In just a few years, the Historic Grand-Prix Zandvoort at the Circuit Park Zandvoort grew into a fabulous 3-day event, attracting 52.500 visitors for an action-packed program with historic motorsport races and a demonstration program. To enjoy the spirits of the era of the Dutch Grand-Prix races, there were 3 racing series with Formula 1 vehicles and Grand Prix Cars from 1950 to 1985 among the 19 races with formula cars, touring cars and GT’s. A perfect way to represent an overview of decades of motorsport history. Next to the exceptional program, it looks as if the organisers have a contract with the weather gods to supply them with sun. Not a single drop of rain during the 3 days of race fun. This was the 4th edition of the Zandvoort Historic GP.
Gentlemen Drivers Race
To conclude a great Saturday, the organization planned the 90 minute long Gentlemen Drivers Race for pre-1966 GT Cars and pre-1963 Sports Racers. The Cobra’s were without any doubt the best in this exciting race. In a Shelby Cobra Daytona Leo Voyazides and Simon Hadfield led the race from start to finish. Marc Devis and Christian Dumolin finished over a minute later in a Shelby Cobra 289. Mark Bates and Pietro Vegnano had a race in the race, both battling the much more powerful Cobra’s in a their magnificent looking Porsche 911s. The Gentlemen Drivers Race attracted a lot of local interest since the Dutch drivers David Hart and Hans Hugenholtz both shared their AC Cobra’s with the local heroes Giedo van der Garde, ex F1 driver and Tom Coronel, a World Touring Car Championship driver.
No historic race in the Netherlands without the presence of some races of the HARC.
For the pilots, the results of both the races for the GT / Touring cars for cars from 1966 – 1981 and the GT /Historical Touringcars for the 1947 – 1965 cars counted for the Dutch Championship. The cars of the NK GTTC are the cars that might look most familiar to many. These are the sports cars one used to see on the streets not that long ago. Porsche, BMW and Ford Escort RS were the cars in majority in a rather crowded race too. 45 cars at the starting grid in both races. You can imagine how nervous things went on, especially at the start of the race.
Porsche at the Zandvoort Historic GP
As we have seen before, there was a great Porsche display at the Zandvoort Historic GP, where invitees of the different Porsche Centres were welcomed to enjoy a glass of wine or a snack. Porsche Centre Gelderland once again made sure there were some great classic Porsches on display. Personalities like Gijs Van Lennep signed pictures and posters and of course State of Art had some cars at the track too. Between the different races, some demo runs with Porsches made the party complete.