Circuito da Boavista
The course began at the harbor-front "Esplanada do Rio de Janeiro", continued on "Avenida da Boavista" (hence the circuit's name), and then twisted its way through small neighborhoods back to the start-finish line. First a grand prix event in 1958, the course of Boavista took drivers at amazing speeds across tramlines, past small houses, and over cobblestoned streets.
The 1958 event is remembered for an act of good sportsmanship by Stirling Moss. Moss came to the defense of fellow countryman (and title rival) Mike Hawthorn, who had run afoul of the stewards (and oncoming traffic) during an off-track excursion during the race. Moss persuaded the stewards to not disqualify Hawthorn, perserving second place, and 6 points, for Hawthorn, who would eventually win the drivers championship by 1 point over Moss.
The 1960 running was a race of attrition, with only four cars finishing within 5 laps of winner Jack Brabham. Accidents and mechanical problems ended the day early for former or future champions Moss, John Surtees, Phil Hill, Graham Hill, and others.
Formula One history
|Season||Date||Winning Driver||Winning Team||Report|
|1960||August 14||Jack Brabham||Cooper-Climax||Report|
|1958||August 24||Stirling Moss||Vanwall||Report|
The circuit was revived in 2005. The circuit remains almost the same with a few minor adjustments in its length; a few km were added to the track. Now every two years the event takes place, accompanied by some auto-shows and exhibits. Besides the "Historic Grand Prize", there are also races for recent car models. In 2007, the track staged a round of the WTCC, and in it will also star classic cars, making it a revival to the "golden age" races of the 1930s and 1940s.