Pau Historic Grand Prix

Pau Historic Grand Prix 2018

Street racing at the foot of the Pyrenees

The Pau Historic Grand Prix 19-20-21 May 2018 has become one of the highlights of the International Historic Motor Racing Calendar. The racing format for this event will see four sessions over the weekend. One free practice on the Saturday, one qualifying on the Sunday and two races on the Monday.

  • This is an event for Historic Production Road Sports under 2L and to 1971. But basically any Production Road Sports Car that matches the speed and the ambiance of this grid is welcome. This includes bigger ánd later period cars. We appreciate cars to race in period style.
  • You only pay one entry fee for the race weekend, forget those needless membership- and registration-fees.
  • All you need is a national [A] licence.
  • Leave your HTP papers at home, you won’t need them, when racing with us.
  • Are you in doubt  whether your  car would be eligible? Than contact Pieter BAKKER and mail him any question you might have.

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Join in and enjoy! Make absolutely sure that you’re on the Pau Historic Grand Prix grid and pay your 450€ deposit today and the 335€ remainder before 1 April 2018, or … pay the full amount of 750€ all-in-one today, and save 35€.

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Circuit preview

Click the YouTube below and enjoy the flow of this classic Grand Prix circuit of Pau. The footage below gives a nice impression of the race track. Shots have been taken from the works Swiftune “Willow” green FIA historic Mini – raced  by Nick Swift – scoring victory in its maiden race at the Pau Historic Grand Prix in 2012. Click and enjoy watching …

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Circuit details

Pau is considered to be one of the highlights on the International Historic Motor Racing Calendar. A test of man and machine where the human element still can make a massive difference. The first French GP at Pau was organized in 1930, on a circuit which was similar to the present track, save for the deviation through the Parc Beaumont. While hay bales have given way to metal crash barriers, the circuit follows exactly the same trajectory nearly 80 years on. With its combination of twists and turns, camber changes and kerb-ridden chicanes, Pau retains its challenge  as it has always done.

The track itself is centred around the Parc Beaumont in the heart of the city, with entry points and grandstands around the course. One remarkable feature of the course is the spectator grandstands, which line the start-finish straight; carefully assembled each year from a kit of concrete and metal beams, they actually overhang a river which runs right alongside the circuit, allowing the spectators to get up close to the action.

Pau Historic Grand Prix | How to get there
  • Book from the widest choice of cheap ferries at
  • Put this address in your car navigation: Circuit de Pau, ASAC Basco-Bearnais, Palais D’Aragon, Bd D’Aragon, F-64000 Pau.
  • Coordinates latitude : 43.291944, longitude : 0.365833.

Chequers Paddock Club

The ‘Chequers Paddock Club’ is the centre of the paddock at the Pau Historic Grand rix. The apéritif before dinner provides all drivers [and teams] with an excellent opportunity to meet and enjoy a refreshment, after a hard days’ work. The ‘Chequers Brasserie’, is offering its restaurant services, which at Pau 2018 will include three breakfasts, three lunches and threeabundant dinners, starting with a Friday morning breakfast and ending the weekend with a Sunday dinner. Enjoy unlimited refreshments during the day and your meals. Apart from the usual mineral water, and sodas, I have some great white and red wines in stock, but perhaps you prefer a Dutch Heineken Export Beer? We have a limited number of seats available, which are sold on a first come, first serve basis.

pau historic grand prixSince 2015, we’ve added a ‘Chequers Lounge Area’, where you or your party can comfortably chill out in day time, take a refreshment, start your evening with an apéritif or end the evening in style. Unlimited refreshments available all day.

It is the combination of ‘joie de vivre’ and ‘fair competition’ which makes racing in the Legendary Circuits Series the ‘Ultimate Motor Sport Experience’.
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Driver notes


The number of entries we accept, is always limited to the number of cars which are allowed to race. You therefore will never end up on any reserve list. Once your entry has been confirmed, you are guaranteed to race.

  • he minimum race licence requirement is a National A or EU licence.
  • Although we strongly advise the use of HANS, it is not obligatory for this event.
  • Driver clothing must be in accordance with the latest FIA regulations [check expiry dates].
  • Own secluded paddock area, where camping is allowed.
  • Plenty of comfortable hotels and B&B opportunities available in the area.

All drivers will receive a  commemorative trophy to remember the weekend .

About the cars

Invitation List
  • Production Road Sports Cars under 2L, up to and including 1971.
  • 2L+  cars are invited in the ‘invitation class’.
  • Younger cars that fit the ambiance of the grid are welcome.

Note: Are you in doubt whether your car would be eligible? Don’t hesitate to use the contact opportunity in the navigation menu and mail me any question you might have. Speak to you soon …

Reg’s in short
  • Max. noise level 102 dB.
  • Transponders must be obtained from the circuit, leaving a 000€/passport deposit.
  • Wheels and/or tyres are free, but must fit the body.
  • Dunlop Historic Racing Tyres, Avon CR6 ZZ Historic Racing Tyres, are obligatory for the 3L+ invitation class.
  • Cars under 3L changing to the quicker rubber, will be upgraded one class.
  • Cars with roll bars are allowed to race in closed or open configuration.
  • Cars with full roll-cages are allowed to race with either hard- or soft-top.
  • Cars are allowed to race without FIA HTP, Vehicle Identification Form or Heritage Certificate.
  • Safety specs as per latest version of art. 5 of the ‘FIA App. K regulations’. Do not forget to check the expiry dates of your chair and safety gear [click the box in the side bar].
  • And please  take notice of the ‘Legendary Circuits Series regulations’ [click the box in the side bar].
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This time schedule is provisional until officially confirmed by the officials of this event.
Last update : 15 February 2018.

Pau Historic Grand Prix | Timeschedule

Provisional timeschedule for the weekend
Saturday 19 May 2018

08:00H – Chequers Paddock Club – Breakfast til 09:30H.
00:00H – Signing on.
00:00H – Scrutineering.
00:00H – Briefing [obligatory for all drivers].
12:30H – Paddock Club – Lunch break til 14:00H.
00:00H – Free practice – 25 min’s.
00:00H – Chequers Paddock Club – Apéritif.
19:00H – Chequers Paddock Club – Dinner til 21:00H.
24:00H – Chequers Paddock Club closed.

Sunday 20 May 2018

08:00H – Chequers Paddock Club – Breakfast til 09:30H.
12:30H – Paddock Club – Lunch break til 14:00H.
00:00H – Qualifying – 25 min’s.
18:00H – Chequers Paddock Club – Apéritif.
19:00H – Chequers Paddock Club – Dinner til 21:00H.
24:00H – Chequers Paddock Club closed.

Monday 21 May 2018

08:00H – Chequers Paddock Club – Breakfast til 09:30H.
00:00H – Race #1 – 30 min’s.
12:30H – Chequers Paddock Club – Lunch break til 14:00H.
00:00H – Race #2 – 30 min’s.
18:00H – Chequers Paddock Club – Apéritif + Commemorative Trophies for all drivers.
19:00H – Chequers Paddock Club – Dinner til 21:00H.
24:00H – Chequers Paddock Club closed.

Any questions?

Don’t hesitate to contact Pieter BAKKER and mail him any question you might have concerning the Pau Historic Grand Prix 2018.

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