Lots of F1s, Mr Bean... and loads of entertainment for one and all!
This coming weekend, amateurs and aficionados of classic and historic racing cars will all be meeting up at the Francorchamps circuit to attend the top event in this field, namely the F1 Historic & Spa 6 Hours. And as customary the Roadbook team have concocted another well filled spectacle to be enjoyed by the whole family!
Top of the bill of this 2009 edition, the Grand Prix Masters will bring back memories for some whilst those who were too young to have seen them on the track in days gone by, will now be able at first hand to see on what is considered to be the most beautiful circuit in the world, the best of the F1 single-seaters dating back to between 1968 and 1978, all powered by atmospheric V8 3 litre engines. In those days raced by such illustrious names as Jacky Ickx, Jackie Stewart, Emerson Fittipaldi, Ronnie Peterson, Mario Andretti, Niki Lauda, basically the cream of the cream, and as many legends who all wrote part of the history. And seeing that the F1 of the Grand Prix Masters have all retained their original livery, Spa- Francorchamps is going to turn into an enormous time warp machine!
Amongst the drivers who will be out to tame these F1s a certain ... Jean- Michel Martin, quadruple winner of the 24Hours of Spa, who will be entering a superb Fittipaldi. Enough to draw in the supporters, as the Rallye des Mille Virages, linking Spa to the Nurburgring, and organised by Philippe Martin, Jean-Michel's brother, will be having a halt near the circuit on Sunday on the dot of 14.00hrs, just as the second Grand Prix Masters race takes place. A nice touch!
Even though the Prototypes and other Touring cars will be completing the programme over the weekend, the top event will undoubtedly be the Spa Six Hours, where we will see a certain Rowan Atkinson, better known as Mr Bean, taking full advantage of his great passion for classic cars and trying to clinch victory in this 360 minutes long intense race. The Brit will however be up against tough opposition, as the specialists Rene Herzog and Hans Hugenholtz, at the wheel of a fearsome Ford Mustang, have called on a certain ... Vincent Vosse to try to reclaim the Spa Six Hours trophy! As for the former Ford GT40 which Willy Mairesse drove at Le Mans and Spa, she will be back on the track, with correct chassis number to back it up, with notably Herve Regout and Pierre-Alain Thibaut at the wheel ...
But in addition to the sporting aspect of the weekend, this F1 Historic & Spa Six Hours is over and above all a great party for classic and historic cars, with numerous one make clubs who have reserved the F1 parking for their members, the omnipresence of the FBVA (Federation Belge des Vehicules Anciens), which has invited the neighbouring countries, a concentration organised under the leadership of the RACB, not forgetting the Spa Family Paddocks with its flea market, stalls, tastings of regional produce , children's play area, etc., Running in parallel to the Spa Six Hours, a 6 hours karting endurance race will take place on the karting circuit of Spa- Francorchamps. When the racing world individuals meet up ... with the racing world individuals!
More then ever the F1 Historic & Spa Six Hours has now become the 'not to be missed' rendezvous at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. The entrance ticket, valid for the 3 days is on offer at a cost of 20 euros ... but an 8 euros discount voucher can be downloaded from the www.roadbook.be site, or on the FBVA portal... or cut one out from one of the 50.000 table mat sets distributed in the various restaurants. See you in Spa!