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#1 David Beard

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Posted 17 January 2006 - 12:56

We are thinking of going this year.

Probably Easyjet to Nice, hotel there and train every day, but other ideas welcome. ...I notice Motor Sport is advertising a trip in conjunction with Page and Moy.

How many TNFers will we see there?

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#2 Peter Morley

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Posted 17 January 2006 - 13:20

There are apparently some reasonably priced B&Bs in Monaco itself, saves the daily commute - unfortuantely I have no idea how you find them!

We'll know by the end of February if the Connaught is going, if it does I hope to be there.

#3 Antoine Pilette

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Posted 17 January 2006 - 13:20

I would recommend Hotel Alexandra *** in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, just on the border of Menton. 65 Euro, breakfast included, a night for a double-bed room with sea view (in Winter) and I guess the train-station is a 15 mins walk.
There is a correct Best Western or similar hotel in Beaulieu with a closer train-sation I think.
I should be in MC but a month before to visit relatives!

#4 petefenelon

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Posted 17 January 2006 - 13:20

Menton (between MC and the Italian border) is a bit cheaper and more laid-back than Nice, but there's less going on there. I've stayed in Menton at GP time and Nice not at GP time and both have their attractions.

San Remo is just over the Italian border but I never managed to get over and take a look.

Do make the time to visit the late HSH Prince Rainier's car collection - it's fairly eclectic and mostly not competition-related, but well worth some of your time. If you get the chance (i.e. before/after the meeting) it's worth walking the circuit just to get an appreciation of how barking mad the place actually is.

Train travel around the whole Cote D'Azur is very cheap, rather scenic and nowhere is that far away, so it's quite feasible to get out to nice places like Cap d'Ail for a day.

#5 Antoine Pilette

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Posted 17 January 2006 - 13:22

I don't know where or how much but renting a scooter would be a practical idea for fast commuting.

#6 petefenelon

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Posted 17 January 2006 - 13:35

I've stayed at the Medicis in Nice (which has been refurbed since I stayed there in 2001) which was a perfectly acceptable 3* and handy for Promenade des Anglais, old town and station: http://www.hotels-ex...is/index_en.htm

In Menton I stayed at the Napoleon in '96, so obviously it's all changed - it was a good 3/4* then and looks even nicer now:
http://www.cybevasio...enton_8810.html

I think my ideal would be the Negresco in Nice, but it's pricy ;P

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Posted 17 January 2006 - 13:50

We are planning to drive down there, via Reims of course! After the Historic GP weekend we hope to drive into Italy and do the Stelvio Pass also.

Does anyone know if there has been an entry list published for the Historic GP?

Any pics from 2 years ago??

looking forward to it

J

#8 Peter Morley

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Posted 17 January 2006 - 14:03

Originally posted by jamesmac80

Does anyone know if there has been an entry list published for the Historic GP?


Entries don't have to be in until February 13th
Successful applicants will find out by February 28th
So the entry list won't/can't appear before then - say early March to be sure.

#9 zoff2005

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Posted 17 January 2006 - 14:38

Official ACM website:

http://www.acm.mc/gphm/gphm_main.php

You will also find photos of the last event

#10 David M. Kane

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Posted 17 January 2006 - 14:59

;)

Nice will work, don't know about a scooter but sounds right. I know it's been a long time, but I used Page and Moy for 1978 GP and it was awesome. The price was reasonable, our hotel overlooked Tabac and we had access to the roof where we could see St. Devote. They also provided a coach from the nice Airport to the hotel and back to the Airport on Monday.

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Posted 17 January 2006 - 16:15

For those of you driving via Nice, try to find time for the Car Museum at Mougins, on the A8 , access via the services. See Mougins website and Musee de L'Automobiliste. There is always a varying collection of the right sort of cars, incl F1 and rally and supertourisme stuff, plus a large military display. There was a Bugatti 35, very original, ie looking tired , narrow tyres etc, plus a Bugatti tank among others. There is another bonus for TNFers going there..............

Also in Nice try to visit the Paul Chagal /Graham Sutherland/Picasso museum up on the hill, plus try the Renoir museum in Cagnes sur Mer. For a train journey go on the little old style train which runs four times a day up into the hills, not quite the Titfield Thunderbolt, but a generation forward, failing that go up on the road into the hills which follows the train tracks, a wonderful road to drive, either way, up or down.

