Last weekend, the grandstands of the Zandvoort circuit in the dunes were filled with fans of Max Verstappen. They all went outrageous when he crossed the finish line and secured victory at his home track. The sky turned orange by the flags, T-shirts, banners, and garlands brought by the thousands of fans. The Zandvoort Historic GP, which took place about the same weekend for years, moved to mid-July.
About 25.000 spectators found their way to the same track where last Sunday the F1 cars turned out to be the real stars. Masters Historic Racing provided a great part of the participants. As we all know, a classic car event without the presence of British enthusiasts probably won’t be a great event. The range of cars was large, and the HARC, the HGCPA and not to forget the FIA Historic F3 Cup made it even more interesting.
What Porsche concerned, there was no wealth at all on the track. Just in a few series, one of our favorite cars came into action. Unfortunately, the Masters Endurance Racing Legends had no Porsche at all on the track. In the Hankook NK HARC 82-90, Hans de Graaf assured a podium spot in the 1st race, and finished 3rd in his Porsche 911. In the RECO NK GT&TC, Wolfgang Phol finished 2nd in his Porsche 911 Carrera RSR in both races 1 and 2. Bart Westerman in a similar Porsche 911 Carrera RSR climbed the podium one step lower after both races.
50 years Porsche 911 RS celebration
The Porsche tent, this year not located at it’s usual spot close to the exit of the tunnel, moved to the inside of the Tarzan corner. The main theme was the celebration of 50 years Porsche 911 RS. Porsche dealers from the Netherlands together with Pon Porsche import managed to get a great collection of different Porsche 911 RS models together. In addition to the RS models, the easily accessible Porsche Heritage Garage also featured the iconic Porsche 917 KH Martini and the new 911 Sport Classic.
Gijs van Lennep who drove the magnesium chassis Porsche 917 KH to victory in the 1971 Le mans 24H, showed his always present willingness to tell people about his race exploits. Even though it was great to see some of the rare 911 RS models on the track during demo laps, we hoped for more excitement and some true race cars on the track as it used to be in the pre-covid era. Here you can find some reports about previous editions of the Zandvoort Historic GP to prove our statement.
We returned home a bit disappointed after our visit to the Zandvoort Historic GP. It looked as if the organization had already been too busy with the actual F1 race, and forgot a little about the Historic GP. But nevertheless, as the advertising slogan for the Zandvoort Historic GP used to be “The boys are back in town” we tell you they will be back. hopefully in 2023.
Picture gallery of the 2022 Zandvoort Historic GP
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