The State of Art NK GTTC will be back on the programme for the Historic Grand Prix in 2019. As ever, the Dutch championship for 1966-to-1981 GTs and touring cars will provide the event with an extremely healthy grid. For many years, the NK GTTC has held the record for the number of cars on its entry list for the Historic Grand Prix, an honourable distinction that the NK GTTC will want to keep for this year’s event.
Especially for the fortysomethings and fiftysomethings among the crowd, the NK GTTC is always happy to provide an additional feeling of nostalgia, as its entry is composed of the cars you as a child would have on a poster in your room as well as the cars that could have been owned by your father: the regular hatchback or saloon car in which you used to occupy the back seat on your way to France for the summer holidays.
At the front of the field, the Porsche Carrera RS will fights a phalanx of Mk1 and Mk2 Ford Escort RSs, similar to what happened at the first round of the championship. At the Historic Zandvoort Trophy on 11 and 12 May, Hans de Graaf’s Porsche duelled with the Escorts of multiple NK GTTC champion Freddy van Sprundel, Marcel Frijlink, Henk van Gammeren and Jack Poppelaars – all veterans in the championship.
But above all, it’s the variety that makes the NK GTTC an increasingly interesting spectacle for the eyes and ears. Big and small cars are constantly fighting each other – you will see the Minis of the Span family (Timo, Carst and Klaas) compete against cars as diverse as the BMW 635 CSi, the Jaguar XJS and the Alfa GTV. The Mini Cooper S 1275 isn’t even the only mini-sized car in the field: Paul Engel adds his Innocenti Cooper 1300 to it.
Opel has also been a popular brand in the NK GTTC for many years. The Ascona B of Rob de Laat shares the same class as the Manta B of Wichard Theunissen. French presence is taken care of by Simca and Renault, from which Jeroen Feijten’s Simca Rallye 2 can often be found at the front, snapping at the Escorts’ heels.
This year, the Historic Grand Prix welcomes two Dutch championships sanctioned by the HARC, the Dutch Historic Motorsport Club, as in addition to the NK GTTC, the NK HTGT for pre-66 touring cars and GTs will also be part of the show.
Historic Grand Prix 2019
This year’s Historic Grand Prix at the Zandvoort circuit will take place on 6, 7 and 8 September. Free practice and qualifying are on Friday and Saturday, the races take place on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday evening 7 September will see a parade through the town centre of Zandvoort.
A pre-sale day ticket for the General Admission area is just € 18,99 (32,50 euros for three days). A paddock ticket, which includes access to the main grandstand and the General Admission area, is 32,50 euros (day ticket) or 55 euros (three days). Children up to 4 have free access. Also, the exclusive Paddock Club will allow you to experience the Historic Grand Prix at VIP level.