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#12 David Beard

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Posted 18 January 2006 - 12:41

Thank you all for the pointers...

What about spectating points? My only visit to Monaco was to the 1974 GP, when I stood on the steps of the Casino. That possibility seemed to vanish soon afterwards.

Is there general access to the paddock?

#13 bill patterson

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Posted 18 January 2006 - 13:12

As a previous visitor to the Histoique the following may be helpful

Access to Paddock no problem on Friday and after practice on Saturday & Sunday. With regards
to viewing visit the website www.acm.mc which has online booking for grandstands as well as views from each grandstand - I have found Grandstands K1 and K2 to be especially good with views of the cars exiting the tunnel, coming down to Tabac and on towards the Swimming Pool, in fact from some seats you can also view Saint Devote and see teh cars heading up to Massinet. Ther is also a Wide Screen placed on the hill to Massinet. Prices approx £11 for Saturday and £22 for Sunday

Google searches for hotels/tourist offices in Beaulieu-sur-Mer (8 minutes by train), Cap d'Ail (25 minutes walk)etc give hotels at reasonable prices although they are filling up and the proprietors have caught on to the popularity of the Historique

The train service is excellent with the last train leaving Monaco at midnight to return you to Beaulieu, Nice etc.

Shop around and you'll find eating out is the same or less than England although you can pay the BIg Prices in the Casino locality

#14 petefenelon

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Posted 18 January 2006 - 13:31

Originally posted by bill patterson

I have found Grandstands K1 and K2 to be especially good with views of the cars exiting the tunnel, coming down to Tabac and on towards the Swimming Pool, in fact from some seats you can also view Saint Devote and see teh cars heading up to Massinet.


Seconded, I was in one of the Ks for GP qualifying and the F3 race in '96 and it gave an excellent view. From the top of them you can actually look down and back and see the start-finish straight too!

As for food I've had several cheap and good but unspectacular meals in the side-streets up the hill near the palace - last time I was there was 2001 there were several places doing a decent prix fixé lunch for well under a tenner.

#15 bill patterson

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Posted 18 January 2006 - 14:49

Some more info to my earlier rushed post

EasyJet flight to Belfast/Nice return - £115
Hotel in Beaulieu £50 per head per night - £150
Bus/train to Beaulieu from airport return - approx.£15
Train Beaulieu/Monaco return for 3 days - approx.£10
Grandstand Saturday/Sunday - £33

TOTAL £323,

see you there fellow TNFers!

#16 Antoine Pilette

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Posted 18 January 2006 - 17:51

More info I got from my folks in MC:

There are rooms available at the Tulip Inn in MC, really close to the train-station but 250€ a room for two people, breakfast included.
Phone: +377 92 05 63 00 E-mail: tulipinn-terminus at monte-carlo.mc

The Regency, toward Menton, on the bus-line.
Phone: + 33 493 35 00 91 Website: www.hotelregencymonaco.com

At Roquebrune-Cap-Martin: www.westminster06.com

New hotel toward Cap-D'Ail www.appartvalley.com

Close to that one there is the hotel Normandy
Phone: + 33 493 78 77 77

Found a B&B but just got an e-mail they are fully booked for the Historic GP... room was 150-180€ for that period!

#17 Barry Boor

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Posted 18 January 2006 - 19:07

Er, I'm going to HAVE to mention this....

If all goes according to plan, Roger Clark and myself will be sleeping on a £65,000 motor boat in Antibes harbour for the duration of the weekend and commuting into Monaco either by train or in the Shogun.

It seems as though TNF is going to be extremely well represented down there.

We MUST try to get-together during the weekend.

#18 David Beard

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Posted 18 January 2006 - 19:29

Originally posted by Barry Boor
Er, I'm going to HAVE to mention this....

If all goes according to plan, Roger Clark and myself will be sleeping on a £65,000 motor boat in Antibes harbour for the duration of the weekend and commuting into Monaco either by train or in the Shogun.

It seems as though TNF is going to be extremely well represented down there.

We MUST try to get-together during the weekend.


Er, I'm going to HAVE to ask this....

How many berths are available in this gin palace?

#19 Barry Boor

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Posted 18 January 2006 - 19:31

It sleeps 4 but there will be 3 of us and one is very tall.

As to births..... well, that depends how many southern French dollies get picked up on the way....

Gin? Eeeeeuch!

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#20 Cirrus

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Posted 18 January 2006 - 20:42

As to births..... well, that depends how many southern French dollies get picked up on the way....



