Like her father, Vanina Ickx started racing almost by accident. While studying biology at the university, her friend became pregnant and could not participate in the BMW’s Compact Cup. Since Vanina’s family was well known in the motorsport world, Ms. Ickx drove in her friend’s place and finished last. This started the Belgium youngster’s racing career participating the following two seasons and finishing in fourth place. Endurance racing was next on her list. In 1998 racing in the European Spa 24 hour touring race she stood on the podium in a third place finish, the first female driver ever to accomplish this feat.
For many years to follow the seasoned driver competed and many times won races like the Ferrari 360 Challenge, The Dakar Endurance Race from Paris to Dakar, Le Mans, the SPA 24 Hours and the Nürburgring 24 Hours. After announcing her retirement in 2012, she enrolled in business school and became a mother the following year. With talent extending far beyond car racing, she occasionally competes in triathlons, motorcycle races and cycling events.
In addition to the legendary drivers racing laps around the race circuit, the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique is a weeklong event: a gala dinner party amongst the car collection of the Prince of Monaco, Sotheby’s auction of classic sports totaling more than 23 million euros, and of course, the racing in several classes. The photographers, Terry Check and Jacque Pell, for Mode Lifestyle Magazine managed to capture a few memorable racing moments.
* Article in the 20th Anniversary Luxury Edition of Mode Lifestyle Magazine