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Historic Dubai Grand Prix Revival set for November 2022

The retro racing event will feature 100 cars from F1, Group C, IMSA, Sports Prototypes, GT and GTP

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The second Historic Dubai Grand Prix Revival (HDGPR) is scheduled for November 25 to November 27 and will feature 100 vintage racecars battling in four different categories:

  • Formula 1 cars from 1970 to 1985
  • Formula 1 cars from 1988 to 1994
  • Sports cars from 1982 to 1993, which includes Group C, IMSA, and GTP
  • Sports cars from 1994 to 2010, which includes GT and Sports Prototypes
Historic Dubai Grand Prix Revival
Photo courtesy of Gulf Historic

Held at the Dubai Autodrome, the retro racing event will begin 5-days after the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which is held at the nearby Yas Marina Circuit. Entries confirmed include the Le Mans-winning 1987 Rothmans Porsche 962, John Surtee’s 1972 TS9B, and James Hunt’s first grand prix winning car, the Hesketh 308B. The 1970s-themed event features paddocks and garages adorned in retro style, and a spectators’ dress code.

“When I was invited to be part of the first ever edition of the HDGPR, I jumped at the opportunity knowing the great people behind it would make it an incredible event,” Oliver Webb, 2021 HDGPR race winner. “To get a double win in the F1 class last year was very special to me. I can’t wait for this year’s edition, as it draws some of the best and rarest cars in the world, the best drivers around, and it’s a great atmosphere not just for motorsport fans but the whole family.”

James Hunt's Grand Prix winning Hesketh 308B
Photo courtesy of Gulf Historic

Opened in 2004, the 5.4km Dubai Autodrome has hosted the 24 Hours of Dubai, the FIA GT Championship, European Touring Car Championship, GP2 Asia Series, and the A1 Grand Prix.

“For me, it is a dream to resurrect the spirit and fun of the Dubai Grand Prix that was held in 1981 and drew contemporary cars and Formula 1 stars,” Faisal AL Sahlawi, general manager of the Dubai Autodrome. “We are now building on the success of last year’s inaugural HDGPR; we’re excited to see this continue as an annual event and to witness grids filled with rare and important racing cars.”

David Castro
David Castro is an experienced automotive and motorsports writer with a passion for American muscle cars. He is a credentialed automotive, NASCAR, and IndyCar reporter that graduated from the University of Nevada. The Santa Rosa, California native resides in Phoenix with his wife, son, Siberian Husky, and 1977 Chevrolet C10.

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