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#1 foxyracer

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 09:54

I am thinking of going to the Monaco Historique event next year.  I would appreciate any hints and tips that TNFers can offer based on their personal experience.

I am thinking of taking the train from London to Nice.  Then I need to decide where to stay.  I expect Monaco to be expensive but am thinking about Nice or Menton as they are both within easy reach of Monaco by train.  Has anyone done that?  Any thoughts on hotels?  I've travelled along that line before and been to Monaco three times in the past but never to see racing.

Once there, how easy is it to move around?  Do you have to book a seat in a grandstand and stay there?  Is it advance booking only or can you buy tickets on the day(s)?  Are the public admitted to the paddock area?  Is there a charge for that?

Any other tips or info would be much appreciated.  Thank you.



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#2 Barry Boor

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 11:34

There are several cheap hotels very near to Nice railway station, from which you can ride along the beautiful Cote d'Azure to Monaco. These hotels are hardly five star but they are convenient.

 

Up to 2012 paddock entry was unrestricted and was free. Whether that remains the case I cannot say.

 

We always buy grandstand tickets beforehand but there is plenty of space in some grandstands all weekend although smaller ones like Casino Square may well sell out earlier than race weekend.



#3 Alan Cox

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 18:23

Tickets available here:

http://www.formula1monaco.com/

I've never had to buy a grandstand ticket as I have always been fortunate enough to obtain media accreditation, but I would say that staying in Nice is no problem and much cheaper than Monaco. Rail service is good and quick.



#4 foxyracer

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 19:59

Thanks Alan and Barry - really helpful.



#5 nexfast

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 21:39

In 2012, when I went to see the GP Historique I've stayed in an Hotel called La Fiancée du Pirate in Villefranche-sur-Mer. Very nice view of the sea, friendly family atmosphere and not very expensive (of course, this is always subjective). Plus, as I was traveling in a car it had the advantage of being already in the road to Monaco - about 25 minutes from parking in the principality (only drawback, the absence of a restaurant nearby). Saw tickets being sold on the day and there were plenty of seats available in the grandstands (weather was not very promising and become atrocious at the end).



#6 David McKinney

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 05:41

I would say that staying in Nice is no problem and much cheaper than Monaco. Rail service is good and quick.

Menton's even cheaper and closer by rail. Has the advantage (to me) that you can meet friends for a meal in Monte Carlo and still get back to the hotel at a reasonable hour

#7 raceannouncer2003

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 05:45

In 2008 and 2012, we stayed "next door" to Monaco, in Cap d'Ail, at the Pont Royal, which is a Pierre et Vacances long term stay.  Then, for one euro per day each way, we caught the bus along the waterfront.  Worked out well.  The bus runs between Nice and Menton.  We booked grandstands in advance for the weekend, different ones for Saturday and Sunday.  We stayed in our grandstands each day, although the Anthony Noghes stand we were at on Sunday in 2012 was near the paddock, so I slipped over there for a bit that day.  However, we couldn't see as much from the Noghes stand, and there was no video screen visible from there. Cars start arriving on Wednesday, so you can tour the paddock starting then.  Last time, they had some practice on Friday afternoon, so you could try other grandstands.

 

Vince H.



#8 Barry Boor

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 09:02

I am having problems with the ticket booking page of the website. Has anyone else had similar issues?



#9 Barry Boor

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 16:03

I hate labouring on about this but I am still unable to get to the on-line ticketing website.

 

I just don't understand why it doesn't load up.



#10 Sharman

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 21:45

Barry

I think you have to have "Silverlight" easy to download

John



#11 Barry Boor

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Posted 17 November 2013 - 06:35

Turned on my other computer which has Silverlight installed; same result - no website.



#12 raceannouncer2003

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Posted 17 November 2013 - 06:47

I am having problems with the ticket booking page of the website. Has anyone else had similar issues?

 

We had the same problem last time.  How was it resolved then?

 

Sadly, I won't be coming this time.  I'm thinking I should come to Goodwood for the Revival one year !

 

Vince H.



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Posted 17 November 2013 - 09:45

Turned on my other computer which has Silverlight installed; same result - no website.

Dear Barrry,

 

in 2012 I refused to install SILVERLIGHT, and told that to the ACM. I send a simple mail to the ticket office and they were more than helpful.They returned a pdf which you can fill in and then return to them...

 

Regards Michael


Edited by Tuboscocca, 17 November 2013 - 16:26.


#14 Barry Boor

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Posted 17 November 2013 - 10:04

Excellent, thank you, Michael.  I'll try that route.



#15 Tuboscocca

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Posted 17 November 2013 - 11:34

Excellent, thank you, Michael.  I'll try that route.

Hi Barry

 

http://issuu.com/fed.../3835980#search

 

this is the official flyer for the 2014 GP Monaco AND Historique...there is an order form at the back for the Historique too..

 

best regards Michael



#16 Barry Boor

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 13:27

Good news, the ticket problem is solved.

 
My Dutch neighbour, who is a bit of a computer whizz-kid, suggested that some organisations around the world are very suspicious of connections that originate from Malta.  So, they will not connect to them.  The way to overcome it is to use a VPN connection, which I already have on my laptop, to fool the required website into thinking that the request comes from somewhere else.
 
I 'pretended' to be connecting to the Monaco site from London and, hey presto, connection made and tickets are ordered.


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Posted 18 November 2013 - 16:26

 

Good news, the ticket problem is solved.

 
My Dutch neighbour, who is a bit of a computer whizz-kid, suggested that some organisations around the world are very suspicious of connections that originate from Malta.  So, they will not connect to them.  The way to overcome it is to use a VPN connection, which I already have on my laptop, to fool the required website into thinking that the request comes from somewhere else.
 
I 'pretended' to be connecting to the Monaco site from London and, hey presto, connection made and tickets are ordered.

 

Congratulations--but  the NSA knows it already, anyway!!!

 

Michael