Enjoy classic cars and sunshine (probably) in the Med this October
Classic racing events like Goodwood, Monterey and Le Mans are brilliant on so many levels. They are amazing to watch, not just for the lucky ones who recall seeing the cars ‘in period’ but also for those young enough to be able to enjoy them for the first time. A younger generation can see what real racing was about, and enjoy the spectacle of some of the world’s finest (and most valuable) cars being driven as the manufacturers intended.
So it’s great to hear that another recently-established annual classic race meet, this time on the car- and racing-crazy Mediterranean island of Malta, is attracting an increasing amount of interest. And its location means that there’s every chance you’ll enjoy lovely weather.
Started in 2007 by French entrepreneur Thierry Giovannini (who introduced classic car racing to the island in the form of a race on the capital Valletta’s ring road), this year’s Malta Classic is scheduled to run over a long weekend from October 5-8. The keynote race in the event is a classic Grand Prix running through the medieval fortified city of Mdina.
More than 70 pre-1976 cars are expected to take part in six racing groups, building up to a final whose winner will be ennobled as Malta Grand Prix Champion. Ferraris, Aston Martins, Alfa Romeos, Jaguars and plenty more will be screaming through a variety of tight and sweeping curves along the vineyard-edged course.
There’ll also be a hill climb set against the perfect backdrop of the Mediterranean sea, a Concours d’Elegance, a Ferrari dinner on the Saturday evening and lots more.
Fancy going along to this year’s event? Book yourself a cheap flight and you can get in for as little as €5 for a paddock entrance. €75 gets you a weekend VIP ticket, which seems like decent value compared to some events of this type. Find out more at www.maltaclassic.com