caffi won the race for 1973 to 1976 cars at the wheel of an Ensign N176, but really victory was hardly a big deal. It was more about the fantastic race cars on display and, maybe it sounds corny or cliched but it is true, every driver who was out there on the streets of Monte Carlo driving these masterpieces were the winners.

And of course everyone present, the crowd was huge, were winners too as we witnessed a real blast from the past. And believe me some of the front runners were really flinging the cars around the narrow armco lined strip of tarmac.

For me the noises, the sights, the smells harked back to a distant yet very familiar era. I was like a kid in a candy store, and all I can say when the next Monaco historique comes about (two years from now) I will make sure I am there again.

I urge anyone – young or old – with a passion for Formula 1 and it’s rich heritage to also make the pilgrimage, as the experience is sure to reaffirm why we love F1, because irrespective of the state that is in right now it is still the best sport in the world.

Below is a selection of some of my favorite photos taken during my three days at the principality. Thank you GPXreme!

GPExtreme Monaco 2016

GPExtreme Monaco 2016

GPExtreme Monaco 2016

GPExtreme Monaco 2016

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GPExtreme Monaco 2016

GPExtreme Monaco 2016

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GPExtreme Monaco 2016

GPExtreme Monaco 2016

GPExtreme Monaco 2016

GPExtreme Monaco 2016

Report & Photos by Paul Velasco

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9 hrs ago


Two motorsport icons 💪
One epic ride swap! 🔁

Valentino Rossi VR46 Official and Lewis Hamilton, coming soon! 🔥

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One epic ride swap! 🔁

Valentino Rossi VR46 Official and Lewis Hamilton, coming soon! 🔥 


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boyzzz, do me the favour and switch seats (at least just for one day) - I´m sure it would be "fantastico" for all of us ! ❤️❤️😍😍

One , Lewis Hamilton is a lucky champion and not so a Nice Guy. Very bad that he is in one picture with one of the best drivers ever in moto GP

This photo is gold, I’d love it in a frame on my wall, my two favorites people in racing, Vale and Lewis 💙💚

Why is everyone hating on these two they have bigger balls than you going that kind of speed round each corner the only difference between them is the number of wheels both of them are amazing racers both can drive a car and ride a bike plus don’t forget Rossi’s only protection is leathers helmet gloves and boots plus an air bag Lewis Hamilton’s protection is helmet neck brace a fire suit and a halo stop your hating and enjoy a picture of a g.o.a.t and legend

The press release afterwards remember to say you had no rear grip with the Yamaha and I'll say the Mercedes needs to give you more power 😭😂😂😂😂

Rossi is better athlete . It's much more difficult to drive on 2 wheels . He is number 1 motosport icon at the moment

Rossi can be compared only with M. Schumacher! 2 great champions 💕

Wandering what he’s whispering ha Lewis you May be an ace driver and a mega star with all the money in the world but you still have no fucking style 😂

I'd love to see Lewis try and get within 2 seconds of Rossi on a bike, he wouldn't even get close.

Not Vale’s first run in a F1 car, drove the Ferrari about 13yrs ago under Michael Schumacher’s guidance.

Lewis Hamilton, never heard of her 🤔🤔

It is great to see MotoGP and F1 icons together 💪🏻🙏🏻

The one on the left has more than earned his fame the one on the right has his mommy and daddy pay for it 🏁🏍👍😎

I see one icon and a 'whinging when something doesnt go his way P**ck' to his left!!!!

Vale is the most down to Earth person you will ever meet and does so much for the sport and also Charity. When we talk F1 lets let’s not forget Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna.

Always loved Val but respect Lewis , l think the respect for each other is mutual but for me Val will always be number one.

Never mind im a rossi fan but my guess is he will do better in an F1 car than lewis could do on a moto go bike! Btw im also a lewis fan!....just saying my opinion!

Who's the guy close to Lewis Hamilton?

Why they did not do it with "Merguez"? :)))) bet Marquez will try to beat this record as well. :)))

Big boy's just want to have fun they not hurting anyone enjoy your life while you can you never no what's round the corner 💕

I can only see one motorsport icon the other cries down his radio when he can’t over take or he has tyre wobble guess which one 😀😀

I'm not seeing Rossi next to the Mercedes Benz logo??

Turn on the stopwatch, and look at the difference between lap times... 😜😎

Cosí porterà le scuse, e la tifoseria nella fórmula uno, speriamo lo faccia prima che inizi la.nuova stagione della motogp... Sono 10 anni che piange

Can't wait to see Lewis struggle to make 3 minute laps around Silverstone while Rossi pulls qualifying times in an F1. Tim Braunstein

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9 hrs ago


The airwaves have been filled with smooth operator, *LOUD NOISES* and of course... Lando Norris 🤣

Here's our top 20 team radio moments from 2019 📻
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Lando's "Like, forever?" was also great.

