Formula 1, Belgrade Grand Prix

Formula 1, Belgrade Grand Prix

It seems that every time Belgrade catches pace with the rest of the world, yet another war stops it and makes it start all over again. When everyone thought that “Great War” should be the last one, destiny had different plans for Belgrade and its citizens.

Yugoslavia’s capital as a trading city traditionally, eventually started to industrialize and as a result of this developing process, global automobile industry decided to stage its most prestigious event on the city streets around historical Belgrade Fortress Complex. That’s how in 1939, Belgrade hosted Formula One race in which Tazio Nuvolari came first in his Auto Union car.  At the dawn of the Second World War, Germans had to prove their supremacy even in car racing so they brought Ferrari’s star driver, to Auto Union, that would eventually become “Audi” giant. Therefore, the first and the last at the same time, Belgrade Grand Prix was also “awarded” with a murky political dimension. Actual footage is available on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjkdUdoGDeQ. Shortly afterwards, war came to the Balkans and Belgrade was once again heavily damaged.

On Saturday, September 11th this race will be recreated and six historical cars will once again race around Belgrade Fortress Complex. Tazio Nuvolari museum will also take part in the event by exhibiting original Tazio’s car from 1939 and hopefully, this manifestation will become traditional one.