Vintage T-Shirt MONACO 1961


Regular price $19.99

This is part of the Retro Formula 1 Collection.  Since the first Formula One race at Silverstone in 1950 Cars, Teams and Drivers have come and gone but the memories linger in the hearts of the race fan. The premise of Retro Formula 1 is to revive the memory of those illustrious racing teams that are still held so dear by the motor racing enthusiast. In essence Retro Formula 1 goal is to reform the grid of great Formula One marques. Our garments are not just T-Shirts, they are an emotive slice of history. They represent a time where those now regarded as legends were ordinary people doing extraordinary things.   The MONACO 1961 T-Shirt main features:   Remastered graphics, printed front, back and both sleeves Top quality garment Taped back neck. Tubular knit Twin needle stitching Generous fit 100% Ringspun Cotton, 160gs   About The Monaco Grand Prix   Ahhhhh...Monaco!The coastal Mediterranean views, steep cliffs and hairpin turns have made the Grand Prix de Monaco one of the most legendary automobile races.Since its inception in 1929, the race has drawn crowds of thousands to watch the many Bugatti, Ferrari, Maserati and Mercedes take on the narrow winding streets.Encapsulating the glamour and excitement of the race are the posters that were produced annually over its 80-year history. Commissioned by different artists over the years, the posters incorporated the rivalries, tragedies and highlights of each year's race.  Our design was inspired by the original 1961 Monaco Grand Prix poster which was recently on sale for over £2,000.The Retro Formula 1 T-Shirt is quite a bit cheaper and we think it's one of the best F1 graphics we've found to date. A wonderful piece of design. There's been many great races at Monaco. Who can forget 1992 when Nigel Mansell, who had already won the first five races of the season took pole and was expected to make it six on the trot. That was until lap 70 when a puncture caused Mansell to pit and relinquish his 25sec lead to Senna, who defended the last six laps to take his 5th Monaco win.MONACO Grand Prix 1961The 1961 Monaco Grand Prix was the beginning of a new era for F1. It was the first F1 race to be run under the new 1.5 litre regulations, which was thought to benefit teams like Ferrari and Porsche. And so it proved to be with Ferrari filling 3 of the top 4 spots on the grid, but not the important one – pole.QualifyingThe erratic yearly variations in Monaco's qualifying regulations saw grid places guaranteed for works teams and past winners in 1961. Therefore the five works teams were awarded two places each on the grid, while Stirling Moss and Maurice Trintignant earned spots. This left nine drivers to fight over four remaining slots. A fifth opened up when Innes Ireland crashed during the final practice session, breaking his leg. Moss took pole position from Richie Ginther and Jim Clark, with Graham Hill and Phil Hill on the second row.