The streets of one of the oldest cities in the world played host to some of the fastest F1 machines on October 6 and 7 and proved to be quite a treat for racing enthusiasts. For these two days, the Old City of Jerusalem came alive with the thundering F1 machines racing down its streets. While other drivers in the city complained of traffic snarls, the spectators watching the show were cheering away.
This was the second year that the roadshow was held in the city, though the political turbulence in the region forced organizers to postpone the dates several times. Last year, 250,000 spectators lined the streets to watch the event, and this time around, the numbers were even more, with predictions of 300,000 making the rounds. Being a school day and workday did not deter true enthusiasts from taking part in the unique event where drivers in their Audi R10 TDIs, Porches, Ferrari GTs and even a ’37 Hot Rod made an appearance.
A two-kilometer street running alongside the ancient wall of Jerusalem was the venue where the action was, with F1 racecars vrooming away and motorcycle stunt shows pepping up the atmosphere even further. In addition to the roadshow, a hangar near the old railway station of Jerusalem displayed the best cars from around the world. Shiny Audis, Porches, and Ferraris were all up for show and the models posing with the machines made the atmosphere completely F1-ish!
For those who only wanted to see the cars in action, the streets were the place to be as cars driven by professional racecar drivers touched speeds of up to 240 km/h with apparent ease. Italian driver Giancarlo Fisichella and Israeli Alon Day were part of the action too and turned out to be the crowd favorites. The local star was enthusiastic about putting up a great show even before he got into the seat. “I’ll push it to the limit, I don’t know about the other guys,” he promised, and delivered.
While every true racing fan chose to forget the politics and criticism involved with the roadshow, they are now hoping that the event is held each year, eventually paving the way for the city to play host to a Grand Prix event one day!