HAVANA GP SET FOR 2000 RETURN
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racing will return to Cuba for the first time in 40 years next March with the revival by a German-Cuban joint venture of the Havana Grand Prix event, won by Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss in 1956 and ’57.
The meeting made global headlines in ’58 when five times World Champion Fangio was kidnapped by the revolutionary army on the eve of the race, and was forced to watch it with Fidel Castro in a camp. Ironically, the pair forged a strong friendship.
Moss, Sir Jack Brabham, Phil Hill, John Surtees, Hans Herrmann and Karl Kling are among many famous drivers who have been invited to compete in the spectacular, billed as the first motorsport highlight of 2000.
The Auto Classicos Havana GP is to be run as a colourful speed week for historic cars on a testing 3.5km street circuit at San Cristobal. “It has all the flavour of the fast road courses of the ’50s,” promises co-ordinator Willi Beck. MP