Race, Historic
APR 23rd 2020

Paul Fearnley

Monaco 1952: When sportscars ran in the Monaco Grand Prix

Stirling Moss spotted it first. With a warning wave, he darted for safety, leaping athletically into a startled crowd via a hop-skip-jump across the seats of Reg Parnell’s crashed Aston Martin. Fractions later Anthony Hume’s Allard arrived. Backwards.

This was the second successive pile-up at a Monaco Grand Prix. The claustrophobic confines of this Mediterranean principality have caused numerous others since – but 1952’s carambolage will remain unique. For that year’s edition was run for sports cars.

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