And the winner is….
Thank you very much for the many correct and even to the incorrect answers to the first Vancouver Island Motorsport Resort Contest. The correct answer is: The famous corner at the Mexican Grand Prix Course was: The Peraltada
Congratulations to Samuel Hannah of Victoria, BC! Samuel is a father of two beautiful twin girls working in the medical equipment field. He has a huge passion for cars both driving them and working on them and was thrilled to learn he had won the opportunity to see the new facility. Thank you Samuel and we will see you in the Spring!
Thank you again to all who participated. There are still 9 more chances to win a spot to the VIP Grand Opening Celebration of the Vancouver Island Motorsport Resort so be sure to check back for updates and the next contest posting on June 30, 2015.
Here’s a short story from Formula1.com:
As the name suggests, the history of Mexico’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez is interwoven with that of brothers Ricardo and Pedro Rodriguez.
But the Rodriguez brothers’ story was also one of tragedy. Plans for the newly-constructed circuit to host Formula One racing in 1962 were not realised, but a non-championship event went ahead and the teams duly gathered at the venue at the end of October. With Ferrari not in attendance, Ricardo Rodriguez entered in a Rob Walker-run Lotus 24. In qualifying, he crashed and was killed.
The Mexican fans were devastated, but they soon discovered a new hero in Ricardo’s younger brother Pedro. Already established in international sportscar racing, Pedro made only his second F1 start in the inaugural world championship Mexican Grand Prix in 1963. He ran in the top 10 until suspension issues forced him to retire. Victory went to Lotus’s Jim Clark, who led every lap and won by almost two minutes – a dominance that matched the manner in which he had already swept to that year’s world championship crown.
Mexico would become the traditional end-of-season event in the late ’60s, but while Pedro scored a breakthrough F1 win in 1967, home success continued to elude him as Richie Ginther, Surtees, Clark, Graham Hill, Denny Hulme and Jacky Ickx triumphed through to 1970. The latter’s triumph would also be the last race held in Mexico for more than a decade. Two years later, Pedro would lose his life in a sportscar race in Germany.
It was not until 1986 that Formula One racing would return to Mexico City. Led by Jose and Julian Abed, the venue was revamped and the circuit slightly revised, with a new profile at Turn 1 and a shortened hairpin section. It remained a great challenge, however, and not just because of the curling, banked final corner of Peraltada. The high altitude continued to place a unique demand on engines, while the rough surface was difficult to master – and became an increasing problem over the following years.
Gerhard Berger sprang a surprise in that ’86 race by collecting his and Benetton’s first Grand Prix win. A year later victory went to Nigel Mansell, although the race had to be stopped after the bumpy surface led to a massive crash for Derek Warwick. One year later Philippe Alliot suffered an even bigger accident in practice, although he was thankfully able to crawl unhurt from the wreckage. Alain Prost won the race, a feat he repeated in 1990, sandwiching Ayrton Senna’s only triumph on the circuit. The Brazilian would fall victim to the unpredictable surface in ’91, rolling after losing the rear of his McLaren over the Peraltada bumps in qualifying. Riccardo Patrese won for Williams, and one year later followed team mate Nigel Mansell home.
That would prove to be the final Grand Prix held on the circuit – which still hosted a number of national and international championships over the subsequent years – until a return to the F1 calendar was sealed for 2015 after an injection of both private and government money. The facility will be upgraded, while the entire track will be resurfaced for the occasion, with changes also being made to a number of corners including Peraltada.