Bahamas Speed Week Revival 2012


Bahamas Speed Week Revival 2012Main Event: 28th November to 2nd December
Extended Event: 24th November to 2nd December

  Speed Week Events

007 Island Tour
– November 29, 2012 at 9:30am. Starts at Arawak Cay, Nassau, The Bahamas.
Speed Week’s 007 Island Tour is a 7-hour high-octane, high-speed tour. For seven hours throughout the day Thursday, some 40 rare and exotic race cars will roar through New Providence at speeds of over 100 mph . This is the first opportunity for Bahamians to see local and foreign cars gathered for Bahamas Speed Week 2012 at top performance speeds. View the Road Tour Map.

Graycliff Reception
– November 29, 2012 at 7:00pm at Graycliff
Hotel and Restaurant. Tickets: $50

Downtown Speed Week Street Party
– November 30, 2012 at 5:00pm downtown on Bay Street between Charlotte Street and Parliament Street. Free and open to the public. Rare and exotic cars on display, stores open. Come and enjoy the glamour and glitz.

Pictet Charity Gala Ball
– December 1, 2012 at 7:00pm at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort.

Race Day at Arawak Cay Circuit
– December 2, 2012 at 9:00am at Arawak Cay.
Some 50 classic racing and sports cars, including several belonging
to local drivers, will participate in time trials, an island tour at speeds
of over 100 miles per hour and a hill climb at Fort Charlotte as well as
other activities and exhibitions throughout the week. The event, once the
supreme highlight of Nassau’s social calendar, was revived last year after a 46-year hiatus and this year’s plans are far more ambitious.

  About Speed Week

Another Iconic Car Returns To Nassau

The only remaining 375MM PininFarina Spyder still in original, unrestored
condition will make its return to Nassau from the USA in 2012 after a 57 year
absence. Last seen here in 1955, this fabulous car was campaigned in the
original Nassau Speed Weeks in the Governor’s Trophy and the Ferrari Race,
driven by Duncan Black. Its extensive race history in the USA began with the
1954 Sebring 12 Hours at Sebring, in the hands of Bill Spears and America’s
first World Champion, Phil Hill. Its final race was at Watkins Glen with Ian
Gun, after which it was parked up in a barn, where it remained for nearly 40
years. Two years ago, after Ian’s death, the car was acquired by it’s current
Austrian owner who has had it ‘simply’ recommissioned, avowing to preserve the
car’s complete originality. Fortunately for us, he also believes the car should
be used and seen rather than locked away in a private collection. After all,
half of the enjoyment of this car comes from hearing the glorious sound
emanating from its four tail-pipes!

We very much look forward to welcoming this unique and iconic car back to the
Bahamas in November.

375MM PininFarina Spyder

And it’s not only original cars we will be welcoming back to the Bahamas.
Some Bahamas Speed Week Revival Founder Entrants will also be making a welcome
return. Mike and Dawn Fisher from the USA will be bringing his incredible Bocar
back to the island. This roaring beast almost literally blew the socks of the
locals in 2011 and is so loud Mike has to wear ear defenders to drive it on the
road! David and Kate Cottingham will once again make the long journey from the
UK, this time with David’s truly fantastic Ferrari 500 TRC and making the even
longer journey from Europe will be Kurt and Briggitte Oberhänsli, once more
gracing the Touring class with their pristine Mercedes 190 SL. Peter and Pippa
Vlasov won’t have quite so far to travel as they live on the island! They were
responsible for one of the 2011 event highlights – the Lyford Cay Concours and
we look forward to this year’s repeat with eager anticipation. Their cars will,
however, have to travel – Pete is bringing his Austin Healey 3000 MKIII BJ8 over
from Switzerland and Pippa has bought a 1275 S Mini Cooper from the USA
especially for the event. Pippa’s Mini will travel across from the USA on the
Mailboat which has been exclusively chartered by the organisers to bring US
Entrants’ cars across from West Palm Beach. We will feature the Mailboat in a
future newsletter.

Austin Healey 3000 MKIII BJ8
Austin Healey 3000 MKIII BJ8
Mercedes 190 SL
Mercedes 190 SL at Lyford Cay Concours
Ferrari 500 TRC
Ferrari 500 TRC
Ferrari 500 Barchetta
Derek Bell will drive this lovely, and rare, Ferrari 500 Barchetta kindly loaned to him by Peter Vlasov. He should feel very much ‘at home’ in it, considering he used to drive for the Ferrari F1 Team!
Bocar Dockside
Mini Cooper 1275 S
Mini Cooper 1275 S

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