Historic race cars laid down laps for a second day in the Historic Grand Prix of Monaco on Saturday, May 10. According to the Automobile Club du Monaco (ACM), several qualifying practice and classification contests took place, most running about 20 minutes each on the iconic street circuit of Monte Carlo.
In Series C qualifying practice, "Sports Racing cars raced from 1952 to 1955 inclusive period," according to ACM, the fastest time went to British driver Alex Buncombe in a 1952 Jaguar C Type with 2:03.112. The field of 27 cars in this group was dominated in total number by drivers from the U.K., with British drivers taking four of the top 5 spots as well. The only American in the group placed 25th.
Series D cars are "1500c.c F1 Grand Prix cars from 1961 to 1965 inclusive." In this group's qualifying classification run, British driver Andy Middlehurst took the top spot in a 1962 Lotus 25 (Climax) with a time of 1:50.750. This field has 28 cars with three Americans contesting. The highest placing American in this event was Joseph Colasacco driving a 1964 Ferrari 1512 (Ferrari); he placed third.
Another race series, Series F, also ran on Saturday. These cars are described as "F1 cars, non-ground effects, from 1973 to 1978 inclusive." In a field of 35 cars, there were eight American entries. The top spots, however, all went to Brits -- Nathan Kinch driving a 1978 Williams FW06 and posting a best time of 1:37.095; Michael Lyons driving a 1977 Hesketh 308E; Nick Padmore in a 1975 Williams FW05; and Sam Hancock driving a 1977 Fittipaldi F5A.
A small field of very old cars, according to ACM, "Pre-war Voiturettes and Grand Prix cars," also called Series A, drove the street circuit on Saturday. With just 16 cars in the group, one did not start; one did not finish, and six failed to qualify. Of the eight that did qualify, Irish driver Paddins Dowling came in first in his 1936 ERA B with a time of 1:59.350. Four of the remaining seven were from the U.K.; no Americans ran in this series.
Qualifying practice classification for Series B, "Pre-1961 F1 Grand Prix cars and F2," resulted in Tony Wood of Great Britain topping the list at 1:55.968 in a 1959 TEC-MEC 250F-F1. This is a large group of cars with 31 out of 38 of them qualifying on Saturday. The 31st qualifier is the only American competing in this series, Tom Price, driving a 1956 Maserati 250F ("Offset").
Series E qualifying practice classification for "F1 Grand Prix cars from 1966 to 1972 inclusive," was topped by Japanese driver Katsuaki Kubota in a 1971 Lotus 72 with a time of 1:35.173. He was followed by three racers from the U.K. and one American -- Michael Lyons in second, Robert Hall in third, Andrew Smith in fourth, and American Duncan Dayton in fifth. Five cars in this field of 24 did not qualify.
Races will take place on Sunday, the final day of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique.
This is the ninth edition of the historic racing event at the iconic seaside venue. The meeting is held every other year two weeks before the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix takes place on the same circuit. The narrow, winding road course is notoriously hard to drive, making it a challenge hard to pass up by many of historic racing's most dedicated enthusiasts.