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The Bygone Bahamas Speed Week Is One of the Greatest Races You’ve Never Heard Of

The thought behind the past Bahamas Speed Week was basic: During one of his visits to Nassau in the mid 1950s, Floridian business visionary, racer, and legislator Sherman “Red” Crise saw opportunity in the unfilled Windsor landing strip. Changing over neglected landing strips into race circuits was basic after World War II, and Nassau authorities reacted eagerly to the possibility of more vacationer dollars streaming in during the slow time of year.

With the assistance of those authorities and the recently established Bahamas Automobile Club, the Bahamas Speed Week was conceived in 1954. Just like the case with generally “easygoing” motorsports occasions, what began as a social event of well-to-do men of honor drivers hoping to chill after a long race season, practice their games vehicles, and appreciate a couple of gatherings advanced into a genuine serious occasion that pulled in full group support from significant makers like Ferrari. The gatherings proceeded and were crazier than at any other time, obviously.

When the scene relocated to the Oakes Course on a landing strip nearer to Nassau, legends like Sir Stirling Moss, Roger Penske, Phil Hill, Dan Gurney, A.J Foyt, Bruce McLaren, and Mark Donohue charged through the unpleasant street course in probably the best games vehicles ever. For a long time, hot metal like the Ford GT40, Porsche 550 Spyders, and Chaparrals slid on heaven for a took shots at the mark occasion—the Nassau Trophy.

Attributable to its moderately short life expectancy, the Bahamas Speed Week isn’t talked about or even recognized as much as it ought to be, regardless of a cutting edge emphasis of the occasion happening each year. We’re doing our part to sparkle a light on this spectacular occasion by assembling an assortment of verifiable pictures from different runnings of the exemplary motorsports meeting. Watch out for those shot by famous fly set picture taker Slim Aarons.