Talk:2006 French Grand Prix

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Official race name[edit]

The official race name given is the XCII Grand Prix de France and unless I'm terribly mistaken, XCII is roman numerals for 92. This race, however, is only the 84th French Grand Prix, plus the final French GP was only the 86th one. Has there been some sort of mix-up here, or was the race named the 92nd French GP for some bizarre reason? Bigdon(talk) 21:22, 10 April 2012 (UTC)

I don't think the reason is bizzare, just archaic. Originally the French Grand Prix was called the Grand Prix de l'ACF, and was in fact still known by that name until the mid-60s. Recognition that for a long time there were many Grands Prix in France and that this was the Grand Prix organised by the ACF club. The first French Grand Prix is widely acknowledged as the 1906 race, but the ACF themselves numbered the races based on the numbers of races the ACF themselves organised, which considering the race's long standing name is understandable. The ACF was organising races back as far as 1900, even earlier, so by the time of the first recognised French Grand Prix the ACF was orgnaing its ninth major race, hence the discrepancy. Those eight other races were for the most part Gordon Bennett Cup races in the very early 1900s. --Falcadore (talk) 22:07, 10 April 2012 (UTC)