Taupo Historic GP
Scheduled for the weekend of 28th and 29th January 2017, the Taupo Historic GP commemorates the 50th anniversary of Denny Hulme’s world title with the first ever visit to NZ of Formula One cars from the 1960s and ‘70s.
Entries for the Race of Champions Revival that book-ends the inaugural Taupo Historic GP this weekend at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park closed last Friday with a line-up of 26 Formula 5000s and 9 Formula One cars – beating by one car the F1 entry on the only occasion the Formula Ones were beaten by an F5000 in the period race (Peter Gethin humbling the F1 “grandees” in his Chevron B24-Chevrolet at Brands Hatch in 1973).
49 Formula Juniors, 33 of them from overseas, take to the track at this weekend’s Taupo Historic GP race meeting at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park in the midst of a three-year Diamond Jubilee World Tour towards the category’s 60th anniversary in 2018.
Organisers of the Historic Touring Car category racing at next month’s Taupo Historic GP have pulled-off a major coup – placing 1985 European Touring Car Champion, Italian Gianfranco Brancatelli in the BMW M3 he drove for the Italian CiBiemme Sport team in the 1987 World Touring Car Championship.
The recently-crowned FIA Masters Historic F1 Champion, Englishman Michael Lyons, heads-up the first ever visit by Historic Formula One cars to Taupo’s Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park in January.
Nation Events and Premier Toilets setting up tomorrow.
The 2017 Taupo Historic GP will feature:
- Pre-1978 Formula One Cars, all but three of them from Europe, the USA and Australia; and
- Formula 5000 Cars (1968-1976). Some 8-10 cars from the USA and Australia are expected to join the local field of 20-25 cars. This means that we may witness some of the biggest F5000 grids ever seen, even in the 1970s – see www.f5000.co.nz for details.
The F1s and F5000s will combine for a revival of the Race of Champions that was held annually at Brands Hatch from 1965 to 1979. Bruce McLaren won the race in one of his F1 cars in 1968. A Formula 5000 beat the F1s only once (Peter Gethin in 1973) and the Chevron B24 driven by Gethin to that historic victory is expected to be entered in the Race of Champions Revival by current owner, Englishman Greg Thornton.
Support races are for:
- Historic Touring Cars (1980-1994) including some historically very important (not to mention valuable) cars recently imported into New Zealand – see www.historictouringcars.co.nz for details;
- Formula Junior (1956-1965). Some 60 cars are visiting New Zealand in January as part of the Formula Junior Diamond Jubilee World Series – see www.hrscc.co.nz/fj for details; and
- Historic Formula Ford (1967-1989) (on the Sunday only) including a number from the UK – see www.hrscc.co.nz/ff for details.