MONACO- The Golden Age of the Grand Prix


Foreword by Sir Jackie Stewart, OBE

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An iconic moment in motorsport comes alive in the pages of Monaco. Jesse Alexander’s photographs of Formula One cars snaking around corners on the narrow streets of Monte Carlo capture the glory of auto racing more than half a century ago, and dozens of these pictures have never been published before. At once timeless and beautifully framed in a specific age and place, his images chronicle not only the ascendance of the grand marques of the period—Ferrari, Mercedes, Lancia, Maserati, Lotus, and Cooper—but also famous drivers like Juan Fangio, Jackie Stewart, Stirling Moss, Bruce McLaren, and many others, all striving for positions on the starting grid’s front row.

This photographic journey covers the race from the famous landmarks of the circuit: Virage de la Gare, where race fans arrived by train from Nice and Italy and walked straight to trackside seats in the grandstand; the hairpin turn at Gazomètres; intimate Bureau de Tabac, world-renowned Place du Casino; and the foreboding Tunnel. There are panoramas of the race from the Hôtel de Paris rooftop as well as close-ups of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier in the royal box.

Alexander follows the Hollywood connection with the making of John Frankenheimer’s 1966 film classic, Grand Prix; director Roman Polanski working on his Jackie Stewart docu-mentary; and actor Steve McQueen in the Honda pits with his driver friends. Here are beautiful women, hardworking mechanics, and all the tension and trackside drama of one of the world’s classic car competitions. Jesse Alexander’s Monaco is a journey back in time to an unforgettable chapter in the history of motorsport.

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Monaco by Jesse Alexander