It is a tradition. The annual poster design for Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix, which in one narrative picture summarizes the very essence of the historic motor racing weekend in Copenhagen. The design must be breathtaking and involving. And at the same time, help stage the classic racing at Bellahoj Park.
Since 1996, where the historic racing engines for the first time could be heard in the streets of Copenhagen, it has been absolute customary, that the annual CHGP poster reflects the contents of the late summer event. From the beginning on the cobblestones in front of the Christiansborg Palace Square, the former military area of Holmen, onward through Faelledparken and now to Bellahoj Park, where CHGP i 2016 for the third year in a row will welcome motor sports enthusiasts and audiences to a speed celebration for the whole family on the weekend of 30th-31st July. Over the years, the CHGP poster has carried illustrations of a variety of subjects. The historic race cars is a recurring theme, and while a few posters just have a single race car as front figure, most posters are designed with a main motif complemented by other car models in the background.
From a single Porsche in 2008 to a Mercedes-theme in 2011. In recent times, the CHGP poster from 2013 featured a Volpini Formula Junior racer, and in 2014 the fabled blue racing on the CHGP poster was a Scarab Formula 1 races from 1960, whose history is as fascinating as it is valuable. Scarab F1 is the only Formula 1 racing with Danish roots. The racer was constructed by Lance Rewentlows, who was a child of the world then perhaps richest woman, Barbara Hutton, and her Danish husband, Count Kurt Heinrich Eberhard Erdmann Georg von Haugwitz-Hardenberg-Reventlow.
In 2015 the poster was done in a style inspired by the early 1900s racing posters told in an exciting and fascinating graphic art style. Heavy colors, tilted horizons and speed ahead were key elements from the artist Martin Nielsen, who is an educated illustrator and graphic designer from the Danish Design School.