• Credit Suisse Drivers Club to provide a central meeting point for racers and VIPs
  • Tantalizing debate to kick-start 2012 event: “Is historic racing better than Formula 1?”
  • Renowned motorsport figures to take part in quintessentially Swiss photo call

Zurich, May 8, 2012 With just a few days to go until one of the most talked about fixtures on the historic racing calendar, Credit Suisse is putting in place the final touches for its program at the 2012 Grand Prix de Monaco Historique. Credit Suisse has constructed its own Drivers Club, which will be a central hub for racers and VIPs to share their passion for classic cars and historic racing throughout the weekend.

Credit Suisse, which is entering the second year of its partnership with the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, will hold the 1st Credit Suisse Historic Racing Forum at the Drivers Club on the morning of Friday, May 11, from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. This year’s discussion, entitled “Is historic racing better than Formula 1?”, will be preceded by a special Media Breakfast at 9:00 am, offering journalists the chance to mingle before what is expected to be an engaging debate.

The Credit Suisse Historic Racing Forum will be a key feature of the 2012 event. This thought-provoking debate will involve a panel of revered motoring authorities including F1 Grand Prix and 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Jochen Mass, two-round winner of the World Sportscar Championship Alain de Cadenet, former F1 driver Emanuele Pirro and Grand Prix de Monaco Historique’s most successful competitor Duncan Dayton. The session, which will be moderated by renowned motoring journalist Simon Taylor, is certain to elicit a wide array of opinions from the members of the panel. Following the Forum at 10:30 am, there will also be a unique quintessentially Swiss ‘Alpine Horn’ photo call with some well-known names from the historic racing world inside the Drivers Club. The Forum panelists will be joined at the photo call by two-time European Touring Car Championship winner Dieter Quester.

Karsten Le Blanc, Managing Director, Credit Suisse Private Banking Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa, states: “This year, the Drivers Club is once again going to be a central hub for drivers and VIPs. I’m delighted that the Club will also be the stage for our 1st Credit Suisse Historic Racing Forum and the drivers’ briefings before the races. Preparations are in full swing for what we hope will be an exciting weekend of historic racing – a true celebration of what motoring’s all about! I’m looking forward to a passionate weekend of racing, and to meeting as many of our Credit Suisse guests as possible.

“We are proud of our continuing association with classic car racing and we feel that we are well placed, through our Drivers Club, to provide a central point throughout the weekend for similarly-minded historic racing enthusiasts to come and share their passions for racing.”

The Credit Suisse Drivers Club represents Credit Suisse’s ongoing commitment to classic car racing, an association that began back in 2004 when it started hosting two exclusive rallies per year. Credit Suisse then went on to nurture partnerships with leading international historic motorsport events: the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and the Goodwood Revival.

This year’s Grand Prix de Monaco Historique will feature 226 drivers. Heading the field will be the event’s most successful driver Duncan Dayton, in addition to a number of celebrity drivers, including Tony Smith, manager of the band Genesis, and Nick Mason, Pink Floyd’s drummer, both of whom will be driving racing cars from their own collections.

Drivers from 20 different countries will be participating in the seven-race program from May 11 – 13, 2012, which takes place on the identical circuit used for the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix later in the month. There will be a strong presence of British drivers (87) in addition to American (31), French (23), Italian (19) and German (10) entrants. In addition, 14 Monegasque drivers will be defending the colors of the Principality throughout the various races.