With the nostalgic sound of V8 engines,
old premier cars arrive from beyond time and space to run at Suzuka!
A demonstration of the internationally popular
Masters Historic Formula One to be held in Japan for the first time
It has been decided that a demonstration of the “Masters Historic Formula One” will be held during the SUZUKA Sound of ENGINE 2017 event to be held on Saturday, November 18 and Sunday, November 19.
Historical car race events that gathered old premier-class cars have been held for a long time in Europe, and events featuring old F1 cars are popular as well. The Masters Historic Formula One has been newly started in 2013. This is a race series for the historic F1 cars run by Masters Racing, which has organized many historical car race events until now. Being held with some of the events outside of Europe, the Master Historic Formula One is a very popular race event that draws attention of F1 fans all over the world. This will be the first time it will be held in Japan in the form of an exhibition event.
Japanese drivers participate in historical car race events, including Katsuaki Kubota, collector of the Lotus F1 cars. He took part in a race which was held as a support event for the F1 US Grand Prix last year in his own Lotus 78 and won the race and was cheered by the fans. This race competed with the F1 cars of the golden age should afford much pleasure to not only old fans but also fans used to seeing the latest F1 machines race.
The Championship is reserved for cars constructed in the years from 1966, when the Formula One technical regulation about engine specifications was amended to a 1500cc engine with a compressor or a 3000cc normally aspirated engine allowed, to 1985, the year before the engine rule has been changed again. Thus, it covers the time when Honda F1 was competing in the World Championship. The cars are required to run in their original specification and to use components of the types used in that period.
The cars are classified into four classes by the year’s type, such as ground effect car or non-ground effect car periods, etc. The drivers are not professional but amateurs such as the owners of the cars. However, because the performance of the cars are relatively close, thrilling battles can be expected. Although it will be only a demonstration event this time, spectators can expect to see a series of incredible scenes like old premier F1 cars passing through the first turn, the S curve, the hairpin turn and the 130R curve, roaring with V8 engine sounds that will be a treat for many F1 fans.
A demonstration of ten F1 cars will be held at the RICHARD MILLE SUZUKA Sound of ENGINE 2017 event. The cars will not be divided into different classes and a time trial will be carried out on Saturday, November 18 in Special Stage style with the cars running one by one, and a demonstration run will be carried out on Sunday, November 19 after a rolling start.
Classes in the FIA Masters Historic Formula One
Jackie Stewart Class
Formula One cars built and raced prior to the end of 1972
Emerson Fittipaldi Class
Non-ground effect Formula One cars built after 1972
Patrick Head Class
Ground effect Formula One cars built after 1973
Niki Lauda Class
Flat bottomed Formula One cars built after 1973
*The Championship is contested in two classes, which combine the above-mentioned J. Stewart and E. Fittipaldi Classes, P. Head and N. Lauda Classes respectively.
|Tyrrell 001||1970||-||Jackie Stewart|
|Brabham BT37||1972||2||Carlos Reutemann|
|Hesketh 308B||1974||1||James Hunt|
|Maki F101C||1975||2||Hiroshi Fushida / Tony Trimmer|
|Williams FW04||1975||2||Lella Lombardi|
|March 761||1976||1||Vittorio Brambilla|
|McLaren M26||1976||1||Jochen Mass / James Hunt|
|Penske PC4||1976||1||John Watson|
|Brabham BT49C||1981||10||Nelson Piquet|
|Williams FW08||1982||1||Keke Rosberg|
|Lotus 92||1983||10||Nigel Mansell|
|Tyrrell 012||1983||1||Michele Alboreto|