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Five Spectacular Monaco Grand Prix Crashes

Five Spectacular Monaco Grand Prix Crashes

Monaco Grand Prix crashes are like volcanic eruptions. Unpredictable, dramatic yet ultimately inevitable. Widely regarded as the most difficult circuit on the Formula One calendar, cars fly through the narrow streets of the Monaco Grand Prix, skimming walls and scraping kerbs. All the while the pressure builds. The drivers feel it. The teams feel it. And most importantly, the crowds can feel it too. Even with all the glitz and glamour available in our personalised Monaco Grand Prix packages, it’s the race’s unpredictability and potential to deliver the most exciting race of the calendar that makes Monaco so popular. Then, out of nowhere, all of this pressure erupts. Monaco Grand Prix crashes may not happen every year, but it feels like Formula One reserves its biggest crashes for the famous Mediterranean Circuit. In this article, we count down five of the most spectacular Monaco Grand Prix crashes that makes the event the truly unmissable spectacle it is today: Monaco Grand Prix Crashes: Alberto Ascari (1955) Perhaps one of the most infamous Monaco Grand Prix crashes saw two-time champion Alberto Ascari end up in the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean Ocean. As Ascari led the 1955 race, he overshot the renowned ‘Chicane du Port’ (today renamed Nouvelle Chicane), before plowing through sandbags and hay bales into the water. The Italian quickly escaped his sinking vehicle, before being rescued by a nearby boat, suffering only a broken nose, shock and a few other minor bruises. Remarkably, Ascari’s mid-race swim is one of two Monaco Grand Prix crashes involving drivers ending in the harbour. Paul Hawkins repeated Ascari’s feat 10 years later...
Places to Visit in Monaco & Beyond: Our Top Sightseeing Tips

Places to Visit in Monaco & Beyond: Our Top Sightseeing Tips

With so many places to visit in Monaco and its neighbouring towns, your weekend at the Grand Prix doesn’t need to be all fast cars, big yachts and overflowing Champagne – although of course that can be arranged as part of our Monaco Grand Prix luxury packages. We believe you can combine the glitz and glam of the Grand Prix with exploring a few hidden gems on the Cote d’Azur. Here are our top 5 places to visit in Monaco and beyond that you really won’t want to miss!   Villefranche Whilst staying on the French Riviera there is no place better to visit than Villefranche-Sur-Mer. Located between Nice and Monaco this idyllic seaside village still retains its old charm. This little fishing port is the perfect place to spend a day. Spend the morning venturing through the narrow cobbled lanes and explore the old citadel that now houses a number of museums and exhibitions and then enjoy the afternoon on the beautiful beach, swimming in the turquoise sea. After enjoying a relaxing day, you can watch the sun go down in one of the seafront restaurants whilst sampling the catch of the day.   Nice During a Monaco Grand Prix weekend, the majority of people choose to stay in Nice and travel to Monaco on the train, a mere 25 minutes along the coast. Nice is a fantastic city full of open-air restaurants and cafés, boutique shops and, of course, the famous Promenade des Anglais. There is truly something for everyone. One of the main focal points in Nice is the Old Town, set just behind the Flower Market....
Top Tips for a Weekend at the Monaco Grand Prix 2018

Top Tips for a Weekend at the Monaco Grand Prix 2018

BAC Sport have been offering packages for Monaco Grand Prix hospitality for over 20 years, and thus Nice, Monaco and the beautiful French Riviera feel like our second home. However, for those who have never been, the idea of planning a trip can be overwhelming. But fear not, we’re here to pass on our top tips for a weekend at the Monaco Grand Prix, so you can sit back and relax knowing you’re in good hands. 1. Top tip – Where to stay   Planning where to stay is our first top tip for a weekend at the Monaco Grand Prix. Where you stay will largely be determined by your overall budget. When it comes to the Monaco Grand Prix, there are two main options. The two places we recommended to our clients are Nice or, of course, Monaco itself.   Nice   Once you arrive at Nice airport you will be greeted by one of our on-site representatives, before being transferred to your hotel where you can begin your weekend. As you can imagine, hotels in Monaco are at a premium during the Grand Prix and thus it is more cost effective to stay in Nice.   We can offer a selection of 3*, 4* and 5* Hotels, all within easy reach of Nice train station and which will take you into Monaco. Enjoy walking along with Promenade des Anglais or people watching in Nice Old Town after a full day at the circuit. This is the perfect place to combine the craziness of the Grand Prix with a relaxing city break.   Monaco   For those wanting to be right...
Hungarian Grand Prix 2018: Five Reasons to Visit

