The Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort celebrates its fifth anniversary on 2, 3 and 4 September 2016. The racing programme features a mix of familiar and ‘new’ racing series like a championship for pre-war sports cars. Entertaining demonstrations and the drivers’ parade through the centre of Zandvoort are just a few of the highlights during the three-day motorsports festival. The ticket presale has already started at www.historicgrandprix.nl/english/.
Formula 1 and sports cars
The FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship for Formula 1 cars from 1966-1985 revive the era of the Dutch Grand Prix. Among the vehicles that can be seen on track are the Williams, McLaren, Lotus and Tyrrell that once were piloted by motorsport legends like James Hunt, Mario Andretti and Keke Rosberg. The recognisable race cars, the high speeds and screaming engines make the Formula 1 series as one of the public’s favourites.
The race of the FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship promises to be just as spectacular. The 52,500 spectators of the 2015 Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort will undoubtedly remember the 40-car grid with primarily sports cars from the years 1962 – 1974.
Formula 3 and pre-war sports cars
The Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort welcomes two historic Formula 3 series this year. The 1000 cc Formula 3 series enters the event for the first time. The 1000 cc Formula 3 was a spectacular feeder series to Formula 1. Drivers like Jackie Stewart, James Hunt, Emerson Fittipaldi and Alan Jones learned here the basics of motor racing before they became Formula 1 world champion.
The current owners of these legendary vehicles are now competing in the British HSCC Historic F3 Championship as well as the Historic F3 1000 cc European Trophy. Both series are keen to race during Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort. “There is a huge interest among drivers. We target a field consisting of 37 cars,” a spokesman said.
The 500 cc Formula 3 cars from 1946 – 1961 were one of the favourite series in the 2014 Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort.
The organisation of the Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort is very delighted with the arrival of the Pre-War Sports Cars, an attractive championship that expands the current programme with races for pre-war competition vehicles. The field consists of major car brands from the ’20s and ’30s, which is exceptional. Bugatti, Bentley, Aston Martin, Frazer Nash and Talbot are among those that make an appearance.
This year’s race programme contains several national and international top series. Dutch competitors have always played a leading role in the race of the Gentlemen Drivers. Last year former Formula 1 racer Giedo van der Garde and David Hart made it to the podium in the race for GTs built until 1966.
The Dutch championships for touring cars and GTs are visiting the track traditionally with large fields. Spectacle is guaranteed during the races of the NK HTGT (until 1966) and the NK GTTC (1966 – 1981).
The Pre ’66 Touring Cars, from Mini Cooper to Ford Falcon, are also present. The FIA Lurani Trophy for Formula Juniors and the Historic Formula Two Championships are also likeable series competing during the Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort.
Presale has started
In addition to the races, demonstration and a parade through the centre of Zandvoort are among the highlights of the Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort. Full details of the demonstration programme are yet to be announced, but the organisation hint at a special and sensational edition. The parade traditionally takes place on Saturday evening.
The ticket presale has already started at www.historicgrandprix.nl/english/. Just like last year, a day ticket is available for just 20 euro in presale. And the three-day ticket costs 40 euro. Children from the age of 5 to 12 receive a 50% discount, while the younger children have free access. Every visitor is welcome in the paddock.
If you seek more exclusivity; you can enjoy the Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort as a VIP from 95 euro.
Follow Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort at www.historicgrandprix.nl.