“During the Grand Prix weekend, the yacht owners are asked to push heir ships an additional fifteen feet out into the harbor, away from the road. I guess the organizers think it’d make a difference if a car went in the water.”
— Steve Matchett on NBC Sports during practice for the Monaco Grand Prix
It’s a big weekend. Two-thirds of the Motorsports Triple Crown go off on Sunday: the Monaco Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500. If you need me I’ll be in front of the tv, with a brief break between the two races for some hot grilling action.
In the meantime, check out this photo of the setup process at Monaco. If I could, please let me direct your attention to the bright red old-school Mini with the Union Jack on its roof. Compare it to the downright massive-looking SmartCar next to it.
Oh no, don’t mind me, cows. I’m just on the way to winning the 1968 World Championship.
Unfortunately, Mr. Hill’s race would come to a very premature finish here: his Lotus’ halfshaft would break on lap five.
Interestingly, weather reports on the day of the race say that it was overcast, but dry. However, when the length of the nearly nine mile long course is taken into account, it is possible that conditions varied along the track which would explain the clearly wet racing surface.