Dubai Motor Grand Prix 1981

Pippa Jarman's Images:-


Dubai's 1981 Motor Grand Prix was held near the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Grand Prix Co-Ordinator was Bunny Eastland also known as Sahar Masud. I remember seeing Fangio, James Hunt and Stirling Moss, amongst others, compete. Back then I was Operations Executive at Al-Nasr Leisureland and we were involved in the organisation on this event. Many of my friends were dragged in to help! These are the photos I have from that event.

Pippa Jarman

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    1981 Dubai Motor Grand Prix opened with a Race Track Parade around the Hyatt Regency Hotel
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    1981 Dubai Motor Grand Prix opened with a Race Track Parade around the Hyatt Regency Hotel
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    Floats were from many of the organisations in Dubai
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    Al Nasr Leisureland had their Float in the Parade
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    Public Stands were from scaffolding. Spectators had a clear view of the racing.
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    One of the opening races was a Kart Race with mostly Drivers from Jebel Ali Kart Club
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    First car race was for Production Cars - field was entirely Citroen CX cars provided by A W Galadari Company. Race developed into a Demolition Derby with none of Mr Galadari's cars being returned in a driveable condition.
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    Race Cars prepare for the main event.
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    Race Track was built specifically for Dubai's 1981 Motor Grand Prix around the newly opened Hyatt Regency Hotel.
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    Stirling Moss stands near Mercedes Benz Race Car which Phil Hill demonstrated with a few laps around the track. Fangio suffered a heart attack after his practice run in this Mercedes Benz and was confined to hospital so missed driving in the Event,
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    Mr Galadari counts the cost of providing his Citroen CX to go Motor Racing!!