Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2014
From 9 to 11 May, Audi Tradition revived one of the great eras of motor racing in the Principality. Steeped in tradition, the Monaco circuit hosted a special demonstration run by two Auto Union Silver Arrows dating from 1936 and 1939.
Jacky Ickx – legendary racing driver
In 1936, the Auto Union Type C was regarded as the ultimate racing car; with its 520-horsepower, 16-cylinder engine, the Silver Arrow was capable of speeds up to 340 kilometres an hour. Such performance was unusual at the time, and the car can truly be regarded as the grandfather of today’s Formula 1 contenders. At the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix Historique, it was driven by an equally iconic motorsport star, Jacky Ickx. Twice world championship runner-up and six times winner of the Le Mans 24-hour race, he was looking forward excitedly to his appearance: “It’s a privilege to drive a car like this at a place like this!”
The most beautiful Silver Arrow
On the Sunday, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Audi Board of Management for Technical Development, was seen behind the wheel of another car, an Auto Union Type D with twin superchargers. This is regarded as the most beautiful of the Silver Arrows. At the end of the 1930s, this racing car, with its 12-cylinder engine developing 485 horsepower, had a top speed of 330 km/h.
Time travel in a modern setting
This event on the celebrated city circuit was a rare opportunity to see the Auto Union Silver Arrows “live” at a race meeting for historic cars. The event has been held in Monaco since 1997 and traditionally takes place two weeks before the Formula 1 Grand Prix. With modern Monte Carlo as a backdrop, visitors enjoyed a fascinating journey back to an earlier motorsport era.
1936 Auto Union Type C, 1939 Auto Union Type D with twin superchargers.