Monaco Grand Prix (The Life) captures all the racing thrills and off-track glamour that has made this the top F1 race since its debut in 1929.
Go behind the scenes to explore the history, racing, celebrity fans, and after hours of racing's most glamorous and prestigious round in the F1 championship with Monaco Grand Prix (The Life).
Monaco sponsored its first race in 1929 and the circuit has been part of the Formula 1 series since 1950. Conducted with the patronage of Monaco’s royal family, its beautiful street-circuit has made Monaco the most glamorous setting of any F1 race. But the classic architecture and high-profile spectators belie a course notorious for its complexity and challenges. With no safety barriers until 1969, drivers have twice plunged into the harbor among the spectating yachts.
Off the circuit, Monaco is a 24-hour spectacle of expensive boats, high-profile parties, celebrity F1 fans, penthouse spectating, and high-roller lifestyle. From the Monte Carlo casino (integral to numerous James Bond films) to top clubs like Amber Lounge, Jimmy’z, and The Black Lounge to F1 racers’ luxury homes to the takeoffs and landings of countless private jets, Monaco represents the epitome of the jet-setting lifestyle long associated with the F1 circus.
From the first Grand Prix in 1929 to today's star-studded event, Monaco Grand Prix (The Life) takes the reader on a full lap of this prestigious race.
About the Author
Stuart Codling's and James Mann's previous Motorbooks title, Art of the Formula 1 Race Car received the 'Best of Books' award for 2010 from the International Society for Vehicle Preservation's International Automotive Media Awards competition. A journalist and broadcaster, Stuart Codling has worked in motorsport and automotive writing for more than a decade, covering sports car racing in the United States before joining F1 Racing, the world's biggest-selling Formula 1 magazine, in 2001.
He has appeared as an F1 expert on TV and radio, hosted for Renault F1, and contributes to F1 Racing, Autosport, Autocar and the Red Bulletin. Codling's is the author of the Motorbooks best-seller Real Racers: Formula 1 Racing in the 1950s and 1960s, and lives in Farnham, Surrey, England.