31 May 2012
This monumental baby called Planet (painted bronze and steel) waits for you outside the museum.
The exhibition is called 'The Litteral Zone.'
Jerry Brotton wrote 'The litteral zone, where sea meets the shore, where life on earth begins and ends, it is the location of origins, where chaos solidifes into form, where travel starts and concludes, a point of departure and a place of arrival, it is a space of fusion and of separation, where we try - and often fail - to distinguish nature from culture. And as a direct consequence, this is a space where creativity is at its most extreme and profound.'
Here's a timelapse video showing the installation of this 6 tonnes baby:
30 May 2012
Love the new Stars 'N' Bars ...
29 May 2012
We're back at Stars 'N' Bars today and walking up the stairs to the Star Deck. Looking at the photographs on the wall it would seem that anyone who is anyone has been to Stars 'N' Bars - Whitney Houston, Muhammed Ali, all the racing drivers (of course) but sports stars in most disciplines and so many stars of music and film and much more too.
It's all great fun looking at the photos ...
28 May 2012
This tiny Renault electric car, the Twizy, can be seen on the Monaco roads - somewhat smaller than the Formula One cars we saw yesterday ... but with one thing in common, they each accommodate only one person. Renault's answer to the Smart, I suppose.
Congratulations to Mark Webber - 2nd Monaco win!
27 May 2012
It's race day in Monaco which is abuzz with excitement - who will win?
This photo was taken at the Historic Grand Prix a couple of weeks ago but it seemed suitable for today even if it is a much older version of today's cars - and a little smaller!
Have a great day everyone and enjoy the race.
Vroom vroom ...
26 May 2012
Once off the train, all you have to do is check your Stand ticket, look at the sign and follow the relevant arrow.
Qualifying today ...
25 May 2012
If you are a Formula One fan you can't but be excited as you enter the stands - massive steel structures that, from this viewpoint, mask the harbour. The stand in the smaller photo faces the pit lane (its back to the sea) and the third photo gives you an idea of the security involved - this is the base of the long stand that faces the harbour, just before the swimming pool.
24 May 2012
There's no better place in Monaco to get in the mood for motorsport than Stars 'N' Bars - so many of the drivers go there.
23 May 2012
Stars 'N' Bars is famous as a sports bar and restaurant - you'll see Mika Hakkinen's West McClaren Mercedes MP4-15 from 2000 on a wall and here - on the ceiling, no less - is a kart. You'll see, if you can read upsidedown, the names of Roberto Toninello and Jules Bianchi.
22 May 2012
21 May 2012
20 May 2012
It's been closed for three months for refurbishment and is now open - and I can tell you, it's fabulous!
And if you know Stars 'N' Bars, you'll know the delightful Kate posing for us outside the new entrance.
This is a hangout of the rich and famous in Monaco and particularly the sports stars. Let's spend a few days exploring the inside --- a Grand Prix car on a wall, walls of photographs, great bar, stunning views over the Grand Prix paddock and harbour.
Come back tomorrow ...
19 May 2012
This is my darling friend, Donald, who lives in Beaulieu-Sur-Mer chatting to Marianne who is 90. A beautiful Danish woman - oh, to have her bone structure and energy ...
18 May 2012
(Thanks so much to Jean-Michel who informed me the art is by Patrick Moya, a well-known local artist.)
17 May 2012
16 May 2012
Today we see the three Allards entered for the Serie C race. The red one is a J2X built in 1952, entered from America. The one in the smaller photo is a J2, (1950) from the UK and the last one is a J2X (1952) from Italy.
Note, (in the photo below) how close the cars are to the yachts at Port Hercule.
And in the last photo (courtesy RM Auctions) is a 1957 Ferrari 625 TRC Spider which sold at the Classic Car auction last Saturday at the Grimaldi forum for 4.5 million euros. It's one of only two built by Ferrari. The estimate was 1.5 million euros but with two determined bidders it went up and up and up ... Total receipts at this auction were 33 million euros. Recession? What recession?
1957 Ferrari 625 TRC Spider (photo courtesy RM Auctions)
15 May 2012
The neighbouring car, by the way - painted dark blue - is a Bugatti 37A built in 1926.
14 May 2012
13 May 2012
The model in the first photo is a Maserati 4 CL from 1939. The car in the last photo is a Maserati 6CM/4CM from 1936.
Today is race day in Monte Carlo - the 8th Historique Grand Prix. There will be 226 classic cars competing in various classes, with entries from 20 different countries including 87 Brits and 31 Americans. And the weather, after a misty start, looks good. Vroom, vroom, vroom ...
12 May 2012
This is Jacky Ickx Brabham BT26 which won the German Grand Prix in 1969 - but it looks like it has a long way to go before racing tomorrow. I'm sure though it made it. These photos were taken on Thursday - the day the officials check out all the cars to make sure they follow whatever the requirements are in their particular class.