Historic Grand Prix to award "Pete Lyons Cup" at 29th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 8, 2003) - Officials from Historic Grand Prix, Inc., whose 27 authentic and original Formula One cars will race at this...
Historic Grand Prix to award "Pete Lyons Cup" at 29th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 8, 2003) - Officials from Historic Grand Prix, Inc., whose 27 authentic and original Formula One cars will race at this year's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, announced that the Pete Lyons Cup will be awarded to the car that best evokes the memories and captures the spirit of the 1976-1983 F1 era at Long Beach.
The trophy is named for the veteran and highly respected journalist who covered the original F1 races around the globe for Autosport, AutoWeek and Formula/Racecar magazines. Lyons is still a regular contributor to AutoWeek, and his monthly column, "Fast Lines," appears in Vintage Racecar Journal.
"These are wonderful cars from a great time," said Lyons, who will also serve as one of the PA announcers for the Historic Grand Prix event, along with Casey Annis of Vintage Racecar Journal. "I used to love watching them snap and snarl around the racetrack, and I'm excited that Historic Grand Prix is giving us a chance to see them in action again. One of these teams is going to take me right back."
The Pete Lyons Cup is a replica of the Revere Silver Bowl presented to the winner of the U.S. Grand Prix from 1961-1980. Lyons will award it to the owner of the car which he feels best recreates the feelings he used to have watching many of these very cars race at Long Beach.
The Historic Grand Prix, one of five racing events taking place at the 2003 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, will take place at 9:40 a.m. on Sunday, April 13. The 27 vintage Formula One cars will qualify on Saturday, April 12, at 3:45 p.m.
The 29th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will take place April 11-13 on a 1.97-mile, 11-turn temporary race circuit through the downtown streets of Long Beach, Calif. For tickets or race information, call (888) 82-SPEED, or visit the official race Web site at www.longbeachgp.com.