Historic Grand Prix to Join Formula One at Montreal Corte Madera, Calif., April 14, 2004 -- Historic Grand Prix announced today that it will present more than 30 vintage Formula One cars for a support race at the FIA World Championship Grand...
Historic Grand Prix to Join Formula One at Montreal
Corte Madera, Calif., April 14, 2004 -- Historic Grand Prix announced today that it will present more than 30 vintage Formula One cars for a support race at the FIA World Championship Grand Prix du Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal on the weekend of June 11-13.
The American group is entering its fifth year organizing races in North America for F1 cars built between 1966 and 1983. This will be the first time that HGP will race alongside Formula One at a venue outside the USA. HGP took part in the first three United States Grand Prix weekends at Indianapolis, as well as four or five additional Vintage events each year.
Included in the Montreal field will be several cars that enjoyed success in previous Canadian Grands Prix. Foremost among them are a pair of Ferraris once driven by local hero Gilles Villeneuve, Richard Griotâ^À^Ùs 1979 312T4 and Bud Moellerâ^À^Ùs 1980 312T5. They will be joined by: the Williams FW07B of two-time winner Alan Jones (1979 and â^À^Ù80), now driven by Charles Nearburg; John Andersonâ^À^Ùs ex-Peter Revson McLaren M23, the 1973 winner; John Dimmerâ^À^Ùs Tyrrell 004, originally driven by two-time winner Sir Jackie Stewart (1971, â^À^Ù72); and 1969 winner Jacky Ickxâ^À^Ùs Brabham BT26A, now driven by Bob Baker.
Also contesting the event will be the Lotus 79 of 1978 World Champion Mario Andretti, now owned and campaigned by Duncan Dayton, and a pair of ex-Keke Rosberg Williams FW08s entered by Andrew Simpson and Erich Joiner, as well as additional entries carrying the names of other legendary marques like March, Shadow and Penske.
All the HGP cars have been carefully restored to their original specification and carry the authentic liveries of their day. This increases the enjoyment of the spectators, whether theyâ^À^Ùre seeing these cars run for the first time or reliving their own prior experiences from GPs at Watkins Glen and Long Beach in the USA or Mosport and Ste. Jovite in Canada â^À" if not on the grand old circuits of Europe.
Tickets for the 37th Grand Prix du Canada are available from www.grandprix.ca