On May 1st & 2nd, the streets of Monaco were closed for the 7th Edition of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique. I’m a big fan of modern formula one, but nothing beats vintage race cars tearing through the tight, twisting, and undulating streets of Monaco. Racing at Monaco has largely been for Grand Prix Cars, but for a few years in the 1950’s they raced Sports Cars. It’s for this reason, that out of the 8 race groups, one is reserved for Sports Cars from the late 40’s & early 50’s. It should be noted that in 1952, two Allard J2X’s were raced by Anthony Hume and Fernando Mascarenhas, but did not finish.
This year, three Allards raced in Group C of the Grand Prix. They were Albert Otten (J2) from Germany , Alan Patterson (J2X) from America, and Klaus Peter Reichle (J2X-LeMans) of Germany. The fine Allard photos are courtesy of Michael Hewett (who just published a book on the history of the Monaco Grand Prix). We hope you enjoy!