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For the first time in its five-year history, spectator figures were down at the ever-growing Zandvoort Historic Grand Prix. While that may have some clear causes, the fact didn’t take anything away from the programme, which was varied as usual, with a couple of wonderful surprises added into the mix, especially in the demo section. The undoubted highlight was the appearance of Mark Donohue’s ‘fastest car ever’, the amazing CanAm Porsche 917-30, driven by Dutch F1 and Le Mans legend Gijs van Lennep, who proved that even a septagenarian can still be as happy as a child.
It was smaller than ever but that somehow gave it a cosy feel. For the first time in history the Oldtimer-Grand-Prix – once one of the two great summer fixtures in historic motor racing, alongside the Silverstone Classic – decided not to bother with the Marathon on the Nordschleife, containing the event to the GP circuit’s pit-and-paddock area and the historic paddock across the other side of what is often jokingly nicknamed the Ersatzring. Still, now a more usual-sized event using the popular Masters Historic Racing package at its backbone, it proved to be among the best of that kind.
The tenth-anniversary Monaco Grand Prix Historique attracted more drivers than ever with a claim to Formula 1 fame. Adrian Newey debuted his Lotus 49 while several former F1 drivers graced the entry lists of the two 3-litre races that traditionally headline this biannual highlight on the historic motor racing calendar. On his debut in historics, Alex Caffi was the star among them, consummately taking pole in the 1973-’76 race before storming to victory on Sunday. Having fluffed his first start, the Italian was lucky when the race was aborted due to a monumental gaffe with the safety car. On his second try, Caffi made no mistake and beat Katsu Kubota to take the first F1 victory of his career.
Other recent stories on 8W
- 1992 Indy 500 - An Indy record deliberately listed incorrectly, by Henri Greuter
- Markus Höttinger - On the verge of F1, by Guilherme Ribeiro
- Goodwood - Edwardians to the fore in crash-marred event, 74th GRRC Members' Meeting report, by Mattijs Diepraam
- Spa - An old-fashioned one, 2015 Spa Six Hours report, by Mattijs Diepraam
- Goodwood - The cars are the stars, with stars in the cars, 2015 Circuit Revival Meeting report, by Mattijs Diepraam
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