This must see historic motor sport event is held every two years on the weekend before the Formula One grand prix.
This year a few Australian’s made the journey – to compete, not just spectate!
Both Peter Strauss (Vic) and Don Thallon (Qld) have taken their Formula Junior’s overseas to compete in the European Formula Junior Championship. It comprises nine rounds in total, with the Historic de Monaco one of them.
Tasmania’s Scotty Taylor (one of the great Touring Car privateer’s) scored a drive in someone else’s car at this year’s event – a 1981 Williams F1 (similar to which Alan Jones won the 1980 Championship in).
Soccty recently sent a postcard to historicracing.com.au founder Charles Rogers on his Monaco experience.
“The seat fitting was completed in the week of the meeting with padding needed behind up to bring him closer to the pedals. “
He qualified well for Sunday’s 15 lap race in which he made a great start passing six fellow competitors, and was steadily climbing till a broken axle near the entrance to pit lane finished his campaign. Still a fantastic effort given he hadn’t driven this particular car before.
Scotty, and his wife will stay overseas till later in the year with his newly restored ex/ Jim Russell Cooper Climax T45 on its way over for some meetings in Europe between now and September.
Report by: Charles Rogers / Scotty Taylor