The Principality of Monaco's inaugural motorsport victory

The Principality of Monaco's extraordinary story with motorsport began on this day in 1929.

Monaco's inaugural Grand Prix was set up by wealthy cigarette manufacturer Antony Noghès, one of the founding fathers of the Automobile Club de Monaco and the creator of the Monte Carlo rally.

Sixteen participants answered Noghès crazy call to race in the tiny city's twisty oceanfront streets, with British driver Williams Grover-Williams winning the first event at the wheel of a Bugatti T35B and collecting a hefty prize of 100,000 French francs.

For the record, Romanian driver George Bouriane, also driving a Bugatti, and Mercedes' Rudolf Caracciola completed the top-three.