As the UAE celebrates the year of the 50th, Dubai will pay homage to the 1981 Dubai Grand Prix, which was the first of its kind in the region. Hosted by Dubai Autodrome, the Historic Dubai Grand Prix Revival is powered by Gulf Historic.
The iconic race that will take place on December 3, 2021, will include all the hallmarks of the event in 1981 with historic F1 and Group C cars competing from the 70s and 80s.
Dubai Autodrome is the UAE’s first premier motorsport and motoring venue in the Middle East wherein the biggest names in motorsport have raced around a temporary 2.6-kilometre track near Dubai Corniche on what is now Al Khaleej Road.
Back in 1981, the first-ever Grand Prix in the Gulf was held in Dubai as part of the UAE’s 10th anniversary. The event was organised by the Chief of Police, the 28-year-old Dhahi Khalfan Tamim accompanied by his Major, Saeed Khalfan who was also Chairman of Al Nasr Motor Sports Club.
The two 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.
The event which is said to be a mix of motorsports and festivities will also exhibit 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.
The event is also expected to see celebrity drivers at the most-awaited racing event, and visitors are encouraged to attend dressed in vintage classic style.
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