The Malta Classic 2016

14 July 2016

The Malta Classic (formerly the Mdina Grand Prix) is swiftly becoming one of Malta’s must-see events, especially for those who have a love for automobiles. With a new brand identity and a lot of changes to the programme from previous events, this year is shaping up to be the best one yet. This event will showcase the most beautiful and quirky designs of cars from bygone times and pit them against each other. Why not plan a holiday in Malta and experience this unique event for yourself?


This year marks the 6th edition of the Malta Classic which will be running from the 6th to 9th October. This year over 70 participants will be arriving from Italy, France, Switzerland and the UK for this much anticipated event. On the 6th of October, competitors will participate in the Hill climb at The Pennellu hill, Mellieha. This stand-alone event allows the drivers to prepare their vehicles for the upcoming race and makes for a rather charming sight.

Friday 7th October – Le Concours d’Elegance

A concours d’elegance is an event where drivers showcase their vehicles before a racing event. Car collectors will be showing off some rare automobiles, some dating back to the 1920’s. Some notable models this year include Riley, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Talbot. Entertainment and refreshments will be provided on the day to add to the delight of the spectators. Given the scenic venue in the archaic old capital, Mdina, this undoubtedly will be a fascinating event. One could imagine that they have been brought back in time!

Saturday 8th October and Sunday 9th October – The Malta Classic Grand Prix

Once the beauty of the vehicles has been fully appreciated, it will be time to put them to the real test! The smell of burning rubber will fill the mid-autumn air and the sound of revving engines will echo through the silent city. The 2.2km circuit through the valley below Mdina will push the cars and the drivers to their limits. Tight bends, sweeping curves and innumerable inclines lie in wait for the contenders.

On the Saturday, following two practice runs on the circuit for each competitor, the drivers will run the course individually in order to identify the starting order for the big event on Sunday. This is great to watch as you will be able to see the models individually, which range from Volkswagen Beetles to Jaguar E Types.

Sunday is when the racing all begins! The cars will run through the circuit in groups of about 10. Given the sheer number of participants this means that it will be an all-day affair. The shimmer of the warm sun off the polished steel of the classical cars combined with the backdrop of the ancient city makes for a truly unforgettable feeling. Following the race, a party will be held on Sunday evening where the winner will be announced.

For more info, why not check out the official website

Or check out the Facebook page

Photos courtesy of Valletta Grand Prix Facebook Page

 


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