After a break of 45 years, the island of Nassau in the Bahamas reverberated with the wail of racing engines at the start of December, as a group of classic racers took to the street circuit in the inaugural Bahamas Speed Week Revival.
Sir Stirling Moss and veteran cars from the original end-of-season meet were back, including Rob Walton’s Maserati 450S which came third in the Governor’s Trophy in 1957, a ’59 Bocar that had been the spare car on the Scarab team in 1960 and a Bristol-engined AC Ace that appeared in ’58. Also back after 52 years away was the 1958 Lotus 15 Climax which won the Governor’s Trophy in ’59.
As well as a concours d’elegance, two events were offered for the 40-odd cars entered – a hillclimb and a sprint race. The racing was informal, but with the enthusiastic backing of the government and tourist board, as well as talk of a dedicated track being built, this exotic winter event is full of potential.