Baggy Shorts, Bum Bag, T-Shirt

Births, or Berths, Sorry, but it's an uphill struggle, Barry.......

#21 Antoine Pilette

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Posted 18 January 2006 - 20:50

:lol:


For a TNF gathering, I guess it could be at a restaurant for lunch, for a dozen people?
I've just sent an email to know what's nice at a raisonable price.

#22 frogeye59

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Posted 18 January 2006 - 20:50

Originally posted by Barry Boor
Er, I'm going to HAVE to mention this....

If all goes according to plan, Roger Clark and myself will be sleeping on a £65,000 motor boat in Antibes harbour for the duration of the weekend and commuting into Monaco either by train or in the Shogun.

It seems as though TNF is going to be extremely well represented down there.

We MUST try to get-together during the weekend.


I will be on a mobile home site near Antibes harbour so will likely be one of "the great unwashed", on the outside looking in...........

We find saturday in casino and K1 sunday best bet for atmosphere and viewing, have had problems getting into the paddock, have had to dodge french plod a few times to make it in. Worth the effort though.
Even managed to scare the living daylights out of James (C&SC) Elliott one day, which is always worth the effort.

#23 Barry Boor

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Posted 18 January 2006 - 20:58

Frogeye's comment about the paddock is interesting. In 2004, Roger and myself strolled into the paddock with no problems on both Friday and Saturday (can't remember if we went in on Sunday).

We saw no control over who could and couldn't get in there. Indeed, if you went into the Stars and whatever bar on the top road, down the stairs and through the bar area, you would walk straight into the paddock.

After practice, we walked down the pit road, round to Rascasse and into the paddock. WONDERFUL!

Let's hope it isn't overly restricted now that it is becoming so popular.

#24 frogeye59

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Posted 18 January 2006 - 21:03

Barry,

I'm surprised, We've been to all but one and have had to dodge plod each time, they were checking for passes at all gates.

However if you go down the side of the paddock by the shops and bars, and walk right to the other end there is usually a bank of poly loo's with gaps in the fencing there.

The reason we scared Elliott San (he does know us by the way) was we jumped him for his passes as we'd failed to get in first attempt..

Cheers

David

#25 Roger Clark

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Posted 04 February 2006 - 14:47

Is there any on-track action on the Friday? I thought there was, but the AC de Monaco web site only mentions two days.

#26 David M. Kane

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Posted 04 February 2006 - 15:32

I thought they never ran on Fridays. Hasn't it (Monaco events) always been Thursday, Saturday and Sunday?

#27 Rob29

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Posted 04 February 2006 - 15:51

Originally posted by David M. Kane
I thought they never ran on Fridays. Hasn't it (Monaco events) always been Thursday, Saturday and Sunday?

I think the historic meeting has always been 2 days. The GP has always been 4 days-the support races practice on friday. F1 used to get 3 days practice until standard Bernie rules.

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Posted 04 February 2006 - 17:51

After practice, we walked down the pit road, round to Rascasse and into the paddock. WONDERFUL!



And you dropped in on us on the way! I'd certainly recommend getting there on the Friday, or even Thursday. There were plenty of people walking down the pit lane who had clearly just gone to Monaco on a day trip, and were surprised to see all the old cars.

#29 carsten.meurer

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Posted 05 February 2006 - 13:48

i have planed my first proper holiday for years !

want to take the motorhome, hoock up the trailer with either my mk1 rs2600 if finished by then, or alternatively the mk2 rs2000 racer, and drive down from germany thru route napoleaon to the
cote d'azur !

there i wanted to find a good cheap place to stay, and go to monaco either by scooter, or roadcar.
the roadcar is more for the col de turini though...;)

after monaco i want to make my way westward slowly, so that i get to pau by thursday night !

monday i want to make my way thru central france back home, stopping here and there and trashing some backroads with either of the rs... :)

beautiful landscape, no timepressure, wonderful roads for the right car, two of the best historic race meetings, and all relatively cheap ( hopefully ! ) !

what could be better ? :up:

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#30 Barry Boor

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Posted 05 February 2006 - 15:51

You can park your motorhome at Camping Pylone, in Biot, near Antibes, Carsten. It's a nice site with shops restaurants and even a swimming pool. The railway station is 5 minutes from the camp site with trains right into Monaco.

Scooter would be o.k. to go into Monaco but you would have a big problem finding somewhere to park you road car.

