After four months of renovation and improvement, the legendary Zandvoort track was ready for the Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix but due to the COVID-19 pandemic the return of the FIA Formula 1 race was cancelled. For the same reason the Historic Grand Prix couldn’t be held in the usual way. Initially, the 9th HGP was announced as primarily a drivers event, but fortunately a few thousand spectators were also admitted, ensuring a much more pleasant atmosphere.
The Spa-Francorchamps circuit was created in the early 20’s using the streets of the three villages Malmedy, Stavelot and Francorchamps. The Spa-Francorchamps Circuit Museum was opened to the public in 1984. Since 2002, it has been part of the ETC (Espace-Tourisme-Culture) museum complex located in the Abbey of Stavelot, which also houses the Museum of the Principality and the Guillaume Apollinaire Museum.
Located at the heart of the Belgian Ardennes forest lies one of the most beautiful circuits in the world, the circuit of Spa Francorchamps. Similar to the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the Spa circuit was built into a hilly landscape in the 1920s. Although it has been adapted to modern requirements over the past decades, it has lost nothing of its appeal. For motorsport with classic vehicles, Spa-Francorchamps is also an ideal venue. The most interesting European event for nostalgic petrol heads is the Spa Six Hours weekend. This year the 27th Spa Six Hours weekend, organised by the Road Book Organisation, took place from the 25th to the 29th of September 2019. More than 650 historic racing cars are competing again in various race classes. The absolute highlight of the weekend is the long distance race - the Spa Six Hours.
The eighth edition of the Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort was again a great historic racing event for all classic car enthusiasts. During three days, races were held for twelve different race series and four demonstration runs were organised. Touring cars, GTs, sports cars and formula cars from several decades drove the 4.3 kilometre circuit in the dunes. The visitors enjoyed the rich history of motorsport in all its facets, both on the track, behind the track and in the parking areas. During the previous seven years we were a bid spoiled with lovely late summer weather and Friday was indeed a sunny day but Saturday and Sunday there were some heavy rain showers.
The 47th AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix, attracted more than 53,000 spectators. Approximately 500 historic racing cars were present at the Nürburgring, showing their muscles on the tarmac with an immense roar of the well tuned engines. The weather conditions were constantly changing with a heavy shower during Friday’s qualifying sessions in the afternoon. The weather during the races on Saturday increasingly took a turn towards the sunny side, so adding some more spice to the competition because on the wet track in qualifying the lighter and more agile classic cars frequently had an advantage, while during racing under dry conditions the more powerful vehicles were able to leverage their strengths. Hence the spectators saw gripping races with many position battles.
25 races and more than 800 starters provided a large and varied program of the third edition of the "Nürburgring Classic". The event’s main sponsor of the Nürburgring Classic was the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer Richard Mille. The weather turned out much better than the predictions on the various media. Friday and Saturday were even very sunny. Despite the weather conditions, the event was not so well-attended as the grandstands were almost empty on Sunday. For visitors Saturday was the best day to drive to the Nürburgring as the most interesting races could be watched that day. Included in the entry fee was access to the paddock area which gave the visitors the opportunity to view the racecars even better.
In the top ten of cult cars are the Ford model T, VW Beetle, Mini, Fiat 500 but without doubt also the Citroën 2CV or Deux Chevaux. The name Deux Chevaux (2 horses) refers to the taxation class of the 2CV. This car was designed to be a ‘two tax horsepower’ car. Nicknamed the ‘Duck’, the car still has a huge number of admirers and owners. There are even collectors of this cult car and most probably the largest collection of Citroën 2CVs can be admired in a museum located in a small village in the Netherlands called Andijk.
The Spa-Francorchamps circuit was created in the early 20’s using the streets of the three villages Malmedy, Stavelot and Francorchamps. The 14 kilometre race track in the fabulous Ardennes region was completely modernised in 1979 with a more turns and bigger gravel beds. Since 1979 the 7 kilometere long track has been changed a few times but it continues to be one of the favourite circuits for the drivers as well as for the spectators. During the 26th Spa Six Hours weekend the weather conditions event were perfect . The sun was shining all day and the temperature was around 20 degrees Celsius. Ideal conditions for racers and spectators to fully enjoy the Spa Six Hours. More than 600 racing cars from almost every country in Western Europe were transported to the beautiful circuit in the Ardennes area.
Circuit Park Zandvoort (Zandvoort Racetrack) is perfectly situated in the dunes just a few hundred metres from the Northsea. At this racetrack the seventh edition of the Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort was held and again this event was a true paradise for the passionates of historic racing cars. Historic single seaters, touring cars, GTs, sports cars and side cars were competing on the 4.3 kilometres long racetrack.
With additional racing series, the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix took nearly 51,000 spectators on a historic journey of motorsport at the Nürburgring this weekend. Ten races on Saturday and Sunday could be watched on a livestream. A number of renowned companies in 2018 again used the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix as a platform thereby helping to deliver a festival of historic motorsport once more, for instance at Jaguar Land Rover where at the Jaguar Village historic models were shown. Porsche Classic made a huge appearance at the Nürburgring as well: on the occasion of the brand’s 70th anniversary, the marque from Zuffenhausen had invited two-time World Sportscar Champion and multiple Le Mans winner Derek Bell to drive an early Porsche 911 in the Gentlemen Drivers race. Bell had also the opportunity to present his new book ‘All My Porsche Races’.