The first Grand Prix in the Gulf was held in Dubai in 1981.
PHOTO BY DUBAI AUTODROME
DUBAI – This December, the Dubai Autodrome is hosting the Historic Dubai Grand Prix Revival that is touted as the region’s biggest Historic F1 race.
The Historic Dubai Grand Prix Revival pays homage to the 1981 Dubai Grand Prix, which was the first of its kind in the region.
Dubai Autodrome, UAE’s first premier motorsport and motoring venue in the Middle East, will hold the momentous race on December 3 this year, and will include all the hallmarks of the event in 1981 with historic F1 and Group C cars competing from the 70s and 80s.
Back in 1981, the first Grand Prix in the Gulf was held in Dubai as part of the UAE’s 10th anniversary. The event was organized by then chief of police, Dhahi Khalfan Tamim accompanied by Major Saeed Khalfan, who was also Chairman of Al Nasr Motor Sports Club.
The duo approached Martin Hone to run a one-off Dubai Grand Prix with many of the world’s famous drivers including Nigel Mansel, Juan Manual Fangio, and Stirling Moss, among others.
Set to be a mix of motorsports and festivities, the event will also hold a display of iconic and classic cars, activities for children, raffles and prizes, vintage exhibition stands, as well as a UAE heritage village with live music and entertainment.
Celebrity drivers are also expected to attend the most-awaited racing event, and visitors are encouraged to attend dressed in vintage classic style. ICA/Expat Media
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