Historic GP Zandvoort looks back 50 years12th July 2015
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The FIA Lurani Trophy for Formula Junior cars is a class full of beautiful motorsport history. During the Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort, the class looks back upon the early 1960s. At the time, up-and-coming drivers made a name for themselves at Zandvoort during the international Formula Junior Racing. At the Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort (August 28-30), a field of 30 to 35 cars is expected.
Formula Junior had its heyday from 1958 till 1963. In those years, the class served as the category of choice for drivers who aimed at making it into Formula 1. Over half a century after the category’s successful era, the FIA Lurani Trophy keeps the memory of Formula Junior alive.
A huge grid
Mid-July, almost 30 participants had already signed up to participate in the two races during the Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort. Among them is Jonathon Hugges, the reigning champion with his 1963 Brabham BT6. Last year, Hughes scored a pair of second-place finishes at the dune circuit. The two bronze-medal winners at Circuit Park Zandvoort will be back again to race this year as well: Mark Pangborn (1961 Lotus 20B) and Manfredo Rossi Di Monterlera (1963 Lotus 22). Two Dutch drivers will be out to defend their national honours: Floris-Jan Hekker (1959 Rayberg) and Jan Biekens (1960 Stanguellini).
Well-known and less familiar brands
The entry list includes many cars built by well-known constructors such as Lotus, Cooper, Lola and Brabham. However, cars from less familiar and sometimes forgotten brands make for a huge part of the grid. Caravelle is an example. James Hicks will be making his Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort debut with his Caravelle Mk III. A noteworthy fact is that James’s father, Bob Hicks, built this very car in 1960!
According to its proud owner, Floris-Jan Hekker’s Rayberg is the only car of this brand. During the Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort, Taraschi, Alexis, Faccioli and Rennmax Formula Junior cars can be watched in action, too.
Three days at 40 Euros
In pre-sale, tickets for the Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort only cost 20 Euros for a one-day ticket and 40 Euros for a weekend ticket, valid on three days. These tickets also include access to the paddock where the cars are lined up. Tickets for children aged five to twelve and accompanied by an adult are half-price. Access for children under five years of age is free. Tickets can be ordered on www.historicgrandprix.nl.