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SWAG VISITS THE MDINA GRAND PRIX

Tags:   Outdoors,   Cars,   Motoring,   Motor-racing

By Colin Fitz   -  October 17, 2014


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Photo credit:  John Peel


That magnificent annual feast of classic car racing, the Mdina Grand Prix, came to a close on Sunday evening with Charlie Cutajar announced as the overall winner. The driver of a powerful racing Ford Escort Mk. 1 was presented with a coveted Chopard Mille Miglia 2014 watch by Drew Campbell Smith from Chopard Geneva, who flew down especially for the event.

 

“Once again, we were thrilled to partner up with the Mdina Grand Prix and to provide the grand prize for this incredible event,” said Malcolm R. Lowell, who was also present at the Mdina Grand Prix Awards Gala Dinner, which was held at the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa.

 

“Chopard, of course, is the official timekeeper of the classic Mille Miglia race held in Italy every year, so it is only fitting that it should be associated with the Mdina Grand Prix too. We are very proud to be partners of this event, and we look forward to teaming up again next year,” he added.

 

Winners of the various categories and all participants were awarded trophies specifically designed for the occasion by one of the main sponsors, Mdina Glass.

 

SWAG was a guest of the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa at their grandstand overlooking the track where all the action was taking place on Sunday. The event had started on Thursday, with a hillclimb event at Mtahleb, a Concours D’elegance event in front of Mdina Cathedral on Friday and qualifying events on the Saturday.

 

We found no difficulty in making our way around the various parts of the event – from parking in the road beneath Mdina, catching the Maltese bus to the first stop, visiting the cars’ paddock situated in the Mdina moat, and then catching the Maltese bus shuttle service to the second stop near the Corinthia grandstand. The ame applies for when we decided to call it a day… so from our point of view, the event was very well organised – although next year a warden should be posted in the road that leads from the Roman Domus to the Chadwick Lakes roundabout to stop irresponsible parking that prevents the proper flow of traffic.

 

Watching (and hearing) the magnificent collection of 62 classic and vintage cars speeding by – augmented by a brilliantly executed, albeit short, display by the Malta Aviation Museum’s piece of flying history, the Tiger Moth, made the day a memorable one. Malta’s two oldest cars, a beautifully restored 1904 Siddeley and a Cadillac from the same year also made an appearance.

 

Obviously one must keep their feet on the ground, but, in a very small way, the whole event gave a glimpse of what it must have been like to be part of the legendary world of 50s and 60s motor racing in the world’s most glamorous locations.

 

Okay, we admit, the Corinthia’s endless supply of booze contributed to us letting our imagination run wild…

 

The official list of winners from Sunday’s races is this:

 

Group 1: Charlie Cutajar in a Ford Escort MK1

 

Group 2: Ray Vella in an MGB

 

Group 3: Mauro Portelli in an Alfa Giulia

 

Group 4: John Drury in an Austin Mini

 

Group 5: Claire Beswick in a Triumph TR6

 

Group 6: David Pisani in an Alfa Spyder 2000

 

Pre War: Ermes Formilan in a Fiat 501 ss

 

SWAG would like to thank John Peel for his photography contribution to this article. Enjoy our selection of photographs from Sunday, and check out the Mdina Grand Prix photographers’ page and the Corinthia Mdina Grand Prix page on Facebook to see even more.




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