GP Histórico do Porto

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The GP Histórico do Porto will find its way through the avenidas and backstreets of the Oporto harbour town, north in Portugal.

The GP Histórico do Porto will be organized on the original Boavista street circuit in the Oporto harbour area on 17-19 June 2011.

The Circuito da Boavista has been  used twice for the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix, the first of which was organized in 1958. The course began at the harbour-front,  continued on the “Avenida da Boavista” and then twisted its way through small neighbourhood backstreets to the start-and-finish area.

The course of the Boavista street circuit took drivers at high speed across the tramlines, past small houses and over cobblestoned streets, which made it difficult if not impossible to overtake.

The Boavista circuit was revived in 2005 and although the course remained almost the same, a few kilometers in length were added to the track. There’s no doubt that the modern Boavista circuit is as difficult as its original, narrow and very unforgiving on both cars and drivers.

This year’s edition of the GP Histórico do Porto invited Masters Historic Racing to bring some major series such as the GP Masters, 3 litre F1 cars built between 1968 and 1978 and the Lurani Formula Junior series.

Masters Historic Racing will also be bringing their Sports Prototypes, Group C racing cars that raced in the 1980-1990’s and World Sportscar Masters, the Le Mans type Group 4 Prototypes, built between the mid-1960’s up to 1974, covering a wide range of evocative and powerful sports cars, from Ferrari to Porsche 917’s, Lola T70’s,  Alfa Romeo 33/3’s, Chevrons and Abarths.  Interserie Revival will see the impressive European Can-Am car challenge from the 1970’s.

Masters Historic Racing pre 1966 Touring Cars are always a crowd pleaser, recreating the dramatic battles of the Mustangs vs. Minis. Also hot are the Portuguese Classic National Championships of Touring Cars under 1,300 and over 1,300 ccm, the smaller cars doing very well in the narrow backstreets.

Newly introduced to the GP Histórico do Porto are the motor bike display where 40 motorbikes, each of them championship winners, will be put on display, and the Classic Motorcycle Parade where former multiple World Champion Giacomo Agostini will be reunited with his legendary MV Augusta 500.

Every two years, GP Histórico do Porto is the centre of attention of historic motor racing fans throughout Europe and this weekend, the  Boavista street circuit in Oporto will once again be hosting an exhilarating  journey back in time.

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