Bahamas Speed Week Revival Ltd.
- Bahamas Speed Week Revival Ltd.
- Magna Carta Court
- P.O. Box:
- Nassau / Paradise Island, Bahamas
- Phone 2:
- 1-954-653-1051 USA
- Phone - International:
- 44 (0)203-318-3722 UK
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The original Nassau Speed Weeks took place from 1954 to 1966 and featured many of the great racing drivers of the period. Following a grueling European season they took the opportunity to combine racing and relaxation in the sun. With today’s historic racers following the same pattern isn’t it time we went back?
Evoking the era of the world famous Nassau Speed Weeks in the 1950s and 60s, the 2011 Bahamas Speed Week is a totally new and unique event offering luxurious experiences, exclusive hospitality and endless opportunities to have fun in the sun while the northern hemisphere is in the depths of winter.
With the support of the local Bahamian Ministry of Tourism, the BSWR team have put together a package for two people which includes: the shipping of your car, airport transfers, all accommodation, all lunches, evening buffets and dinners – including the amazing Graycliff, Lyford Cay and Charity Gala Ball, entry to the Fort Charlotte Hillclimb and Arawak Cay Sprint, all passes and VIP paddock hospitality plus a special 007 island tour and Heritage Nassau Car Licence Plate.
Entry is open to Sports and GT cars of the period capable of running in a Tour Auto type road event plus interesting road cars from 1954 to the present day and modern-day supercars. All will participate in the competitive sections of the event with timing being optional for the latter two categories. One of the unique elements of this week-long event is that it provides owners the opportunity to drive their race cars on public roads without fear of prosecution, as the local government is arranging for them to be temporarily road-registered whilst on the island and is getting the prisoners to make the number plates – just as they did in the 50s and 60s!
History of Speed Week: Bahamas Speed Weeks 1954 - 1966
|In the Beginning...|
The First Speed Week in 1954 was the vision of one man, Sherman ‘Red’ Crise who had seen racing grow in the United States much as in England on old military airfields. Crise had his eye on the old Windsor Airfield in Nassau and, with the help of local businessman Sir Sydney Oakes, the first Speed Week took place.
Following the first, mainly local, affair word soon spread that The Bahamas were a pretty good place to end up the season and soon drivers of the calibre of Moss, Phil Hill and Shelby were competing in cars seen elsewhere on events of the calibre of Le Mans and the Mille Miglia. Speed Week had made the Big Time!
By the end of the Fifties the event had outgrown the old airfield at Windsor and moved to a site at Oakes Field. The programme had expanded and become more varied including a Residents Race, a Formula Junior grid followed by a Formula Vee group as well as the traditional big Sports and GT cars. The great road racing Ferraris and Maseratis of the fifties now gave way to the Americans and the old saying ‘There’s no substitute for cubic inches’ was never more true than at Nassau. The Chevrolet Grand Sports took on the Cobras while Jim Hall brought his Chaparalls and Roger Penske his Zerex Special and Lola T70s.
A young Bruce McLaren had arrived with a sports car of his own design, the Ferrari GTO had given way to the rear engined 250LM, the Ford GT40 was present in numbers and the Chaparral 2E had enormous wings.
The world, and racing, was changing and it was time to move on, the Speed Weeks were no more...