Sidepodcast // All for F1 and F1 for all

Next race: Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne

1929 and the first Monaco Grand Prix // Archive footage from the dusty streets of Monte Carlo

Published by Mr. C

Joe Saward shared a video on Facebook over the weekend that I hadn't seen before and absolutely did not want to lose.

Pathé Newsreels, one of the oldest names in the motion picture industry, launched a YouTube channel last year and have been uploading all manner of archive clips ever since. This month they dug out a 2 minute vignette of the inaugural Grand Prix in Monaco, founded by Anthony Noghes.

The 1929 race featured 15 drivers and lasted 4 hours, and looked as insane to tackle in a racing car back then as it does today. The beauty of running a contemporary series on a circuit as steeped in history as Monaco is that so many of the landmarks are clearly recognisable to even the most casual modern day fan - the tight St. Devote corner, the climb to the Casino, the tunnel and more.

Enjoy this truly classic piece of footage and keep in mind the amount of dust visible off the racing line when drivers complain about marbles in the modern era.

The race was won by William Grover-Williams, a name fans of Joe's book Grand Prix Saboteurs will be more than familiar with. If you haven't read the book yet, be sure to grab yourself a copy.

Buy from Amazon - Pocket F1 Handbook: Guide to the 2015 Grand Prix Season

365 F1 stories

Which champion, crowned in 1964, was born on this day in Surrey in the UK?

F1 team launches
Haas F1 TeamBarcelona, Spain21 Feb
McLaren HondaBarcelona, Spain21 Feb
Williams Martini RacingBarcelona, Spain22 Feb
F1 test schedule
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain22 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain23 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain24 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain25 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain1 Mar
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain2 Mar
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain3 Mar
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain4 Mar

On this day in F1 history