Nice Retro was held in conjunction with the town’s 100th anniversary of their annual carnival. The motor racing bit was to commemorate the Nice Grand Prix held in 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935 and again in 1946 and 1947. Nice was one of the earliest Grand Prix events after the war. Not the earliest, that honour went Paris, but it was one of the earliest. The circuit was T-shaped with the Promenade des Anglais dual carriageway forming the cross-bar of the T. The stalk went into the town and back again. As the French think that the motorcar was invented in 1884 they also used the occasion to celebrate the 100th year of the automobile. The rest of the world are celebrating the 100 years next year, 1985!
In reality this jolly — Nice Retro 84 — was a nice excuse for the collectors, the dealers and the “old boys” to have a re-union and play with their old Grand Prix cars. A nice bit of harmless fun for everyone. — D.S. J.