Hungarian Grand Prix 2018: Five Reasons to Visit

With the 2017 F1 Championship almost over, we’ve been having a look back at some of the highlights of the season – one of which was a dramatic race at the Hungaroring just before the summer break. We think the Hungarian Grand Prix 2018 could prove just as unmissable. Here are five reasons you should visit… 1. Dramatic F1 action The 2017 race in Hungary was one of the most memorable of the season, with Lewis Hamilton giving up third place for his teammate Valtteri Bottas in a move which cost him crucial points and ultimately could have cost him the championship. If the race had an exciting ending, the start was almost as dramatic, with Max Verstappen colliding with Daniel Ricciardo on the first lap and ending the Australian’s race. A visit to the tight and twisty Hungaroring will also bring back memories for long-time F1 fans, with memorable incidents including Damon Hill’s first win in 1993, Nigel Mansell’s lost wheel in 1987 and then his victory in 1989 after starting 12th and dramatically overtaking Ayrton Senna. If any moments like this are repeated next July, you won’t want to miss the Hungarian Grand Prix 2018. 2. Hungarian thermal baths The Hungarian Grand Prix 2018 takes place on 29 July – the perfect time to squeeze in a summer holiday. Most visitors tend to stay in Budapest, a city with an abundance of things to do while away from the track. A visit wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Hungarian thermal baths, which the capital is famous for. Although there are a number to choose from, Szechenyi...
The 2018 Ryder Cup Venue: What to Expect From the Course

The 2018 Ryder Cup Venue: What to Expect From the Course

Next year, France will play host to one of the most exciting events in the golfing calendar: the 2018 Ryder Cup venue will be Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, just outside Paris. The competition is set to take place from 28th-30th September, and will mark only the second time continental Europe has hosted the Ryder Cup. Europe will be keen to get their hands back on the trophy after America’s 17-11 victory at Hazeltine, Minnesota in 2016. Europe have dominated the Ryder Cup since 2002, having won six of the last eight tournaments – so no doubt they’ll be looking to get their record back on track now they’re on home soil. But what can we expect from the 2018 Ryder Cup venue? Let’s take a look… The 2018 Ryder Cup venue: Le Golf National Le Golf National was designed by architects Hubert Chesneau and Robert von Hagge. A relatively new course, it opened for play in 1990, and has hosted the French Open every year since but two. The 2018 Ryder Cup venue will be Le Golf National’s spectacular championship course, L’Albatros. L’Albatros is notoriously difficult, and a favourite for many players. Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell said of it: “This is such a difficult course here, we may have one of the greatest Ryder Cup venues in European golf history in 2018.” The 2018 Ryder Cup venue: what’s the course like? L’Albatros is a stadium course featuring expansive, undulating fairways and links-style bunkers. It has few trees, but in typical European Ryder Cup style, plenty of water hazards to keep players on their toes. The man-made hills and undulations...
European Football Transfers: Top Signings of Summer 2017

European Football Transfers: Top Signings of Summer 2017

It only seems five minutes since the football season ended, but it’s already back and like it’s never been away. The opening Premier League weekend was full of goals, red cards and controversial decisions – but the English league isn’t the only one to have its fair share of the drama. Across Europe, teams have been putting their new players to the test – and here we take a look at some of the most interesting European football transfers to keep an eye on over the coming months. Neymar – Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain, approx. £198 million They say money can’t buy happiness, but PSG fans might disagree should their newest signing lead them to the Champions League title this season. The most expensive player of all time, Neymar’s move to the French side has to top any list of top European football transfers this summer and the world is waiting with bated breath to see how he will perform. The 25-year-old striker certainly has a lot of pressure on his shoulders, with the club hoping that not only will their star signing get them back to the top of Ligue 1, but also pave the way for them to lift the European trophy which has so far eluded them. The Brazilian forward will be keen to prove his worth and show he can be a star without Messi and co. by his side. Dani Alves – Juventus to Paris Saint-Germain, free Alves might have already done his most important job for PSG this season – by persuading one of his closest friends and former teammate Neymar to join...