Like last year the programme of the Zandvoort Historic Grand Prix had to be changed completely. Traditionally, over sixty percent of the drivers and teams at the Historic Grand Prix are from the UK. The reason was obvious, Covid-19 and the strict rules relating to travel to and from the UK with a mandatory 10-day quarantine. In consultation with Masters Historic Racing and the FIA, it was decided that the classes Masters Historic Formula One, Masters Endurance Legends and the FIA Historic Formula 3 European Cup, amongst others, would not be present at the originally scheduled Historic Grand Prix 2021.
The MG Magnette K3 currently owned by John and Helen Gillett is chassis number K3 030 and better known as the ex Bira car. It was manufactured in 1933/34 and was the last to leave the the factory. It was originally ordered by and painted red for the Italian racing driver Pelligrini for his entry in the 1935 Mille Miglia race. However, Mussolini banned its import and the sale lapsed. In late 1934 or early 1935 it was purchased by Prince Chula Chakrabongse of Siam (the White Mouse Racing Team) for his cousin, Prince Birabongse (Bira).
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.
This extraordinary collection of photographs was taken from the Dacre Stubbs Collection of early English and Australian Motorsport images. Brighton (UK) Speed Trials 1947