Exquisite photographs, most of them published here for the first time, provide an intimate portrait of the Monaco Grand Prix, from the first race in 1929 through to the present day. British photographer Michael Hewett has attended every race since 1962. Shot from every possible vantage point on the mountainous street circuit, the photographs capture the magic of this fabulous event.
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The Monaco GP is the most photogenic motor race venue in the world, with beautiful architecture plus the fabled harbour and Royal Palace as a backdrop. Because of its tight, winding turns, the street circuit allows no room for error. Uniquely in today's super-professional F1, here is a 'homely' quality as spectators watch from rooftops, balconies - any available perch - and boats. The inaugural race was won by William Grover-Williams, driving a Bugatti painted in what would become the famous British racing green. Although Ayrton Senna took six victories here, five-times winner Graham Hill was known as the King of Monaco because of his knowledge of the track. Alberto Ascari crashed into the harbour in 1955 and divers are still employed on race weekend.
Shortlisted for British Sports Book Awards: Best Illustrated Title 2008.
Photographer For Michael Hewett, a retired market gardener, photography is an all-consuming passion, with the Monaco Grand Prix his favourite subject. He lives at Caterham, Surrey.