It was soon time for us to leave the party and make our way back to the casino car park and for me to do what I drove over 750 miles to do: To drive my car on this most hallowed F1 track. We made it back to the car park after the usual wrong turns and ‘discussions’ (ahem) on the best route back and after spending some time taking in the scene at the Casino itself.
Talk about Supercar heaven!
We saw some of the rarest and most expensive cars casually being manoeuvred by the casino valets. I’m pretty certain I spotted a Ferrari 599 GTO and Pagani Hyuara to name just two. I could have spent the entire night there. I somehow managed to tear myself away from the fabulous casino scene, got to my car, set the go-pro and then proceeded out of the car park.
I emerged onto the track at turn 4, Casino Square, went through turn 5, Mirabeau Haute and onto the most famous corner in Motorsport, turn 6, the Loews hairpin, now known as the ‘Grand Hotel hairpin’ then onto turn 7, a right-hander, Mirabeau Bas, then another right-hander, turn 8, Portier and then into the famous tunnel. At the end of this tunnel we could no longer follow the track because of the street party we attended earlier. I could not drive the entire track because of traffic restrictions and the sheer volume of traffic (this is a genuine street track) but the little bit I drove was enough for me to begin to imagine just what it would be like to race on this historic track….
As I got to the Loews hairpin (I refuse to call it by its new name), I had to stop and take a picture of my car on this track..God knows if I’ll ever get the chance again…
As we made our way back to the villa, our route took us through a few tunnels where a few Ferrari’s and Mercedes AMG’s were lurking and you know what came next…wind the windows down, put the car into manual, sport mode, pull the left hand paddle twice and hear the sound of the motorsport engine at 9,000 rpm in the back bounce off the tunnel walls and mix with the sounds of several Ferrari and AMG V8’s…