Racing car enthusiasts had the time of their lives over the weekend watching the first ever Grand Prix de Malte in Valletta which saw the city's ring road become a racing circuit for well-maintained vintage vehicles.
The winning Ford GT 40 of its catagory
(C) Darren Zammit Lupi from The Times of Malta
Crowds thronged the outskirts of the city to watch with bated breath the tough race that was won by a baby blue Ford.
Several sports cars, two-seater racers and other classic cars built between 1910 and 1975 took part. There also were single-seater racing cars dating between the 1930s to the early 1960s
Valletta mayor Paul Borg Olivier said the event was a great success.
He quoted local and foreign organisers saying they were willing to return for a second Grand Prix. Valletta could offer a unique venue for such an event.
The setting of Valletta and its Harbours is unique and this is one of our strengths which has proved itself in the Grand Prix de Malte. "We are sure to see the event back next year." Said the Mayor of Valletta
Foreign drivers reported that the circuit was better than the one at Monte Carlo in that it offered a spectacle as much as a good drive with little hair-pin bends.
With the Monete Carlo circuit covering 4.7 kilometres long while the one in Valletta is 4.3 kilometres, Valletta offers a good potential for a a Grand Prix of this particular class of vehicles.
These comments made by the drivers mare the city and country proud. "It was a successful event which is a niche for the tourism industry.
"There were bus-loads of tourists here. This is what branding Malta is all about," said Dr. Paul Borg Olivier