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Valletta Grand Prix – Extract from The Sunday Times, Malta, 09 May 2010

May 25, 2010

The historic bastions of Valletta served as a backdrop to the 2010 edition of the Valletta Grand Prix, a weekend of races with Malta’s crème-de-la-crème of classic cars competing.

The races, on May 8 and 9, marked the end of six days of events.

Participants went on various drives and sightseeing trips. On May 6, the cars were scrutineered at Ħal Far. Scrutineering ensures that each car is in accordance with the rules as stipulated by the event organisers. A series of drag races ensued at the raceway.

President George Abela received participants at San Anton Palace on May 7. Valletta Waterfront was the destination for that afternoon’s Concours d’Elegance. This involved participating cars being judged on criteria such as condition, rarity and value.

Three foreign judges, Guy Broad, a Jaguar specialist, Toby Ross, an Italian and French car valuation specialist, and Ron Middleton, a racer and rally driver, will be determining the best car at the event.

The main event kicked off on the morning of May 8, with practice and show runs displaying competing cars and others from Maltese clubs representing other motorsport disciplines.

The day’s sprint races started from the bottom of Crucifix Hill, next to Valletta Waterfront’s cruise liner terminal. The finish line was at the top of Great Siege Road.

The participating cars departed at a few second intervals and were timed individually over the race distance.

On May 9, participating cars were split into five classes according to their age and modifications. The races started and finished in Nelson Avenue. Show runs were on in between each race.

The classic cars raced against the clock around the formidable bastions of Valletta, happily with no incident.

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May 14, 2010

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