The absent are always wrong ! Those who did not make the trip last December for the first Historic Dubai Grand Prix Revival (HDGPR) will certainly rectify the situation for the second edition which promises to be exciting. The event will take place from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 November at the Dubai Autodrome, in the wake of the Formula 1 final in Abu Dhabi.
For this second edition, the event is growing. Two very distinct categories will be present with on the one hand the Formula 1 from 1970 to 1985 for the races, from 1988 to 1994 in demonstration, on the other the prototypes from 1982 to 1993 (Group C, IMSA, GTP) and the prototypes/GTs from 1994 to 2010, including the GT1s which opened the World GT1 in 2010 in Abu Dhabi.
Several cars have already been confirmed, such as the Surtees TS9B and the Porsche 962C which won the 1987 24 Hours of Le Mans in the hands of Hans Stuck, Derek Bell and Al Holbert. James Hunt’s Hesketh 308B and a late ’90s Porsche 911 GT1 will also be on hand. Many cars will be brought to the site by manufacturers’ museums and private collections from around the world.
The history between Dubai and motorsport dates back to 1981 when the same type of event was held near the Hyatt hotel. At that time, more than 100 cars had been sent to the Emirate.
Of course, there will be a whole party around the event with music, dancers, activities for the whole family, a barber, a classic car competition and even a bike race for drivers around the Dubai Autodrome. The gala dinner once again promises to be sumptuous. In the years to come, the meeting will extend to other countries.
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Pierre-Brice Mena, CEO of GP Extreme, expects further success: “Enthusiasm for on-track motor racing in the Middle East has grown steadily in recent years, not least thanks to the region’s growing influence on the Formula 1 calendar. Nostalgic and exhilarating, the HDGPR powered by Gulf Historic revives the spirit of the first Dubai GP, a multi-class sports and touring car race and unofficial F1 demonstration event held in 1981 that was ahead of its time. With the second HDGPR, we put a unique sporting and social event on Dubai’s agenda, a concept that we hope to develop in the years to come. We have a desire to disrupt and break the codes, and that’s how we bring an entirely new vision of motorsport to the Middle East. »
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The Dubai Autodrome is also involved, as Faisal Al Sahlawi, general manager of the circuit, explains: “It is a dream for me to resurrect the spirit and fun of the Dubai Grand Prix which was held in 1981 and which attracted contemporary cars and Formula 1 stars. We are building on the success of the first HDGPR last year. We are delighted to see this event continue every year and to witness grids filled with rare and important racing cars. The HDGPR promises the most iconic cars of decades past, as well as the most dynamic drivers. We look forward to welcoming drivers and pit crews, fans and media to Dubai in November for what promises to be a rubber-hot treat. »
Present last December, Romain Dumas intends to be there this year: “The HDGPR is crowd-facing, which 80% of racing events lack. The circuit is fantastic and the crowd brings great energy. It’s a truly magnificent event that I hope to take part in again in 2022. »
Title partner of the meeting, Rebellion Timepieces will be there again this year, as Calim Bouhadra points out: “It is a great pleasure for Rebellion to partner with HDGPR for the second consecutive year. The atmosphere of the event is friendly and professional thanks to the excellent organization. It lived up to the high expectations of the crowd and enthusiastic attendees. Unique in this part of the world, we are honored to be partners of this event again alongside GPX Racing. »
Registration for the meeting is open.
The Historic Dubai Grand Prix Revival website is online here