Porsches at Palm Beach Grand Prix

by John Glynn on February 13, 2013

It’s the Palm Beach Grand Prix this weekend, from the 14th to 17th of February. Part of the Historic Sportscar Racing season, Porsche is always well represented at the event. James Redman – son of Brian – is HSR’s General Manager and knows how to draw in Porsche drivers, and spectators.

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“In HSR, the cars are the stars,” says James. “Spectators are treated to prior winners of great events such as the 12 Hours of Sebring, 24 Hours of Le Mans and 24 Hours of Daytona.”

But these are not museum pieces. “HSR events represent fast-paced, wheel-to-wheel racing. To keep competition close, cars are grouped according to age and engine size. HSR features several separate series, ranging from GTP/Group C Series featuring GT prototypes to the Louis Chevrolet Endurance Challenge, which includes historic production and prototype sports cars.

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“Perhaps the best part of HSR events is the open feeling experienced by spectators. Unlike other series, fans can stroll through the paddock to view the cars and talk with the drivers. As a “time machine” of sight and sound, historic racing recaptures an era when the cars were on show and the drivers were approachable.”

The Palm Beach Grand Prix will feature host the 45-minute night race, under the lights of Palm Beach International Raceway. This no-pit-stop enduro is always good fun to watch. Tomorrow’s test day – from 3pm to 9pm – is the ideal way to get in some practice for the night time enduro.

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Weather in Palm Beach this weekend is forecasted an enviable 21 degrees Celsius with cloud on Saturday, and 17 degrees with bright sunshine Sunday. If you’re heading to Palm Beach, send us some pictures and thoughts on the event! Email mail@ferdinandmagazine.com to share.

Pics from the HSR Facebook page: by Blake Blakeley

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