Monaco GP: the DQ way



Of all the circuits of Formula 1, it may be the most revered.

Not necessarily for the track or the racing. And it’s not that it doesn’t have that in spades.

It’s just that when the net worth of the planet convenes in a fiscal paradise that started life as a pirate cove, things can’t help but get a little more energized than usual.

And even for New Yorkers with fat wallets and sharp elbows, obtaining the correct entrée to do it in style can be tough.

It takes a certain kind of very well-connected character for all the pieces to fall into place.

Otherwise it can be a cramped, noisy, sweaty day of not seeing much.

So as with all things, the smartest decision is to use local trusted knowledge.

Which is the DQ way.

Hence after not much arm-twisting, the DQ Privée team—curators of private curated events for our top cats—spent a few phone calls on setting up the Monaco GP the right way for the DQ crew. It’s fairly easy to score tickets on a grandstand, a terrace or a spot on a gin palace backed onto the port. But the right way to do it is to put yourself in a position to see the entire race while also enjoying the cars zipping by a few feet away.Oh, and of course, rosé.So we picked up our jaunt to Chateau de Bellet (more on that later) with lunch in Villefranche, where we were tendered out to our digs for the race, which was a beautiful recreation of an early-20th-century racing schooner.  All 167 feet of her.


After a refreshing glass of rosé with Captain Dave, we motored around to our favorite hidden cove where we grabbed a few more characters and topped up the rosé on the beach. Whereafter it was time to unfurl the sheets and sail for Monaco. The rest, as they say, is history… cocktails, Pointy Snout caviar, champagne, Macanudos and an amazing private dinner aboard… and then the race the next day.Atop a super-luxe Zeelander 36 with coolers full of DQ Rosé and a viewpoint in the middle of the port watching the 100-foot screen and the race on the street at once.
Now that’s how to do it.


Words by Duncan Quinn Photos by Lucas Noonan