The Grand Prix of 1961 returns to Zandvoort

The Grand Prix of 1961 returns to Zandvoort

It was a race that went down in history for many reasons. The first – and for a long time only! – Grand Prix in which everyone finished. The race that started the dominant run of the famous Ferrari ‘Sharknoses’. And the race in which Jim Clark emerged as a Grand Prix star. In September, the Historic Grand Prix will take you back to the 1961 Dutch Grand Prix – with a demo that reflects the starting grid of that famous race.

They were a huge hit with the crowd in 2018 – the Ferrari 156 F1’s of which no original example remains until Jason Wright recreated them down to the smallest detail. Everyone was grateful to the American as the ‘Sharknoses’ that Phil Hill and Wolfgang von Trips used to dominate the 1961 World Championship became legendary because of their appearance as well as their performance. In period, the design achieved its first victory at Zandvoort, so it was only logical that last year Wright’s recreations made their circuit debut on the track in the dunes.

In 2019 they will be back. Encouraged by the fans’ warm welcome, Wright and the Historic Grand Prix are now taking us back to the 1961 Grand Prix proper. With not just the Ferraris but their opponents as well, led by the Lotus team. Having claimed his first podium finish with Lotus at the end of the 1960 season, a young Jim Clark presented himself as a future world champion in this race. As Von Trips led the race from start to finish, Hill and Clark swapped positions time and again, in a scintillating duel that kept the crowd on the edge of their seats lap after lap. Cooper and BRM cars will also be present on the grid, including the private effort of Reg Parnell’s team that entered a Cooper for John Surtees.

Porsche, the other large factory team of the time, is present as well. Thanks to the cooperation of Porsche and Dutch importer Pon, two 718s will be part of the field, symbolic of Dan Gurney and Jo Bonnier’s factory entries but also of the 718s run by Dutch private team Ecurie Maarsbergen. Lanky Dutch aristocrat Carel Godin de Beaufort, who because of his height only were socks in his 718, was joined on the occasion by a second 718 for Hans Herrmann.

The Beaufort and Herrmann finished in 14th and 15th place – a unique feat as 15 cars had started, making it the first time in World Championship history that all cars that started made it to the end. The record would last for a long time – it  wasn’t until 2005 that all six cars that had started the controversial US GP at Indianapolis finished the race. Then the same happened again at Monza later in the season, this time with 20 cars. In 2011, a new record was set, with all 24 cars crossing the finish line at Valencia. We assume that in our 2019 demo all cars will also reach the ‘finish line’…

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.