Three-litre Alfa Romeo 164s are being used in a Celebrity Challenge organised by Bernie Ecclestone to support eight European Grands Prix.
Unlike other championships, it will be the cars themselves which will earn the points, for the driver will be different at each meeting. Top sportsmen, politicians and other personalities from the host country will be invited to man the 16 cars.
Each car brought to the finish-line undamaged will earn 2000 Swiss francs (almost £1000) for s speial charity fund, and the car which has accumulated the greatest number of points by the end of the series will earn for the kitty another 100,000 Swiss francs. It will be the duty of the eight celebrities who have driven it to designate the beneficiary.
The cars themselves are being prepared by former RAM F1 team manager John Macdonald at Ecclestone’s factory at Poyle. Races are scheduled to take place before the main event at each of the Grand Prix meetings.