#31 Antoine Pilette

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Posted 05 February 2006 - 17:34

I've changed my plans and I'll be there.
PM me for my local phone-number if you want to meet :up:

#32 fvebr

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Posted 05 February 2006 - 21:04

So maybe a chance to meet some friends.... Looking for a TNF meeting around here... I'd be glad to give any help i can.... (I live in Cannes)...

#33 jph

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Posted 23 February 2006 - 19:30

Provisional timetable is now up on the ACM website (www.acm.mc). Looks like there's gong to be two, rather than the originally announced one, post-1966 F! races this year: 1966 - 1974 and 1975 - 1978. Roll on May!

#34 jorism

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Posted 23 February 2006 - 20:23

I will also be there. What's the best to do, going from Friday till Sunday or only Saturday and Sunday?

#35 Barry Boor

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Posted 23 February 2006 - 20:28

There may be little track action on Friday but it is the best time to stroll the paddock, look at the cars and chat to the owners etc.

We must make a meeting point and time!

#36 Antoine Pilette

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Posted 23 February 2006 - 21:03

Cafe de Paris? 15-20 mins walk from the train-station or 5-10mins by bus.
Might be busy on the terrace and a reservation might be needed for lunch.

#37 N3NP

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Posted 02 March 2006 - 19:11

Full entry list Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2006 now available on website of
automobile club de monaco,

www.acm.mc

#38 David McKinney

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Posted 02 March 2006 - 19:22

....including S Moss in the Ferguson :up:

#39 David Beard

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Posted 02 March 2006 - 19:57

Originally posted by David McKinney
....including S Moss in the Ferguson :up:


Just for an instant I found myself hoping it might rain....

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#40 Barry Boor

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Posted 02 March 2006 - 19:59

Wash your mouth out......

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Posted 02 March 2006 - 20:16

Originally posted by Barry Boor
Wash your mouth out......


Yes, I bought my tickets yesterday, now it can't rain.

#42 Michael Oliver

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Posted 02 March 2006 - 22:50

What an entry list!

Two Lotus 72s plus a 49 & 76. Not sure what a Lotus 27791 from 1974 is though!

Two Brabham BT33s and two BT42s, two McLaren M23s and an M19A, Two Matra MS120s, FOUR BRMs (Twinny :love: ) and two Tecnos (72 PA123 and a 73 car).

And - of course, how could I forget - the Amon!

Let's just hope they all turn up...

Roll on May!

#43 Barry Boor

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Posted 02 March 2006 - 22:56

Is there going to be anyone there who isn't a TNF regular? :lol:

#44 Rob29

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Posted 03 March 2006 - 12:11

Wow!!!! A historic meeting with no tintops! I have never seen an entry list like that.Where is the cheapest flight to Nice?edit;just re-read earlier posts. Yes a shower of rain for the 60s race would be interesting. I was at Oulton Park Gold Cup 1961.

#45 petefenelon

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Posted 03 March 2006 - 14:50

Originally posted by Rob29
Wow!!!! A historic meeting with no tintops! I have never seen an entry list like that.Where is the cheapest flight to Nice?edit;just re-read earlier posts. Yes a shower of rain for the 60s race would be interesting. I was at Oulton Park Gold Cup 1961.


There's a very cheap service from Liverpool to Nice...

#46 Rob29

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Posted 03 March 2006 - 16:32

Originally posted by petefenelon


There's a very cheap service from Liverpool to Nice...

Cheers pete,can we have more details? My first search found best offers around £800 return via London! Best offer from London £158.

#47 Antoine Pilette

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Posted 03 March 2006 - 16:37

£54.50 one-way for London to Nice via Paris on the Eurostar website

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Posted 03 March 2006 - 17:12

Antoine, with SNCF the way they are he will be there in no time. Very fast journey and very comfortable, so friends tell me.

In Nice try the little old railway up into the mountains, if it is running , 2 hrs each way, fabulous scenery, have lunch at any of the stops and get back on again.

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#49 Antoine Pilette

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Posted 03 March 2006 - 17:20

Lived there a decade and never did the train ride!
As i'm getting into Railway History, I'm up for it in May. Thanks for idea :up:

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Posted 03 March 2006 - 18:34

Originally posted by Rob29
Cheers pete,can we have more details? My first search found best offers around £800 return via London! Best offer from London £158.


Liverpool to Nice (and back again) is by easyJet