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9 decades of yachts at the Monaco Grand Prix

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1934: Classic yachts keep their distance

Yachts at the Monaco Grand Prix are blessed with a trackside view as the race snakes along Monaco's waterfront and harbour. Since the Monaco Grand Prix began in 1929, the race has grown and changed with the times. So too have the yachts at the Monaco Grand Prix.

What is now the biggest and most glamorous automobile race came from humble beginnings – the first Monaco Grand Prix saw 16 participants vying for a prize of 100,000 francs. The photo above shot in 1934 shows Pierre Veyron driving a Type 51 Bugatti ahead of Carlo Felice Trossi in a Scuderia Ferrari P3 Type B Alfa Romeo.

What makes this photo stand out – besides the now-historic F1 cars – is the yachts in the background, what we would certainly now consider “classics”.

This doesn’t mean these were small vessels by any means. Some of the top classic yachts in the world were delivered in the early 1900s, such as the 60.96 metre Madiz, built in 1902, and the 83.21 metre Dannenborg, built in 1931, which bears a striking resemblance to the yacht to the far right.

Photo courtesy Getty Images

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