I really enjoyed the 2019 Formula 1 season! The drivers, and teams, have been very entertaining all year! I love them!!! I can't wait for the 2020 season! I'll have to be satisfied with watching the new Netflix series on F1 when it comes on, and rewatching last years.❤️🧡💛💚💙

Missed the 'James, it's Valterri' bit! It was one of the bests 🤣

This was an unforgettable season. And a big pleasure that McLaren is back in game with this two great guys. Can't wait for march. I hope next season the Teams are closer together

Literally got goosebumps watching Pierre after that P2 finish! I won’t get into the “Smooth Operator” renditions we sing when Carlos does well, but they’re probably about as good as his. 😂

Charles "Yes" or Gasly's "WOOOO"? Either way, RIP ear drums.

Mclaren is killing it. With Sainz's and Lando's performance and the car it self. The best of the middle teams. I don't care about the front anymore, its always the same. I just wanna watch and listen to these guys. They are hilarious.

Lando and carlos 😂 they've provided some well needed entertainment this season ! 🧡

McLaren radio are awesome ! I love this guys ! Crazy !

the mclaren boys bringing home that good quality radio entertainment that we all love. 😂 😂 😂

How can you not love the McLaren drivers and team? Seriously that’s brilliant. Pretty sure the positive atmosphere is linked to the amazing results of this year. Keep pushing guys!

Last season: I feel for McLaren, must be rough. This season: God McLaren are my favourite team!

I absolutely love the McLaren ones, but my No.1 is Bottas. 😂 I guess I got an idea who he addressed it to...

Looking forward for next year. Hope the Americans fix that bumpy track 🤟

Hearing Pierre’s P2 scream still makes me happy like it did when I first heard it.

Top 20 isn't enough but still a very high quality content you got here F1! I'm proud to say that I saw it all live or live-ish *Carlos bits are recaps only*!

F1 has been brilliant this year with some amazing races, it's only fault? F1 constantly saying it's not been good 😂🤣

I love Stroll getting mad about unsafe entry and then doing the same thing 🙃

wtf it is with these ads?! OMG every 10 seconds, totally unwatchable stuff. I must be a super hardcore audience or this video went just flat out american on me 😀 🇺🇸

Norris and Sainz are absolute legends on the coms...they could’ve skipped the parts Leclerc talking to himself though 🤷🏼‍♂️

Thanks F1 that was brill !! I pay Sky a lot money to watch F1 shame they couldnt provide something as entertaining as that.............. gues all their money goes on feeding crofty!!

After a collision I really want to hear Kimi say "back in my day"....

The ones with the rain funny, oh so funny. I agree with the number one they picked. Some good team radio this year.

We all know for a fact that Kimi is the king when it comes to this but for Carlos and Lando (and they're teammates aswell) lol. Pretty hilarious

I get goosebumps everytime I hear Gasly's radio when he won P2 😀

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14 hrs ago


#RumbleStrip 2019 Rich Lee Draws!3">#MotoGP season recap! 🏁

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Que lindo meus super heróis das pistas caracterizados. Tudo de mais bonito para todos. Deus abençoe e proteja sempre sempre todas e todos envolvidos com um esporte que é pura superação e EMOÇÃO 💜. Amo vocês ✌🌹✌.

Story of the year, Rins, Miller, Quartoraro and Vinales all coming good throughout the season. Getting stronger for 2020. Bring it on, stick it to the #93!

Time to get back in to the action #RumbleStrip

Motogp race good rider Marc, very nice👌🌹...

Story of year was Marc totally dominating. A excellent rookie year from FQ . Some good races from Mav, Dovi, Rins etc but all lacking consistency. Some brilliant races along the way but ultimately MM93 was far too good.

Best MotoGP race rider #MM93 ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Spirit for Rider MotoGp go to #MotoGp2020😘

Rossi is de best rider even still he 40+ age no one can take his place rossi luv u bro ....


Why did they make Cal look like a mini wolverine! 😆

Good job marc Brilliant race along the way but ultimately marc was far too good😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😎😎😎😎😎😎😎

Ont peut la trouver la BD en français s'il vous plaît

Great art. Good job

The best comic ever....!!! Keep it up

Boring rider and boring titles and only marquez fans happy for the boring show from marquez

Excelente.... sin duda MM93 ha sido su mejor año.. y ninguno mas mantubo consistencia... se ve una buena pelea para el 2020 con buenas carreras..

👍👍👍 the best season...👏👏

Oh, This is very nice

Good job Marc King of race

Marc ❤️ my heart ....

Až budou dobří jako Valentino tak ať se ozvou teploušové. 😎

Champions forever

Can’t wait for MotoGp 2020 🍿Rins and the Marques brothers 🥇

Very, very cool!

Marc marquez 93...nice one

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