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Bahrain to host historic Formula One cars 16 Mar 2004

April’s inaugural Grand Prix of Bahrain meeting will host a round of the 2004 FIA Thoroughbred Grand Prix World Championship, organisers have announced.

The historic series represents a unique era of Formula One racing and Sunday’s race is expected to feature 25 cars that originally competed between 1966 and 1985. Among them are classics that originally carried such legendary names as Gilles Villeneuve, Ronnie Peterson, Rene Arnoux, Carlos Reutemann and Alan Jones.

Many of the cars use the ubiquitous Ford Cosworth DFV 3-ltre engine that powered so many of the Grand Prix winners of the age. Cosworth is still the engine manufacturer with the most Grand Prix victories – 176 and the British company is a sponsor of the FIA TGP Championship.

Also planned for the Bahrain weekend is a demonstration run by the magnificent Mercedes 196 Streamliner, the machine which dominated Formula One racing during the 1950s. The car, which was raced by among others the late, great, five-times World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio, will be driven by former Grand Prix winner, Frenchman Jean Alesi.

The 2004 Grand Prix of Bahrain takes place on April 4.