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PH Photo Gallery: Monaco Top Marques

Monaco - a place where money talks and a bog-standard supercar simply isn't sufficient to stand out

By ThomasHowarth / Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Monaco Grand Prix is one of the most famous motorsport events in the world, but the small principality on the French Riviera hosts another internationally renowned car event known as Top Marques Monaco. The supercar and tuner car festival is hosted every April in the Grimaldi Forum, just adjacent to the iconic F1 circuit. A whole host of luxury and performance brands have displays in the show, from the Aston Martin DB10 and Jaguar C-X75 featured in Spectre to the incredible 1,000hp Apollo Arrow.

However, the real stars of the show are not what you can see inside but rather the cars that are to be found on the streets of the principality while the event is on. The density of exotica in the streets during TMM is almost unparalleled anywhere else in the world, even by Monaco standards. This is for three reasons, the first being the tax haven status and the disposable income of the many wealthy residents. Second, the event attracts those from further afield, often in supercars of their own to join the party. And, finally, many of the exhibitors permit their customers a chance to be driven in - or drive - the cars on display around the route of the legendary F1 street circuit.

What does this mean for car nuts like ourselves? You can't turn a single corner in Monaco during TMM without coming across something incredible. Highlights from this year's event include a Gumpert Apollo S which spent all day, every day lapping the town, the full carbon Lamborghini Aventador Hamann Nervudo Roadster and the ridiculous line up of cars that graced the forecourt of the Fairmont Hotel just off what's probably the most famous hairpin in the world.

Next year's show is April 20-23 and promises more of the same!

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