Watch Jacky Ickx race around Monaco in a Silver Arrow

August 27, 2014

When the Monaco Grand Prix took place three months ago, the Formula One world was fixated on the first sign of cracks appearing between the two Mercedes drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. If we had been allowed to marshall the weekend's media coverage however, we would have directed the industry's eyes to an event that actually took place two weeks prior to the jewell in F1's crown. The Historic Grand Prix of Monaco was founded in 1997 and takes place every year as a homage to classic, charming and famous old cars that were once at the forefront of the business. It's simply the must-attend event in the calendar for any classic GP car lover. But this year, one car, one famous driver and one luxury brand in particular stole the show. Chopard, the prestigious Swiss watch house, secured the use of an iconic 1936 Auto Union Type C, and put renowned six times Le Mans 24 Hour winner Jacky Ickx behind the wheel. As classic, timeless scenes that hark back to yesteryear go, this one was nigh untouchable. chopardmonaco1 In its heyday, the Silver Arrow got 520-horsepower from its 16-cylinder engine and was capable of speeds up to 340 km/h. Even half that speed would have been impressive on the tight bends of Monte-Carlo in May. And we must assume, Ickx was well aware of the car's priceless value. Even so, this was a moment for the ages and watching the video has us wishing we could go back to the time when GP cars were slightly more dangerous, men were far more gentlemanly and brands such as Chopard were worn by all. Details: visit chopard.com