Historic Formula 1 in the streets of Copenhagen

Historic Formula 1 in the streets of Copenhagen

During Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix at Bellahøj Park from August 4th to August 5th, the international Formula 1 series HGPCA will present a field of more than 50 historic Formula 1 cars.  

Historic Grand Prix Cars Association (HGPCA) is for drivers and owners of historic Grand Prix racecars. Since 1979, members of the series have passionately strived to preserve and cherish the wonderful racecars, dating back from the two-seaters of the 1920s to the cigar-shaped single-seaters of the 1960s.

The last time racecars from these mighty decades visited Denmark was in the 1950s and 60s at Roskilde Ring. That was during the post-war period where the public interest in cars exploded. Roskilde Ring quickly gained international recognition and during its lifespan, many races in many classes took place at Roskilde Ring – from standard cars to Formula 1, and the audience arrived in large numbers to enjoy the iconic Formula cars from Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, ERA, BRM, Cooper, Lotus and many more.

Several of the racecars mentioned above will be present at Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix. The desire to sign up for CHGP has been enormous among the many international drivers and the class has therefore been devided into two, the “Pre-1961” and the “Pre-1966”. The latter includes many exciting Formula cars from Cooper as well as an exquisite blend of cars from iconic Lotus and Brabham. Founder of Brabham Racing, Jack Brabham, won the Formula 1 World Championships in 1959, 1960 and 1966. To this very date, Jack Brabham is still the only one to win Formula 1 World Championships in one of his self-made vehicles. That was in 1966 in his BT19/BT20.

In the Pre-1961 class you will find beauties from Bugatti, Maserati and Ferrari as well as a couple of rarities like the Gordini 16, Aston Martin DBR4/4 and Scarab Offenhauser. The marvelous blue racer Scarab, which can be seen in the photo, is a Formula 1-racer from 1960. Its history is as fascinating as the vehicle is expensive. The Scarab F1 is the only Formula 1-racer with Danish roots. The racer was constructed by Lance Rewentlows, son of the welthiest woman in the World, Barbara Hutton, and her Danish husband, Count Kurt Heinrich Eberhard Erdmann Georg von Haugwitz-Hardenberg-Reventlow. Lance was born in 1936, but died in a plane crash when he was just 36 years old. Growing up a privileged child was not easy for Lance. His beautiful mother had drinking problems and besides being married to his father, she was also married to the American actor Cary Grant and the fashionable race driver Prince Igor Troubetzkoy.

Lance was passioned about motorsports and among his close friends was the icon Jamens Dean. After Dean’s tragic death, the young race driver decided to create his own racing brand in California. The low-nose Scarab Formula 1 had a front-engine, but as the rest of the field had changed its focus to the faster center-engine principle, the Scarab remained a rare curiosity and it only put few races on its resumé.

See participant info concerning the HGPCA Formula 1 series at the website: www.chgp.dk

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